What Baby Needs

What Baby Needs
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There are many products to choose from for every aspect of a baby’s first year.  It all varies from finding a car seat, bassinet and/or crib, feeding and changing diapers to bathing and traveling.  Starting the day with a formula for newborns if not breastfeeding; get ready for bath time with the gentle shampoo & body soap that you prefer and a little bathtub for your baby.

Every parent would need to be prepared for a day of errands, work, college or getting to the babysitter with the right diaper bag, car seat and strollers; or browse through a big selection of cribs, bassinets, and child-sized beds for a good night’s sleep.

A list of baby necessities must-haves

  • Car seat: Your baby is going to need something sturdy to last for the first couple of years and most definitely be a priority so you can bring your baby home from the hospital.  A rear-facing car seat would be ideal to get first then eventually get a front-facing car seat as your baby grows unless you grab one of the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat.
  • Bassinet/Crib/Sleeper: In the early weeks of your baby’s life, he/she will want to be fed quite often and be a lot easier to have her/him in the same bedroom with you. Most bassinets are portable and can easily use a sleeper. They can easily move from room to room as needed.  As your baby grows and “graduates”,  the new crib can be placed into their own nursery.
  • Mattress (for the crib)

  • Bedding: Recommend getting at least 2 sets of crib sheets and a waterproof mattress pad cover.
  • Changing table (optional but ideal to have): Having a designated area for diaper changes is going to make life so much easier.  You can stock it with all the supplies you may need. You can stock up with diapers, a waterproof changing pad, wipes, diaper rash ointment, and a covered trash can.
  • Night Light:  Having a dim light to be safely left on in an outlet or turn on/off as needed is and will be a life-saver for the times you decide to stumble out of bed to check on your precious little one at night or for a night feeding. The last thing you want to do is turn on a bright light. “Ah!  That’s bright, ouch my eyes!”  Imagine your baby’s reaction when that light turns on.
  • Baby bathtub: A very convenient way to bathe your baby in a tub that would fit right into your sink.
  • Bath supplies: To bathe your little one, the basic necessity items you will need would be baby soap and gentle shampoo, sponge, and a comb.
  • Bibs: It doesn’t hurt to have a few of these handy! 
  • Bottles and formula: A must have! Grab a few bottles, at least 3 or 4.  Having a warmer and sterilizer for the bottles is only a nice littler bonus.
  • One-piece outfits & undergarments/rompers: You could choose between sleepers, undergarments, and rompers depending on the climate and time of year for their first few months.
  • Booties/socks: These help with keeping your baby’s feet warm. Look for the ones with fairly strong elastic around the ankles, especially for the babies who may kick a lot.
  • Diaper bags: For those times when you want to get out of the house, it’s very handy to have to carry around what you would need for a day out.
  • Stroller: An exciting time to have a stroller. For the day you’re ready to show your baby off to your neighbors, friends, and family.
  • Playpen and/or baby gates: As your child grows and becomes more active, you’ll need it for your peace of mind!

baby mobile

 

  • Baby Mobile:  A little something to help preoccupy your baby if he/she wakes up.  It’s soothing, also helps with developing motor skills, and cognitive skills.

 

 

Oh, wait a minute…don’t forget to stock the medicine cabinet, too!

The basic first-aid kit checklist.  You will need at least a basic kit for dealing with minor issues at home or while outside of your home.

Newborn Nursery Kit:  Great for grooming your baby’s hair, fingernails, and toenails, cleaning his/her nose.  Comes with a tidy little storage box.  Neat-o!

  • Medicine dropper or oral syringe
  • Your baby’s prescriptions if any
  • Nose syringe
  • Thermometer/Digital Thermometer
  • Baby acetaminophen or baby ibuprofen
  • Sterile bandages/gauze and band-aids
  • Tweezers
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher with UVA & UVB protection)
  • Calamine lotion
  • Petroleum jelly

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There are so many choices you could choose from and I know everyone has a budget they want to stay within.  Some of them are a necessity and some are not.  Just call the “are not” as “the extras” you might want.

The baby’s checklist I have provided is a great guideline for you to go by to care for your little one, whether you are in search of nursery furniture before or after the baby’s arrival or if you want to find a gift for a baby shower or to get a stroller, walker or battery-powered swing or clothing for your child.  It’s all your call, you decide what’s best.  I’m only giving suggestions.

Have a look around and enjoy.  Also, please feel free to leave a comment below of anything you might be interested in or want to add your thoughts or any questions you might have.  I would love to hear about them.

 

Cheers!

 

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Howard Coffey dice:

Hi Genelda,

Although it has been a long time since I cared for a baby, your article is right on. Thanks for the information.

Your site looks great, and after visiting, I realize that I have much work to do to mine!

Hi Howard,

Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked my article. I strive to give only the most accurate information.

Thanks for the compliment!

Genelda

So, the calamine lotion is for itching, correct? I am pretty sure I’ve heard people mention it before but wasn’t sure.

Hi Blake,

Thank you. I’m happy to see you are checking back often. I’ll be updating regularly.

Thanks again,

Genelda

Hi Blake,

Yes, that is correct. Calamine lotion is something that a medicine cabinet should not be lacking. If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

Thanks,

Genelda

Blake Markum dice:

Thank you for the clarification. I will be recommending your site to others!

Hi Blake,

You are most welcome! Thank you, please do spread the word. 😀

All the best,

Genelda

Heather dice:

As a mom of 4 nearly grown children (the baby is 17) – I have to disagree on a couple things – petroleum jelly is toxic. I would substitute coconut oil or aloe – or some other natural skin care. I would make sure any sunscreen is organic and any other products that go on skin have no petroleum products in them – like the antibiotic ointment would be Argentyn 23 gel.

Ohhh, petroleum is toxic? That’s not good. I need to check it out. It matters! You just gave me a reason to do a product review on petroleum jelly. I’ll be posting a review soon.

As for the sunscreen and antibiotic cream, I will look into it.

I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your opinion.

Thanks, Heather! 🙂

Emmanuel Buysse dice:

I love this post, since me and my wife soon wants to start with bebe’s, everything we need is in this list, so this certainly has the save post button!
Kind regards, Emmanuel

dice:

That’s great! I give you and your wife my best wishes. Keep checking back. I’m always adding new posts.

larmu189 dice:

Look great…helpful post..congratulations you

dice:

Thank you. I’m glad you stopped by. 🙂

Very good. I’m starting to prepare for my father’s life. All care is little with our babies. Thanks and congratulations for the post.

dice:

Thank you. I’m glad it was helpful! More to come! 🙂

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