With each day you are getting closer to your due date, meaning you should slowly start prepping up for your little one! You can prepare for delivery by joining childbirth classes nearby and also start shopping for your baby’s essentials. Once the little one arrives, you would have almost no time to step outdoors for a few weeks. So, make sure everything for your baby is stocked up well at home.
Let’s take a look at the important things that you must stock up for your baby for at least the first six weeks:
A newborn baby doesn’t require too many sets of new clothes. Opt for some basic clothes like cotton t-shirts that come with a side tie up or velcro at a side to keep it in place. Also, you need to take care of the umbilical cord stump for a week or so. You can also try onesies that are very comfortable for your little one.
You need a lot of napkins, cotton onesies, and socks to keep the feet of your baby warm when she is in an air-conditioned room. As your baby will grow too fast, do not buy clothes in bulk at just one go. Keep buying clothes as per their growth chart month by month to avoid wastage of money and clothes. You can also buy a dozen sleepers in which your baby remains covered from neck to feet and she will stay warm as well for a good sleep.
Make sure you buy some warm, cosy caps for your baby to protect the little one from cold. Their ears are very sensitive and need protection from the winds. But make sure not to buy too many caps at once, because the little one’s head size will be changing very frequently. Don’t waste too much money just in excitement by going on a shopping haul for the baby.
You should buy cloth diapers for the first two days when your baby will pee and poop several times in a day. This is absolutely all right. After two days, just check if their poop is normal, then you can go ahead with normal disposable diapers or continue using cloth diapers for a few more days.
Always buy a small bathtub for your baby as initially, you require just a little water to clean up your baby. If you have a large wash basin where you can hold your baby and bathe them comfortably, then there is no need to buy the tub. But, in a tub, you can always maintain the temperature of the water, so it is worth buying. The choice is yours as you have to look at your comfort as well while bathing your baby.
3. Disposable wipes
It is recommended to wash the baby’s private areas with water every time they poop because too much use of wipes can give rashes to your baby’s delicate skin. You can keep one pack handy as this will prove essential while you are travelling with your baby. It will be also helpful in cases where the bathroom is at a distance and you need to clean up the baby immediately.
But always make sure to clean the area with water and pat it dry with a clean soft towel. After that, wait for 5 minutes and then let them wear a new diaper. Never go for fragrant wipes as they contain chemicals that are harsh on your baby’s skin.
4. Grooming essentials
Keep a comb, a pair of scissors, and nail cutter handy for your baby. Make sure you buy stuff that are specific for your newborn and safe. Nail clippers that are meant for clipping your baby’s would prevent them from scratching themselves.
5. Diaper bags
Diaper bags are waterproof and contain many pockets for storage. They can also be hanged in the form of sling cross-body or have backpack straps. You can also use a good backpack that makes a functional and cheap bag for storing the diapers.
6. Bottle and formula milk
Bottles and formula milk powder are a must-buy as there’s a possibility that your milk flow will be less initially. You can go for glass or BPA-free plastic bottles along with nipple sets to replace after a few weeks. If the flow is alright, then you need not go for formula milk and keep continuing with breast milk.
7. Digital thermometer
You need to keep a digital thermometer handy as fever in the initial weeks in babies is a common thing due to weather or environmental changes. However, it is essential to keep checking the little one’s temperature for signs of a fever, so the digital thermometer will come in handy.
8. Diaper cream
This will save your baby’s butt from rashes due to heavy flow or due to wearing a wet diaper for a longer time than usual. Make sure you consult your doctor before purchasing this cream for your baby as their skin is too sensitive and you just can’t apply anything on it.
9. Breast pump
Breast pump helps in pumping out the milk from your breasts and this milk can be used when you are not around your baby. Make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned after every use so that your baby can be fed safely.