In this 4 part blog series, you will find 4 weekly posts that help you prepare for baby. For our first post we talk about baby essentials.
So what do you really need to buy?
You may be surprised to learn it’s not as much as you think. If you are having a baby shower, try and wait until after the shower is over to stock up on your essentials to avoid buying too much of something you may already have.
Let’s start with the essentials:
A Place For Baby To Sleep
If you aren’t planning on co-sleeping, you will need a crib or bassinet.
A car seat is essential for traveling with your newborn. our personal favourite is by Britax
Diapers are another great thing to stock up on. Some partners have “Diaper Parties” which essentially is a guys night out and the men bring the daddy-to-be diapers. However if you’re cloth diapering, be sure to have a good stash built up before baby comes.
This is where you’ll want to wait until after the baby shower because clothing tends to be the more popular gift. However sometimes people gift larger size clothing so you will need to get a few pieces of newborn to 3 months.
You will want:
- 6 Onesies
- 6 Pants
- 10 Pairs of socks ( can double as scratch mitts)
- 6 Pairs of PJs
- 1 Thick sweater or jacket
- 2 Hats
Avoid things like newborn shoes or novelty housecoats
Baby Shampoos & Lotions
You won’t want to bathe your newborn with the kinds of soaps you use so it’s a good idea to get a few bottles of a baby friendly shampoo and lotion
If you aren’t planning on breastfeeding, you’ll want to buy some bottles before hand and have them washed and sterilized before baby’s arrival. Don’t buy a large pack at first because your baby may not like the nipple it comes it. Buy 1 or 2 different bottles to see which one your baby likes in order to avoid wasting money. Our personal favourites are Dr. Brown’s and Tommie Tippee.
As the old saying goes, you can never have enough receiving blankets.
And that’s it!
Those are the basic essential items that you need for your baby. We are including a bonus list of things we found helpful during the newborn/infant stage that you may also find helpful
A Plug-In Swing
This was my saving grace. I could not survive without this swing. The best part about it was that it plugged in and I never had to worry about changing batteries. However the great thing about it was that if the power went off, it did have a battery option that I could use if needed. The swing I loved was this one.
Another great product to have because you could easily move it to anywhere in the house! It was a great place to put my baby if I had to get dinner started. I could bring her with me into the kitchen and she could still see me while I was cooking. This was a great one.
A Quality Baby Carrier
Another saving grace product. For the babies who long to be held. All. Day. Always. I could baby wear and still get things done around the house. We recommend an ergonomic baby carrier such as an Ergo Carrier or Tula.
While it’s not an essential, It is quite nice to have. Another option is having a snap and go stroller to snap in the bucket seat and avoid those big bulky strollers.
Babies need some help getting all the gunk out of their noses. A snot sucker is a great thing to have. We particularly love this one.
Did we miss something? Tell us what your baby essential was!