So you are pregnant and wondering what essential baby items you need when you bring home your new baby?
A quality, safe breast pump is essential such as an Ameda breast pump, so that you can store breast milk for the baby. Bottles are necessary for new parents and you can buy them in bulk inexpensively from discount stores. If you are formula feeding your baby, then you need to stock up on formula.
For clothing, you should buy plenty of onesies and undershirts for the baby and you’ll also need a lot of nightgowns and socks to keep the baby warm in the cold months. Hats are also important to get for the new baby and blankets should be purchased.
Crib and Stroller
A crib and stroller are essential. These need to be suitable for newborns and meet all safety requirements. The best strollers lay completely flat for a newborn, like the Baby Jogger City Select. You can read more about choosing a baby stroller.
Pacifiers And Safe Toys
There are times when your baby will get irritated and cry a lot, so it would be a good idea to buy a few pacifiers to calm him down. As he becomes a toddler he’ll develop his motor skills so a few safe toys would also be nice to have on hand. You can find affordable pacifiers and toys at most chain discount retailers.
Since you’ll travel with the baby often, it’s important that you purchase a car seat that is safe and that fits the baby’s size and needs. Before you buy a car seat, research different brands and models so that you’re getting the best products. Also inquire about any recalls of certain car seats when looking for a car seat.
You want to have a changing station because this makes it easier for you to change the baby’s diaper. Stock the changing station with diapers, diaper rash cream, lotion, baby powder, baby wipes and extra clothing.
Baths are important for a baby’s health so you should include bathing items such as baby shampoo, baby towels, baby lotion, essential oils, and some tiny wash towels. A small tub to put the baby in should also be purchased if you’re a new mother.
Another thing you need to get is a variety of bedding items for the crib such as linen sheets and crib liners. You want to buy these in bulk so that you’ll always have some on hand.
You should purchase the essential items a few months before the baby is born and the best way to do this is to establish a baby registry where loved ones can buy some of the things needed for the baby. You should include the most expensive items such as a stroller and crib on the registry if you currently can’t afford to buy them.
While you can buy some baby items used, this is not always the best choice because those items suffered wear and tear and it could be a safety concern, especially used cribs and strollers. Finally, buy items according to your budget.
You may also want to check out my article about what you need to take to the hospital when giving birth.