So, your family will soon be welcoming a new member – congratulations! While your child will provide you with many happy moments, you should keep in mind that the first couple of months after the baby arrives will be hectic. That means that you will probably have no time to go shopping for some of the essentials, which is why you should do it now while you still have the chance. We came up with a list of things you should get before your newborn comes home.
One of the essentials you should get is definitely a breast pump. If you decide to breastfeed, investing in this device is a great way to make sure your baby will have milk even if you’re not there to feed them. This way, your partner can feed the newborn during the night or when you are away. While you can get an expensive electric pump, a manual one will also do the job. Look for one that is small and portable as then you can take it with you and use it when your body feels the need to nurse.
If you intend to nurse and use bottles, you should wait four to six weeks before introducing the bottle. However, that does not mean that you should not get them before the baby arrives. The variety of bottles may catch you off guard but don’t worry – it’s not difficult to get the hang of it. Bottle nipples come in various sizes, and you will probably go through a few sizes until you find the one that fits best. Also, as the baby gets bigger, they will need a bigger nipple.
Okay, this is the one thing you will not forget to buy beforehand but there are still some things you should keep in mind. For example, bassinets are quite cute but babies outgrow them super quickly. It’s perfectly fine for your newborn to use a crib immediately, just make sure to reduce the risk of SIDS, by following some rules.
You need to check with your hospital whether they require you to have an infant seat in your car before they discharge you. If they do, getting one is a no-brainer. However, in case you are worried your baby will quickly be too big for it, the good news is that most baby car seats can be adjusted so that they fit newborns as well as bigger children.
Getting a pram is another thing you should think about on time. There are various models and you need to do some research to see which one will fit your needs. For example, if you often use your car, you should look for something that is easy to fold and lift into the vehicle. You also need to take into consideration the storage space it offers.
This small device is amazing for giving you peace of mind. If you need to go take a shower or go to the kitchen to make some food, this is the easiest way to make sure the baby is sleeping. Even if they are not asleep, it’s good to see what they are doing and whether they are safe.
Trying to wrap the baby in a swaddle can cause you some troubles. There is no need to get frustrated about something so trivial, as you can purchase a blanket that is made specifically for swaddling a newborn.
You definitely want plenty of diapers waiting for you at home, as you will probably have no free time to go to the store to get some. Don’t get a lot of newborn-sized ones, seeing as how the baby will outgrow them in no time.
Ice packs and maxi pads
Feeling sore and swollen is normal after giving birth and having ice packs around can help you deal with the pain. Moreover, make sure you stock up on maxi pads, seeing as how the bleeding and discharge can last from two to six weeks following the delivery.
Regardless of how much you prepare, you can always expect a surprise when dealing with a newborn. Having some help is always welcome, so rely on your friends and family as they will probably be glad to help in any way they can. Cherish this time as it will pass by before you know it