Preparing for a baby is hard work, in more ways than 1. Your life is about to change forever and mostly all for the good… Except loosing some sleep, that part is not so good. LOL!! But more on that later!
In a series of upcoming posts, I am sharing some newborn essentials, which in my opinion are a must. I am also working on a post of things that are “good to have” so that’ll be coming your way soon as well. But for now, my focus is on the absolutely necessary items. I am also working on a “what to keep in your hospital bag” post so stay tuned for that as well.
So without further ado, my list of newborn essentials, part 1, in no particular order, is as follows:
Clothes and many clothes is the key for preparing for a baby, but always a size bigger! Invest in just a few newborn pieces as they aren’t going to be that tiny for more than a week or two, if you had an on-time / full term delivery. The story for a premie baby is a bit different. So what I mean to say is that you should have more of 0-3 months onesies initially, and then 3-6 and so on and so forth. Also keep in mind the weather in your city when the baby is 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m and so on, and buy the clothes accordingly.
Onesies worked wonders for us especially since you are going to be changing a billion (no really, that’s the count) diapers!!! I like anything that opens up from the bottom and has easy access to the diaper. And that’s the reason why I am not a big fan of pants when it comes to babies and luckily since mine is a girl, onesies and baby dresses are all I need, mostly!!
Stock up on atleast 10-12 onesies. You’ll be amazed at how many times you can end up having to change the little one and having to do laundry everyday is definitely not what you want especially when you are already preoccupied with a newborn hence having atleast 10 onesies is a good idea.
For night wear, have a wearable blanket or a micro-fleece overall onesies so you can skip the need of a blanket and hence your little one will be safer when they sleep at night.
Mittens weren’t preferred by little Miss K, but it’s a must-have since kids scratch themselves all the time! Caps and socks are needed too. Having atleast 5 pairs of each is a good start. The story about mittens is a mixed one, our baby couldn’t care less to keep them on, so for us it was a waste of money. Also I read somewhere that mittens actually hinder sensory development, and it is better to let babies feel their face and other things with their hands without the mittens blocking them, so I guess you can skip these if you want to.
Burp cloths are an absolute must and so are Wash cloths. I would suggest having atleast 10 burp cloths (they do get dirty easily, thanks to all the spit-up babies do while you try to burp them, exactly for the reason that they don’t spit up, vicious circle I know!) and washcloths, you can never have enough. We have about 40 wash cloths and some weeks, they still are less as they are needed for all sorts of activities – sponging the baby after a massage, cleaning spit ups, cleaning the baby in general and what not!
Hooded towels are a must and we have 5 of these, but since here in the US, the pediatrician recommends a bath for the newborn once in 3 days , I would suggest that 2-3 hooded towels are more than enough for your day to day, coz trust me, that laundry machine is going to run often.
Diapers, Diaper Rash Cream and Baby Wipes:
Stock up!!!!! You’ll need MANY MANY diapers and even more wipes, trust me, consider yourself warned!!
We are always stocked up on at least a month’s supply of diapers and baby wipes. Since we live in a apartment and have carpet, we don’t prefer cloth diapers / nappies coz it can get messy easily and fairly quickly.
Diaper rash cream is a must, and if you aren’t too lazy, then apply it with every diaper change and if you are like us, a little lazy, then apply it atleast a few times during the day. Apart from this, also give the baby diaper-free time while you massage, as it’s good to air things out, atleast once everyday.
We swear by Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Sensitive Wipes. As for diaper rash cream there are a couple of good ones – Dr. Smith, Destin and Aquaphor.
A caddy to arrange all your diapers in one place is a good idea and also changing pads, like the rubber ones we get in India is a good investment. In my opinion a changing table is waste of money as it’s not necessary to run to the changing station every time. We just change her diaper in the room we are by bringing the caddy and a rubber changing pad along. It’s really convenient, trust me!
2-3 blankets are good enough and 3-4 crib sheets are good to start with.
You can skip pillows, bolsters, crib bumpers, and decorative pillows because it is usually advised to keep the baby’s crib empty of all decorative and unnecessary items.
If you want a pillow, consider getting one filled with mustard seeds as that usually takes the shape of baby’s head and helps in getting that perfect round head.
Baby shampoo and body wash (often they are the same) is an absolute must and I recommend either Aveeno or Dove. Also a small soft bristle baby hair brush for combing that delicate head. A nasal aspirator and one for the mouth is necessary too. And definitely buy a thermometer and some nail files, since their nails grow like weeds, and if not filed, they will scratch themselves crazy! I really liked this Summer Infant Kit and would surely suggest buying this.
I guess this post has already become a long one, so I’ll be sharing more newborn essentials in the next segment – so look out for more posts of newborn essentials coming your way 🙂