When you are expecting a baby, the lists of what you ‘need’ can be as long as your arm.
I actually bought hardly anything until my babies arrived. I wanted to see what I really needed.
After all, technically speaking however, all that a baby truly needs is someone to take care of them, to be fed, and to be kept warm.
However, you might want to be more prepared. You may also receive a lot of gifts that mean you might need less than you initially thought.
Either way, here is a list of things you might like to consider buying for you and your baby.
Depending on how you feed your baby will change what equipment you are going to need.
If you are hoping to breastfeed, you won’t need much, but there are still some accessories that can help. Nursing tops, maternity bras, breast pads, nipple cream, and a breast pump might come in handy. Also items such as the Haakaa silicone breast-pump are brilliant for catching the letdown and leaks from the other breast.
If you are planning to formula feed, you’ll need a range of bottles that have a newborn teat, a steriliser, bottle cleaning brush and many people like to get portable powder storage too. Machines to help you prepare formula to the right temperature can also be a god send!
A few other things to think about are muslin cloths, and depending on if your baby has any colic or reflux, you may need specialist bottles to reduce air intake. This is something you won’t know until the baby starts to feed though.
It is recommended that the baby sleeps in a crib or cot in the same room as the parents for the first 6 months.
You might like the idea of a co-sleeping style of cot, so will need bedding to specifically fit your choice of model. A Moses basket is a very popular alternative however. They keep baby cosy for a couple of months until they meet the weight limit or can pull themselves up. Whichever you choose, make sure that you choose one that meets the safe sleeping standards, and a mattress that is designed for the cot so that there are no gaps.
It is not recommended to use cot bumpers, teddies, or loose blankets in the cot as the baby can become tangled. Make sure that sheets are light and tucked in, and always place babies with their feet at the foot of their bed. Check with your health visitor if you have any concerns regarding safe sleeping.
As an alternative to sheets, you could choose baby sleeping bags. Again, check sizing, weights and age limits to make sure that they are safe for your baby.
A baby monitor can set you mind at rest when you finally put the baby to sleep in their own room and can’t hear them. Make sure that whatever brand you pick is rechargeable and you might even consider one that has video too.
On The Go
There are a few things that are more important to choose before the baby arrives. In fact, you’ll need some of these to get the baby home from the hospital!
Choosing between pushchairs and prams, and the different type of baby carriers will take up plenty of time. Baby carriers mean that you can stay hands free, and babies often prefer the closeness with their parent. Nothing quite replaces the pushchair though – especially when you need the toilet.
A change bag is handy, although some people opt for a larger handbag or backpack with pockets. Just make sure it has plenty of room for all of your essentials.
In the early days, your baby won’t need much more than a top and tail wash. However, as they get a bit bigger, they will love bath time. A baby-sized bathtub as it’s an easier shape when holding your baby. Make sure you have a snuggly hooded towel to wrap them up in straight after.
You don’t really need shampoo and bubble bath unless you want to use it. In which case, try and find something that is organic and tear-free. Often the baby will have a bath at night, so a lavender-scented bubble bath might be the ticket to a peaceful night.
Baby clothing can get out of control really quickly.
Excited family and friends will probably buy anything cute, but it might not always be practical. In the early days, you will do a lot of washing and changes, so have plenty of sleepsuits and body suits that wash easily on hand.
Hats, socks and mittens will also keep baby warm, and depending on season, invest in a pram suit.