For such tiny little things, newborn babies need a lot of supplies. Parents getting ready to welcome a new bundle of joy into their house need to shop for everything the new baby requires, including clothes, diapers, feeding supplies, bedding and other baby equipment.
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Clothing for a Newborn
While it can be tempting to splurge on many clothes for a baby, parents should remember that these little ones grow fast, and they don't stay in one size for very long. To get through the first month, parents need about 6 to 10 of each of the following:
"onesies," which are undershirts that snap at the bottom
infant gowns that open easily for nighttime changes
one-piece outfits for daytime dressing
In addition, purchase a couple of caps to keep a newborn's head warm, as well as outerwear (sweaters, coat, car seat cover) appropriate for the season.
Purchase one or two packages of newborn-sized diapers and then purchase the next size up to stock up. If you are using cloth diapers, Consumer Reports in "New Baby Basics" suggests buying two to three dozen, along with six waterproof covers. Purchase several boxes of baby wipes as well.
The nursery is a great place to keep all of the baby's things, and the basics needed for this room are:
bassinet or crib
waterproof mattress pad
four fitted crib sheets
blanket for crib
bumpers for crib
According to Kids Health in "Household Safety: Preventing Suffocation," do not use pillow-like bumpers, thick blankets, pillows or stuffed animals in an infant's crib as this could prevent an infant from being able to breathe.
Baby Feeding Supplies
For a bottle-fed baby, Web MD suggests equipping the baby with 12 bottles, tops and nipples. Purchase a can of formula the paediatrician recommends, but don't stock up too much on this until you know how well the baby tolerates it. In addition, have at least five bibs and burp cloths on hand. A bottle brush and dishwasher basket make cleaning bottles easy.
Breast-fed babies will not need the formula and only a few bottles. For a mom who plans to store milk, a breast pump and bags to store milk will be necessary.
Keeping a baby clean is a big job, so purchase products that are made with babies in mind. A small baby tub makes bath time easy, and baby wash and lotion are necessary to care for her sensitive skin. Have rubbing alcohol on hand to clean the umbilical cord and infant-sized nail clippers to keep baby from scratching herself. Purchase a tube of diaper rash ointment with zinc oxide, a thermometer and some infant pain reliever. Make sure you have a mild washing powder or one made for an infant's clothes for the baby's laundry.
While not necessary, many parents choose to buy some infant products that will hopefully make the first weeks at home easier. An infant swing or bouncy seat are two popular choices for newborns. A baby monitor will also ensure parents can hear their little one when not in the same room. For those on the go, invest in a new car seat for optimal safety and purchase a stroller that suits your needs. Many infants prefer a soft carrier that holds the baby on the parent's chest for the first few months. Whether going out or staying at home, infants like to be close to Mom and Dad.
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