It is not a secret that having a baby for the first time is one of the most memorable moments of any soon-to-be parent’s life. After nine months of a demanding pregnancy, labor and delivery, it is time to take the newborn home and begin a new life as a parent. To make things a bit easier and stress-free, it is important to plan ahead of time and get all the essentials and must-haves for the arrival of the baby. Do not fret, because here are all the must-haves any new parents should have at home in order to take care of a newborn.
1. Baby bottles or a breast pump
Babies, especially newborns, are eating and sleeping machines. The number one must have new parents should invest in is baby bottles, or if breastfeeding, a breast pump. The breast pump is essential because it stimulates milk production postpartum. Moms who are planning to go back to work as soon as possible should opt for a hands-free pump which significantly speeds up the whole process. On the other hand, if the mother decides to stay at home, then a simple manual pump is great at doing the job.
2. A crib
Secondly, it is important to make sure that the baby has its own bed. Cribs and bassinets are the most popular choices among new parents, but it should be mentioned that bassinets are quickly outgrown. The best option would be to go for a high-quality crib that has a firm mattress and tight-fitting sheets. A lot of people think that second-hand cribs are also a good choice, but this is not true. Frequently, these second-hand cribs are not updated to federal safety standards and they might pose a threat to the baby’s health.
3. Car seats
Most of the time, car seats are mandatory, and the hospital will not discharge you if you do not own one. Infant car seats are an excellent place for the baby to take its regular naps throughout the day. Try searching online for high-quality baby car seats, which will make sure that the baby is safe at all times while traveling by car. Of course, it is important to read the instructions carefully, so you know how to adjust the straps or how to install the base in the car.
Diapers are probably the number one thing parents need to buy in bulk. Whether they are disposable or made out of cloth, it is certain that they need to be changed countless times throughout the day. When dealing with a newborn, it is important to buy the right size so leakage is avoided. Also, look for sales offers and coupons because any parent can save up a lot of money by watching out for discounts. In addition, when purchasing a new diaper cream, then avoid any product that may contain petroleum. This ingredient can cause a rash on the baby’s delicate skin.
5. A present from the baby
Sometimes, when there is more than one child in a family, it is not easy for the siblings to adjust to the new drastic changes going on. Jealousy and anger are not uncommon when everyone seems to revolve around the new baby. To make things a bit easier, wrap up a toy and present it to the older child, and present it as a gift from the baby. This way, the older sibling will be more welcoming and kind.
6. A bathtub
Getting a miniature plastic bathtub is essential in order to bathe the baby on a daily basis. This way, you are not stressing out and the whole process might also be a lot of fun! Of course remain gentle and make sure to hold the baby when giving it a bath. Also, do not forget to use a specially made shampoo that is gentle on the baby’s delicate skin.
7. A stroller
One of the best things about being a new mother is the idea of taking walks with your newborn child. To make things a lot easier, it is important to invest in a high-quality stroller. Luckily, strollers come in all colors and designs, so shopping beforehand is the best way to go. An alternative option is purchasing a baby carrier or a wrap. This way, you can take the baby with you wherever you go!
All in all, having everything on hand when you return home from the hospital with your newborn child is extremely important. Remember to not be stressed out with the wave of parenthood slowly approaching, but instead learn how to embrace it!
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Jasmine Anderson is a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Australia. She is an incurable daydreamer, who finds inspiration in little, everyday moments. Spending time at her cozy home office with her two cats, writing her blog, is her favorite thing in the world.