Waiting for a baby to arrive is such an exciting time but it can also cause new parents to worry that they don’t have everything they need. It can seem like buying baby stuff is certain to cost a huge amount of money but this isn’t the case if you are smart about it. There are key items that every baby needs and which you should have ready in time for the baby’s arrival.
To help all the anxious parents out there prepare, here is a list of important items that will make having a baby easier.
1. A Secure, Comfortable Crib
Every baby needs somewhere safe and cozy to sleep, and while no one can ever be sure what sleep pattern their baby decides to follow, a crib is an essential purchase. Many people are concerned that they will need to spend hundreds of dollars on a crib but you can pick up a safe, solid crib for far less. What is most important is that your baby is not able to climb up the sides and tip out when he or she can stand. If you have a friend or family member who has recently had a baby, they may be willing to sell you their old crib for a discounted price or even give it to you as a gift.
2. A High Tech Sterilizer
It is so important that all of your babies’ eating equipment, as well as their toys and pacifiers, are fully sterilized. Babies’ immune systems are nowhere near as strong as adults’ and they can get very sick from even minor germs and bacteria. You can use sterilizing tablets like Milton to make your baby’s bottles and other items safe, but a high-tech sterilizer will do the job more effectively for you. All you need to do is pop the items in and turn the machine on and it will completely sterilize everything for you.
3. Bottles for Your Baby
Whether you are planning to breastfeed your baby or give it a formula, you will still need bottles to prepare the milk and store it for later on. The specialists at Baby & Co confirm that it is very important that you sterilize anything which will be going in the baby’s mouth so make sure that you buy more than one bottle so that the spares can be sterilized while you are using the others. Buy bottles with rubber teats so that your baby can feed safely without damaging its mouth.
4. A Portable Stroller
You will need a great stroller to wheel your baby around in every time you leave the house. Like cribs, strollers can be very expensive but you can also pick up a great model for just a couple of hundred dollars. As no one needs a stroller after their baby has grown up, there are always excellent second-hand strollers to buy on Facebook and Craigslist. Look for a model which can be reclined completely so that your baby can both sit up and lie down whenever he or she is tired. Choose a portable, foldable stroller so it is easy to pack away in a cupboard when it is not in use. You should also choose a stroller with storage under the seat where you can keep your baby bag.
5. Clothes for your Baby
Buying cute clothes for your baby is a lot of fun and you can dress them up in all kinds of fun outfits. Some people like to kit their baby out in expensive designer clothes but this is a waste of money as babies grow so quickly. You will need to buy all the basic clothes for your baby but get ready to be buried in baby clothes presents from doting aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
6. A Durable Baby Bag
There are many great baby bags and this is an essential item because you will be amazed at how much stuff you need to take with you just to pop out to the shops. Choose a baby bag that has comfortable shoulder straps so you can wear it on your back as all your baby’s items can be surprisingly heavy.
When a new baby arrives, there is so much hustle, bustle, and excitement, that the last thing you want to be doing is rushing out to buy something you need. It is very important to plan so that you have everything the baby will need before the little one arrives. Use this article as a guide and your baby will be happy, healthy, and comfortable from day one.