New parents are THE target for so many baby products. Advertisers and baby-shop owners are very much aware of the fact that new parents don’t really know what they need and usually buy almost everything that’s offered to them. News flash: you don’t really need EVERYTHING. These are the newborn baby items that new parents really need.
A baby is such a tiny creature, yet he needs so many clothes! Baby clothing is usually sized as newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months. Some babies don’t get to use the newborn size and start with the 3 months size. Anyways, you better have a few newborn clothes cause you can’t predict whether the baby uses them or not. In terms of how many clothes you really need, we suggest 7-10 seasonally appropriate outfits, preferably one piece and socks.
Prepare to become a human diaper-changing machine! In order to do that you’ll need:
- Diapers (At the beginning your baby probably will go through 10-12 diapers a day)
- Diaper cream
- Changing pad/table
- Diaper Bag or conversion kit with portable wipes and changing pad
3. Baby gear
- Baby carrier
- Car seat
- Bassinet/Co-sleeper.The bassinet is a good idea for the first few months when you need the baby in your bedroom. You’ll also need two sets of sheets for it. After a few months you can buy a crib.
- Bedding and blankets. about 5 sheets and 2-3 blankets are more than enough.
In the first 4 months your baby should be breast/bottle fed. You still need some accessories for those actions:
- Burp cloths (8-10): should help you to catch spit-up and wipe up other baby fluids.
- Bottles (6-10): Newborns usually start with the 4-ounce size, but you’ll need some 8-ounce bottles as your child begins to drink larger amounts. You also need about 2 bottle brushes in order to clean the bottles from the inside.
- Formula- Breast milk is the perfect nutrition for your baby until the age of 4 months. If for some reason you’re not capable of breast feeding you need to buy a formula.
- Breast pump- makes is easy for someone else to feed your baby when you’re not around.
6. Bathing & Health
- Baby bathtub
- gentle baby wash
- Infant nail clipper
- digital thermometer
- Bulb syringe: Use with saline drops to clear your baby’s stuffy nose.
7. Baby soothers & entertainment
- Boppy/Bouncy seat: somewhere you can safely rest the baby in your main living area when you need to put them down
- Pacifiers. Pacifiers have a weird ability to disappear that’s why you’ll need more than one.
- Toys. Buy only soft toys at first.
At the beginning your baby still doesn’t roll or crawl so you don’t need too many safety items. After a few months it’s recommended you buy baby gates, outlet protectors etc.
- Baby monitors: Those gadgets allow you to keep tabs on your baby while you’re in another room. They come with a transmitter and at least one receiver. The transmitter needs to be close enough to your baby’s crib to pick up sounds (within 10 feet) but far enough away to ensure that the cord’s out of reach if there is one.
- Breathing Monitor- Very recommended for your own peace of mind.
Every baby is different. You may have visions of breastfeeding and carrying your baby in a sling, but you may end up formula feeding and having a baby who wants to be in its bouncy seat all day. You just won’t know until the baby arrives, and you can end up spending loads of money on things you don’t need. Hope we helped you buying only what you need and not what people try to sell you.