- Baby’s First Wardrobe
- Feeding Accessories
- Inventory for Going Outside
- It is Also Good to Have
- This May Be Required Later
The First Years Baby Products
You’ve been struggling with temptation for the past few months. Every time you were shopping in future mothers’ section, you proudly passed goods for newborns by, only daring to touch baby’s loose jacket made from lace and to look at the music rattles. However, now there’s only a few weeks left until you’ll give birth and so you can finally start shopping for baby goods, because it’s simply necessary.
But don’t rush to the counters to buy everything you see. Remember that you were going to borrow a few things from your sister, that your friends and relatives soon will give you so many gifts, and that you are going to wash baby’s underwear frequently.
Make a list of your minimal needs before you go shopping (after all, you can always buy something later) and go to the shop armed with the following basic rules:
- Do not buy a complete newborn set (even if a shop worker or some list offers you to do so). Use a list as a reminder only.
- Think about how many times a week you (or someone else) are going to wash baby’s clothes. If you intend to do laundry every day, buy minimum clothes, but if you are going to take clothes to the laundry once a week, you have to buy more.
- Before finishing your shopping list, check what things you are going to borrow from your friends.
- If your friends and relatives ask you what do you need, don’t be shy to tell them. They would like to present you something that you’re going to use rather than something that you’ll put away on a shelf. Name them a few things of different price to make their choice easier, but do not ask different people to buy you same things.
- Avoid buying things that you won’t need in a close future (high chair, baby seat for bath, complicated toys for older children) until you receive all gifts. Then review your list one more time and go shopping.
- Most of the things should feet a baby, who’s 6-9 months old. Initially you’ll need a pair of baby’s loose jackets and some sets of clothes. Don’t worry if the closes look loose on your baby: it’ll only take a couple of weeks until your baby grows up.
- Make a rule to buy clothes a size bigger, but examine them carefully before buying: some clothes (especially the ones made by foreign brands) can turn out to be bigger or smaller.
- Remember about the season when you’re making purchases. If a baby is going to be born at the end of this season, you should buy only a few clothes and more things for the future season.
- When buying kids furniture, remember that its safety and practical qualities are more important than its look. If you buy or inherit an antique cradle, it can look amazing in a nursery, but there’s a possibility that you will have to take your baby to a doctor later.
- When buying toiletries for the baby, choose only things you need instead of everything you see. Compare different cosmetic and choose the one that is alcohol free (as alcohol dries baby skin) and contains minimum artificial colorants, preservatives and other chemical additions.
- When picking medicine for your home kit, fill it with everything you may need in an emergency situation (just in case) and hope that you’ll never need this. Otherwise, you risk finding yourself in a difficult situation: for example, if your baby wakes up in the middle of the night suffering from fever and you don’t have any necessary medication to lower the temperature.
Baby’s First Wardrobe
- 3-7 undershirts. Shirts with neckline that are buttoned on the side are easier to put on a baby. However, the shirts that are worn over the head are more comfortable for a baby: if the shirts are buttoned below, they cover the belly when it’s cold.
- 3-8 nightshirts with ribbons that are pulled below. You should remove the ribbons as soon as your baby becomes more active. And remember: baby’s nightwear should be made from non-flammable synthetical fiber.
- 2-3 flannel blankets. Do not use blankets made in the form of envelope after your child learns how to stand up.
- 3-4 liquid-tight pants of diaper wrappers (if you are going to use gauze diapers). If you use disposable diapers, buy one pair just in case.
- 2-3 pairs of shoes or baby’s bootees. Choose the shoes, which would be hard for baby to take off.
- 3-6 pairs of warm tights if your baby is born in autumn or in winter.
- 2-3 pairs of tights if your baby is going to be born in summer or in late spring.
- 3-6 overalls (single-cut, short-sleeved, with a flap in a diaper area) for children that are born in spring or in summer.
- 2 bibs that are easy to wash. They’ll come in handy even before you start feeding your baby with a solid food: you’ll need them to protect the clothes from posseting.
- 1-3 sweaters. 1 light sweater will be good for the summer and you’ll need two more dense for cold weather.
- 1-3 caps. Light cap with a visor (to protect your baby from the sun) for ‘summer’ children; warm hat that covers baby’s ears for children that are born in winter.
- 1 warm overall with sewn mittens if you expect your baby in late autumn or in winter.
- 3-6 blankets (depending on a season).
- A set of 3-4 sheets: one for the bed, one for the cradle, one for the baby carriage.
- 2 quilted mattress cover (optional).
- 2-6 moisture-proof pads to protect baby’s bed, baby carriage, furniture, etc.
- 2 easily washable blankets for the bed or for the baby carriage. Choose light ones for the summer and warm ones for the winter. Avoid long fringe and be sure that the threads aren’t pulled.
- 1-2 blankets for the baby carriage. If your child is born in summer, one light blanket is enough.
- 2-3 terry towels with a hood.
- 2-3 soft towels.
- 1 dozen of square cloth napkins: to protect your shoulders when you hold your baby vertically after feeding.
- Cloth for cloth diapers if you are going to use them for additional protection at night.
- Diapers. Buy from 2 to 5 dozens of ready-made gauze diapers if you are going to wash them yourself or a few dozens of disposable ones if you are going to use only them.
- You should put everything you need for a diaper change on a shelf, high enough above the changing table: a baby shouldn’t be able to reach these things, but you have to reach them with ease.
- Baby soap or bath foam.
- Soft shampoo. You can replace it with a foam that doesn’t hurt the eyes if a baby is too small.
- Baby oil (optional). You don’t need it in most of the situations, except when the doctor prescribes it. Moreover, a simple salad oil can easily replace it.
- Baby cornstarch. It isn’t obligatory too, but such powder can be useful in hot weather.
- Ointment for treating a diaper dermatitis. Contact your doctor for advice.
- Lubrication for rectal thermometer (vaseline, for example). Don’t use it for home treatment of diaper dermatitis.
- Paper napkins: you will need them for wiping the skin during diaper change, the hands after washing the baby and for many other purposes. However, you should use moist cotton swabs to clean the baby’s skin in the first few weeks after its birth as well as at the first symptoms of diaper dermatitis.
- Sterile cotton swabs to clean the eyes, to wet an umbilical region with alcohol and to change the diapers in the first few weeks or during prickly heat.
- Baby scissors or nail clippers.
- Baby comb or hairbrush.
- Brush only wet hair using the comb with a few teeth.
- 1 bottle with baby’s dummy for water or for feeding in an emergency situation (if you breastfeed only).
- 4 120 ml bottles and 10-12 240 ml bottles equipped with dummies if you are going to feed with dairy blends only.
4-6 bottles if you want to store breast milk.
- Accessories for preparing diary blends if you feed from a bottle.
- Sterilizes if you are going to decant milk and feed from a bottle.
- Baby’s dummy. Choose a monolith construction of natural form that has a panel with vents.
- Bed mattress.
- Buffer device for bed.
- Cradle or cot. It isn’t obligatory, but this thing can come in handy in the first few weeks of life, when baby will feel particularly cozy in a small nest. Moreover, you might like the mobility a lot.
- Swaddling place: it can be a table or a dressing table designed especially for swaddling. Or you can use a home-made device, assembled from the pieces of furniture that you already have.
- Diaper tank.
- Chest of drawers or other furniture used for storing baby’s clothes.
- Baby bath.
- Bath seat (when your baby will grow up enough for ordinary bath).
- Baby chair.
- Chest for toys.
Inventory for Going Outside
- Combined stroller: it combines the features of big baby’s carriage and stroller. However, it’s not as light as an ordinary stroller.
- Baby car seat. Even if you don’t have your own car, you might need a seat someday: for example, when you decide to drive baby somewhere in a car belonging to one of your friends or relatives.
- Device for carrying a baby. It can be used to carry your baby around house or in the street, leaving your hands empty: this way you’ll be able to work or to carry bags.
- Diaper bag.
It is Also Good to Have
- Rocking chair. Helps feeding the baby and calming it down when necessary. Search for solid chairs with convenient design and try rocking them first before buying.
- Intercom. This device used for internal communication can be very useful if a baby’s room is situated in other part of your house. It has to be compact and safe (without open parts able to cause an electric shock).
- Swings, which often help soothing an upset baby.
- Portable cradle if you want to frequently travel to a places, where such inventory will be unavailable.
This May Be Required Later
- Feeding chair. You can find both high and low models on sale. However, the high ones are more popular in recent years.
- Playpen. Wooden playpens are more convenient if you want your child to learn how to stand up on its own. However, a mesh playpen is safer: a baby won’t be hurt when falling.
- Security gates for doorways or stairs.
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