Items You'll Need for Your Newborn Baby

Submitted by Nick on May 31, 2012

Preparing yourself for the arrival of a newborn can be an exciting and overwhelming experience for any first-time parent-to-be. Every time you enter a store specializing in baby products, you will come across several items that will probably look adorable on your little one.You may end up spending big bucks on items for your little bundle of joy, knowing very well that your baby will probably use them just a couple of times.

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Preparing yourself for the arrival of a newborn can be an exciting and overwhelming experience for any first-time parent-to-be. Every time you enter a store specializing in baby products, you will come across several items that will probably look adorable on your little one.You may end up spending big bucks on items for your little bundle of joy, knowing very well that your baby will probably use them just a couple of times.


However, when it comes to shopping for your baby or creating a baby register, you have to be a bit more levelheaded. In fact, make a list of all the items you’ll need for your baby before you decide to loosen those purse strings. If you are going to have a baby shower soon, you may even want to let your friends take a peek into your list.

What do you Need for a New Baby?

It is perfectly normal for you to ask yourself this question, several times a day. Every parent wants their baby to be safe, comfortable and well taken care of, right from the beginning. Given below is a list of some of the items you will need for soon after your little one makes his arrival:

Baby Nappies

In addition to crying,most babies spend the day peeing and pooping. Therefore, one of the first things that you need to think about stocking up is baby nappies or diapers.

Disposable diapers are very popular, not only because they are convenient, but also because they keep the baby dry and comfortable even after he has peed. However, most babies need to be changed at least 10 to 12 times a day, which means that you will be using up a lot of diapers each week.

Cloth diapers are another option you may want to consider as they can be reused, thereby reducing waste. Moreover, they as they are not as bulky as the disposable ones. However, these nappies need to be washed thoroughly before they are used again, or your little one could be in a lot of discomfort.

While you are out picking up baby nappies, you may want to throw in some wipes and nappy rash cream (just in case) into your shopping cart too.

Baby carrier

This contraption is can help you carry your little one in front of you, without you having to hold him or use your hands. The advantage of the carrier is that your baby gets to snuggle close to you and you have your hands free, to carry other things around.

When shopping for a baby carrier, choose a well-known brand and check all the harnesses thoroughly. Also make sure that if can be cleaned and laundered without too much effort.

Though this product is used by thousands of parents around the world, there is a risk of injuries and suffocation associated with carriers. Read the safety tips for using baby carriers issued by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission before buying a baby carrier or sling.

Baby Crib

Though you may decide that you do not want your baby to sleep in a crib right away, it is a good idea to keep a crib handy as your baby should start sleeping in his own bed before he completes a year. During the night, you could have your little one sleep in your bed, where you can check on him easily. But during the day, a crib may be more feasible as you don’t need to build a pillow-fort around it.

Choose a crib that is sturdy and has close-set bars or slats. Side-drop cribs have been banned in the US since 2010, as they can be quite dangerous. Avoid such cribs like the plague, even if you get a hand-me-down that doesn’t cost you a cent.

Bedding

Whether or not you plan to use a baby crib, you will need to buy separate bedding for your newest arrival. Bedding items that are a must for all little babies include protective under sheets, baby pillows, bolsters, quilts and soft blankets.

Burp clothes

All babies have to burp several times a day, whether they are breastfed or bottle-fed. You could use some of your napkins and towels to protect your clothing from the mess, but some of them may trigger off a reaction on your baby’s skin. Therefore, you may want to pick up a few burp cloths in 100% cotton terry, as they are thinner and can be easily washed. Buy a pack of 6 and leave a coupleburp cloths in your car.

Breast pump

This is a very important device that every breastfeeding mom should have. The act of breastfeeding definitely strengthens the bond between you and your baby, but there may be times when you need to be somewhere when your baby needs his feed. In such cases, use a breast pump to extract your milk and preserve it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. This way, your baby can get his chow as required, even if you are working or the two of you are outdoors. Breast pumps are available in basic and electric models.

Baby feeding bottles

Always keep a few baby feeding bottles at hand, because you never know when you may need them, even if your baby is exclusively breastfed. Most newborns drink no more than 4 ounces of milk and therefore, you can just buy small bottles initially. However, as your baby grows, his appetite will increase and at that time, an 8-ounce bottle will be better. Make sure you buy an equal amount of nipples too.

Keep separate bottles and nipples for milk, water, juice and other liquids.

There are many other baby items that are very important. Give below are some of the other things that you may want to include in your list:

  • Baby monitors
  • Bottle cleaning equipment or a sterilizer
  • Car seat
  • Changing table
  • Clothes (overalls, shirts, leggings, pajamas, hats, mittens, socks, shoes and booties)
  • Combs and brushes
  • Highchair
  • Nail-cutters or clippers
  • Pacifiers
  • Play mats or a baby gym
  • Stroller
  • Thermometers
  • Utensils (Bowls, spoons, cups)

Of course, every parent is different and some of the items you may need for your little may be different from the ones mentioned in this list.

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