When your first baby is due, it can seem like everywhere there is conflicting advice about what you should buy. Every TV program, magazine and website is full of information about essential nursery products, while every friend and family member has their own input on the subject. So, how can you make sure that you don’t waste your money on products that you’re never going to use?
While you’ll see lots of fantastic products on the shelves marketed under the category of “essential items for new baby” there are actually very few of them that you’ll get a lot of use out of. Take, for example, the diaper wrapping devices which claim to wrap up your little one’s soiled diapers in a Saran-wrap style packaging. Who needs that? So, what do you really need to invest in for your new bundle of joy?
You’re definitely going to need somewhere for baby to sleep. While it might be nice to have a Moses basket, your little one will only sleep in one for a few weeks, so it may not be worth making the investment. Instead, a crib with a lowering base will accommodate your sleeping little one for at least the first year, and if you opt for a larger size with a removable side panel, they may even be able to sleep in it during their toddler years too.
A Baby Bath
Although you might consider washing your baby in your own tub, in practice, this can be difficult. Reaching down and trying to hold onto a wriggling wet baby is no mean feat, and a baby bath will eliminate these difficulties.
A Stroller And Car Seat
There are many different strollers on the market, and you’ll need to pick the right one to suit your needs and your lifestyle. If you plan to be using your car a lot, you might want to choose a travel system with an integrated car seat which can be removed and fastened into your vehicle while the base can be folded down into the trunk. On the other hand, if you’re planning on jogging or hiking with your baby in tow, you might want to consider a more heavy-duty three-wheeled jogging stroller. If you only have a small trunk in your vehicle, you’ll need a model which collapses down into an umbrella fold, while if you already have an older child, you might need a twin or tandem stroller.
You’ll no doubt be given lots of baby clothes for your little one, so don’t go overboard with your own shopping! A few plain vests and bodysuits will do the trick together with a jacket and hat. If the weather is likely to be very cold, you might want to consider a snowsuit for your newborn. It isn’t worth buying a lot of smart or pretty outfits in newborn size as most babies grow out of them very rapidly. It’s best to invest in larger sizes 0-3 months is often a good bet, especially if your newborn is on the large side to start with.
No matter how many diapers you have, you’ll never have enough! Guess how many you’ll need and then buy double!
Bottles And Sterilizer
Even if you’re planning on breastfeeding, you may still want to consider getting baby used to a bottle, especially if you’ll be returning to work. You’ll need a few good-quality bottles, a bottle brush for cleaning and a sterilizer to make sure that they’re clean. If you’re going to be breastfeeding, you’ll need a breast pump to express milk for your little one to drink when you’re not around.
Although your baby won’t play with toys for a while, you might want to consider a few simple rattles or teething rings. These will prove useful before long and will be a nice memory for your child as they grow up.
As you can see, there aren’t too many essentials that you’ll need for your new arrival. Don’t spend too much money and remember, whenever possible, you can borrow from your friends and family members. The newborn stage is a very short one!