July 14

Is Your Home Really Prepared for that New Baby? Part 1

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Shopping for a baby can be overwhelming – you want to make sure you’ve got the best of everything (without breaking the bank). However, all you really need for your little one is a place to sleep, a blanket for bundling, and diapers (lots of them!). That said, I know you are not living in the Stone Age. You deserve some nice-to-have accessories that can make your job as a parent significantly easier.

 

Hence, I have compiled a list of things to buy for your baby that can help you navigate the over-flowing world of baby gear and accessories. Using this list as a guide, you’d be able to distinguish between must-have and useless items for your baby, helping you save both time and money.

 

So, without further ado, let’s begin!

FURNITURE

 

Must-haves:

  • Co-sleeper or crib
  • Crib mattress

 

Nice-to-haves:

  • Chest/dresser
  • Changing table
  • Vaporizer or humidifier
  • Hamper
  • Bassinet (don’t use for baby’s over three months)
  • Glider or rocking chair
  • Baby monitor

 

Baby gear you don’t need: 

A used crib. When it comes to infants, always buy a new one for safety purposes.

 

BABYPROOFING EQUIPMENT 

 

Must-have (for baby’s over four months):

  • Power outlet covers
  • Cabinet latches
  • Gates at the top and foot of stairs
  • Drawer Latches
  • Fireplace bumper
  • Furniture anchors

 

Nice-to-haves:

  • Corner guards for tables
  • Toilet lock

 

If you want to learn how to babyproof your house to create a safe space for your little one, be sure to check my blog post for a detailed babyproofing checklist!

 

BREASTFEEDING EQUIPMENT 

 

Must-haves:

  • Nursing bras (at least 2 or 3)
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing pads (at least 2 to 3 boxes)
  • Burp cloths (5 or more)
  • Bibs (preferably in cotton and at least five or more)

 

Nice-to-haves:

  • Nipple cream; especially for the initial few weeks
  • Breast milk storage containers or bags
  • Breast pumping machine (hand pump works fine; however, get an electric pump if you plan on using it daily at work)
  • Many nipples and bottles, in case somebody else will be feeding the baby

 

FORMULA FEEDING EQUIPMENT 

 

Must-haves:

  • 7 to 8 bottles with newborn nipples
  • Baby formula (ensure you have sufficient amount for several weeks)
  • Burp cloths (5 or more)
  • Bibs (preferably in cotton and at least five or more)
  • Dishwasher basket or bottle-cleaning brush
  • Drying rack for washed bottles
  • Insulated carrier/cooler for outings

 

Nice-to-haves:

  • Bottle sterilizer
  • Dry formula dispenser

 

Baby gear you don’t need: 

  • Bottle warmer (using hot water works just fine and takes the same time to get the job done)
  • Bottle proper (lest if you have multiples)

 

DIAPERING EQUIPMENT 

 

Must-haves:

  • Newborn diapers (at least two packets to start with)
  • Baby cleaning wipes
  • A waterproof changing table pad
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Diaper c or trash can with a lid
  • Changing table pad covers (at least 2 or 3; preferably in cotton or terry cloth)

 

Nice-to-haves:

  • Non-talc powder to get the diaper area dry quicker
  • Waterproof pads to keep under the baby’s buttocks (4 or 5 in a rectangular or square shape)
  • Baby cream (if your child has dry skin)

 

Baby gear you don’t need: 

  • Diaper stacker
  • Wipe warmer

 

There you have it – all the must-have, nice-to-have, and needless things to buy for your baby. Get started with this list, and continue with the must-have items for your baby Part 2 once you’re ready!


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