You are almost there, ready to welcome home your new baby (can we get a whooo hoo)! Getting ready for your newest addition is exciting, but we know it can be a little nerve-wracking. A million questions fill your head on a daily basis about what to buy for the new baby, how to decorate the nursery, what kind of nursing bra to buy..the list goes on. Fear not we got your back and have compiled our favorite items and to do’s for prepping for your new baby. Now let’s prep!
It’s POTTY time!
Let’s talk about diapers, diaper bags and all things potty related. First let’s talk about which kind of diapers to use. There are a couple main options, cloth or disposable diapers. Both are great options and that will be up to you to decide. There are some amazing cloth diaper brands out there that make it WAY easier than it use to be (heck yeah). If cloth isn’t your cup of tea there are so many amazing disposable diaper options as well and just like cloth diapers brands are excelling in making them better for your baby, the environment and more.
Whatever you may decide to use, stock up! This is not a drill your going to need to stock up, and then stock up your stock pile! By the time your baby's a week old, they will be having at least four to six wet diapers each day. For your baby shower we love the idea of asking attendees to bring a bundle of diapers with them and then be entered into a raffle prize during the shower, this is a win win and a great way to start stocking up on diapers! You'll also need a diaper pail with a tight-fitting lid for all of those diapers you will be going through.
Now let’s talk abut a diaper bag. We love all of the different options of diaper bags that are available from chic purse diaper bags, adorable backpacks to your standard diaper bag there is an option for everyone.
Diaper Bag Must Haves:
- Diaper cream
- Baby wipes
- Extra change of clothes for baby
- Changing pad
- Bag for a dirty diaper
Sponge baths & bathing
Now that your baby is home you can start bathing them by giving them sponge baths until their umbilical cord falls off and heals. After your baby loses their umbilical cord you can start bathing them with a safe baby bath tub.
Items to prep for bathing:
- Gentle washcloths
- Hooded towel
- Baby shampoo
- Mild baby soap
Medicine Cabinet Basics
Being prepared for the first cold or a small injury is important when preparing for your baby, making a small basket full of these items in the nursery or a medicine cabinet in the bathroom will ensure you are ready when these items are needed.
Wellness baby must haves:
- Digital thermometer (rectal or under the arm)
- Cool mist humidifier *We love using these in the nursery during the night as well.
- Nasal saline drops
- Gripe Water (one of our favorites)
- Nasal bulb, the one you should receive from the hospital is perfect to keep handy.
- Diaper cream/Bag balm
- Antibacterial cream
- Small bandages
- Baby nail clippers (the ones with the guard that make cutting those tiny nails a little easier)
Before your baby arrives, you can come up with a feeding plan and if you are going to breastfeed, use formula or both. Making sure you have the proper support system is important for your feeding plan and the items you will need for it. Remember that there are always challenges and ups and downs when it comes time to feeding your new baby, establishing a great latch, feeding schedule, and that new feeding bond. Stay strong and keep up the amazing work mama, just know feed is always best!
Feeding must haves for breastfeeding and formula feeding:
- Bottles (BPA-free)
- Breast pump
- Break milk baggies
- Nipple cream/Nipple pads
- Bottle sterilizer
- Comfortable nursing bra
- Bottle/Nipple brush
- Burp cloths
- Nursing pillow
Now for some fun. It is always so exciting to start decorating your baby's new room, but make sure when it is time to style the crib it is as bare as possible. All you need for the crib is a firm mattress and a snug fitting crib sheet
Prepping the nursery must haves:
- Cool air humidifier
- Baby monitor
- Sound soother
- A rocking chair for feedings
- Changing table
- A fan
When your arms get tired
When your arms are tired or you need a little reset from all of those snuggles there are some options for you and baby, so you can still use your hands!
Lend me a hand must haves:
- A baby carrier, sling, or wrap
- Baby swing
Now on to baby clothing, we know the cutest clothing ever, the tutus, baby flannels, dresses, oh and those pajama sets (can’t stop won’t stop), but there is no need to buy too many newborn clothes. Your baby will grow out of them faster than you think!
- Onesies, a mix of short and long-sleeved
- 4-6 sleepers
- Hats and socks
So far so good we just have a couple more items that will complete your newborn prepping.
- Lightweight blankets
YAY you did it, now you are ready to prep and welcome your precious little one!