It can be really challenging to resist the urge to buy every single cute thing you can find for your newborn, but do try not to get overwhelmed. There are certain priorities when it comes to your new mom shopping spree. What’s more, you don’t want to focus too much on fancy outfits right from the start – your child will outgrow these soon enough.
Take care of the nursery essentials
In general, the most important thing you need to buy before your baby comes is a nice crib and mattress. The crib can go into your room if the baby is going to sleep next to you for the first couple of months. However, if you’re planning to have a proper nursery room for the baby, you might also want to look into a changing table with adequate storage, an extra dresser as well as a rocking chair. A humidifier and baby monitor might be helpful, too. When it comes to linens, you’ll only really need two fitted sheets for the crib, two waterproof mattress protectors and a couple of thin cotton blankets. Don’t buy things such as pillows, sleep positioners and mattress padding since these can pose a danger for your newborn.
Try to remain practical with diapers and clothes
As mentioned, buying baby clothes can be really fun and soon get out of hand. However, keep in mind that your baby will grow fast, which means that they won’t need a bunch of different clothing options right from the start. As a first-time mom, you might want to get the best help and advice in this regard. That said, don’t hesitate to take part in a stylish baby expo where you still get to pick out clothes from rather creative vendors and share the excitement with other parents.
Keep in mind though that all your newborn will truly need for the first couple of months includes several onesies, pajamas, shirts and rompers (preferably with a snap closure), several socks, maybe a couple of shirt and pant/skirt sets, and a cardigan sweater. Now, depending on the weather, consider a sun hat or cold weather hat, snowsuit, and booties. If you’re planning a photoshoot with your baby, you might want to splurge on one fancy outfit.
When it comes to diapers, stock up on wet wipes and rash ointment, but only get 2-3 packs of diapers in advance since your baby will change sizes rather quickly.
What about feeding necessities?
In case you plan and are able to breastfeed your baby, you’ll definitely benefit from a nursing pillow, a couple of nursing bras as well as several packs of nursing pads. Get half a dozen of cotton bibs and burp cloths as well. A breast pump can be really helpful as well. On the other hand, if you’re going to feed formula to your baby, you’ll need to stock up on baby formula and a bunch of bottles. Also, get a special cleaning brush and drying rack for the bottles. Bottle sterilizer and warmer will also come in handy.
You’ll also need things for the bath
In the beginning, it’s important to bathe your baby in an infant tub; later on, you can switch to a bath seat or inflatable tub. You’ll need at least two hooded towels and four washcloths. Of course, things such as baby shampoo, oil and wash are a must. A baby comb/brush set together with plenty of cotton pads and swabs will also come in handy. Don’t forget a small nail clipper for your baby’s nails. Bath thermometer and some bath toys can mean a world of difference, too.
Keep in mind that you’ll also have to take your baby out, which means buying a proper baby car seat and a stroller. In that respect, don’t go overboard with just one aspect such as going all out with nursery essentials or clothes. Divide your budget so that your newborn is happy and healthy once home.