Newborn products - what you might need
By Stuck On You
One day you get the fantastic news that you’re having a baby. Then before you know it, you’re holding a tiny human being in your arms.
Being a parent is a wonderful experience but it’s also a full-time job, so preparation is crucial. To make things easier for you and everyone around you, we've put together a list of things you’ll most likely need for your newborn.
Yes, nappies are a topic of their own, so we’ll just say this: you will need nappies. Lots and lots of nappies. You won’t be able to imagine how much energy and money goes into this until you are surrounded by piles of nappies and have to change your baby 20 times a day. Rash ointment, baby wipes, and baby powder are all necessary materials. Add in rattles or small toys to keep your baby entertained while you change him/her.
You will most likely want to have a “coming-home” outfit for your baby that is soft and warm. If you've already decided on a name for your little one, a personalised onesie with their name on it will make the welcome home pictures even more special. Try to think of what is comfortable for them, but also what is convenient for you (since you will be the one doing the changing). We suggest one-piece outfits, snap-crotch t-shirts, and stretchy pull on pants.
When it comes to hygiene, here are the basics: baby nail clippers, infant bathing tub, soft brush for the little fuzz on their heads, a thermometer, and baby body wash, shampoo and body lotion, among others. Because you’re likely to carry many of these items around with you, having a travel toiletry set can help you keep organised.
Aside from the obvious - crib, changing table, baby monitor - there are some things that don’t come easily to mind when thinking of a nursery. A rocking chair can be a great addition to help calm or put your baby to sleep; a hamper can help you keep the room tidy and save you constant trips to the laundry. One thing to consider when it comes to the crib’s mattress is the waterproof linings: they’re important in case there’s an accident, so that nothing seeps down and ruins the mattress.
On the move
Strollers, sling carriers, car seats.. sometimes carrying them around feels like moving an army (not to mention when you have more than one child). Again, comfort for both you and your baby is essential. Muslin wraps are great to carry around for swaddling, or as sun shade for your stroller or pram.
It’s important to get toys that work with your newborn’s senses to help with their development. Rattles, teethers, soft cloth toys, musical and chime toys, colourful playmats: these will encourage them to explore touch and sound and keep them busy while you get some mummy time. To give it that extra special touch, you can have a personalised set of name blocks or a name puzzle with their name on them.
A plate or spoon can turn into a toy that can be thrown across the room very quickly, so it’s important that everything is impact-proof. Having a set of baby bottles is important, but you might have to try a few different ones till you find the right choice. If you are planning on breastfeeding, a nursing pillow is always great for support. Don’t forget nursing pads, since these will come in handy to prevent leakages.
Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.