Saturday, 27 October 2012

Newborn Baby Essentials

I thought I would go through A few things that I think are essentials for your new babies. There are hundreds of things that you can be tricked in to buying but most of them you can do with out and to be honest there are some that are just a big waste of money. In the months before your baby is due money can be a bit tight as there are so many things you do need to buy.

Nappies - Nappies Nappies Nappies you go through so many and lets face it your baby will be wearing these for a good couple of years. So I would recommend everytime you do your monthly shop pick up a packet of nappies and make sure you get a variety of different sizes. You can also pick up a few different brands so that you can pick your favourite.

Baby Wipes - You will also get through so many of these you wont believe. For nappy changes and also in the future for wiping messy faces and sticky hands when you are out and about. I would recommend picking these up whenever you see them on special offer. My nan bless her gets us so many packets of baby wipes everytime we go to see her she has packets for us.

Changing Mat - To keep nappy changes as clean as possible poop can get EVERYWHERE.

Nappy rash cream - Luckily Thomas hasn't had nappy rash yet but some babies can get it quite bad and it can be brought on by teething so it's always handy to have some just incase.

Changing Bag - It doesn't need to be anything expensive Boots parenting club even give away free ones that are pretty good we have kept ours for if David ever takes Thomas out on his own so he doesn't have to take my girly one with him. I would say though by one that is good quality though because you will be taking this absolutely everywhere with you for as long as your baby is in nappies.

Bottles & Steriliser - Even if you start off thinking you are going to breast feed like I did I would still recommend getting some bottles and a steriliser just incase for whatever reason it might not work for you and your baby like it didn't for me and Thomas. Plus you can always use them if you want to express in the future. (If like me you decide to use Tommee Tippee bottles don't bother getting the smaller size bottles just go straight for the big ones as the amount of milk your baby needs soon increases so the smaller bottles will become useless after a few weeks so they are a complete waste of money) You will also need a bottle brush too.

Cot/Crib or Moses Basket - You need to decide what you want your baby to sleep in when they come home. Some people completely miss out Moses Baskets and go straight to cots. You can buy these second hand but please please please always buy new matresses.

Blankets and Bedding - You will need quite a few blankets for using as covers as night and also for use with the pram when you take your baby out.

Pram/ Carseat - You need these ready from day one to bring your baby home. Do your research and test a few out in the shops before you make up your mind. I would highly recommend looking in to travel systems.

Muslin Cloths - These are so so handy I seem to have one permantely over my shoulder or by my side they catch little sicky dribbles. I find these are better than the shoulder pad things that you can get as these mop up mess much better.

Bips - You may think that your baby won't need bips until they are older but they do. If you have a little dribbler like me he dribbles when he feeds and also he started teething at 2 months so they catch the dribble.

Vests - Now the weather is getting a lot colder you will need to make sure your baby is warm enough as they can't maintain their heat like we can. I'll be honest with you when Thomas was born after a couple of weeks we didn't bother with vests as it was quite warm so maybe that's something to think about if you are having a summer baby, we ended up with lots and lots of vests which he never wore but thankfully the 0-3 vests still fit him now he needs them.

Sleepsuits - As obviously they need something to sleep in.

Scratch Mitts - When Thomas was first born we didn't bother with scratch mitts as he never scratched him self but now he has cradle cap and baby eczema he is very itchy. If you can find sleep suits where you can fold the sleeves over to form mitts and obviously your baby wont be able to pull them off.

Socks/ Booties - You have to keep the little tootsies warm.

Hats - When your baby is first born they will need a little cotton hat to keep them warm, as I have said before they cant maintain their temperature. You will also need a thicker hat now its getting cold for when you go out.

Cardigans/ Coats - Especially now it's getting cold your baby needs more layers. If you are checking your babies temperature feel their chest or back and don't let them get too warm (don't go by their hands, feet, face and these are sometimes cool even if your baby is quite warm)

Baby Monitors - If you are going to be putting your baby to bed before you go bed then you then these are a must. In the early weeks when Thomas was napping all over the place I didn't take him upstairs until I was ready to go bed. Now he is in a routine and goes to sleep about 7:30 obviously we have to use them.

Play Mat - Even at a couple of days old babies need some sort of stimulation they don't want to be lying in their Moses basket staring at the ceiling so get them a nice colourful mat with some dangly toys to look at.

Swing Chair - We have the Fisherprice space saver swing chair and it was an absolute god send in the early days. Thomas is such a nosey baby so always wanted to have a good view of everything. Plus it use to be the only way I could get him to take naps. If you can try and get a chair that will swing, vibrate and play music and babies find this very soothing.

What do mummys need in the early days?
You do need to think of yourself too and there are some essentials that you need.

Massive big pants - If like me you need an unexpected C-section you will be living in big pants for a long time after. So get yourself a few packs just incase plus you will need them as you will be wear pads, which takes me to my next item.

Maternity Pads - You will get through packs and packs of these after birth as you will bleed rather heavily for quite a few weeks after. Whether you have a natural birth or a section. I just got Boots own brand and I think they were about £1.10 so stock up.

Breast Pads - Whether you breast feed or not you will still need these as some mummys still get leaky even if they don't breast feed.

Nipple Cream - I recommend Lanolin simply because it works and you don't need to wash your nip before you feed your baby as it doesn't matter if they ingest it.

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