What are the first things to buy when expecting a baby?
Expecting a baby can be an exciting but nerve-racking experience. It can be daunting to think about everything you should be buying for your baby, especially if you are a first-time parent (or even if you aren’t). Luckily, there is an array of advice out there for new parents including everything you should be buying for a newborn; sometimes this can be overwhelming and confusing, so the first step is to consider the necessities. We’ve put together a list of the essential items you need for a newborn, including things they will require in their first few days.
One of the most important pieces of baby furniture is the crib; in the first few months consider a Moses basket or 3-sided crib especially if you plan for your baby to sleep in your room. If you are looking for longevity you can opt for a cot which will last until around 3 years of age.
Linens and Blankets
In addition to the crib you’ll need baby bed linens, including a fire-retardant mattress which fits the crib. Babies shouldn’t have pillows or fluffy comforters as these are hazardous but will need crib sheets and blankets.
Whether you choose disposable or cloth nappies, you will need a vast amount as newborns use a large number of nappies in their first months. You should also invest in a changing mat, nappy bag and essential nappy changing items such as wash cloths and nappy rash cream.
It is important to have some necessities such as baby thermometer at hand, but in general the hospital will advise you on any extra medications or medical tools you may need. If they don’t it is worth checking just to be certain what their advice is.
To begin with the best clothes for newborns are onesies, you should look to have around 6 of these. In addition to these they will need a few blankets, a cardigan or jumper for colder days, a hat and socks and booties (4 pairs are enough). Depending on the season different clothing may be required; for example, in winter it may be advisable to invest in more cardigans, jumpers and warmer mittens, hats and booties.
Many new parents choose to purchase one-piece sleepers with zips as they are easier to take on and off. However, for the early days after birth nightgowns are best until the cord falls off.
Babies will need to be bathed so purchasing a baby bath tub is important; you will also need some baby bath towels and washcloths alongside a baby soap, shampoo and brush. In addition to bath accessories you may want to invest in some baby nail clippers and scissors to keep their nails trimmed.
Bibs and other feeding necessities
For feeding you will need some bibs. If you are breastfeeding, you may need a breast pump and bottles. Similarly, if you are not you will need formula and a measuring cup.
You will need a baby, rear facing car seat; you will probably be taking baby home in this from the hospital, so it is essential. You can get some which snap into a stroller or pram.