New Baby Checklist--10 Things to Buy for Baby's First Month
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Take a quick look around the Baby Store
and you'll see there are thousands of products you could buy for your baby. But which items are the essentials that you must have for baby's first month?
1. Car Seat/Infant Carrier
Baby must be safely secured in their own car seat/infant carrier when you bring them home from hospital, so this is one piece of equipment that you'll want to buy ready for their arrival. You may want to buy one that is compatible with your pushchair so you can move your baby around without waking them up.
Whether you decide to use disposable or reusable nappies, you'll need a good supply of these to keep your little one clean and dry.
3. Changing Mat
When you are changing all of those nappies, you'll need somewhere comfortable and clean for your baby to lie. You may want to buy a changing table, but a changing mat is the one thing you can't go without.
4. Baby Clothes
It is easy to get carried away buying adorable baby clothes, but in the first month they won’t need a full wardrobe of fashionable threads. Vests/bodysuits and all-in-one sleepsuits are essential, plus some warm outerwear (cardigans and jackets), a hat, mittens and socks. Choose styles that are easy to put on and take off.
5. Cot/Crib with Bedding
Baby will need somewhere cosy to sleep, whether they have their own room or sleep in yours. A sturdy crib or cot with fitted sheets is ideal. A co-sleeper cot enables you to sleep right next to your baby without giving up your bed. A newborn's bedding needs are quite simple--fitted sheets for the cot, or, once they've reached a certain weight, a baby sleeping bag.
6. Pushchair or Pram
You'll want to get out and about with baby so a pushchair or pram that allows your baby to lie completely flat is essential--this is the best position for newborns as it allows their spine and respiratory systems to develop properly.
7. Feeding Equipment
If you are breastfeeding, you may want to stock up on breast pads and nipple cream. A nursing cover might be useful for when you are out and about. If you are bottle feeding, check out bottle sets, teats and sterilisers.
8. Bibs and Burp Cloths (Muslins)
Bibs and burp cloths (muslins) are must-haves that will protect your clothes and your baby's during potentially messy feeding times.
For added peace of mind when your baby is sleeping in another room, most new parents choose to use a monitor. Choose from sound, movement or video monitors depending on your budget and preference.
10. Baby Bath or Bath Support
Washing your little one will be safer and easier in their own little bath tub or in a support seat that goes into your bath.