Shopping for a new baby is so much fun. Preparing for a baby’s arrival is part of the nesting period. There are so many baby products on the market, it can be confusing for parents to know what they really do need and what they don’t. Here are some things that you will want to have on hand as you prepare to greet your baby.weblink
Clothes – Of course, your new baby will need clothing. Don’t buy too many newborn outfits. While newborns do go through a lot of clothing, they also outgrow it quickly. Consignment stores and thrift shops are often full of baby clothes in good condition, so you can really save money by looking for gently used baby clothes.
Baby Carrier – One of the items I used most during my daughter’s early months was a good quality baby carrier. Look for one that provides proper support for you and your baby. Many popular baby carriers are hard on your back and don’t provide good support for your baby’s growing spine. Wrap style carriers and ring slings are easy to get your baby in and out of, so they are easy to use. Your baby will be happiest and safest with you – and you’ll save a lot of money on baby gadgets designed to fool a baby into thinking they are with an adult.
Diapers – You’ll need roughly 7,000 disposable diapers over the next 2 1/2 years – or about 24-36 cloth diapers. Cloth diapers have come a long way in recent years, so don’t assume that they will be difficult to use. Modern diapers are easy to clean and pins are no longer required. Today’s cloth diapers are simple, leak-proof and easy to fasten with snaps or Velcro.
Blankets – Your baby will most likely sleep more soundly if they are swaddled. Swaddling is simply wrapping your baby snuggly in a soft blanket. By holding them snuggly, the blanket will help to soothe your baby. Be sure to read or watch tutorials on how to swaddle correctly. Your baby should be snug, but not tightly wrapped. Always be sure that baby’s face is clear. Loose blankets should never be put in the crib or near baby’s face. They can cause baby to have trouble breathing.
Car Seat – Get the best car seat you can afford. Be sure to read safety ratings and learn how to install the car seat correctly. Most parents install car seats incorrectly – and endanger their babies by doing so. You can save money by using a convertible car seat and a baby carrier instead of investing in a car seat-stroller combination. We didn’t even use a stroller until my daughter was 6 months old. She rode in a car seat that will fit from 5-80 pounds (so we only need to buy one car seat!). When we arrived at our destination, we put her in a baby carrier where she was close to us, safe, away from germs, and happy! Both our hands were free, and we did not have to ruin our backs carrying a heavy car seat around.
Crib – Your baby will need a place to sleep. You can choose to learn about safe cosleeping so you won’t need to spend money on a bassinet. If you plan to use a crib, your baby can sleep safely in the crib from the beginning. Don’t waste money on a crib bumper. Safety agencies in both the US and Canada recommend against using a crib bumper. Choose a well-made crib that has stationary sides. Drop side cribs are dangerous and have caused many deaths.