I was in your situation just one year ago, so I know first-hand all of the feels you are currently experiencing. You are maybe overwhelmed—not just with the changes happening to your body, but the thought of everything you will need to buy as well.
I will tell you a little secret—you really do not need that much. Your brand-new baby will not be able to focus on play gyms, mobiles, rattles, or the like for the first couple of months, nor will they be able to sit up, grasp toys, or crawl for even longer than that. So do not worry about the newest toys on the block.
Babies also do not get properly dirty until they are on solids (we are three months in, and my washing pile is not much bigger than it was when it was just the two of us), so you do not need 200 pairs of tights or 200 tops just in case. Also, when it comes to clothes, you do not know how big or small your baby will be until they are here. And they grow really fast, so my advice is not to spend hundreds of dollars stocking up on newborn clothes—it is easier to roll up the sleeves if something’s too big than it is to squeeze a floppy baby into something that is too small.
Also, it is good to remember that stores will still be selling baby things after your new arrival makes his or her entrance, so send your mother, in-laws, aunt, uncle, or friend to pick up that soother or nail clippers or hairbrush that you absolutely need to have, right now. Or jump online—genius.
My fiancé and I made no secret of wanting to parent our daughter by instinct, so we bought the bare minimum. You do not have to take my advice, as it is your journey after all. Read on to find out how we did it and what things we considered essentials when it came to our baby.
1.BABY BLANKET- (MILESTONE IS MY CHOICE)
For the birth of a baby, a blanket was must be needed. As a mother, when you choose a blanket, the fabric of it must be soft and skin-friendly. After my consideration of many different blankets, my choice is the “milestone” style, this blanket is not only made by soft flannel fabric, and it is machine washable, it is reliable and save my time. The most important thing is that it can help you a lot with taking pictures. When you watch over your baby grows day by day, the milestone blanket can help you with recording these main points–like the first day able to say words and the first day able to walk,etc. I was really happy when I saw those photos! I hope that you can have such happiness as you hope!
A pretty obvious purchase really, the problem being, there are just so many on the market. Also, capsule or car seat? There are benefits to both, but we chose to go with a car seat that would see Sunny (my daughter) from birth through to four years. We went in-store, asked for assistance, narrowed it down to two, went online, read reviews, and then purchased.
You could spend hours going back and forth, but my mom reminded me she only had two choices when I was born, and I turned out just fine. Trust me, you need one, but you do not need to buy it if you do not have a vehicle though :).
We started with a list—we wanted all black, we wanted it to be light, we wanted to spend under $1000, and I wanted to be able to get it up and down and into the boot of the car quickly and without it weighing a tonne. Thanks god we found it. It is sleek, light, and robust.
Without a doubt, you need something to hold all of your baby bits—nappies, wipes, cloth, hand sanitizer, and sadly, your beloved designer bag will no longer fit these stuff. I have found the best in the Limerence VOGA. Stylish yet functional, this diaper bag have individualized compartments that make finding what you need a breeze plus; and the leather detail is an extra point that will surprise you. I also bought a diaper backpack for days when I needed to be hands-free.
Sunny is not the biggest fan of the stroller, but loves being in a wrap or the front pack—plus, it means you are hands-free so is perfect for those morning walks to scoop up a coffee. There are several on the market and you can spend hours researching which is best and why, but we based this purchase on comfort. Which felt the lightest? Which fit my waist the best? Which worked for my fiancé as well? We chose the INNObeta one on Amazon and have loved it.
Babies like to suck. Sometimes because they are just hungry, sometimes because your body needs to produce milk. This is where a pacifier comes in handy. Sunny was not a fan until recently, and we chose a natural rubber soother. All parents have their own reasons for using pacifiers, but we simply use it when she wants a little comfort without needing to be fed.
The number one essential, I believe, is you. Your newborn has just spent the better part of the year nestled in next to you. They are used to hearing lots of noises, mostly your voice, and of course, your heartbeat. They want to know that they are safe, that they are not alone, and that you are there. They are learning every single day. They are seeing things for the first time. Everything is new to them. You are all they know. The washing can wait. The dishes can wait. The most important thing your baby needs is you. And you have got this. You are going to be amazing.