Whether you’re an expecting parent, a new parent, or even a parent who will have a new baby after a long time lapse between children, it can oftentimes feel overwhelming when you begin to compile that ever important list for your newborn baby. So many decisions exist, and many websites, books, and magazines only add to the confusion in what to purchase.
As a mother of two young children, I intend to help you narrow some of those choices so that you are not spending excessive money on fads or other needless items. After all, it is the necessities that are most important at this stage in your child’s life.
First, begin stockpiling diapers, and purchase a diaper bag. Buy a variety of sizes (such as 1 & 2), and include only a few boxes of newborn since these are so quickly outgrown. If cost is a concern, remember that diapers do not need to be the most expensive brand. You know their purpose… As your child grows, then you can consider other brands because that’s when you’ll need something substantial to catch the, ahem, mess.
While we’re on the diaper subject, I believe that it is crucial (for your nose, at least) to purchase a diaper pail or diaper genie with LOTS of refills. Include a wipes warmer in your arsenal as well because little ones don’t particularly care for cold tushies. This has been a lifesaver at our home!
Get yourself some wipes and diaper rash ointment, too. Concerning the wipes, I would suggest using what’s fitting for your budget because they just get tossed anyway. Regarding ointment, I recommend several large containers of basic A&D since you’ll use it most often. However, do remember to include a few small tubes of ointment with zinc oxide in case of a rash.
When leaving the hospital, your little one will be given special instructions from his pediatrician regarding medications. I found it beneficial to have a bottle or two of infant’s acetaminophen as well as gas drops in case of fever or colic. Because there’s a good possibility that your newborn’s temperature may fluctuate during the first few weeks of life, I recommend a digital thermometer for better accuracy. (I found a top quality thermometer on Amazon for an incredibly reasonable price.) You medical supplies should also include a suction bulb, saline mist, and a nail file/clippers.
Bath supplies, such as lotion and tear-free shampoo/body wash, should also be purchased prior to baby’s arrival. For storage purposes, we cleared a shelf on our shower caddy and placed the items there. You don’t need many because one bottle goes a long way.
It may be early in the decision making process, but decide where your new baby will sleep and commit to that. I suggest purchasing a crib or co-sleeper. It has been my experience that you will get more for your money with these purchases as opposed to a bassinet, which your child will quickly outgrow. You’ll also need bedding, such as a fitted sheet. Additionally, a swaddle may provide your newborn baby with comfort outside the womb. We have found tremendous success with this method. Remember to include a baby monitor, especially if your child will sleep in his own room.
Your baby will likely enjoy repetitive movements, so a rocking chair or glider may be beneficial. I’ve rocked at least 300,000 miles in ours!
Speaking of movement, a bouncy seat or swing could help to pacify or entertain your newborn. They do outgrow these rather quickly; however, my children enjoyed them, so the purchase was justified. Not to mention, bouncy seats and swings are huge sellers at consignments stores (resell it when you’re finished)!
Depending upon your preference regarding feeding, you may need to purchase bottles, pacifiers, or a breast pump. I would wait to purchase a breast pump depending upon your commitment to breastfeeding since it is a very expensive investment. The hospital will most likely supply you with a hand pump anyway.
Upon leaving the hospital, you will need to have a car seat to transport your new baby. Make sure to have a high quality infant car seat because this is where your most precious cargo will be kept. Although pricey, I love Recaro and have had remarkable success with this brand. Additionally, a stroller may be practical.
Now for the obvious… clothing is essential, but again, it is helpful to stagger sizes because newborn will quickly be too small. Sleepers, gowns, onesies, socks, etc… Anything easily removed will be a saving grace! Bibs are also handy. Remember to wash clothing with something like Dreft prior to wearing in case there’s a skin allergy.
Finally, I would suggest a special folder or case for important items, such as baby’s birth certificate and social security card. And make sure to have a quality camera or camcorder because you’ll want to capture every moment!
I hope these suggestions help you to save both time and money! Good luck!