Read on to find out how to prepare for baby and receive free wipes from Seventh Generation!
There are so many books, articles and free advice when it comes to preparing for your baby.
The most important thing of all though is to be confident in your ability as a parent.
There are alot of great products out there with wonderful ideas behind them, however, if you are like most moms, you are limited on time, money and space to acquire and use all of them.
There are some essential things that you will need and we have listed the 10 Most Essential items to Prepare for Baby below.
#1 – Diapers and Wipes: You will need about 10 diapers a day on average for a new little one…the good news is that they taper down to 5-6 later on and many times you may not go through 10 a day. It’s good to stock up but remember you little one may grow fast! I got a little too excited ordering diapers and my son grow out of a size 2 diaper while I still had a 144 pack left!
There are so many diapers and wipes out there to choose from. My advice is to go middle of the road – the really cheap diapers will live up to their price and the really expensive ones don’t do much more than what the moderately priced ones do. You may also want to consider using chemical-free diapers and wipes for newborns who may be sensitive to the additives that are in common diapers. (All Seventh Generation diapers and wipes are free of chlorine, latex, fragrences and petroleum-based products 😉
#2 Cloth Diapers for Burp Cloths
These work out fabulous – much better than the “fancy” layette site ones and you can also purchase them in organic cottons. My little guy had a hard time keeping milk down and having these great mutitaskers was a lifesaver!
#3 Finding the right bottle.
Don’t invest too much into bottles before the little one is born. Alot of people swear by Dr. Brown’s but I didn’t notice a difference (even after buying a complete set ;-), The Avent ones constantly leaked on me and wear difficult to tighten and untighten. We eventually found our favorites to be the Gerber Nuks. Not fancy, but they were easy to assemble/disassemble, clean and very affordable. You will find your groove, but don’t be afraid to by different single bottles until you find the one you really like and then get the complete set. Many times you can skip the 4oz-ers and head straight to the eights. What really matters is the nipple flow and size, all which usually come with the beginner sizes.
#4 The basic medicine items. There are alot of fancy “anti-gas” items out there, but I personally never noticed a difference, here are the items you will need the most in the medicine cabinet:
- Teething gel
- Anti-Gas Drops
- Temperal thermometer
- Reg thermometer (for taking baby temps the old fashion way 😉
#5 Diaper Bag: We actually got one for free at the hospital and I love it! Diaper bags will ineveitably wind up fill with snack crumbs, hold dirty diapers and take a generally beating from daily use. Don’t speand a ton of money on a fancy bag. An old back-pack will do the same job and you won’t feel as bad when baby pukes up on it.
#6 Save your back (and your sanitity)
Don’t over crowd our house with bumbos, swings and baby seats! You need a safe place to put baby for short periods on each floor of your house. If you have multiple floors a small, easily portable swing is a great option. Bumbo seats are nice, but baby will only sit in them a short time. Find items that will work the best in your home and give yourself some space to breath 😉
#7 Onesies, Twosies
Baby clothers can get very expensive! Mom to mom sales give you a great way to get items for baby inexpensively and are also a great way to recycle!
#8 Da Binky!
Just like bottles there are alot of different binkies out there. Buy a couple of the most popular ones and see what and if baby likes before buying more.
You will recieve more recieving blankets than you know what to do with. Don’t feel compelled to buy more – baby quickly outgrows these and now that they make swaddles with velcro its alot easier to swaddle your little one without using the traditional chincy receiving blankets.
#10 One Hot Ride!
You will use strollers alot. Find one that you really love and invest. If you live in an older neighborhood, with bumpy sidewalks, consider a jogging stroller (even if you don’t run). Get a cheaper travel version stroller as well, for those time you may be crammped on space. Oh and make sure the main stroller you do choose – fits in the car!
#10b. Boob Jobs – If you are planning on breastfeeding do the same as you would with a stroller. Find a pump you really like. I had a hands-free version and it was expensive but worth every penny. It really helped me still with the pumping process when I could check facebook while pumping out 10 oz of the good stuff.
You will always find your own way and favorite methods and that’s okay! It’s all about growing and building your confidence as a parent. As they say in my son’s favorite move, “If you think you can – you will!”
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