Most women have absolutely no idea how to prepare for their newborn, so did I! Since the moment I found out I was pregnant, the first thing I started searching for was a baby crib and a change table and basically that would be all. The more you dig into the stuff for babies on the internet, the more complicated it gets for you to understand what is it that you really need to buy from all the bigillion baby clothes, furniture, toys and so on and so forth. In this article I’d like to share my tips and tricks of what I’ve learnt in the past few months on how to prepare for my newborn.
Things to consider:
- The season you will be giving birth, a.k.a. the date of your term according to your doctor.
- Health and comfort are your priorities, beauty and aesthetics comes second!
- Learn to read the labels… on everything!
- Be aware that the cheapest product will not always save you up some money and the most expensive is not necessarily holding the best quality.
When it comes to choosing the clothing of your baby, make sure you choose fabrics and materials such as cotton, bamboo and wool. Every clothing you dress your baby with must be made from natural materials in order to reduce any possibility of allergies or skin irritation.
|Newborn baby clothes Winter||Newborn baby clothes Summer/Spring||Quantity|
|Long-sleeve bodysuits with front opening||Short-sleeve bodysuits with front opening||10|
|Sleeveless bodysuits with front opening||Sleeveless bodysuits with front opening||6|
|Long-sleeve jumpsuit with front opening||Short-sleeve jumpsuit with front opening||5|
|Long-sleeve jumpsuit pyjama with front opening||Long-sleeve jumpsuit pyjama with front opening||3|
|Long-sleeve T-shirt and Pants sets||Short-sleeve T-shirt and Shorts/Pants sets||5|
|Baby mittens/gloves||Baby mittens – cotton||2|
|Socks||Socks – cotton||10|
|Hats Cotton and Wool||Hats – cotton||4|
|Snowsuit with gloves and socks for cold weather||–||1|
|Sweater and/or Cardigan for cold weather||–||2|
|Baby towel||Baby towel||1|
|Baby bibs – cotton for newborn||Baby bibs – cotton for newborn||5|
Same rule for natural materials and cotton, bamboo and wool fabrics applies for your newborns bedding. Every piece of cloth that touches your baby’s skin must be made from natural materials in order to avoid allergies or skin irritation.
|Newborn Baby Bedding Winter||Newborn Baby Bedding Summer/Spring||Quantity|
|Bedding set – sheet, pillow case, blanket case||Bedding set – sheet, pillow case, blanket case||3|
|Newborn Pillow 0+ months (optional)||Newborn Pillow 0+ months (optional)||1|
|Cotton Blanket and Bamboo Blanket||Cotton Blanket and Bamboo Blanket||3|
|Merino Blanket/Wool Blanket||–||2|
|Duvet with natural filling||Duvet with natural filling||2|
|Winter Sleeping Bag||Summer Sleeping Bag||2|
|Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad||Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad||2|
|Set of Muslin Cloths/Nappies||Set of Muslin Cloths/Nappies||2|
|Set of Cotton Cloths/Nappies||Set of Cotton Cloths/Nappies||2|
|Set of Flannel Cloths/Nappies||Set of Flannel Cloths/Nappies (Optional)||2|
|Baby Nest||Baby Nest||1|
|Changing Mat||Changing Mat||1|
|Cotton Case for Changing Mat||Cotton Case for Changing Mat||2|
Baby’s Cosmetics & Care
Golden rule for choosing the cosmetics for your baby: If it has a fragrance, it probably contains toxic ingredients. Look for harmful ingredients such as: PEG, TEA, DMDM hydantoin, quaternium-15, parabens, lanolin (unless organic), 1,4-dioxane, fragrance, coal tar colors, ammonia, propylene glycol, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, perfume, dye, antibacterial chemicals, glycols, phenol, BHA/BHT. The list is of ingredients is quite long, however it is worth paying attention to it so you can protect your little angel from skin allergies and other complications that might occur.
Also, don’t rush on stacking products for a whole year in advance. The reason behind this is the fact that your baby, such as any other human being, will react to a certain product positively or negatively, hence – to avoid spending money on something you might later throw in the trash, buy less as a start and see how it goes as you might need to consider a different product later on!
|Baby Cosmetics & Care Winter||Baby Cosmetics & Care Summer/Spring|
|Body and Hair Shampoo||Body and Hair Shampoo|
|Body Lotion||Body Lotion|
|Massage Oil (Best for Winter)||Massage Oil (Not Recommended during Summer)|
|Hair Comb & Brush||Hair Comb & Brush|
|Newborn Nail Scissors||Newborn Nail Scissors|
|Baby Cotton Swabs||Baby Cotton Swabs|
|Disposable Nappies||Disposable Nappies|
|Water Wipes||Water Wipes|
|Baby Powder||Baby Powder|
|Medical Cotton||Medical Cotton|
|Nasal Solution||Nasal Solution|
|Nasal Aspirator||Nasal Aspirator|
|Baby Tea with Dill or Anise for Colic||Baby Tea with Dill or Anise for Colic|
|Body Thermometer||Body Thermometer|
|Water Thermometer||Water Thermometer|
|Room Thermometer||Room Thermometer|
NB: It’s good to have medication for high temperature and strong colic from the very beginning, and it is best to consult with your paediatrician about this.
Baby Cleaning Detergents
Washing baby’s clothes, bedding, toys and accessories with the right products is as important as choosing the correct cosmetics for your little angel.
|Products to Consider in the Beginning||Products to Consider Later in Time|
|Baby Laundry Detergent||Detergent for Toys and Accessories|
|Baby Soap for Laundry||Detergent for Baby Stroller|
|Baby Bottle Brushes||Detergent for Stains|
|Baby Dish Detergent||Detergent for Floor Cleaning|
|Cold Water Steriliser||Organic bleach|
|Baby Liquid Hand Soap|
My personal opinion is that refraining myself from any products containing fragrances in general improves the possibility of avoiding allergies. I consider omitting the fabric softener for all baby clothes, bedding, cloths, etc as an absolute necessity.
Baby’s Feeding Time
Things to consider – you might wish to breast-feed your baby and use no formula in addition, however have in mind that your breast-milk supply might not be enough for your little one and including formula will require sterilisation and bottles. Bottles can also be useful in case you wish to feed your baby with frozen breast-milk. If you have a lots of breast-milk, store it and keep it in the fridge for a few days or in the freezer for couple of weeks. This tactic is especially helpful if you by any chance need to take pills (for example if you get the flu, etc) that will most likely affect your breast-milk. That way you will still feed your baby with natural breast-milk (from your freezer supply) and you can peacefully take your pills without worrying for your little one.
|Glass Bottle 150 ml||2|
|Glass Bottle 250 ml||2|
|Baby Silicone Nipples 0+||5|
|Sterile Containers or Bags for Breast-milk Storage||N/A|
Baby’s Furniture and Stroller
There’s a whole bunch of products out there manufactured for babies. Look for certified products and safety tested products when it comes to the below-listed. You will be investing a solid amount of money, so pay attention to what you are paying for!
|Product||Things to Consider:|
|Baby’s crib||Size 140/70 will provide for longer usage. As for the materials, bamboo, or any natural wood is a great choice.|
|Mattress||Firm mattress is the most appropriate choice for babies. Pay great attention to the materials used for the mattress you will choose in order to avoid allergies.|
|Change-Table||Keep in mind after 6 months the change-table might no longer be in use – most babies refuse to stay peacefully on it and you might find other easier ways to change your baby’s diaper.|
|Baby Bathtub||Choosing bathtub with siphon and a secure stand is basically all you need. Pay attention to the materials. If thermometer is included that’s an extra benefit in your favor.|
|Baby Stroller||Baby’s stroller sets such as 2in1 or 3in1 are a great choice. Make sure it has been tested and meets all the requirements.|
|Baby Car seat||Baby car seat is a very important product for your little angel. Make sure it has been tested and meets all the requirements. Consider investing for longer usage.|
|Baby Sling||Completely optional, but so useful. If you need to go out without the stroller, this will keep your hands completely free and you will have your baby with you at the same time. It is a product of a great use even at home.|
Preparing a list of the things you will need for your newborn is practically the best way to avoid missing out on something that you might need later. It also helps with predicting the amount of money you will need to spend and that’s helpful for planning your finances.
Please, be aware that all the facts and discussions in this article are completely based on my personal opinion and my own experience and research. Hence, none of it should be considered as a general rule.