When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no idea what I needed, nor what I didn’t.
Like most new moms, I went to Babies R’ Us and registered for every gadget that I could imagine that my child might ever need. But a few months after bringing my newborn baby home, I found out that there were only a few things I REALLY needed and most of the supposed must haves I bought were a waste of money and space.
So what did I really need? Here’s my bring home baby checklist:
1. A New Car Seat —Get yourself a brand spanking new car seat. Why new? Because they are recalled regularly and you never know if a used seat was in an accident, that compromised its effectiveness. Why is it the 1st thing on this list? Because you can’t leave the hospital with your newborn without it. Go, get it now!
2. Mommy Hygiene—You will need Dermaplast by the box to soothe your inflamed and possibly stitched nether regions, a couple big boxes of mega maxi pads, granny panties, nursing bras, comfy nightgowns and yoga pants.
3. All Things Diapers—Newborn babies soil a diaper 8-10 times a day, so have plenty of newborn baby diapers on hand. I don’t care if you use disposable or reusable diapers, just make sure that you have boat loads of them. Wipes, a wipe warmer (I swore by mine for not completely waking soiled sleepers) and a bag to keep it all in are also necessary.
4. Passion for Baby Fashion—Snap t-shirts that don’t have to go over tiny heads, zip up onesies, a couple onesies in size preemie because even my 8-lb.6 oz. baby needed preemie for the first couple weeks, caps, mittens so they don’t slice their face (or yours) off and booties.
5. Bassinet—If you are anything like me, your baby will live in this movable bed until they no longer fit. Get a good sturdy one and make sure it is not around any cords. You would be amazed what little tiny fingers can grab and pull into the bassinet with them. Make sure there is not any loose bedding, bumpers or stuffed animals shoved in the crib, they all increase the risk for SIDS.
6. Baby Emergency Kit—A bulb syringe, baby nail clippers, diaper rash cream, infant drops, a digital thermometer for taking temperature and plenty of water for breastfeeding mothers.
What was your must have item before bringing baby home?