Having a new baby is an exciting time in everyone’s life. Sometimes it may seem a bit overwhelming. The process of becoming a new parent can feel like you’re living on a new planet. The good news is that when you move into this new world, you can feel comfortable in knowing that there are many others that live in the same territory. Here are a few ways to help you prepare for the amazing journey known as parenthood.
Baby Gear You’ll Need
It’s pretty easy to feel like the walls are closing in when it comes to figuring out what’s important to have and what you absolutely must purchase for this new life. Before you go buying everything on the planet, you will want to do a bit of research first. Finding a comprehensive list of baby products available online is a great starting point. This can help you avoid buyer’s remorse in the future.
Remember to look into new standards in safety for baby products as well, to make sure everything is up to date. Below is a list of products that can help you the first year.
A few items in multiple sizes can help you create a nice versatile wardrobe for your baby the first year. Get sizes from newborn to 12 months when purchasing baby clothes. The items below are must-haves that help in many different circumstances during your child’s first year:
- Tee Shirts
- Pants with buttons
- Pull-up pants
- Hats and mittens
- Pyjamas and sleepers
Diapers, Wipes and More
If you are using disposable diapers, you will want to have a nice stock available. Get at least enough to last the first few weeks to a month, so you don’t have to run out and purchase diapers every day. Here are a few other items necessary for the diapering process.
Ensure you have enough wipes to last up to a month. You will go through quite a lot of diapers and wipes the first month, as newborns go through up to 12 diaper changes a day.
You don’t necessarily need an official changing table, but having a changing pad comes in handy. Some diaper bags even come with their own changing pads that you can use both at home and on the go.
Breast or Bottle Feeding Accessories
If you are nursing, you will require different accessories than those who are bottle feeding. The following is a list to help you start the process.
Hot and cold packs can assist you in any soreness you experience during the breastfeeding process. Disposable breast pads can also help with any leakage you may experience. Ointment is also available for soreness with breastfeeding. The following accessories are what you will require for both breast and bottle feeding.
When you have to have someone else feed your baby in your absence, a set of bottles can assist in the breastfeeding process. A good starting point for both breast and bottle feeding is to have around seven to 12 bottles available at all times. Bottle brushes are amazing little tools that can assist you in cleaning your bottles properly.
Having a new baby brings with it excitement, joy, and sometimes confusion on what you need to buy to prepare for its arrival. This short list can help assist you in getting ready for the first month to the first year.