Being Well Prepared - What to Buy Before Your Baby Is Born
The moment you find yourself pregnant and once you get over the shock or your sickness, look around the house to see what needs to be done. The baby’s room we will take for granted but is there any other decorating which needs to be done? Once your baby arrives there’ll be very little time for anything other than the baby, so now is the time to decorate and streamline. Make sure all the paint is washable and start to think about how you will move items out of reach of small hands. It’s amazing how quickly they seem to reach the walking stage. If you need or want to renovate the bathroom, now’s the time to get that done too.
• You will go through many diapers when the baby first comes home, buy two packs of ‘New Born’ and several of size ‘One’ and nappy sacks, scented, if possible and a diaper bag.
• A basket for holding toiletries, such as a brush and comb, tiny nail scissors, Q Tips, baby wipes, petroleum jelly, diaper cream, baby oil, talcum powder, mild baby shampoo and soap, a natural sponge and face cloth, a changing mat or station and a baby bath soft towels or baby robes.
• If you intend to feed baby yourself you will need breast pads and two or three nursing bras, depending how you get on you may need a breast pump and storage bags and 6 x 4 oz. and 6 x 8 oz. bottles. If you are going to bottle feed, you will need at least 12 bottles and baby nipples and for them both you will need a bottle sterilizer hot or cold, if cold, you will need sterilizer fluid, two bottle brushes for cleaning before sterilizing, extra teats and a bottle warmer, much more reliable than the microwave and Formula, either powder or ready-made.
• A cradle or bassinet is ideal for the first few months to keep your baby close at hand. For this you will need a mattress, 2 mattress protectors, 3 pairs of sheets and a blanket or blankets. When time comes for the cot make sure it meets with federal safety requirements and that the latches hold the side securely. You will need a mattress with good back support that fits snugly, 2 mattress protectors, 2 pairs of sheets, baby quilts or blankets, crib bedding and a musical mobile for obvious reasons.
• Car seat, you need to be sure when buying one that the safety features are up to date. However many parents prefer an infant carrier as it is easy to transport and fits into a grocery cart making shopping more convenient.
• A stroller or pram with covers etc.
• A bouncy chair of the vibrating kind - babies love them.
• 2 hats, 1 hooded sleeping bag, a few outfits, socks, scratch mittens, bootees, 1 sweater or jacket, 6 sleepers to keep baby warm, 6 vests and 6 bibs.
There’s no way of knowing how large your baby will be when it’s born, so don’t buy too many new-born items, babies can pass through this stage in a very short time, and when it comes to the others, think about what will be easy to use. Baths, for example which go into the bath, require you to bend over. Baths on a stand mean you have to stand up.
Babies are important, but they rely on you. So the items you need to gather aren’t just those your baby will use, they are items you need to make your life easier and ensure you get to spend all the time you can with the new love of your life.
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