15 Must Haves For Your Newborn
This was a guest post written by Stephanie Lynch, the co-founder of Howmuchisit.org, a cost-helping database.
As you prepare for your newborn’s arrival, one thing you may be spending a lot of time on is the baby registry if this is your first child. While it may feel overwhelming at first, you may be asking yourself, “What do I really need?”
Take a look at any retailer that sells baby-related item and it’s no surprise you’re going to find thousands upon thousands of items. Yes, while you may need some of these items, a lot of them will be a waste of your time and money.
As a mother of two, I put together a list of things you absolutely need to add to your list, as well as some things you should look into when purchasing these items.
Every nursery will need a crib because, well, the baby will need a place to sleep. Safety should always come to mind when choosing one, so make sure the top of the rail is at least 26 inches from the top of the mattress and the slats should be no more than seven centimeters apart; this prevents the baby’s body from getting stuck. While buying a crib used is okay, never purchasing a drop rail crib as they are deemed illegal and always make sure you look into previous recalls.
It’s no fun to sleep in a crib in a matress. In fact, I don’t even know if it’s possible. A mattress should fit snugly, so the baby can’t get trapped between the crib and the edges. It’s also best to avoid bumpers, pads and blankets when younger because this can pose as a risk of strangulation or suffocation.
#3 Mattress Pad
Newborns aren’t toilet trained just yet (it would be nice!), and don’t count of the diapers working 100% of the time. A mattress pad is absolutely necessary unless you want to roll the dice and risk your newborn soaking the mattress.
#4 Crib Sheets
I mentioned it a pinch above, but don’t buy a bumper, blanket, pillow or anything you may use in the bed as an adult. A newborn won’t know how to get out of blanket if it were to fall on their head. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against it. For the crib, you will only need a fitted crib sheet and maybe a crib skirt to make it look pretty.
This one is kind of iffy. If you have a nice closet, you can always organize it to store your newborn’s clothes, but if you’re tight on space, a dresser may be necessary. If you do purchase one, always make sure you anchor it to the wall because as you will find out, babies who love to crawl love to get into everything! Yes, that means using the dresser as a jungle gym. To really save on space, I highly recommend purchasing a dresser/changing table combination.
#6 Nursery Chair
A rocking chair sure is nice when you’re ready to put your little one to bed. There’s nothing better than snuggling with your baby before you lay them down; plus, they will love the rocking motion if they are feeling a bit cranky. A nursery chair doesn’t have to be anything crazy, but if you do want to purchase a chair, consider buying one that can be moved to another room as they child outgrows their baby stage.
Babies go through a lot of clothes, and when I say this, it could be up to five, six or even seven outfits a day. Whether it’s an explosive diaper or a lot of bottle spit up, a hamper is a nice way to store the dirty clothes (and the smells).
A humidifier will come in handy, especially during the winter months when the air is dry or if you’re wee one is fighting a cold.
#9 Baby Monitor
With a baby monitor, it’s up to you what you want to purchase. You can get something as simple as a walkie-talkie or an advanced video camera system. Since you probably don’t want to watch your baby sleep for three hours, a baby monitor is an easy way to alert you when your baby awakes.
#10 Baby-designed Bathtub
Sadly, your newborn won’t be ready to jump in the bathtub and play with all the bubbles. Baby bathtubs are designed to hold a newborn upright so they don’t slip into the water.
#11 Nursing Pillow
A nursing pillow is great for those days where your arms need a break. Simply prop your newborn in the pillow and feed your baby with your arm resting on the pillow. Trust me, 15 bottles a day can get tiring fast.
Fevers can happen, and to confirm, a thermometer is all you need. Since a newborn can struggle with one in their mouth, one that simply swipes across their forehead is more than enough to get a temperature reading.
#13 Diaper Bag
Known as the second purse, you will definitely need a bag to store all your fun baby items.
#14 Stroller and Car Seat
Unless you never want to drive or want to carry your child around all the time, these are absolutely mandatory. Highly consider a 3-in-1 car seat so you don’t have to purchase one again.
This is an iffy one as well, but if you feel you want something for your baby to suckle on while crying or going to bed, this is up to you. Some parents don’t use them, while others swear by them.
Well, there you have it. You can add the everyday essentials to the list as well such as baby formula if you’re not breastfeeding ,a breast pump if you are breastfeeding, and of course – diapers – the items you will fly through like eggs in the morning. You don’t need 100 items on your baby registry list and these items should be more than enough to keep your newborn happy.