If you are preparing for a new baby in your home, there are some Baby Necessities that you would need to get in order to be fully prepared. These baby necessities build up pretty quickly and the sooner you start putting them together and preparing, the easier it will be when your new baby arrives home and the easier it will be for you to take care of that baby. Below we go through the list of necessities
Baby Necessities for Bedtime
When it comes to putting your baby to sleep at night, there are some things you need to take into consideration. First off, the National Health Service (NHS) advices that a newborn baby sleeps in the same room with the parents for the first six months. For when the baby is in the parent’s room and when they move into their own nursery, these are some basic items that will be needed:
- a lightweight Moses basket or crib, with a new mattress
- a room thermometer
- a baby monitor to help to keep an eye on them as they sleep
- a baby cot, complete with a waterproof mattress cover, fitted sheets, and cellular blankets
- cozy baby sleeping bags
- a cute mobile and some blackout blinds
Baby Necessities for Feeding
There are different options to feed your baby. Whether you decide to nurse or use formula, you will need some basics to help you with feeding the baby
- Support pillow
- Nursing bras
- Nursing Tops
- Nursing covers
- Nipple cream
- Nipple shields
- Feeding bottles (different sizes)
- Burp Cloths
Baby Necessities for Playtime
The job of a baby is to play and providing the necessary materials to help them do this is helpful. PLaying helps a baby develop cognitive skills and helps their brain grow and adapt faster to the world around them. Is your baby starts to sit up and crawl you should get some or all of the play materials listed below and more if you want
- play mats
- bouncing cradles
- baby swings
- lightweight rattles
- teething toys
- baby books with mirrors and textures
- light-up and musical toys
This is the king of all baby items and one of the most important. It goes without saying that you need to stock up on diapers. Whether you are planning to use disposable or cloth diapers, you’ll need plenty. The last thing you want to worry about when taking care of a baby is running out of diapers. Stock up on diapers of various sizes and in various locations around the house. In addition to diapers, there are other babies changing items, accessories, and diaper supplies that you’ll need to stock up on. They are:
- Changing table or cushioned changing pad
- Diaper pail and liners
- Diaper bag
- Diaper cream
- Baby wipes (Preferably unscented)
- Soft washcloths
- 6-10 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 diaper covers, or 2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers
A onesie is a necessity because it is useful in so many situations for parents and they are ultra comfortable. A onesie also helps keep the diaper on and snaps in place so your baby can roll around and play freely and comfortably. Onesies usually come in packets of three or six or even 12. Stock up on these because they will come in very handy.
One of the things you will need to do with a newborn baby is to swaddle them and for this, you will need a swaddle blanket. You might actually need a few swaddle blankets so if one gets soiled or if you haven’t had the time to do the laundry, you have other options to use. Swaddling mimics the gentle squeeze of the womb, so it’s super-comforting, especially for newborns.
Baby wipes have already been mentioned above is one of the things that is needed in a diaper station but that’s not all you’ll need them for. With a baby, you are going to be constantly cleaning and wiping things down and cleaning and wiping your baby’s hands and mouth. Wipes will come in very handy for this and so it is important that you stock up on them.
You’ll need a diaper bag to carry not just diapers but most of the items mentioned on this list. A diaper bag is important to have and much needed for when you go out with your baby. It’ll keep you organized and you can carry all the items you need to take care of your baby when you are outside the house such as diapers and wipes but also items like food, water, and a change of clothes for the baby.
You will need a stroller if you plan to move around with your baby. It is important to get a stroller that fits your lifestyle. So for example, if you are living in the city in an urban terrain, you will need a stroller that is strong and sturdy and can survive being used every day, are you make your commute and walk through the streets of the city. If you live in a suburban neighborhood, where you drive everywhere, you will need a stroller that can fold easily into the trunk of your car. Make sure you test out a stroller before you buy it, move it around the store and see how it feels and also see if you like the grip.
This is not compulsory but many moms swear by it and it does actually come in handy a lot of times. A carrier keeps the baby cozied up to the parent and mimics the feeling of being swaddled.