16
Jul

Essential Baby Items to Buy Before Bringing Your Newborn Home

When you go to your OB-GYN for checkups, they will usually give you a due date at the 4 or 5th month of your pregnancy. That means that you can expect your baby to be born close to the due date.

That being said, most parents would often buy their baby’s essential items before heading to the hospital. Things such as baby clothes and blankets top the list, but what other items are needed by your newborn?

Breast Pump

Breastfeeding is quite hard, especially if you do not know how to do it. Your lactation counselor would usually brief you on how you can best do it on your baby, but the theory is quite different from practice.

In the event that breastfeeding is not convenient for you, then you will need to buy a breast pump. This item will allow you to massage your nipples- priming them for the extraction of the breastmilk.

As they say, breastmilk is best for babies up to 2 years (or up until the mother is no longer able to produce it).

I suggest that you do not cheap out on them since cheaper breast pumps tend to be the most inefficient.

Diapers

Let’s face it, babies can get messy at times. In fact, you have to brace yourself for diaper changes every single day. Typically, babies would require at least 6-10 diaper changes each day.

That being said, disposable diapers are quite convenient to have, but they can be quite costly. If you can, buy in bulk so that you can take advantage of huge discounts.

Crib

Even though you want to be with your baby when you sleep, it is important that they have their own sleeping quarters, which is why you need to buy them a crib.

To avoid sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, you have to buy one with a firm mattress so that you no longer have to buy pillows and blankets.

Swaddle Blankets

Babies actually want to be wrapped in a burrito. This act is known as Swaddling and it is typically hard to do with a normal-sized blanket.

Fortunately, there are swaddle blankets that you can buy in the market that are specifically made for this purpose.

Car Seat

Believe it or not, most hospitals would not allow you to discharge from the premises if your car does not come with a car seat installed.

Although they can be quite expensive, in some countries, it is actually mandatory for parents to get one for their car.

These specialized seats are tailor-made to make your baby sit comfortably while they’re in the car and they are tested for safety to ensure protection for your baby at all times.

PJs

Onesies and Pajamas are quite essential for their newborns. They also have plenty of advantages as well. One, they are quite easy to put on and take off. Two, they provide ample insulation and heat to keep your baby warm, especially during cold nights. Three, they look so cute when wearing one.