So you have gotten over the excitement (or surprise) of being pregnant, if you are one of the lucky few, you are feeling just great or perhaps not so great for people like me – felt like an alien had invaded my body for the 1st two trimesters. Well, fast forward the not so enjoying being pregnant part, you need to prepare for the arrival of your precious newborn baby, right? You are willing to spare no cost in making this bundle of joy know just how special it is, even with the tight economic situations, but hold on – before you go on the shopping spree that drains your wallet or, perhaps you are just feeling confused, here are the most important things you need to buy for your newborn baby.
Even though there are lots of economy packs available these days, a typical newborn uses 6 – 8 diapers per day in the first 6weeks of life – yes, thats a lot of getting your hands messy (trust me, you would do this with all pleasure). Most of them come in sizes, so a 0 – 4kg size should be fine, after 6 weeks of life, it drops to about 4- 6 per day depending on how finicky you are – then, you would begin to appreciate all the well-wishers who gifted you with diapers (you can never have enough).
2. BABY CLOTHES
You would need;
- 6 – 8 sleep suits. It is most comfortable and easiest cloth to dress newborn in, it covers the feet and some even come with turnover mittens to cover the hands.
- 6 – 8 onesies/body suits. These are worn under the sleep suits and help to keep baby warm.
- 6 – 8 layettes. These are worn to dress up baby daily, or when going out for immunization or doctor’s check up visits.
- 3 Bath towels and 3 small face towels for drying your baby’s bottom after diaper change.
- 3 hats. Which help to keep baby’s head warm
- 6 – 10 bibs for burps and to keep clothes from being soiled while feeding, they can be used well into the weaning period.
- 6 socks/ booties. No need to buy shoes for infants until they start to walk, so invest in cute booties that keep babies feet warm and can be worn with layettes.
- 2 – 3 going out clothes to be worn for naming ceremony/dedication or other family occasions.
- 2 – 3 shawls/ swaddle blanket. If you would be having lots of visitors, its important to have baby protected from unwashed hands. They are also useful as cover clothes when breastfeeding baby in public.
- For breastfeeding moms, you would need 4 – 6 nursing bras, and breast pads.
- Breast pump for working moms who want to keep breastfeeding and store breastmilk. There are lots ofefficient, automatic, double breast pumps in the market. There are also disposable, breastmilk storage
bags or simply buy 12 small plastic storage containers.
- Sterilizing unit. If you are going to bottlefeed, buy a good sterilizing unit to sterilize bottles and teats. Ifyou cant afford this, you could also go the traditional way of bucket sterilizing.
- Before you splurge on that expensive cot, its important to know your baby would most likely not sleep in it in their first year. For breastfeding moms, its easier to have your baby next to you for ease of feeding at night.
- Moses basket / Baby mattress. A moses basket that stands next to your bed is perfect if you dont want the baby to get inbetween your night time cuddles with hubby. There are also baby mattresses that come with a zipper and mosquito net to protect baby, this can be placed on the bed, between you and your partner. Avoid placing baby next to you on the bed or sleeping with the breast in baby’s mouth because of risk of suffocation. Always sit up in bed while breast feeding.
- A baby bath can be useful. Or simply buy a big bowl if you dont mind the floor getting wet.
- Mild and gentle baby soap. Goodluck to those using blacksoap, these dries baby’s skin and causes lots ofskin problems, but I understand the external pressure from mothers and mother-in-laws, its only for a
short while 🙂
- Petroleum jelly for babies bottom. Avoid perfumed products, some babies are allergic to the irritants inthe perfume.
- Baby cream / Shea butter. If using shea butter then you can skip the petroleum jelly, it is very good forbaby’s skin and can also substitute for body cream and hair oil.
- Car Seat. If you would be driving, invest in a good infant car seat, make sure to check the age range so your baby can use it well after the 1st year.
- Baby Carrier. You only need this if you would not be driving or would be going for walks often, putting your baby to the back is way more comfortable for you and your baby.
- Diaper bag. Needed to pack essentials such as diapers, wipes, change of cloth, bottles when going out with baby. Make sure to choose one that is simple, roomy and fashionable because that would be your handbag for the next 1 year.
- Clothes dryer. Keeps baby’s clothes seperate from others.
- Nail cutter. This is essential to keep your baby from scratching his/her face with overgrown nails.
- Combs/hair brushThis list is only meant as a guide, opinions and use differ, so experienced moms get in here and share with us what you absolutely needed for your baby’s first year.