What do you absolutely need for a newborn?
Author: ejuno Date Posted:15 January 2018
You will need to feed, bathe, clothe, transport and provide your baby with a safe place to sleep. Planning during pregnancy is a great idea. This way, you will have ample time to buy all the essential items. Some pieces like cribs can take time to be delivered, especially if you want them customized. When it comes to shopping for your new baby, there are a lot of things to consider from purchasing cozy clothing to looking for handy feeding equipment. You need to have these accessories before giving birth to make your parenting job a whole lot easier. It is possible to keep your newborn healthy and happy without breaking the bank. There are also ways to reduce you environmental impact by looking at some second hand quality items from your local trademe or gumtree and the like. This post has compiled a list of the essential baby items that will help you welcome your little one into the world. Follow the list to tick off all things you need to see you through those first few months of your infant’s life.
1. Breastfeeding and Bottle-feeding
For mothers who opt to breastfeed, they should have a nursing pillow, at least two nursing bras and nursing pads, six cotton bibs and burp cloths. A breast pump may also be necessary. It can either be a hand pump or an electric pump. For such mothers, they may also need breast milk storage bags and nipple cream. If you are feeding your baby with pumped breast milk, you will need several bottles and nipples. Do not just pick a pillow from your bedroom to save on costs. Invest in a V-shaped nursing pillow. They can be much easier and more comfortable to use than standard bedroom pillows. For formula feeding, you need the following items: at least eight wide-necked bottles with newborn nipples, bottle drying rack, a bottle cleaning brush, two months’ supply of baby formula, at least six cotton bibs and burp cloths and an insulated cooler for the outdoors. Look for bottles made of glass or BPA-free plastic and have tight-fitting lids. Wide-necked bottles are easy to clean. Ensure that the formula is age-appropriate for your newborn.
2. Baby Clothes
Newborn clothing is one of the key areas to focus on when it comes to shopping for a newborn. Tiny baby clothes are cute, but you need to pick out practical items that will keep your baby cozy and comfortable. You will need to get several units of each piece as babies need to be often changed. The necessities include shirt and pants sets, snapcrotch bodysuits, and snap-up rompers, t-shirts, one-piece pajamas, cold weather hats, cardigan sweater, sun hat, baby socks or booties and baby hangers for the closet. Bodysuits come in handy during colder months. They are also easy and quick to put on and off. Grow suits can be worn during the day or night. Pick ones that have press studs that go to your baby’s legs to change diapers easier. A sunhat will protect your baby from direct sunlight which can be harmful. Any direct sunlight needs to be completely avoided in the first 12 months with baby getting their vitamin D through breastmilk/formula and solid food. Outerwear like cardigans should be layered to keep your baby warm. Avoid clothes with ties around the neck. Such clothes can pose a choking risk your baby.
3. Bathing and Grooming Bathing
Your newborn should begin after the umbilical cord falls off and is completely healed.
Cleaning your newborn is imperative, and it’s only right to do it well. You may need an infant tub, hooded towels, washcloths, baby shampoo, mild baby soap, nail clippers, baby comb, skincare products for babies and cotton swabs. Bath toys can make the bathing process fun. Toiletries should be natural and unscented because a newborn’s skin is sensitive to unfamiliar chemicals. Adults shampoos are a big a no. They are too strong and heavily scented. Conditioners should also be avoided at all costs. A nail clipper is safer that scissors when cutting little nails. The best time to cut your new baby’s nails is immediately after a warm bath. The heat of the water makes the nails supple. A baby comb or brush should be gentle.
4. Nursery Furniture
The necessities in your baby nursery include a crib cradle or bassinet, baby monitor, toy basket, nightlight, and mattress. A baby monitor helps you to keep track of your baby. Before buying, remember to check frequency and range. There are different types and brands of mattresses and bedding available in both physical and online and baby shops. Select a good quality mattress made of natural fiber or foam. When buying bedding like swaddling blankets, buy at least three. When one is in use, another one is being washed, and the third one is for emergencies. A portable nightlight is also a good addition.
5. Baby Gear (Outdoors)
At some point, you will need to take your baby out for a stroll in the pack or to the convenience store. Here are some of the items to include in your checklist: a stroller, baby carrier and car seat that fits the newborn, a diaper bag that has a spare outfit, diapers and wipes and a rain or sunshine cover for the stroller. Before settling on a stroller, try road-testing a friend’s stroller. Ensure that the car seat you plan to purchase complies with current legislation of where you live. Sun shades that encase the whole car window are a worthwhile addition. A baby carrier should be comfortable, evenly distribute your baby’s weight and in the right size. A wrong size can hurt your back.
6. Nappy and Nappy Bag
Nappies are necessary for baby care. You will become an expert in changing your baby’s nappies in no time. The necessities are two or three packs of newborn nappies, nappy rash ointment, wipes, waterproof changing table pad, a trash can with a lid and at least two cotton changing table pad covers. If purchasing nappy wipes it makes sense to buy them in bulk. They should be thick and chemical and alcohol-free, After buying them, store them in a pop-top dispenser. This will prevent them from drying out. If wanting to reduce environmental impact, consider cloth wipes with a diaper wash spray such as our Mambino Organics diaper wash spray. Modern Cloth Nappies make a great alternative to disposable nappies for the environment. You can even hire them for a trial before committing to purchasing them, to see if they are an option for you. A diaper bag should be big enough to house nappies, nappy rash cream, and other essentials. Choose one that has internal compartments and place for carrying wet diapers before disposing of them.
They grow up so fast! Baby proofing your house is imperative to keep your baby safe and sound. It creates a safe place where your child can play and grow up. Consider buying smoke detectors, furniture corner protectors, fireguards, toilet seat locks and plug socket covers. A great resource is www.kidsafe.org.au or your local state kidsafe organization.
8. Health (Medicine Cabinet) You baby’s health should always come first.
Remember to include the following medical items to your shopping checklist: nasal aspirator, saline nasal drops, digital stick thermometer, antibacterial cream, natural teething ointment, small bandages, and an electrolyte drink for dehydration. Paracetamol infant drops may also come in handy. Newborns should not be given over the-counter medicines like ibuprofen and cough remedies. Accidents can happen at any time. That is why it is a good idea to buy a first aid kit for emergencies. Ensure it is topped up at all times. Look into local infant and children first aid courses for you and the rest of the family prior to the arrival of your little one, as some basic knowledge can be lifesaving.
9. Toys and Entertainment
First toys are important to the mental development of your baby. Some of the toys that you should consider buying include: soft blocks, links, rattles, crib mirror, play mat, and baskets to store the toys safely. Look for rubber and wooden toys, which outlast plastic and have less environmental and health impact for your baby. The baskets can be placed in all the key areas of the house, not just the bedroom. It is good to have a music box or bouncy seat made for the baby’s crib. For soothing the baby to sleep, you may need to buy lullaby CDs and pacifiers. Conclusion It can be daunting for a mum to know just what you should buy for your newborn, but the above list has all the essentials. Before you walk to the baby store, go through this checklist.