Now that you’ve confirmed that your baby’s arrival, there are loads of things to prepare. From buying the necessities to setting up the nursery, there’s an endless list of to-dos. You might even be panicking if this is your first child.
You might be daunted by the task but we’re here to help you prepare!
Baby clothes are adorable, and you might be tempted to buy out the whole shop – but you don’t want to end up with too many clothing as babies outgrow them really fast.
Here are the essentials you’ll need:
- 4-8 onesies (wide head openings and loose legs)
- 4-8 undershirts (snaps at neck or wide head openings, snaps under crotch)
- 4-8 one-piece pajamas
- 1-3 sweaters or jackets (front buttoned)
- 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits
- 4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby walks
- No-scratch mittens
Here are also some tips before you splurge on clothes.
Babies do not abide by normal mealtimes. When they’re hungry, they need to have food.
Here are things you need to pacify them:
- 10-16 bottles and nipples, both 4-and 8-ounce (if fed strictly by bottle, baby will go through about 10 in the 4-ounce size per day)
- Pump (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Milk storage bags (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Nursing pads (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Nipple cream (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Nursing pillow (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Bottle brush
- Dishwasher basket for small items
- 4-8 bibs
- Burp cloths
- 2-4 pacifiers
- Formula (if not nursing)
Bath time can be fun, or it can be a chore. So it’s best to be prepared with all the right gear.
Here are the things you’ll need:
- Baby bathtub
- Baby soap
- Baby shampoo
- 2-4 soft towels or hooded baby towels
- Baby hairbrush
- Soft washcloths (use a different color or pattern than your diaper washcloths!)
- Gentle laundry detergent
More tips for bath time here.
4. Nursery and bed room
This is where your baby will spend majority of their time, so it’s advisable to make it as comfortable as possible. You don’t want a baby that will never stop crying, so always be prepared for their needs!
Things you need are as follows:
- Crib, cradle or bassinet
- Firm, flat mattress that fit snugly in crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)
- Rocking or arm chair
- Baby monitor
- Toy basket
- 1-3 washable crib mattress pads
- 2-4 fitted crib sheets
- 4-6 soft, light receiving blankets
- 1-2 heavier blankets (for colder climates)
You might struggle with it at first, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
Check out the list of things you’ll need to make things as easy as possible:
- Changing table or cushioned changing pad for low dresser or bureau, with safety strap or railing
- Diaper pail and liners
- Diaper bag
- Diaper cream
- Unscented baby wipes (causes less irritation)
- Soft washcloths
- 6-10 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 diaper covers, or 2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers
6. Baby gear
Your baby can’t always be cooped at home.
Here are the things you need when you bring your baby out:
- Infant or convertible car seat
- Stroller or infant carrier
- Baby swing or bouncer
- High chair