- Car seat – There are many options out there so do your research. Many hospitals won’t let you leave if you don’t have a car seat properly installed so be sure to have it organized before your discharge date.
- Stroller – Once again, there are many options so try to go into a baby store and test them out. Strollers vary greatly based on size, shape, cost and storage, so depending on your needs, you’ll have options.
- Change table – You will be changing your child’s diaper about 10 times a day, so a change table at is a worthwhile investment – particularly one at the correct height.
- Bassinet/cot – Many parents have their newborns in their rooms in a bassinet before moving them to their own room. Further, babies find movement extremely soothing so a bassinet in which you can rock your baby is a bonus. After 4-6 months, your baby will ‘graduate’ to a cot. If you are looking at buying only the bare essentials, you can always just place your baby into the cot first without buying a bassinet.
- Baby sleeping wrap / muslin wraps – Your baby will need some form of a sleeping aid. Babies like to feel safe and secure and therefore a baby wrap can be a life saver – for the parents that is! These wraps emulate the feeling in the womb and prevent the baby from waking herself up with jerking limbs in the middle of the night.
- Diapers – For a newborn, you will be changing diapers 8-10 times a day. Depending on the size of your baby, you may graduate from “newborn” diapers within the first month, so pay attention to the weights on the boxes.
- Clothes – Newborn babies grow incredibly fast, so resist the urge to buy them heap of clothes. It is best to have enough clothes to last a month factoring in at least two changes a day (at a minimum!). Baby onesies are the best for this age, and come in different lengths and styles suitable for varied weather conditions.
- Feeding time – If your partner chooses to breastfeed, it will certainly make feeding time less preparation. If you are going to bottle feed, you will need about six 4- to 5-ounce bottles, plus nipples, rings, and a sterilizer.
- Bath time – You will need a baby bath or seat, a baby wash and a moisturizer. Avoid anything with strong fragrances and scents as the baby may be allergic to them. A gentle wash cloth is also advised as baby skin is very soft and sensitive.
9 Essentials For Your Baby’s First Month
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