Are you a going to be a new Mom or Dad? Congratulations! Having a baby comes with so many changing emotions: joy, happiness, love… Whether or not your pregnancy was planned or unplanned, you will likely also experience fear, anxiety and sheer disbelief at the amount of stuff you can purchase for a tiny little newborn! The baby industry is booming and there is no shortage of product to spend money on which can cause new mothers to feel overwhelmed by choice and the fact that they might not be able to afford all of the so-called necessities. But rest assured, these little beings don’t need much other than love and support and maybe a few of the following items.
- Receiving blankets: These are great for swaddling, laying baby on them, using as burp cloths and more. If you have at least 5 on hand, you’ll be set.
- Sleepers & nightgowns: Although babies look really cute in tiny clothes, they will pretty much live in sleepers and nightgowns for the first couple of months. Try and use the night gowns until baby’s cord falls off, and hen make the switch (if you want.)
- Nursing bras*: These make your life a lot easier if you’re breastfeeding and you won’t rung your normal bras. Two of these in a cup size larger than you are normally should suffice (be sure to try them on first!) *If you are not breastfeeding, you will not need these.
- Bottles & formula: These can be handy for both breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding moms. If you are formula feeding, hey are a necessity. Try and have about 4 small an 5 larger bottles and nipples as well as a nipple and bottle brush. You will also need formula (start with a case or canister and make sure to check the expiry date.) If you are breastfeeding, have a couple of bottles on hand just in case.
- Baby safe detergent and baby wash: babies have very sensitive skin so an all-natural or baby-focused clothing detergent is best.
- Maxi pads: You may continue bleeding for up to 6 weeks after the birth of your little one – make sure you have the largest pads possible to begin with.
- Nipple cream & breast pads*: Breastfeeding is hard work so make sure you treat your body well. Your nipples may get cracked and sore so nipple cream is a great barrier. Breast pads are easily inserted into your bra to absorb any leaks that may happen. *If you are not breastfeeding, you will not need these.
- Diapers: These are a must! Start with newborn size and work your way up from there. If you are using cloth diapers you will most likely need a week’s worth with fasteners and waterproof covers.
- Clothing: Other than sleepers, not much clothing is needed. Onesies (or body suits) are great for under sleepers for cold weather. Baby socks are also nice to have – a few pairs will do. If you have a winter baby, you will also need a snowsuit or bunting bag.
- Car seat: This is an important purchase. You can usually purchase a stroller/car seat combination. Make sure you purchase one that is a new model and not a used one so you can be sure it is safe.
Crib: This will be needed if you are not planning on co-sleeping. You will need a firm crib mattress, one or two water proof covers and sheets.
Soft bristled hair brush: Should your baby have longer or thicker hair you may want this for grooming purposes.
Baby washcloths: These generally come in large quantities so if you have a couple of packages that you can use and wash you’ll be in good shape. You can also use your own washcloths.
Take the anxiety out of the first few weeks and prepare yourself with the essentials.