You’ve reached a very exciting point in your life – you’re about to have a baby! It can also be a bit stressful and tiring, so preparing well in advance for your baby’s arrival is key if you’re to settle down comfortably.
There will be a fair amount of things to buy, but perhaps not as much as you might have first thought. There’s a great deal you don’t even need to think about just yet, for example highchairs or equipment for food other than milk. Just remember that there’s a lot you can probably find second-hand, especially clothing.
Things you’ll need ready:
Don’t go overboard with clothes – your baby will be growing very quickly, so just stick to the following:
Baby Gros – Get a few of these so that while others are in the wash or drying, you can keep baby in a clean one
Cardigans – Buy two of these, for Baby to wear over the top of a Baby Gro if it’s cold
Basic vests – They will also need vests under the baby gro if it’s very cold
Tops with Poppers – Very useful for quick changes
A small hat
Nappies – Newborn babies need their nappys changed at least 10 times every day (often it will be more), so get yourself a big stash of them
Bedding, Changing & Towels:
This varies depending on your chosen way for baby to sleep. You can keep them in a carrycot at least to start with, and then get a moses basket and a cot.
Mattress – this will be to fit the moses basket and/or cot
Cellular blankets – provides lightweight warmth by trapping more air with a special weave structure
Small, soft towels
Changing station – this saves your back when constantly changing nappies
Baby will only need a carrycot from a pram to sleep in, to start with. This makes it easy for you to keep baby with you at all times. Later on, you can buy a cot.
Pram or pushchair which can lie flat. This keeps baby’s back protected while it’s growing
Rear Facing Car Seat – Absolutely essential if you’re taking your baby home from hospital in the car. You can get one to double as a carrycot, or one that fixes to a pushchair frame.
Large washing up bowl for bathing
Sterilising Equipment (if bottle feeding)
Breast pump (if breastfeeding)
Nursing bras (if breastfeeding)
Breast pads (if breastfeeding)
Mild baby bath liquid
Baby wipes for nappy changing
Thermometer – essential to check the room temperature is just right