Preparing for a Newborn: A Checklist for Expectant Parents
When a new parent brings their infant home, it’s a good idea to make sure they have everything they need for the baby ready to go. The question is, what should you gift a newborn infant.
Keep in mind that you will never require as much as you believe you will require. Be realistic in your expectations. Is it really necessary to have a bottle warmer? Go ahead and get it if you’re a parent with the financial means to do so. If you want it even if you don’t need it, go for it. Just keep in mind that you’ll most likely be reselling it in a few months since you’ll have discovered that certain things are more hassle than they’re worth.
I recommend that you have the nursery set up, with all of the necessary materials in place, and all of the clothing laundered and ready to go, three to four weeks before your due date. In this manner, you’ll be prepared even if your kid arrives earlier than expected. When you know you’ll have everything you need when you go home from the hospital, it makes it a whole lot less stressful.
The following is a list of the absolute must-haves for the comfort and protection of your newborn.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT EQUIPMENT
Bassinet, Co-Sleeper/Crib, or a Pack & Play for your child’s room.
• Given that you will most likely be re-feeding your baby every 2 to 4 hours for the first 12 weeks, keeping him in your room will save you the time and effort of having to travel back and forth to the nursery. It’s also convenient for keeping your baby snuggled up and close by when out and about. Given that your baby has just arrived from an enclosed environment, he or she like to feel secure. I recommend utilizing a bassinet instead of a crib until your baby is able to turn over on his own or until there is no more room for him to stretch out. You’ll only need it for a short period of time at the beginning, but you’ll be really grateful to have it!
• Crib and Mattress (optional)
When your child outgrows the bassinet, it’s time to transition him or her to a crib. Make certain that the mattress you purchase complies with current safety regulations, and that the mattress fits firmly against the sides so that baby cannot squirm or become jammed under the mattress.
• A sling for the baby
Every mother I know swears by the use of a sling or other form of child carrier. It enables you to remain mobile while yet maintaining a physical connection with your child or infant. Make certain that it provides adequate neck and head support and that it is made of a machine-washable fabric. It should be comfy on your body and allow you to wear your infant either face in or out of the carrier. When you first start with her, you’ll want her to be looking inward. As she grows older, she will want to turn her face outward so that she can view the rest of the world.
• A changing mat is provided.
This is a plastic pad that you place on the floor in order to change your child’s diaper. You can cover the plastic with a towel or a blanket so that your baby does not feel the chilly plastic. If you have the funds available, you may also invest in a changing table, but this is not strictly necessary in most cases. It will only be in your possession for a brief period of time.
• Infant Carrier (also known as a car seat or stroller)
I’m a huge supporter of the’system.’ There are connectors for the vehicle and stroller that link to this carrier. When you and your infant are traveling from home to vehicle and stroller, they make the process much simpler. It is important that you get your car seat examined or fitted at the hospital where you will be giving birth. You will not be able to leave the hospital with your baby unless you have a properly fitted car seat, so try to get it installed at least one week before your due date.
• High Chair (optional)
After all, you won’t need a high chair until your child is at least 5-6 months old, so you may want to put off making this purchase for a bit.
• Baby Bumbo Sitter (optional).
This is fantastic after your kid is approximately 3 months old and has developed some neck control. They have the ability to sit in it for anything.
• Bathtub for the baby
The importance of starting with a tiny bath tub cannot be overstated. In a small area with only a small amount of water, you will build confidence in your ability to hold and handle your infant. When they are in the sling, they have no neck control until they are approximately 3 or 4 months old, so I really like those babies. The sling makes it easier to hold them in place.
seat and/or swing that is bouncy or vibrates
Having a secure place to put your child while you prepare or get ready is essential, and babies like the movement that these places give.
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION
• A large rocking chair that is both comfy and stylish
• Sound Machines – These are excellent for assisting in the soothing of your infant. Their music includes noises from the mother’s womb, water sounds, and sounds from nature, among other things. They also come packaged inside of cuddly plush toy animals.
• Baby Monitoring System – There are a variety of alternatives available today, including video monitoring systems that allow you to watch your child in his or her crib at all times. If you have numerous levels in your house or if your master bedroom is on a separate level entirely, dual monitors or multiple monitors are a must-have piece of equipment. There are also remote pager systems, which allow you to attach it on your belt and listen while you go from room to room.
• Breast Pumps and Related Accessories
• Nursing Pillows – The Boppy is my favorite. It may also be utilized by the infant, thus it can be used for a variety of functions. The Brest Friend, on the other hand, offers excellent support and leverage, as well as a strap that can be tied around your waist if you need to be mobile. It also includes a zippered compartment for storing small items.
– For when you’re up late at night with the infant, a CD player with headphones and audio books will come in handy.
• Baby Car Mirror – Because children are rear-facing until they are around a year old and/or weigh more than 20 pounds, I think this is a fantastic idea. It enables you to see your child in the rearview mirror of your vehicle. Some of them will also provide entertainment for your infant via the use of lights and music.
In the event that you get a mobile for the crib or pack n play, make certain that it is brightly colored and has a melodic accompaniment. Mats for activities are no different. Make certain that the toys include mirrors and noises.
LINENS THAT ARE NECESSARY
All cotton is highly recommended by me. It is soft, and it may be sterilized by washing it in hot water. Everything that will come into touch with your infant should be cleaned with a gentle detergent, such as Dreft, before being used. It is recommended that you wash your baby’s clothes separately from the rest of the laundry during the first six months. Your baby’s bedding should be soft and safe to ensure that your infant is comfortable and safe. Avoid using fluffy materials until your infant is able to move items such as blankets away from his or her face. Only high-quality, breathable fabrics should be used.
There should be enough of burp cloths (cloth diapers) to clean up spit up and other messes. There should also be two hooded towels and washcloths for the baby’s bath and diaper changes. There should be three stretch cotton-fitted sheets for the bassinet and subsequently for the crib.
Clothing that is absolutely necessary
When it comes to babies’ clothes, it’s all about the layering strategy. There is one important thing to remember about newborns: they can’t regulate their body temperature until they are around six months old. It’s quite simple for them to become overheated or too chilly in extreme temperatures. It is your responsibility to maintain a comfortable temperature by dressing in layers and using blankets as needed.
Consider the practicality and easiness with which you can dress. Make sure the crotch is easy to open and close when changing diapers. Because you will most likely be changing your baby’s clothes multiple times a day, it is best to choose outfits that are soft and simple to change.
Sleepers, 5-7 one-piece clothes, 3-4 gowns/kimonos, 5-7 comfortable day outfits, 8-10 undershirts, 3-4 bibs, 4-5 pairs of socks or booties, 3 cotton caps and hats, 2 sweaters if it’s winter, 1 snowsuit or fleece if it’s winter,
A sleep bag is available as an option. Originally from Europe, they are finding their way to the United States. They are a fantastic method to keep baby warm at night without the need of blankets, which babies can kick off. It’s similar to a sleeping bag, except it features open arms for ventilation and a zipped bottom to make diaper changes simple.
SUPPLIES THAT ARE NECESSARY
When it comes to diapers, your kid will go through around 5,000 diapers until he or she is toilet trained! In addition, you may find yourself changing your infant up to 12 times each day in the early days. Make sure you have enough of diapers on hand, whether you plan to use disposables, recycled diapers, cloth diapers, or a diaper service.
When it comes to diaper wipes, I prefer the unscented ones, at least for the first few months.
Obtain a sturdy diaper bag with plenty of pockets, and make certain that it is always stocked with the following items:
• 4-5 disposable diapers
Changing pad • One change of clothing from head to toe • Spare pacifier • One Bib • A few of soft toys and rattles • One bottle of water that can be used to make a bottle • 1 -2 bottles • Formula if your child is on a formula-based formula diet
BREAST FEEDING ESSENTIALS INCLUDED
• 2-4 nursing bras; one package of disposable breast pads; nipple cream; an electric breast pump or a manual pump; breast milk storage containers; a nursing pillow; and other items as needed. • A kit or bag to keep your milk bottles and ice packs in • At least two bottles of milk (if possible)
• The La Leche League’s ‘The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding’ is a good resource for breastfeeding support.
ESSENTIALS FOR THE FEEDING AND PUMPING OF BOTTLES
Slow-flowing or bent-neck bottles with soft nipples: 6-8 bottles
• Bottle Brush and Optional Sanitizing System- It’s critical to properly wash bottles after each use and to sanitize bottles at least once every 2-3 months to ensure that they remain safe for usage. If you are pumping, you’ll also want to disinfect the components of your breast pump that you use.
Bath toys • Baby oil • Diaper rash Ointment • Vaseline • Sterile cotton balls • Baby thermometer • Baby soaps and lotions • Tearless shampoo • Baby thermometer
• Nail scissors or clippers for babies • Baby brush or comb • Rubbing alcohol
• Q-tips • pacifiers (around 4)
• Suction on the Nose It is recommended that you bring a bulb syringe, which is generally provided by the hospital. • Hypoallergenic (dye-free) washing detergent that is gentle.
In addition to night light, I recommend several good parenting books, including ‘Secrets of the Baby Whisperer’ by Tamara Hoag and ‘The Happiest Baby on the Block’ by Harvey Karp.
It will help to alleviate as much as possible any concerns you may have about being a parent, which will allow you to enjoy the experience more fully. Coming home from the hospital with everything you need on hand makes it so much simpler to feel secure about your decision to return home. Take pleasure in your new little one!