9 Essentials For Your Baby’s First Month

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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