Starting a family is a rewarding and exciting time, but few parents know the amount of items they will need when taking care of their newborn. In this article, we’ll break down some of the top things to make sure you have on hand before your child is born.
Convertible Car Seat
Convertible car seats are extremely versatile and can be used for both infants and toddlers. Convertible car seats have a five-point harness system that keeps your child safe and secure in the seat.
They also have adjustable headrests and recline positions that allow you to customize the seat to your child’s needs. Convertible car seats can be installed in both rear-facing and forward-facing positions, making them ideal for use with newborns and toddlers alike.
If you are formula feeding, you will not need a breast pump. If you are breastfeeding, a breast pump can be very helpful, especially in the early days when your baby is latching on frequently to help stimulate your milk production or to help deal with engorgement. Many moms I know also pump to have milk on hand for when they are out or even pump to donate breast milk to a milk bank.
A good quality electric breast pump can make life much easier as it will do all the work for you. Look for one that is comfortable to use, comes in various parts, is easy to clean, and offers a good warranty. You may also want to consider a manual breast pump if you are planning to pump only occasionally.
A stroller will allow you to take your newborn out for walks, to the store, and even on vacation. But not all strollers are created equal. Some are better than others, and some are far more expensive. So, how do you know which one is right for you and your baby?
There are a few things to consider when purchasing a stroller. The first is price. You don’t want to spend too much money on something that your child will only use for a short time, but you also don’t want to get something cheap that won’t last. Find something that is reasonably priced and will last at least a few years.
The next thing to consider is the size of the stroller. You want something that is large enough to comfortably fit your child, but not so large that it is difficult to maneuver. If you plan on using the stroller for long walks or jogs, make sure it has strong wheels that can handle different types of terrain.
The final thing to consider is the features of the stroller. Some come with many bells and whistles, while others are very basic. Decide what features are most important to you and find a stroller that has them. Remember, you can always add extras later if you find you need them.
A good change table should have all the necessary items within arm’s reach so you can easily change your baby’s diaper without having to leave him unattended. Your change table can be an actual table or a simple change pad and basket kept somewhere handy. Here is a list of the top items you should have for diaper changers:
Diapers: Of course, you will need diapers! Have a good supply on hand so that you don’t have to worry about running out in the middle of a diaper change.
Wipes: Keep a bottle of baby wipes close by so that you can quickly and easily clean up any messes.
Diaper rash cream: This is a must-have for when those inevitable diaper rashes pop up. Apply it generously to help soothe your baby’s skin.
Changing pad: This will make changing diapers much easier and more comfortable for both you and your baby. Make sure the pad is firm and well-padded so that your baby doesn’t end up with any bruises.
A few spare clothes: Accidents happen! It’s always good to have a few spare outfits on hand in case your baby soils theirs during a diaper change.
A nursing pillow allows you to comfortably position your baby for feedings, and also provides support for your arms and back. There are many different types of nursing pillows on the market, so be sure to choose one that fits your needs. When choosing one, look out for the following features:
Adjustability: Nursing pillows come in different shapes and sizes, so choose the one that best suits you.
Comfort: Make sure the nursing pillow has been made from comfortable fabric, such as 100% cotton, or memory foam.
Support: Most will offer great support for the baby’s back and head during feedings, but it may be worth getting one that offers additional support for your arms as well.
Safety: Ensure the nursing pillow has been safety certified by a recognized organization.
This list covers the basics of what you’ll need to keep your newborn happy and healthy. From food and clothing to bedding and bathing supplies, make sure you have everything you need before bringing your baby home. Congratulations on your new baby!
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