Day 139/365: New Born Baby Essentials

Day 139/365: New Born Baby Essentials

May 19, 2011

Dont Panic! Facing parenthood can be a time of uncertainty especially for new parents. Preparation is a key for your baby’s arrival during pregnancy to ease the transition after your baby is born. Having all of the needed supplies available before the birth is a must things to do. Thanks to our a Lamaze class, which help us so much in our pregnancy and newborn preparation.

And since everybody’s needs and resources are different I have tried to list down the general essentials as possible, You can somehow observe that it is extensive, and there may be items that I have missed or not included, so may this serve as your guide.

Baby Nursery Checklist:

Your baby’s nursery should provide comfortable feeding, nurturing and bonding with your child. Furnishing and decorating the nursery is probably one of the most enjoyable parts of your early parenting experience. This may be an expensive option allocating a room for your baby but for Filipino homes, you can have it at the meantime on your master bedroom. Allocate some space for your upcoming new born.

The nursery can be painted in pastel colors depending on the baby’s gender. Pink for a girl or blue for a boy are the usual choices, but you might want to go with yellow or white as well. You can use bright primary colors also, because research indicates that in infancy, your baby does not recognize such soft colors.

– Crib or Cradle
– Bassinet
– Nursery Decor
– Changing Table
– Dresser
– Bouncer Seat
– Rocking Chair
– Walker
– Nightlight

Baby Bedding:

The baby’s bedding should keep your newborn comfortable and safe. Use only quality, breathable materials and avoid fluffy things until your baby is able to move items like blankets from his/her face. Always put your baby to sleep on her back on a flat, tight fitting and firm mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards. Make sure that your baby’s crib is sturdy and has no loose hardware. You should never place your baby’s crib or bassinet near window blind or curtain cords.

– Crib bedding Sets
– Crib sheets or
– Bassinet sheets
– Receiving blankets
– Baby blankets
– Mattresses
– Mattress pads
– Baby Pillows
– Bumpers

Feeding:

For breastfeeding moms, a few bottles and nipples might be nice to have on hand. A breast pump is helpful if your baby does not want to latch on, letting you get ahead of feeding and store extra milk.There are two kinds of bottles: regular ones that are either glass or plastic, and bottles with pre-sterilized, disposable liners. Better avoid bottles in weird shapes because they are difficult to clean.

Bottles and bottle feeding accessories need scrupulous cleaning followed by careful sterilizing after every use, therefore a bottle sterilizer can proove itself invaluable.

If you are breastfeeding you’ll need breast pads tucked into your bra to soak up any leaks, but don’t wear them all the time, because your breasts won’t breathe and you can develop thrush.

– Baby bottles
– Nipples
– Breast pump
– Breast milk storage containers
– Bottle liners
– Bottle brush
– Bottle rack
– Baby bibs
– Teethers
– Breast pads
– Pacifiers
– Highchair
– Nipple Cream
– Nursing pillow
– Nursing bras
– Bottle Sterilizer
– Bottle warmer
– Formula (always ask your pediatrician for recommendation)

Bathing and Health

Keep all things clean and disinfected. You do not need to spend your money on expensive “gentle” baby laundry soaps. You can use plain old water for the first few weeks with a small amount of regular laundry soap and do a double rinse.

Make sure to always check bath water temperature with your elbow or wrist before putting your baby in to the bath tub.

Water alone is often fine to clean your infant and make sure to use a product without synthetic fragrances or harsh ingredients. A “no-more-tears” shampoo has a numbing agent so your baby doesn’t feel the soap stinging her eyes. It is better to choose something truly mild, so you don’t need such nasty chemicals.

Ask your pediatrician which medications he recommends for your baby’s medicine cabinet. Always keep medicines and cleaning products locked away from children!

– Baby bath tub
– Bath sponge
– Baby soaps and lotions (Recommended – Milea for Babies)
– Tearless shampoo
– Bath toys
– Baby oil
– Hooded towels
– Ointment (Recommended – Milea for Babies)
– Baby thermometer
– Vaseline
– Sterile cotton balls
– Baby powder
– Baby nail scissors/clippers
– Baby brush/comb
– Nasal aspirator
– Sunscreen
– Rubbing alcohol
– Q-tips

Diapering

You’ll be changing your baby up to 12 times a day so it is best to have plenty on hand. You can save by purchasing several packages at a time. The choice between cloth diapers or disposable diapers is a matter of personal preference, lifestyle or your concern for the environment. Some parents use cloth diapers at home and disposable diapers when they are going out.

But the greatest concern for you should be to keep your baby’s skin dry and healthy, free from diaper rash. Prolonged wetness, lack of air circulation, the growth of microbes in the diaper area can all be irritating and cause rashes. You should not use diaper rash ointment after every change and consider using warm water instead of commercial wipes, which may contain fragrance and preservatives to clean your baby during the first tender days.

– Cloth diapers
– Disposable diapers
– Diaper Wipes
– Wash cloths
– Diaper ointment/powder
– Diaper Bag
– Sealable trash can

Clothing

Soft and easy to change outfits are recommended since you will probably be changing your baby several times a day. It is a good idea to buy cloths a little larger then needed since babies outgrow sizes quickly. A baby gown or kimono is perfect for comfort and ease of diaper changes. One piece outfits (onesies) with well placed snaps are a good alternative too. A light cap can help keep your baby’s temperature stable, especially at night.

– Onesies
– Pajamas
– Sleepers
– Socks and booties
– Baby Shoes
– T-shirts
– Mittens
– Fleece outfits
– Sweater
– Jacket
– Bonnet
– Cap
– Nappies
– Hats
– Gowns/kimonos

Safety items

To prevent injuries cover sharp furniture edges with padding or bumpers. Install window guards or window stops and cut looped window blind cords it is better to use safety tassels and inner cord stops. Use covers on electrical outlets to prevent electric shock. Keep small objects as tiny toys away from young children.

– Car seat
– Baby monitor
– Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm
– Safety gates
– Safety locks/latches
– Corner and edge bumpers
– Outlet covers

Miscellaneous

You can buy one of the new flexible fold up kinds of strollers or even combo strollers with car seats. Air cleaners are expensive but they remove almost allergens, viruses and other pollutants in the air. If you live in a dry climate you might consider buying a humidifier or vaporizer to keep your baby’s breathing passages open and clear. Playtime is not only fun but an important learning process. Make sure you purchase toys that will stimulate your baby’s imagination and curiosity.

– Bath thermometer
– Stroller
– Toys
– Mobiles
– Books on parenting
– Photo Albums
– Air Cleaner
– Humidifier or Vaporizer
– Storage Baskets

Tips: Just buy what you need and allocate some budget for the essentials. Ask friends too for their spares, they usually have some extra and unused. No harm for asking, they were all excited for new parents as always.

Day 139/365: New Born Essentials