Are you getting ready to welcome your baby into the world? Congratulations!
This is sure to be a magical time in your life, as well as tiring! To be best prepared for when the little one arrives, shop for all the essentials in advance so you’re not missing anything you need when you get home from the hospital.
Here are some key essentials to get beforehand:
A cot or basinet
You’ll need to invest in a cot or basinet for your baby to sleep in. Cribs are a popular choice as they tend to be larger than basinets – so your little one won’t outgrow it as quickly. There’s a huge amount to choose from, including foldable sleepers, rocking cribs and clever bedside cots that sit neatly against your mattress.
Nappies and sanitary towels
Make sure you have a decent supply of nappies so you’re fully prepared when you get home. While you should stock up, avoid buying a huge amount of newborn size nappies as your baby may outgrow them before you use them all.
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable things to buy is cute clothing for your little one! You’ll need to get a variety of different items including baby grows, t-shirts, leggings, booties and jumpers. In terms of newborn size clothing, it’s worth basing what you get around the time of year of your due date.
Bottles and a breast pump
If you’re planning on breast feeding, you could invest in a breast pump and baby bottles. That way, you can have a supply of breastmilk ready that your partner can use to feed if you’re sleeping. Electric breast pumps are a good option as they can save time – you’ll also need to sterilise all the parts after use so might want a steriliser too, or you can always go with Milton tablets!
Your own food supplies
It’s likely you’ll be exhausted when you get home with your little one, and you’ll be devoting all your time and attention to their care. For this reason, have food supplies that you can eat on-the-go or heat up quickly when you need to refuel. Tinned products, frozen foods and dry goods are all useful to have in. You could also batch make some nutritious meals and freeze each portion individually so they can be quickly heated when you need them.
There’s a huge range of baby products on the market, from budget-friendly options to expensive designer goods – so it can be a little overwhelming. The key to choosing the right items for you and your little one is to get the right balance of quality and value for money. Getting everything you need for a newborn can be costly, so it’s important to set yourself a budget and spend what you can afford. Before you buy anything at all, it is a good idea to ask friends or family who have already had a little one what is really useful and what sat in the corner unused.
Hopefully, this has given you some pointers to help you get ready for your little bundle of joy!