From the day you discovered you are having a precious life inside you, up until the last few weeks before the baby’s grand entrance, you probably had so much to take care of. But the question is, are you really all prepared now? Do you have everything you or your baby would possibly need? What could be the other things you should do to make sure you are all good and ready any minute by now? Let’s go ahead and discuss that so you could have a check list that could keep you busy while you wait for that much anticipated precious moment.
Things to prepare for you and your baby:
Breastfed babies don’t need any equipments for feeding but you can also try to use breastpumps to get milk from your breasts and feed it to the baby using bottles. You would need a lot of bibs, burp clothes, breastmilk storage containers, wipes for the spills. For the mother, you would need nursing bra/clothes, breast pads, pumps and might as well prepare for cream used for nipple sores.
Formula-fed babies need plenty of bibs, burp clothes, a couple of 4ounce and 8ounce milk bottle with nipples, bottle and nipple brush for cleaning, formula milk (be sure to consult your doctor first as to what formula milk is most suitable for your newborn and always check the expiry date), heater and thermal bottle carrier.
•For baby’s daily clothings
Pajamas, shorts, tie-side shirts (recommended to easily change clothes for newborn), long-slevved shirts, onesies, frogsuit, mittens, booties, bibs, bonnets and hats for the head. You might also wanna try putting your baby into a baby sack or swaddles. Those are helpful to give comfort to newborns and it makes them sleep more soundly. Be mindful not to have too much of baby clothes though. Babies grow rapidly each day and in no time, just before you realize, they will outgrow those baby clothes. If you have too much of it, they might not even get the chance to wear everything there is.
For the mother, you need to have comfortable clothes to use after giving birth. It is recommended to use loose dress or shirts. Using pants or jeans might make it hard for you to change clothes and move around because it is expected that body sores after giving birth would still be experienced in few days after delivery.
Use proper size of diaper for your little one. The baby would be much comfortable if he is using diaper for his size. Be mindful not to use disposable plastic diapers. Opt to have a cloth-like diaper for comfort and to avoid rashes since the newborn skin is still very sensitive at this time. Each time you change full wet or poopy diaper, make sure to wipe clean the baby’s bottom. You can use baby wipes or cotton balls with water. Wash hands with soap or use sanitizer and alcohol after changing diapers.
•For Newborn Body Care
-Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes. On the baby’s first few days, it is better to use cotton balls with water for cleaning, but after a few weeks, you can try using wet wipes or baby wipes. Be sure to use the ones which are dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic ones and the one which is alcohol- and fragrance-free.
-Baby Wash. You can ask your Pediatrician to recommend a brand which best suits for your baby’s skin. If you personally wanna pick one, try to look into its ingredients and look for the one which has shortest list of ingredients with less additives and fragrances. The more natural it is, the better. When looking for Baby Shampoo, look for the ones with tear-free formula. It is the safest one to use since babies don’t close their eyes tightly during bath.
-Baby Nail Clippers and Scissors. After a few weeks from his birth, your baby will develop a free edge in his nails which should be cut gently with care. There are cutters and scissors intended for babies only since their nails are softer than ours and they might get little cuts if we use sharp nail cutters for adults. Remember to handle the baby with care!
-Baby Hair Brush. Use the ones which has soft brush. You can use that to untangle baby hair after bath or when they just woke up and have messy hair.
•Must-Have Baby Medicines
-Digital Thermometer to check baby’s body temperature every now and then.
-Alcohol and Sanitizers. Use them every time you hare about to hold a newborn baby to avoid passing on any bacteria which could harm your baby. Always wash your hands with water and soap too. Make cleanliness a habit.
-Hydrogen Peroxide is used to clean cuts. It is non-stinging and non-aerosol spray that relieves pain while cleaning wounds as well.
-Diaper-rash Cream or Ointments. No matter how careful you are, rashes could still occur into your baby’s sensitive skin. You can ask for your doctor’s recommendation for safe creams to use.
-Nasal Aspirator. If your baby is having stuffed nose, use nasal aspirator to collect mucus since your baby still doesn’t know how to blow his nose to ger rid of it. You just need to squeeze the rubber bulb and put the tip inside baby’s little nostril then slowly release your hold so the mucus could be sucked out.
-Calamine Cream. This cream is used to treat rash and itchy bug bites. You can also ask your Pediatician if you want to try other alternatives for this cream.
•For Bathing the Baby
-Bath Tubs. Some parents preffer to use basins or some may just want to lay their baby in a table covered with towel or cloth and bathe the baby there. But it is more easy and comfortable to use bath tubs for babies because it is designed for baby’s bathing and it gives support to the baby’s body while you are busy cleaning him too.
-Accessories/Bath Toys. Though newborn babies are too young for this, soon enough as they get older, bath time will become more fun and exciting with bath toys. Choose the ones that are colorful and makes sound when squeezed.
-Music. There are babies who doesn’t like bathing and becomes fussy when they are about to have their bath time. Music is one way to calm and soothe them up so they’d become much more comfortable.
-Hooded Towels. This is best to use to dry up babies after bath. The hood covers up their head to protect them from change of temperature from bathroom to baby’s room. Some parents wants to dry up their babies inside the bathroom and put them in swaddles before going out into the baby’s room.
-If you want to put your baby into a crib during bedtime, choose an approved crib and crib mattress for newborn babies.
-Water-proof pads to be put under the baby so that just in case there would be some diaper leaks and such, the crib mattress will not absorb the wee.
-Light Blankets. This keeps the baby warm and comfortable during sleep but keep in mind that you should only cover from the baby’s chest downwards and put the baby’s arms above the blanket. Blankets should be used with cautions since there is possibility that it could cover the baby’s face and cause accidents or higher risks for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Again, be mindful in using blankets.
-Swaddles and Baby Sacks. Some parents are using swaddles to wrap their babies because it gives their babies comfort, warmth and makes them feel much secured. Newborn babies tend to sleep soundly too if they are wrapped into a swaddle. But only use swaddles up to 2 months beause by then, your baby would already try to lie sideways or turn on his tummy. If he is wrapped in a swaddle, he won’t be able to support himself with his hands which might cause accidents.
-Night Lights. Studies show that artificial bright lights used during the evening makes it hard for babies to fall asleep. It is much recommended to try using dim night lights instead so that the baby can sleep better.
If you are considering to have co-sleeping, do not use water bed. Use comfortable mattress instead. And again, be mindful of blankets. Keep them away from baby’s face to avoid accidents. No Stuffed toys near a sleeping newborn and infant too.
•Other Necessities you might like to have for your baby:
-Stroller, baby carrier, car seat, pacifiers, diaper bags, changing tables, rattes and othe baby toys.
Having a baby that’s coming on the way could surely make us feel pressured, worried if we already have everything they could possibly need or scared of thinking what could happen along the way especially those who are first-time parents. Parenthood is the most exciting yet terrifying adventure you could experience in your life. To think and realize that soon, another life would come into this world and it would all be up to you to take good care and protect that precious little human is a very challenging thing, and yet you don’t have any idea as to what would come along the way.