Finding out that you are pregnant is one of the most exciting and life-changing experiences. There is an overwhelming mix of emotions that can sometimes follow, when we realise the responsibility that is going to be on our shoulders.
After a short while the nervousness and anxiety will disappear and you will start putting things into place for the baby’s arrival. It helps to start buying the things that are needed from as early as possible, to avoid a last minute rush when your due date is near. Provided below is a list of newborn baby essentials that you will need, in order to help you get started.
The Best Essential Purchases for Your Newborn
Baby Changing Essentials
Newborns have to be changed at least 10-12 times each day and it is very important that there are enough nappies to facilitate this. If possible buy nappies and wipes in bulk, as it works out to be cheaper. These are things that you will be using continuously and there can never be too many.
- Nappies – Try to buy enough nappies to last at least two weeks after the baby’s birth.
- Wipes – These are not only used when changing a baby but can be extremely helpful in cleaning up other messes that are sure to be made.
- Nappy Cream – A new baby’s skin is very sensitive and it can be really easy for them to get a nappy rash. Having a nappy cream on hand will help to alleviate some of their discomfort and encourage healing faster.
- Nappy Sacks – These make cleaning up dirty nappies easier, as all the messy bits can be packed up to be disposed of. As a new parent it is always advisable to do things the easiest way possible.
Bottle Feeding Essentials
Parents normally make the decision about how they are going to feed their babies, before the child is born. For breast-feeding there are really no items that it is absolutely necessary to buy. Some mothers get very sore when the baby first starts to nurse and nipple cream can help to ease the pain.
For bottle fed babies the essentials are:
- Bottles (normally 6 or 8 ounces)
- Teats – The smallest available sizes are normally recommended for young babies.
- Bottle Brush – It is advisable to use a separate brush to clean the bottles.
- Bibs and burb cloths – Useful both during and after feeding.
Apart from feeding and creating lots of dirty nappies, newborns spend most of their time sleeping. To ensure that they are comfortable and safe while they do so, it is recommended to buy:
- Moses basket or cot – A Moses basket can only be used until the baby starts to roll over, at about 3 or 4 months, so many parents just go ahead and buy a cot to start with.
- Fitted bedsheets
- Blankets – for warmth
- Sleep sack –This is optional but many babies sleep better in one because they feel like they are being held.
Newborn Baby Bath Time Essentials
Some babies absolutely love their first bath, and others absolutely hate it. Either way, the most important thing is to ensure that they are safe while getting clean. Bath time recommendations are:
- A bath or bath support – Many people opt for a baby bath because it can be used in any room, while the bath support is limited to use in a regular sized bath.
- Baby cleanser – your little one’s skin is extremely sensitive so the cleanser needs to be gentle and hypoallergenic
- Washcloth or baby sponge
Newborn Baby Travel Essentials
When your baby starts to get out and explore the world you will need:
- Approved rear-facing car seat
- Pram or Baby Carrier – Ensure that the one you choose is suitable for new-borns and they can lie down comfortably. Many parents prefer a baby carrier or sling until the baby starts becoming a little bit heavier.
- Changing bag – Nappies, milk and other things that are needed can all be carried in one place.
Newborn Baby Clothing Essentials
When purchasing clothes for your little one the main concern should be their comfort. The only items of clothes really necessary are:
- 10-12 all-in-ones – Babies spend the majority of their time in these and they help to keep their feet warm as it is difficult to get socks to stay on the baby’s feet.
- 10-12 onesies/baby grows – Can be worn either underneath the all-in-ones, or by themselves when it is very hot.
- 2-3 cardigans
- Winter gear – hats, coats and mittens
- Soft hats
- Baby mittens – these help to prevent the baby from scratching themselves
Other Baby Essentials
- Nail clippers and a comb and brush for grooming
- Mild laundry detergent, suitable for new-borns
- Nasal aspirator
- Baby monitor – This is not an absolute necessity but many parents prefer being able to see/hear their baby at all times.
When buying essentials for your new-born, the most important things to keep in mind are their safety and well-being. Don’t stress too much over getting everything, there is always the option of buying them at a later date. Just do the best you can and have a great time shopping for your little one.