Shopping List Of Newborn Needs
When my wife and I found out we were pregnant, our minds began to race with thoughts about all the newborn needs we would have to get.
Of course, we also thought that nine months would be plenty of time to get prepared. Throw in the fact that my job took us to Uganda for a month and you can easily see how time could slip away.
In the end, we got everything ready, but it took a concerted effort on both our parts.
Dads can play a key role in helping to plan and purchase those essential newborn needs necessary to welcome home your new baby.
Check out the list of newborn needs below. I've broken them up into absolutely essential, nice to have, and I even have a category for stuff that is just plain unnecessary (at least in the early weeks, we can even call it stuff to save for later).
Have fun planning and shopping! And if you need tips and help on how to choose baby gear, such as the stroller, crib, infant car seat and so on, read our tips here.
Your List On Newborn Needs
Absolutely essential newborn needs
Diapers and Diaper Supplies
Infant Car SeatIf you want to take your baby home, you'll definitely have to put an infant car seat on your list of newborn needs. Most hospitals will even have a certified car seat inspector check your car seat to make sure it's installed properly.
For a few tips on how to choose and use the best infant car seat, click here.
Sleep SackI never saw one of these until we were given one at the hospital. Think of a sleeping bag with arm holes. Sleep sacks also help promote placing babies on their back to sleep and reduces the risk of them falling under a blanket (which in turn reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Newborn First Aid Kit
Babybjorn carrier or wrapTrust me on this: You and the baby will love having this. The wrap or bjorn keeps baby close and snuggling to your body while you can have your hands free to get things done around the house. These even work well for dads too! If your back is the least sensitive to you carrying something heavy, make sure you invest in a BABYBJORN Active Carrier . The Active carrier is somewhat more expensive, but the back support is so much better. This is not so important in the beginning, but babies grow very quickly!
Baby StrollerIf you want to be able to take your baby out, or even put him or her to sleep, you'll want a baby stroller right from the start. You'll find help with picking the right stroller here.
Newborn and 0-3 month clothesObviously your baby will need clothes too. You don't have to buy the whole store, though, especially not with smallest sizes. For some help regarding what clothes to buy for a newborn baby, click here. A tip: Get onesies that opn easily for diapering. That is the main piece of clothes your newborn baby will need.
Nice to have newborn needs
Baby bathtubWhile not essential, a baby bathtub is good to have. We didn't have one right away, so in the meantime, we just bathed our little one in the sink.
Baby monitorAlthough really cool to have and even though we were given one as a gift, our situation is such that we rarely use it. My thinking is that if you can get it as a gift, that's great. If you have to invest in one yourself, wait a little bit and make sure it's an essential thing to have.
For those living in two storey houses (or more) or who has a garden where the baby can sleep in the stroller, a a good baby monitor can be a huge help.
Baby cribIf may seem strange not to put a baby crib among the absolutely essential list of newborn needs. But really, most newborn babies sleep better together with their parents at night and in their stroller for naps. So even though you are likely to want and need a baby crib at some point soon, it might not be necessary right from the start.
Newborn stuff to get later
Toys, toys, toysSeriously, people love buying toys but so many will just sit around for a couple months. Little rattles and other brightly colored, high-contrast toys are okay but you can save the electric swings and exer-saucers for later.
When purchasing newborn needs it's important to remember what is the difference between the items that are absolutely necessary and the items that are merely a convenience. Dad's input is important here and helping purchase newborn needs is a great way to be involved.
Shopping newborn stuff online
You can bring the list of newborn needs to your local baby store, and just get everything there, of course. Chances are though, that this will be a lot more expensive than doing some of your shopping online.
In addition, with things like diapers, first aid kits, baby bathtubs and so on, there really isn't much need to have a look at them before buying.
Have a look around in our baby store if you want!
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