Arguably, the period in a person’s life when their anxiety is at its peak is the period from when they are expecting their first baby through the baby’s infant and toddler stage. Speaking of anxiety, records have it that many first-timer moms have almost had panic attacks after they gave birth because they realized that there were one or more missing essentials in their baby’s stuff. This is mainly because they are new to birthing and most likely have no one experienced to guide them.
As an infant’s parent, you will be making a lot of choices – most of which affects your baby’s wellness highly. Under this much pressure, it is easy to skip something seemingly unimportant yet essential to your newborn’s well-being. This ultimate checklist of baby essentials will help you to get everything essential for your baby’s care (And it should also prevent you from having any heart attacks!)
Essential Items For Your Baby’s Nursery
The first thing to get for your baby’s nursery is a crib or a bassinet. Some parents will recommend getting the bassinet first as it is more portable and you can wheel it around the house. Then as the baby grows older you can get a little more permanent crib.
Get a table or mat where you can change your baby’s clothes or diapers as you will be doing this frequently in the coming weeks. It is a lot better than changing anywhere and everywhere in the house.
You can use a basket or create a space where you can keep all your baby’s toys.
Other items you can add are a baby monitor, clothing storage, blackout curtains, a rocking chair etc.
Essential Items For Your Baby’s Bathing
Make sure it is comfy. It should preferably have a foam pad tub insert to increase comfort.
You should get a mild and gentle baby soap and a soft baby sponge also. Sometimes all your baby needs is a quick sponge bath. Make sure the soap is unscented.
- Soft Bath Towels & Washcloths
You’ll also need a soft towel and some washcloths. They will be useful in wiping up your baby after a bath.
Other items for your baby’s bathing are moisturizers, tear-free shampoo, soft hairbrush & comb etc.
Essential Items For Your Baby’s Feeding
- Feeding Bottles & Nipples
Whether you plan on breastfeeding or formula feeding, baby bottles are necessary. They come in different sizes, shapes and materials (glass and plastic). The nipples also vary in size.
A bottle warmer helps warm your baby’s milk evenly for use when you’re away.
Bibs and burp cloths also count as essentials as they help protect your baby’s clothes from milk, formula and drool.
Other items for your baby’s feeding include a bottle brush and sterilizer, formula (if not nursing), nursing cover, milk storage bags etc.
- Essential Items For Your Baby’s Health And Safety
You’ll need diapers – lots of them. However, make sure you get quality, moisture-absorbing diapers for your baby to minimize rashes. You might also need a diaper rash cream.
Items to add to your kid’s first-aid kit are adhesive bandages, methylated spirit, cotton wool, a pair of tweezers, a thermometer etc.
A bulb syringe can come in handy when you need to clean mucus off your baby’s nose.
Other items you can include are nail clippers, sunscreen, babyproofing supplies, cotton balls etc.
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