By making a list of what you will need from the first days, you will have a good idea of the purchases to be made and of the objects and clothes that you can recover from those around you.
The pregnancy test is barely positive that the expectant parents are already thinking about everything to plan for welcoming the baby. Of course you will want to buy several items, but do not forget that your parents and friends will also want to give you a gift whether it is for a shower or at the birth of baby.
A few tips
- Before spending a fortune on products and equipment of all kinds, check with your entourage if someone does not already have several items to give or sell for cheap.
- Don’t buy too many newborn-size clothes, maybe the son will already be too big to wear them at birth. In your last weeks of pregnancy, the doctor will be able to give you a rough idea of the baby’s size and you will still have time to go shopping!
- Avoid clothes with lace collars and even short collars! Until the age of six months and even more, baby has almost no neck, his chin rests directly on the top of his chest and the collar reaches him right in the mouth! So when he drools and regurgitates, it’s the beautiful lace collar that absorbs!
- Buy a laundry detergent for sensitive skin (eg Ivory or the Green Mouse). You will wash all baby clothes with this mild soap until you are sure there are no allergic reactions to common detergents.
- Use natural fibers over artificial fibers and choose fabrics that are soft for her delicate skin.
- Much like adults, clothing sizes have nothing to do with baby age. As a benchmark, tell yourself that a three month old baby wears around 6 months, at 6 months, he will probably wear 12 months, etc. This is a rule of thumb, as it will all depend on your baby’s size and growth rate! So before buying all your clothes this year for next summer or winter, wait until you have a good idea of their growth rate! A romper in the middle of winter and a velvet outfit in the middle of summer is not very practical!
- Especially the first months of baby’s life, you should favor pajamas over pants or dresses. As the damage and the diaper changes will be numerous, you will quickly notice the practicality of the pajamas! And a baby in pajamas is chewable!
- 6 fabric flaps. Later, you will take plastic bibs, but for starters, fabric bibs are ideal because they are used to wipe baby’s mouth when he drools or regurgitates a little.
- 6 to 8 pajamas in terry cloth or cotton. We can go to velvet if it’s winter. Use the snaps to facilitate diaper changes and avoid the buttons and closures at the back, which are really impractical when you want to discreetly change them during the night!
- 2 or 3 sleeping bags: it’s like a long jacket with a tie at the feet, particularly practical at night since it is enough to detach and raise the bottom to access the diaper. Baby sleeps warm and mom and dad are happy not to disturb him too much during night drinks! Please note: some babies do not like being trapped in a garment! Wait before making a big supply!
- 8 cotton diaper covers, with snaps, very practical for diaper changes.
- Several pairs of small stockings: the ends (hands and feet) must be covered to avoid heat loss.
- Cotton beanie. The first days, baby will wear a hat at all times.
- Baby’s nest: It’s like an envelope with sleeves and a zipper in which you slip baby to keep it warm on cool days, but not too cold.
- Snow suit for newborns, baby nest style, but for colder temperatures.
- Berth: watch out for used items, safety standards have changed over the years and it is strongly advised not to buy a berth that is more than a few years old. The mattress must be firm and adapted to the size of the berth; above all, baby should not slip between the mattress and the bars! If possible, choose it with rounded corners to avoid injury when it gets a little bigger. It may be appropriate to choose a model that turns into a crib, it is a little more expensive at the time, but it will save you a big expense in 2 years.
- 5 fitted sheets and a dozen quills for laying under his head. The dives will also be useful when going out for diaper changes. Warning: You never put a pillow in a baby bed, it could choke.
- Changing table: it all depends on the space you have. After all, even a washer can be used as a changing table! If you can afford it, choose a table with edges, at the height of your waist, with storage to place diapers, creams, powder and wet wipes.
- Plastic bathtub
- Stroller. If you are the active type, it may be worth investing in an all-terrain stroller to take your baby everywhere! Basic strollers (umbrellas) have wheels that often lock and are not easy to maneuver.
- Ventral baby carrier or baby sling
- Car seat for newborns. Some seats have a detachable baby carrier, others don’t. It’s up to you to see how you use it.
- Lounger (cradle seat) which allows you to drop baby in a semi-recumbent position.
- If you are planning to breastfeed, a nursing pillow or a simple pillow will help you a lot.
- If you plan to use baby bottles, you will need a cleaning brush, a dozen small bottles, replacement teats, etc.
- Monitor to hear baby on the go in the house and hear him when he wakes up.
- Diaper bag with lots of storage, because you’ll soon realize that you almost have to move every time you go out!
- Some large fluffy towels
- 2 in 1 liquid soap (body and hair) with neutral pH, designed for babies
- Buttock cream
- Baby hair brush
- Newborn diaper package. Again, avoid robbing stores until you know the size of the baby at birth. Newborn baby diapers are really small!
- Wet towels or small wash cloths reserved for the exclusive use of the baby toilet
- Baby nail clippers