You are expecting the sweetest arrival in the world? Then make sure you prepare everything for your little miracle. You need a big list for your small one, but no worries, for start, you’ll only need a few essentials. For those who are just getting ready to step into the world of motherhood, a lot of items can seem unknown. Walking pregnant through baby stores is like entering a wonderland full of sweet, gentle things that catch your attention. During that walk everything seems to be necessary, which is not the case. We have listed some of the most important products you will need for the baby, especially in the beginning. Focus on them, and leave the rest of the big list for later. We wish you unforgettable first days full of love.
First and foremost, a swaddle blanket. It is one of the most important items you need. This is due to the important role swaddling plays in a baby’s first days. It imitates the environment of the mother’s womb which helps the baby stay calm, and sleep faster and longer. Pick the finest material of the swaddling blanket, and make sure it is comfortable for the baby. Swaddling helps in a baby’s adaptation to the new world it encounters. When swaddled properly, your baby and you will enjoy some rest time.
Novis moms have to be mindful when buying clothes for the baby. This is due to the fact that babies quickly overgrow clothes, so it is not a wise option to buy too many clothing items. The items you will certainly need include bodies, cotton socks, caps and gloves, and one-piece pajamas for easier changing, diapers, and burp cloths as well.
Using size and age charts can help you in buying clothes in the long run, but for a fresh start, given essentials will be enough. Make sure you buy clothes suitable for the baby’s skin and one that is easy to handle since sometimes you will need to change them more often.
You will be able to dive into designs, colors, patterns, and limitless choices of baby’s dressing items later. Do not hurry with that in the beginning, but rather stick to the must-haves.
To provide a pleasant place for your baby’s dreams, you will need some sleeping equipment. Babies spend hours and hours sleeping so they need adequate gear to give them comfort and peace. Sleeping equipment includes a crib, mattress, waterproof cotton sheets, and cotton bedding, and blankets to cover as well. You have to pay attention to the materials that make up these items. In fact, deciding, for example, on an organic baby bassinet will definitely be a good idea. This is because organics save your baby from any toxins or chemicals that can cause unnecessary harm. Therefore, it is a must to invest in non-toxic products, especially when it comes to the ones connected with sleeping, which occupies the majority of the baby’s precious time. Sometimes, your baby will sleep with you, especially if you breastfeed, so it is advisable to put a waterproof sheet on your bed.
When it comes to feeding, buying in advance is not a must. How many items of this kind you need basically depends on the way you will feed your baby. You may not need bottles and formula-feeding items at all. If you breastfeed your baby, you will need only a breast pump. If, for some reason, you will have to use formula feeding, make sure you chose the best one for your baby. In this case, the number of products increases so you will need bottles, nipples, brushes, and the needed formula milk and food.
Feeding your baby is one of the most important and mighty tasks you have to tackle. So, depending on the way of feeding, take care of the quality, time, and hygiene of your baby and its food. The list of feeding essentials will change as you go, so start with small steps instead of running in advance.
The First Bubbles
The first bath may be ticklish. It is both a sweet and a bit difficult part of a baby’s first days, but it is essential and can be enjoyable. A bathtub is a mandatory part of the bathing equipment. Besides it, you will need towels, a baby brush, and a thermometer. Caring for a baby’s hygiene and skin in the first days of life has to be taken seriously since a baby’s skin is sensitive and susceptible to irritation. That is why you should use olive or almond oil rather than shampoos and soaps that can contain aggressive substances for the gentle skin of your little one.
The baby does not sweat and does not get too dirty. If you clean it thoroughly when changing, you do not need to bathe every day. You can wash your baby with gentle and mild baby shampoos, but you can also use a little chamomile tea and a few drops of olive or almond oil instead. After bathing, the baby’s head should be gently massaged with a brush because of the scalp. For further and deeper care, you will also need nail clippers, wound healing powder, sterile wound compresses, and ph-neutral wet wipes as well. Baby nails are very soft, but can also be very long and sharp after birth. Small babies reflexively wave their arms and can very easily scratch their faces. You will need powder and sterile compresses for the navel.
To prepare for the walks with your little one, get strollers, a carrier, and a car seat. These should be chosen wisely and the most important thing for them is to give your baby comfort while walking and your arms some rest.
Put a checkmark next to everything on the list and everything is ready for the baby. As you get to know your little one, you will find out what you really need. Enjoy your lovely new journey with the miracle beneath your heart.