Written by Allen Brown.
Babies are an infinite source of joy and love. They’re the embodiment of everything that we, a people, feel for humanity. Babies symbolize hope, hard work, sacrifice, and care. If you’re a new or expecting parent, you’re probably a bit nervous. You’ve probably read all the books and looked through all the YouTube videos. You probably called every single one of your friends and family with kids and asked what it is you’re supposed to do. They most likely laughed and told you that it will be a lot of sleepless nights. They probably gave a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. But one thing is for sure, there are some essential items that you need to have on hand to tackle the very important task of caring for your newborn baby. Here we will explore the importance, uses, and timeline of these items as well as what you can do to upgrade your existing setup. There’s no need to go overboard. Sometimes more is not better. Stick to the essentials. From there, add on. Here’s the list.
If you’ve never bathed a baby, you’re in for a surprise. Sure, you can put the baby in a sink, but you’re way better off getting a baby bath. This little nifty item isn’t just an essential, it’s a lifesaver. You don’t have to worry about your baby going underwater. You don’t have to worry about your baby getting water in their nose and coughing. You have a nice, relatively upright, open position to clean and wash your child. According to babys-mart.co.uk, a baby bath is the most sought after the item you can get. They’re always selling out of the latest model. Secure the model you want today or put it in advance order. It will all make sense once you get it.
You might not be traveling immediately around town with your newborn, but eventually, you’re going to have to get out of the house. In our modern society, not many people have nannies to leave their kids with. Even so, we might want to keep them by our side. If we’re going to go out, we’re going to need a stroller. A good stroller doesn’t have to be excessively flashy. It has to be sturdy and the wheels need to be reliable. The level of comfort for your baby can vary, but we all want something soft for our children, right? So some comfy cushions and so sturdy tires ought to do it. Now, if you want to get fancy, there are plenty of extravagant options. We’ve all seen celebrities and their insane strollers. Thank goodness there are good quality options at every price range. You get what you pay for.
Bibs. A lot of Bibs.
Bibs. You can never have enough bibs. Newborns are adorable, yes. They’re also quite partial to drooling, spitting, throwing things, up, and making a mess. Sure, you can let your baby’s clothes get filthy during feeding time—or any other time, for that matter. But cleaning up and washing endless amounts of baby clothes is tiring. A bib is essentially a rag with a button. They’re a lot easier to clean and they’re virtually disposable. If one is far too gone, you can switch them out. Keeps your stress low and your efficiency high. Get a lot of bibs.
A baby’s cot is arguably the most important time on this list. After they’re done sleeping in your bed and you’re in a stage of getting them somewhat independent, the cot is going to be both the bed, the training ground, and the rest area for the baby. You might not want to have your bundle of joy in one arm while you stir the pasta sauce. You might not want to have your baby attached to you 24/7 throughout its entire infancy. You need the cot. Like the stroller, there are different levels of luxury you can delve into, and you get what you pay for. But a rule of thumb is that you want it to follow the most up-to-date safety protocols. There have been accidents in the past that have influenced the design of cots and playpens. When you do your research, always go for the safest, most quality-assured option.
Essential items for your baby are usually a no-brainer. They’re common sense things that you probably had in mind. The important thing is to not get caught up in the minutia. Don’t over-buy. Don’t over-spend. Yes, there is an impulse to get everything your baby deserves, and undoubtedly you believe they deserve the world. This is fine. But as much as possible, work with the essentials first and work your way to the accessories. You’ll be more prepared and less cluttered.