You might be asking, “What does a newborn genuinely require in the first weeks at home?” as you prepare to bring your new baby home. The response is an emphatic no.
Of course, it will appear that your child requires everything under the sun if you look through a baby registry recommendation list or enquire at a baby store. Some parents want all of the neat Pigeon baby products and gadgets that will make them and their children’s lives easier. For minimalists, budget-conscious parents, or stressed new parents, sticking to the basics is fine. Your infant will not notice the difference, we assure it.
Having the following basics on hand will get you through the first few days and weeks without having to rush out and make any last-minute purchases, ensuring that your baby is happy, well-fed, and has everything they need.
Clothes and a Layette
Although you may want a few gorgeous outfits to show off your baby, in those first few weeks, your child doesn’t require anything spectacular, so simple, plain, budget-friendly clothing will suffice.
It’s best not to buy too many newborn outfits because your baby will quickly outgrow them. At the same time, because newborn clothing can get soiled quickly, you’ll be changing outfits regularly. When making these purchases, think about how often you plan to do laundry and what the weather will be like when your baby is due.
Most doctors still recommend that babies wear hats for the first few weeks of birth, but if you live in a warm climate, you can usually skip the hat. Because blankets are no longer recommended for babies, having a few baby sleepers or sleep sacks on hand is essential.
Despite the fact that diapers are an obvious newborn essential, determining the ideal type for your baby can be difficult and stressful—who knew?! If you’re contemplating whether to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers, keep in mind that both have benefits and drawbacks, and the best decision is always to do what works best for your family and lifestyle. Many families, however, use both cloth and disposable diapers, so you can experiment with both to see which you prefer.
Make sure you have plenty of diapers on hand, since infants can go through up to ten diapers every day. Remember that kids will outgrow the newborn size in a few weeks, so don’t overstock.
Provisions for Feeding
If you’re breastfeeding, all you’ll need is your breasts—and the contact information for a qualified lactation consultant or breastfeeding support group in case you have any issues (as we almost all do at some point).
If you want to give your baby formula, talk to your doctor about which brands and types of formula to buy and how much to keep on hand when you bring your baby home. Make sure you have a few extra bottles on hand if you want to bottle-feed so you don’t have to wash them in the middle of the night. You’ll need a bottle brush, but you should also consider whether a bottle drying rack or a bottle washing dishwashing basket is required. A breast pump, nursing pads, and nipple cream are all essentials for new moms who plan to exclusively breastfeed their infants.