Congratulations! Having a baby is a wonderful and exciting time. However, it can also bring a lot of stress.
Having a baby is hard work, and there is a lot of planning that goes into making the process easier for when the baby arrives. Feeling prepared may never happen, but you can get ready as much as possible by having the most important newborn baby essentials before your little one arrives.
1. Travel Equipment
From day one, unless you can walk to your hospital, you’ll need the proper travel equipment to take your baby with you. A car seat that is already in place is a must-have, and a good stroller follows quickly behind.
While you may spend a lot of time at home trying to get a good rhythm going, eventually you will want to take your baby out into the world. That is when the travel equipment comes into play. A good baby carrier that allows you to have baby close and on your chest is also helpful.
2. Food Supplies
If you’re planning to breastfeed or pump, you’ll need a breast pump, bottles, and all the accessories that come with a pump. And you might be able to get a breast pump from your insurance. And things like nursing bras and other accessories can help too.
If you’re feeding your baby with formal, you’ll want to have that at home before you come back, as well as the bottles to use. It’s also helpful to have a few different bottles on hand so that your baby will have options in case one isn’t quite right and you don’t have to run out in the middle of the night with a hungry baby in tow.
3. Diapers and Accessories
Babies go through diapers like nobody’s business, so it’s helpful to stock up before you start. Having a good place to change your baby and to dispose of diapers will help. And a good diaper bag, like a canvas diaper bag, with lots of pockets to store those extra items like bottles and binkies, will come in handy.
4. A Swing and Toys
Your baby may want to spend a lot of time sleeping on you or being held, but they may also want to play and have space to move. And you will need a break from carrying a newborn.
One of the recommended newborn baby essentials is a swing that they can sit in a move around in, and especially with one decked out in toys and things to hold the baby’s attention. Toys aren’t always on every newborn essentials checklist because they seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget in the pandemonium of having a child.
5. Crib and Swaddle
A crib is obvious among newborn baby items, but also add a swaddle to that list for when you want to wrap your baby up and calm them down. The swaddle can help them calm down and also get to sleep faster, truly a must-have for new parents.
Numerous Newborn Baby Essentials
While there’s plenty more to get when prepping for a baby, these newborn baby essentials are a great place to start. And once you have these in place, you might be feeling a bit more prepared and ready for when your baby is actually here. If you found this list useful in getting you started for this magical journey, keep reading for more parenting tips and tricks.