If you are getting ready for your baby to be born and you may be wondering what essentials you will need to buy so that you have everything ready. Here is a list of the 10 most important things that should should purchase.
- A car seat
You need this one for taking the baby home from the hospital. Even if you will have someone else with you as you leave the hospital, you need to make sure that baby is safely tucked in.
- A cot
This is where your baby will sleep for the first few years of their life. Get a cot that is made of approved materials and that is roomy, babies can reject cots whose sides they can stretch out and touch when they are asleep.
- A pram
Even if you start off with a baby carrier (looks like a car seat but is used to carry the baby around when they are young), you should buy a pram so that moving around is easy. Get a roomy one because babies grow quite fast. Also, get a brand that is known for quality as a pram must always be sturdy.
You need lots of these. As you go through pregnancy, keep buying and stashing. Buy in different sizes for when baby gets older. Get a room in the house where you can keep them away. Again, look for quality because poor diapers not only leak but can affect babys skin.
Even if you plan to breastfeed exclusively, it is advisable to get a few bottles. You may need to express and keep milk or you may need to give baby a few drops of water. Buy a sterilizer as well to help keep the bottles clean.
Babies need to be changed several times a day because of spit up. You also dont want to have to do laundry all the time, so go for as many as you can afford. Buy clothes in progressively different sizes that are made of soft cotton material.
- A thermometer
This is a must because you need to know if your baby should see a doctor if they get a fever. Make it a habit to check their temperature 2 or 3 times a day so that you can spot trouble from far.
This is for placing your baby on when you want to change them.
- A baby bath
Exclusively for baby, it should not be used by anyone else.
Small flannels help to clean up any kind of mess, like spit-up.
About the Author:
This article was written by Louise. Being a mother of three, Louise has had a lot of experience when it comes to preparing for and looking after new born babies. She is also a content writer for babygear.com.au.