New parents do not always know what the essential items for caring for a newborn may be. When it is time to register for their baby shower, they register for anything and everything, and end up with way to much stuff. Living in Buffalo is very cold in the winter, so do you really need a wipes warmer? Is it necessary for a snowsuit and a car seat cover? Here are the essential items that will get you through the first few months.
Baby gear and Furniture
A rear facing car seat, a stroller or travel system (car seat and stroller in one), bassinet or playpen, crib and crib mattress.
You will need a newborn bathtub, hooded towels, washcloths, bath toys, soaps and lotions.
Onesies, one piece pajamas, one piece outfits, socks, snowsuit or car seat cover for the winter, hat for the summer.
A Thermometer, you do not need a fancy expensive one, a basic one that you can put under your child’s arm is what the doctors say works best. Outlet plugs and gates for when the baby starts to crawl. A Baby monitor is very important so you can hear if your baby is wake. You don’t need an extravagant one with a video camera, but it is amazing to be able to see your little one and not have to get up. Lastly, a smoke alarm/carbon dioxide detector for the baby’s room.
Diapers, wipes, and diaper ointment. You can get away with not having a diaper pail for the soiled diapers, but it does make it easier on you if you have a diaper pail.
Bottles, nipples, bibs and formula. If you plan on breastfeeding then you need a breast pump and storage bags.
Some items that you will need are nail clippers, nasal aspirator, bedding, bed sheets and receiving blankets to swaddle the baby,
Every baby may have different needs. These items are the ones that are the most essential for all newborns. Before you spend your money on all the “extras” start off with the basics and see where that takes you.
If you live in Buffalo, New York you can find these items and more at Babiesrus, Whitesbabyandteenand usababybuffalo.
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