Congratulations, you’re now a proud parent! Are you sure you have everything you need for your bundle of joy? This exciting time in your life can feel overwhelming but, with the right tools, you can raise your baby right and adapt to your new responsibilities as “mom” or “dad.”
At any given baby shower, at least half of those in attendance will gift the parents-to-be infant clothes in newborn sizes. One-pieces, bodysuits, shoes, shirts and baby outfits are favorites.But babies grow fast, so what do you do when your newborn needs three-month-old sized clothing? Baby clothes are typically sized by month but it’s always prudent to have many different sizes on-hand before your baby comes home. Hand-me-downs and other used clothing can help keep your costs down.
Hats, mittens, booties and outerwear will be beneficial in cooler months, while swaddling blankets and wearable blankets keep your infant feeling warm and safe at night.
It’s no secret that babies are messy. In addition to diapers, parents will need to arm themselves with other hygiene tools to keep that baby mess at bay.
Diaper changing is made infinitely easier by using baby wipes and a changing pad or table. Some parents may choose to substitute a changing pad for a towel on a bed or the floor. Remember: when changing your baby’s diaper on an elevated surface, keep your hand firmly on your infant to keep him/her from rolling off.
After meals, many infants may burp or spit-up. Burp cloths are perfect for cleaning spit-up and other baby messes around the house.
It’s true that babies aren’t typically getting dirty or sweaty but you may feel the need to bathe your child before long. For this, you’ll need a sturdy bath tub if your infant has outgrown the kitchen sink, washcloths, a comfortable hooded towel and no-tear soap and shampoo.
Before your new baby begins eating solid food, they’ll need either breastmilk or formula. For breastfeeding parents, the shopping list may seem quite small. However, for those who choose to pump breastmilk or feed their infants formula, the list may include items such as bottles, bottle brushes, a breast pump and breastmilk bags for storage.
If you plan to take your newborn anywhere, you’ll need a car seat, stroller or baby carrier.
Car seats are one item to always buy new. Regulations for car seats change frequently and buying a hand-me-down may put your child at risk. Although it can be tempting to arrange the new car seat so your child can see you, it is much safer to keep it in the center of the back seat and facing the back of the car.
Strollers come in all shapes and sizes and can serve different purposes depending on your needs. Do you want lots of storage space for shopping? Do you want a sun shade? Can your baby recline for a nap? Will you need to lift it for stairs? Consider your needs before purchasing a stroller.
Baby carriers can also make bringing your child along for a day out easier. If you purchase a baby harness for hands-free snuggling make sure all the harnesses and straps can support your baby’s weight. Some slings have been linked to injuries and suffocation so it may be safer to choose a more traditional carrier.
One of the best parts
of parenthood is seeing your child laugh and smile. With the right toys and play items, your baby’s smile just won’t quit. Bouncy seats and walkers are a safe way to put your baby down while still letting them enjoy motion and improve their motor skills.
Non-mobile infants love play mats and gyms with dangling, colorful toys for them to bat at and grab. Older babies may like auditory toys that play music or rattle while also being soft enough to squeeze or throw. Sometimes, however, infants don’t need anything fancy. Many infants may prefer a chunky book more than any electronic toy.
No one wants to run to the store for an overlooked item after just bringing their newborn home, so make a list ahead of time and make sure you’re prepared! Whether this is your first child or your third, being prepared for all that parenthood has in store can save you a headache.
If you’d like to learn more about baby items, including which are best for promoting healthy development and which to avoid due to potential safety risks, contact Portland Pediatrics today. We’re always happy to help new parents and families!