What Essentials Will You Need for Your New Baby?
Congratulations! You’re having a baby!
Now you have eight months to plan and prepare the essentials of your nursery. Most of your necessities will be gifted at your baby shower, however, if for whatever reason you will not be having one, I will provide a list of what you will need to get you through the first few months after baby is born.
Compared to when our parents had us, the variety of essentials has grown to include gadgets that we don’t necessarily need but can provide easier methods of infant care. One that I found to be a bit silly is the “Pee Pee Tee Pee”. This is a tiny tent that you place over your son’s penis during a diaper change to keep him from peeing all over, which all boys do when air hits it. Here is a checklist of items that you will want to obtain for your nursery.
Car seat and carrier. You will need this before leaving the hospital. Baby must sit in a rear facing position until they are a specific weight. I actually left my son facing rear until he was 2 years old because it is safer this way in the event of an accident.
Diapers and plenty of them in the first few sizes. Keep the receipts as you can exchange what baby does not fit any longer for the correct size.
Onesies, and outfits that will fit baby comfortably, socks and hats if cold weather. You do not want loose fitting clothes since they can suffocate if the clothing moves up to their face.
Crib or bassinett and tight fitting bedding, A place for baby to sleep with bedding that fits perfect. Dress baby comfortably so that they do not require covering up as this is a safety issue since the blanket can rise above their face and suffocate baby.
Bottles, Even for the breast-fed babies as you may need to pump extra if you need to leave baby for a few hours. Pumps can be loaned out by the hospital to assist in getting you started.
Pacifiers. The sucking motion they get from the pacifier helps to soothe them when they are cranky and also when they are teething.
Bath Care Products. baby shampoo and wash, wash cloth, lotion and a tub (some prefer to use sink or a basin for the first few weeks if they do not have a tub).
Laundry Detergent. You do not need the baby detergent as it can run pretty high but do be sure that you get soap without additives as their fresh skin cannot handle any dyes or perfumes that are in regular detergents.
Baby Monitor. You do not need the most expensive but one that will allow you to hear baby when you are not in the same room as they are. You may be outside during nap time and cannot hear if they wake up. Monitors are very handy for this.
These are your essentials, but of course there are millions of products that you can purchase to help make your life easier when you become a parent. I wish you the very best in your new chapter of life.