Are you a new mother with no idea of what to buy for your baby? Then, you’re not alone. Preparing well for a new born is necessary in order to avoid problems in case of emergencies. There is a lot you must buy for the baby and this guide will help you plan your shopping.
What you would really need are the essentials. Besides this are things that you should have so that you can keep your child busy and entertained. Then, there are things you should keep away from him/her.
The key to buying baby clothes to remember that babies grow quickly! The clothes in baby shops are organized according to age. These however, vary considerably. Make sure to buy clothes that allow easy movement, comfort and ease. Also, remember to choose soft, comfortable and durable clothes.
Infant baby suits like Baby Onesies are good choices of baby clothing.
Normally, babies begin with needing 12 to 15 diapers a day so you need to plan accordingly. Try finding brand that is not too tight or irritating to the baby’s skin.
- Ensure your child’s safety
You need to ‘baby-proof’ you home. When your child begins crawling and moving around, you need to make sure that your home is safe for the baby. Remove all objects from the baby’s reach that are a safety threat and include things like stair gates, cabinet latches, furniture anchors etc.
Keep a lot of baby wipes because you would need them frequently.
- Bedding and changing table
Buy the essentials for your baby’s sleep and it would also be a good idea to keep a fixed changing table to change diapers.
You do not want to be in a situation where your baby is sick and you do not have the health care essentials. So, do not forget to include a first-aid-kit in your shopping checklist.
- Formula feeding
Remember to buy the necessities of formula feeding, which include: baby bottles with newborn nipples, a bottle-cleaning brush or dishwasher, baby formula, bibs, burp cloths and carrier for carrying the formula milk when taking your baby for outings.
- Bathing essentials
Keep your baby clean, safe and healthy! So include the following in your list: at least 2 hooded towels, washcloths, bath seat, baby shampoo, comb, nail scissors and cotton balls.
The optional things
Your baby would enjoy squeaky, soft and chewy toys as this age. A mobile is also the ideal toy for an infant so it would be a good idea to include it in your list of toys.
- The don’ts
Avoid using pillows, sleep positioners and mattress paddings because they are a SIDs risk to the baby.
Also, make sure to choose only toy that are safe. Keep sharp, pointed and hard objects a safe distance away and out of your reach of the baby.
Baby-care is a complicated process and a little help in the form of guidance from others is certainly appreciated. Shopping for a new born also requires careful planning and consideration. We have listed above the essentials, non-essentials and the don’ts of baby shopping for the aid of new mothers.