How to Prepare For a Baby: Newborn Baby Essentials

Preparing for the arrival of a new baby
is both exciting and daunting, not to mention choosing which
products you really need. As a mom myself, I’ve been through this
before, so I thought I’d share my list of essential products you might
find helpful as you prepare to bring your baby home. I’ll focus on four areas, preparing
for the hospital, at home and the nursery, feeding, and on the go. Now, a couple of weeks before your due
date, it’s a good idea to pack your hospital bag so you’re all ready
to go when the time comes. Check with your doctor to see
how many nights you expect to be in the hospital. And aside from the personal items and
clothing you’ll need for yourself, there are a few things you really need
to remember for your new baby. Weather-appropriate onesies, plus
an outfit for them to wear home from the hospital. Burp cloths and bibs to help
clean up the spit-up. Pacifier. Babies have a strong sucking reflex and
a pacifier can help soothe them. Hats, socks, and mittens, to keep them
warm and help prevent them from scratching themselves. Swaddles and receiving blankets, to
wrap them up safe and secure. One of the most exciting aspects of
preparing for your little one’s arrival is preparing their nursery. But aside from the theme and cute
factors and obvious items such as a crib, there are few practical
items you will need. Swaddling. The outside world can be a scary
place for a newborn. Swaddling helps them feel safe and
secure, just like in the womb. Having a good couple swaddling blankets
is a worthless investment. Clothes. New babies don’t need much, but they
will go through a few changes a day, so having 10 to 12 outfits will help
you manage the laundry pile. Diapers. A changing station provides a safe place
to change your baby’s diaper as well as store these essential
diapers and wipes. For your home supply of diapers, it’s a
good idea to have a couple of packs on the newborn size. And since babies grow so quickly, having
like one pack of the next size up ensures that you’re ready when
the time comes to move up. Wipes. I like wipes that are gentle on their
skin for diaper changes and to help clean up little messes. A quality thermometer. It’s also a good idea to familiarize
yourself with fever temperatures. Bath time. You’ll want two to three washcloths
and baby towels. Once you move beyond the sponge bath
stage, you also might want to consider a baby tub or baby mat to keep
them secure during bathing. Outside of the nursery, you will need a
safe place to sit the baby, such as a bouncy seat or swing. I also recommend one or two soft
toys in high-contrasting colors to catch their eye. We also had a little baby
gym, and she loved it. Now, for the first few months, you will
feed your newborn every two to four hours around the clock, so I highly
recommend having a feeding pillow to help ease the stress on your
back and make feeding more comfortable for both of you. Whether you decide to breastfeed or
bottle feed, you may want to have a supply of bottles and nipples and
perhaps some high quality formula. Bibs and burp cloths are helpful too,
because your baby will spit up. And I recommend having 10 to 12
burp cloths so you always have a clean one handy. Even though your life is going to
change, you probably don’t plan to be at home 24 hours a day, so the first
thing you’ll need for a baby on the go is a diaper bag. Now, make sure it’s easy to clean,
with plenty of room and pockets. Aside from the obvious diapers and
wipes, I also recommend stocking your diaper bag with a spare change clothes
for your baby, a clean burp cloth and bib, pacifiers, and a few toys. To complete your on-the-go
items, you’ll also need a car seat and a stroller. Now, make sure the car seat is
installed and checked by a professional before you go head to the
hospital so you’re ready to bring your new baby home. For the stroller, consider how easy
it is to fold and unfold. If you can do this with one
hand, that is ideal. Now, there are also different kinds of
baby slings and carriers that hold your little one close to you while
giving you and your hands the freedom to move about. Remember to wash all the fabrics that
your new baby will come in contact with before they come home. And most of all, get ready to enjoy
the new addition to your family. On behalf of Pampers, this is Kathleen
Fisher with Howdini. Visit Pampers’ YouTube channel
for more parenting tips.

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