When you’re having a child, you’ll need to buy a number of things that you imagine you and your infant will need after you’ve put the baby to bed. While there are numerous goods to choose from, the truth is that not everything you see in a baby store is absolutely necessary. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t purchase anything based on your personal preferences.
We’ll look at some of the most critical things you’ll need to buy as you wait for your delivery date in this piece. Before going on to making a checklist of all the baby supplies you’ll need, we’ll look at some nice-to-have items. More importantly, some of the links on this page will take you to pages where you can find the most up-to-date prices on some of the most critical products you’ll need for your new baby.
1. Baby Car Seat
This device, also known as a car booster seat, is a must-have if you drive your own car and will be carrying your kid while driving. Baby car seats are designed with your baby’s comfort in mind, so they’re well-padded to keep your baby comfortable and safe as your car travels over both smooth and bumpy terrains.
2. Baby Bath Accessories
A baby tub will come in handy while bathing your child. If you can’t find a tub-shaped baby bath, any large water bath will suffice, preferably one made of plastic. Bath towels, washcloths, a brush and comb, a baby sponge, baby soap, and other items are also required.
3. Feeding accessories
Whether you decide to breastfeed or not depends on how many accessories you’ll need to feed your baby. Breast pumps, feeding bottles or cups and spoons, burp cloths and bibs, bottle brush, milk storage containers, nursing pillows, nursing bras, and bre*st pads are all necessary even if you plan to nurse your baby. If you’re going to give your infant formula, you’ll need extra supplies like measuring cups.
4. Baby cot/bed
You’ll need to acquire a baby cot and mattress unless you want to make room for your kid on the family bed. If you’re lucky enough to have a kid that doesn’t require much attention, a cot will suffice for a few months. If your baby cries a lot and needs constant attention, you’ll have to put his or her mattress directly on your bed because it won’t be easy to get to and from the crib, especially when you’re in bed. Light blankets and cribsheets will also be required.
5. Baby carrier
A baby carrier is used to easily carry babies, as the name suggests. Baby carriers come in a variety of forms and styles, but the essential premise is the same: you strap your baby to your chest while moving around. Imagine a backpack worn on the belly rather than the back if you’ve never seen a baby carrier before. It contains openings for the infant’s limbs and compartments for baby goods in some cases.
6. Baby wardrobe
As a nursing mother, this is another must-have item. Despite the fact that you most likely have your own wardrobe where you keep personal belongings, you will need to purchase one for your baby’s clothes, diapers, food, and other items. Baby wardrobes are available in a variety of styles and sizes. While they are mainly made of plastic, they can also be made of wood, aluminum, and other materials.
7. Baby Wears
It goes without saying that you’ll need to get some apparel for your new arrival. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you’ll need at least six onesies, three to four infant gowns or top-and-pant combos, three to four stretch suits (those overall one-piece sleepers that zip from the bottom to the top), three to four pairs of socks, two pairs of baby shoes, a sweater, a cap, and three receiving blankets or shawls for swaddling the baby. Of course, if you can afford it, you should get more of these.
8. Baby diapers
In Nigeria, the days of washable cloth diapers appear to have past. Disposable diapers are the rage among nursing mothers these days. Your infant will use between 4 and 6 diapers every day for the first few weeks following delivery. In the first month, you should anticipate to go through at least 120 diapers. If that is too costly for you, you might use washable nappies on occasion. Allowing diapers to stay on your kid for an extended period of time to save money is a horrible idea that can lead to skin infections, urinary tract infections, and other health issues.
The following are some additional items that your baby will require.
- Bulb syringe for suctioning mucus
- Changing pad or table
- Rattles and other toys
- Mosquito net
- Diaper cream
- Baby stroller
- Baby rocker
- Baby walker
- Baby thermometer
- Teething rings
- Food/bottle warmer
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