A s you prepare for the arrival of a new bundle of joy, begin collecting the must-haves to keep your baby safe and comfortable. With so many baby products available on the marketplace today, mothers-to-be can be confused about which items they need versus items that are less necessary or even unnecessary.
Are you a first time mother-to-be and need ideas on what to shop, here is a quick guide to what every new parent should buy.
The most important piece of furniture you will buy for your baby is the crib, so be especially vigilant when choosing it, keeping in mind that safety is the crib’s primary role. Remember to purchase a newer crib that suits your desires for a baby.
Make sure your little one is cozy and comfy with a new, firm mattress in her crib. A new mattress is also a safer option than borrowing or using an older one. For hygiene reasons, a secondhand mattress is undesirable, as it may be contaminated with urine and feces.
It’s important to make sure you have proper first aid supplies in your home in case your baby gets sick or hurt. Your medicine cabinet should be stocked with a thermometer, bandages, diaper rash ointments, antibacterial ointments, non-aspirin liquid pain relievers, topical lotions and cotton balls to soothe cuts and scratches.
You will need to purchase diapers and wash clothes that will fit snugly, you will also need to buy wipes or wash clothes and fasteners for cloth diapers. Purchase petroleum jelly or diaper ointment, too, in case of a rash.
Bath time can be one of the best bonding moments you have with your baby. Stock up on bathing supplies to keep him splashing and smiling. Mild soap, baby shampoo and lotion should top your shopping list. Don’t forget wash cloths and hooded towels, too, to wrap up your little cutie after his bath.
Even if you plan to breastfeed, it’s important to purchase a few bottles for when you need to pump and store it as well as giving formula to your child. Physicians recommend having more than one kind of bottle on hand in case your child struggles with a particular type of bottle.
Some breastfeeding parents have mixed feelings about using a pacifier; however, it is recommended to use a pacifier for sleep at night once the newborn is at least a month old to six months old.
Babies need onesies to hold the diapers from falling down, undershirts, sleepers, infant gowns, socks, booties and hats to keep them warm. If you anticipate the need to brave cold temperatures, an outer coat is a necessity for your baby.
Give your newborn a proper homecoming with a new car seat if you can afford it. A bouncing baby is a happy baby. Available with a variety of accessories, including mobiles and music attachments, bouncy seats help soothe your little one with their vibrations.