Here are some essentials to stock up when you are about to welcome your new baby.
Getting a crib
You will have to make a plan for the little one to sleep and a crib is your best bet unless you are planning to get yourself a family bed with enough space. However, if you wish to start out small for the baby, you can go ahead and choose a bassinet cradle or maybe a co-sleeper which is also known as a three-sided crib. However, most of the cribs out there do not come to the market with mattresses, and therefore you will have to invest in one with a fire-retardant option as well. If you are choosing a hand-me-down, you will have to ensure that they meet all the required safety recommendations. Check if it is sturdy and that the slats of the crib are not more than around 6 centimetres apart from each other.
Clothing for the little one
It is always a good idea for you to start with at least 5 little onesies. The undershirts that open at the bottom for your own ease. You can also include a few infant gowns that come with a drawstring in the bottom area, around three or four receiving blankets that are large to cover and swaddle the little one, a cap, a sweater, four or five pairs of socks, baby hats and booties on the list of baby clothes you are going to purchase.
Buying the Linens
If you’re planning on getting a crib, you can purchase a mattress pad that is waterproof with the crib sheets on the top or maybe a sheet saver which is basically a waterproof pad which fits ideally on the sheet that has been fitted. Whichever the option you go ahead with, make sure that you get a quilted mattress pad, several waterproof pads, lightweight blankets and around three crib sheets. Do remember not to get pillows, comforters or bumpers for the crib since they can suffocate the baby. The same theory applies to the stuffed animals around the bed.
Whether it is cloth or disposable variety you are going for, make sure that you stock up enough to do at least 90 diaper changes on a weekly basis. You will have to get ready for around 50 diaper changes after the first six weeks. Also, you will need a pad for the little one to lie on while being changed. Make sure that you also have diaper wipes or washcloths that are soft and a diaper dispenser like a pail or maybe a bucket. You will also have to invest in a diaper rash cream or some ointment since chances are that your baby will get a rash wearing a diaper all day.
For feeding the baby
Make sure that you have some burp cloths and bibs for when you are feeding the baby. These need to be stocked up even if you are breastfeeding. You will also need bottles, nipples and perhaps a breast pump.