One of the most exciting moments in a woman’s life is when she finds out that she is pregnant. The anticipation and excitement for this moment may never get old or pass, but there are some practical things that you need to make sure you have before your baby arrives! We will go over 6 items that we recommend all moms-to-be should have on hand before their little one arrives.
Your baby will spend a lot of time in his or her stroller, so make sure you have one that is comfortable and easy to maneuver. Choose a model with lots of storage space for all your essentials or high-end strollers which are not only beautiful but practical as well. The best feature of any new stroller is the ability to turn easily – this is something every parent needs! Once you know where you will be going with your baby, you can choose a stroller that is appropriate for that setting.
When your baby arrives, you will be surprised at how often they need to use the restroom. Most babies are in diapers for around two years depending on what type of diaper you choose and even though it is an expense that most parents already have set aside money for before their little one comes home with them, having a sufficient supply of diapers is always a great idea!
When your baby comes home, you will also want to make sure that they are in comfortable diapers. You may be tempted to put them into the smallest size possible for their age but it is recommended that you buy larger sizes because babies grow quickly and it can help prevent irritation of sensitive skin.
Whether your baby comes home in the winter or summer, it will need to be cleaned. If you are planning on breastfeeding, then you must wash them before nursing so make sure you have plenty of wipes available! Whether this means buying a wipe warmer and special types of wipes for sensitive skin or just having plain old regular ones, make sure you have a sufficient supply of wipes on hand!
When you are breastfeeding, it is important to have bottles on hand in case your baby gets hungry while you are nursing. Even if you plan on exclusively breastfeeding for a certain period, having bottles around might help in the beginning when your milk supply is low and they need something else until it comes up! Having one or two extra bottles around, for this reason, is always a good idea.
One thing to remember when breastfeeding and bottle feeding is that your baby should be fed approximately every three hours so, during the night, you will need to set an alarm or take them out of their crib if they sleep in one because it can prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Bibs are also very important to have on hand when your baby arrives. Not only do they protect their clothes, but they can help prevent you from having to change them as often because milk or other liquids will not soak through and stain their clothes! Bibs can be made of cloth or plastic depending on what type of material the parent prefers.
If you are breastfeeding, it is also important to keep in mind that your baby may drool while they feed which means more bibs will be needed!
One of the most important things that you need to have on hand when your little one arrives is clothing! You can never be prepared enough for how many outfits they will go through and if this means buying a few extra ones just in case, then it is always better than not having any at all.
Since babies grow so quickly during their first year, it is important to keep in mind that they will need clothes for different seasons as well. Many parents like to put away a few outfits at a time so that their baby can wear them during the next season!
If you are expecting a baby, then this is the right time to prepare for their arrival. There are plenty of things that need to be done to ensure your newborn stay healthy and comfortable. Even if everything seems perfect at the hospital, many new mothers notice that they are overwhelmed when their babies come home. This is normal because you will be responsible for the care of your baby until they become an adult.