Expecting a baby is a big thing and a number of new parents get scared because they think there won’t be enough time to prepare for the baby’s arrival. Instead of spending a fortune on items you definitely won’t use in the baby’s first months, you should buy the things that will come in handy and make your life with the baby much easier. To help you prepare for the baby’s arrival, we bring you a list of things you simply must have in your nursery.
Onesies or bodysuits are among the most important and the most useful baby clothes because you are able to snap them at the crotch. This means that sensitive baby tummies won’t be exposed no matter how much you baby fusses and turns over in the crib or in your hands. They are a great replacement for regular shirts and you can find onesies with long as well as with short sleeves. You can buy several different sizes because you’ll notice that babies grow faster than you could imagine. When picking onesies though, try to find those that are stretchy enough around neck and shoulders so you can take them off and put them on with ease.
Bottles and formula
There isn’t a universal time that’s perfect for introducing the bottle to the baby, but you might have to start sooner than you think. Some women can’t nurse their babies for different reasons, so having a bottle close by is a relief. You can use glass or plastic ones, but make sure the plastic ones are BPA-free. There are also nipples that mimic real breasts as well as some classic-style ones, and parents will be thrilled to know that there are bottles that use gas-reducing valve technology as well as disposable liners. Parents who are planning to use formula and supplementing should know that there are formulas that reduce reflux, and different organic and soy ones on the market.
You might think that accessories aren’t necessary for babies, but you’d be wrong. The nursery should have useful but also pretty things, and several elegant baby accessories can transform the place and make it more comfortable and appealing to both the baby and the parents. Pretty posters on the walls, delicate nursery canopies, as well as colorful swaddle blankets are great ideas, and they will certainly make the room more inviting.
If you own a car, you have to have a car seat. Even if you don’t own a car, you will want to take your baby with you when you travel somewhere, so a car seat is certainly a must. What is more, they are mandatory by the federal law and the hospital isn’t allowed to let you take your baby home unless you have one. They are very convenient because they have a carry handle and they simply snap into a base you place on your car seat.
Diaper bags are lifesavers even if you’re only planning a short trip to the supermarket. Your baby will need a clean diaper regardless of where you are at the moment, and you can’t walk around with diapers in your purse. The best diaper bags on the market are stylish but they are also made of waterproof/microfiber materials, which means you can carry them around without fear that the inside will be wet. There should also be plenty of pockets for additional storage and you should also be able to carry it cross-body, but today there are also diaper bags with backpack straps. They come in designs that both parents and caregivers will not have a problem using, and they allow you to stack it with diapers, baby powder, baby wipes, spare clothes, bottle, formula, and your baby’s favorite toy.
Diapers and wipes
Choosing the best diapers for your baby can be daunting and exhausting. The first thing you should decide is whether or not you’ll be using cloth diapers, and after that, you should pick a brand. Some parents love cloth diapers while others can’t imagine using them, but you could always give it a go and stop using them if it’s not working out for you. Even disposable diapers today contain biodegradable or recycled materials so these might be the best option if you’re concerned about the environment.
When you’re expecting, people want to be helpful and offer advice, tell you how things worked out for them and what helped them out when the baby arrived. You can listen to these tips but you shouldn’t take everything you hear at face value because no two babies are alike, and you won’t know how things will work out for you until the time comes. Try to stay calm because your baby won’t appreciate being tended by a stressed out parent.