Things you’ll need before and after the birth of your child
As you get ready to welcome your new baby home, you might be wondering, “What does a baby truly require in the first weeks at home?” The answer is a resounding nay.
Layette and Clothes
Although you may want a few gorgeous outfits to show off your baby, in those first few weeks, your child doesn’t require anything spectacular, so simple, plain, budget-friendly clothing will suffice.
It’s best not to buy too many newborn outfits because your baby will quickly outgrow them. At the same time, because newborn clothing can get soiled quickly, you’ll be changing outfits regularly.
What You Will Require
- 5-8 onesies or soft clothes, depending on how frequently you want to do laundry
- 3-4 sleep sacks or baby sleepers
- Baby socks (5-7 pairs)
- Depending on the temperature, 1-2 new-born hats
- Most doctors still recommend that babies wear hats for the first few weeks of their lives, but if you live in a warm environment, you may usually avoid wearing one.
- Keep in mind that blankets are no longer suggested for new-borns, so keeping some baby sleepers or sleep sacks on hand is crucial.
Despite the fact that diapers are an obvious new-born essential, determining the ideal type for your baby can be difficult and stressful—who knew?! If you’re deciding between cloth and disposable diapers, bear in mind that each has benefits and drawbacks, and doing what works best for your family and lifestyle is always the best option. Many families, however, use both cloth and disposable diapers, so you can experiment with both to see which you prefer.
What You Will Require
- 2-3 packs of disposable diapers or at least two days’ worth of cloth diapers
- 12 cloth wipes or 1-2 boxes of disposable wipes
- 1 diaper rash cream bottle
- If you’ll be washing diapers, you’ll need a cloth-diaper detergent.
- For diaper changes, use a waterproof pad.
- a diaper receptacle or pail
Make sure you have plenty of baby diapers on hand because newborns can use up to ten diapers each day2. Also, remember that they’ll outgrow the newborn size in a few weeks, so don’t overstock.
For the first week or two after the umbilical cord is removed, doctors recommend giving your baby a sponge wash. After that, you don’t have to bathe your baby every day; three times a week should suffice. Bathing your child too regularly can dry out or irritate their skin. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of “spot-cleaning” opportunities in between baths, spit-ups, and diaper changes.
What You Will Require
- 3-5 washcloths for babies
- 1 or 2 hooded towels (adult towels will suffice)
- 1 sponge for babies
- 1 bottle of infant shampoo
- 1 infant lotion bottle
- A bathtub for babies
You may shop in a minimalistic style here. As a result, because baby skin is so fragile, you should have newborn-friendly soap and lotion on hand. Many of us use baby baths to bathe our newborns, but if the kitchen sink has been cleaned recently, it will suffice.
- You won’t need many baby grooming goods or a full-fledged first-aid kit in your cabinets at first. To keep those baby nails cut (they grow so quickly!), you’ll need a technique. You’ll also need to be able to take your baby’s temperature and clean snot out of their nose if necessary. Babies can be pretty stuffy at first!
- What You’ll Need to Get Started
- Baby nail clippers are small clippers that are used to trim the nails of babies.
- A thermometer with a digital display is available.
- A medication dropper
- Bulb syringe/nasal aspirator
Pain relief medicine is not recommended for newborns. OTC pain relievers can not be given until they are at least 3-6 months old, depending on the medicine and doctor’s recommendations.
Bedding and Sleeping Requirements
Doctors recommend that your infant sleep in the same room as you for the first 6-12 months of his or her life, regardless of the bed you choose for him or her (crib, cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper).
Baby beds should also be free of bumpers, blankets, cushions, and soft toys. What a fantastic method to live a minimalist lifestyle! Although most breastfeeding women will fall asleep with their baby in their bed at some point, having a list of safe bedsharing rules on hand is a smart idea.
What You Will Require
- Baby should sleep in a crib, cradle, bassinet, co-sleeper, or another safe sleeping environment.
- A cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper mattress, or one that fits properly in the cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper.
- 3-4 fitted sheets are necessary for a crib, cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper.
- 1 waterproof crib mattress cover or a waterproof pad to lay under the crib sheet, unless your crib mattress is already totally sealed.
- Monitor for the baby
Days’ diapers are fairly absorbent, so you shouldn’t have too many messes to clean up in the middle of the night. Still, make sure your mattress is waterproofed and that you have several sheets on hand in case you need to change your bedding. Keep a baby monitor on hand as well, since you’ll want to keep an eye on your (hopefully sleeping!) baby when you leave the room.
Requirements for Sleeping and Bedding
- Regardless of the bed, you choose for him or her, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your infant sleep in the same room as you during the first 6-12 months of his or her life (crib, cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper).
- Baby beds should also be free of bumpers, blankets, cushions, and soft toys. What a fantastic method to live a minimalist lifestyle!
Supplies for Feeding
- If you’re breastfeeding, all you need are your breasts—and the contact information for a competent lactation consultant or breastfeeding support group in case you run into problems (as we almost all do at some point).
- If you plan to feed your baby formula, talk to your doctor about which brands and types of formula to buy, as well as how much formula to have on hand when you bring your baby home.
- Burp cloths will be required regardless of how your baby is fed. You can rely on us.
- What You Will Require
- Burp cloths (ten)
- If you’re bottle-feeding, you’ll need 5-8 bottles.
- If you’ll need to clean bottles, bring a bottle brush.
- Nursing pads, a breastfeeding pillow, and nipple cream
Day’s Diapers are pretty absorbent, so you shouldn’t have to clean up too many messes in the middle of the night. Make sure your mattress is waterproof and that you have plenty of extra sheets in case you need to change your sheets. Keep a baby monitor on hand as well, since you’ll want to keep an eye on your (hopefully sleeping!) baby when you leave the room.
Breast milk pumping
Make sure you have a few extra bottles on hand if you want to bottle-feed so you don’t have to wash them in the middle of the night. You’ll need a bottle brush, but you can wait to see if you’ll need a bottle drying rack or a bottle washing dishwasher basket.
Breastfeeding mothers don’t need much, but they will need a few necessities like nursing pads and nipple cream, as well as a breast pump in case they need to pump for their kid.
Equipment and Furniture
Many of us select much more—a changing table, dresser, nursery gliders, toy bin, bouncy seat, baby swing, and so on—and decorating the baby’s room may be a pleasure. You might, however, wait till your child is older and you have a better understanding of their needs.
With your baby, you’ll need a way to go around. Car seats are needed, and you will not be released from the hospital unless you have a properly installed car seat. For many of us, a stroller or baby carrier is essential, although you can wait on them if you choose.
A seatbelt is a must-have for you.
A convertible or infant-only version with a reduced weight limit is also available. Kids need to stay in a rear-facing car safety seat until they reach the maximum weight and height allowed by their seat.
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It may be tempting to buy every toy on the market, remember that your baby’s fundamental need is for a loving and attentive parent, and he or she will be perfectly pleased with the most basic of items.
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