Are you expecting a baby or you have just given birth to one? A baby is no doubt a blessing and comes with lots of expectations to the parents. However, shopping for a little bundle of joy can be a daunting task. If you are a new mom you probably do not where to start and what items to buy. You might be feeling confused on the right items to purchase, the ones that are necessary and the ones that you might do without. With lots of items to choose from and a wide array of baby items in the market, you might be surprised that you don’t have to break a bank to ensure that your baby has the right items that will help him or her to grow peacefully and happily.
Luckily, I have combed the market and done a thorough market survey and compiled this guide to help you buy the right products for your kiddo. Shopping for your baby should not be rocket science even if you are a new mummy. Read through my guide and you will realize how easy it is to shop for your lovely munchkin. The guide will be divided into categories to make it easy for you to fully understand.
To start with, you know that a newly born baby spends most of his or her time napping or relaxing. As a new mother you will also need lots of rest to heal completely and that’s why you’re first though when it comes to shopping for baby stuff should be their nursery. So, what should your nursery have? First, you need to think of where the baby will sleep and this means that you should purchase a crib. Whereas there various types of cribs in the market, you should choose the one that will give your baby maximum comfort and is in tandem with your lifestyle. If you prefer your baby sleeping next to you, go for a co-sleeper.
This is recommended especially if you got your baby through a C-section where your movement might be curtailed. Once you get the crib of your choice you need to consider a crib mattress and buy the one that will make your kiddo feel comfortable.
You also need to consider a bassinet to ease the movement of your baby from one point of your house to the other. You’ll need a bassinet to transport your baby from your bedroom to the sitting room or when you need to have a walk with your kiddo probably within your compound within your neighborhood.
You will definitely need to change your baby’s clothes from time to time and you might want to consider having a changing table. Although this will make it easy and enjoyable to change your baby, if you are tight on budget you might consider using the baby’s crib or the bed to change him or her. So, it’s not a necessity if you are tight on budget. Similarly, your baby’s nursery is not complete without a dresser or chest as well as a hamper.
If you own a large house, you should consider having a baby monitor to help you identify when the baby needs your attention. However, you can do without this if your house is not that big and you can manage to monitor your baby manually. If your house is stuffy, you should consider buying a humidifier or vaporizer to ensure that your little munchkin has the right air to breathe and is comfortable in his or her room. However, if there good air circulation in your house you can forego the humidifier or vaporizer.
Since this is where your child will spend most of his or her time, you should ensure you buy quality items. You should avoid buying a second hand crib or crib mattress for your baby’s safety and wellbeing.
As your kid grows, you will need a feeding table and a chair. After about six months, your kid will be big enough to start feeding and you’ll need to invest on a feeding table and chair to make the meal time enjoyable and simple to you.
As you are aware, your baby’s nursery cannot be complete with accompanying linen. So what do you need to purchase? First, you need 2 crib sheets. Your child needs a comfortable place to sleep in and bed sheets are a must. Ensure that the bed sheets are made of quality cotton to enhance their longevity. Also, make sure they can easily fit in your child’s crib to avoid any strangulation hazards.
You also need a crib bumper which can tie on securely and safely. Although it’s not common among mums, a crib bumper is important as it protects your kiddo from banging into the crib’s bars. You don’t want to start nursing wounds when your kid is so tiny and can barely understand why he or she is feeling pain. Ensure the bumper is soft and does not pose as a hazard to your little munchkin.
You will agree with me that your little angel will pee on the bed before he or she learns how to use a potty. In this regard, the mattress needs to be protected from the pee and you will need to buy 2 water proof mattress protectors. You should be aware that that there are numerous mattress protectors in the market and you might be duped to buy a fake one that will let the pee to pass through leading spoilage of the mattress. Going for a popular brand or one that you have used its products before, can help you evade the fake protectors in the market. The protector should be gentle to your baby; you don’t want a protector that might end up hurting your baby’s tender skin.
As is the case with all babies, you will need to take care of the diapers and the accompanying products. To start with you will need to buy at least 2 packs of newborn diapers. However, you can be assured that you will be going back to the market very soon for more diaper packs. While purchasing the diapers make sure you look at the quality of the diaper as there very many low quality brands in the market. Do some research or review other mum’s comments and reviews on some of the diapers in the market. Seek advice from mums who have been using diapers for a while on the best brands in the market. You don’t want a diaper that will have harmful effects to your young one. In case you buy a brand that causes some rashes
You will also need a diaper rash ointment. Use of diapers can cause your newly born to have rashes before they get used to the diapers. Due the warmth that comes with diapers and the pee, your kid might experience some rashes but you don’t have to panic as this is normal with babies.
All you need to do is apply the diaper rash ointment and the rashes will disappear. Ensure you go for the right quality in the market that will not pose as a health hazard to your baby. Read the ingredients used to make the ointment to make sure that it does not contain harmful items like lead which may be dangerous to your kid’s skin.
The diapers will need to be changed from time to time and this calls for a water proof changing table pad. We all know babies can be canny at times and decide to pee just when you remove the dirty diaper. In this regard, a water proof changing table pad will ensure that the pee does not get to the changing table. It also helps to make your baby feel comfortable when you are changing it.
So your baby has soiled the diaper, where will you keep it? Well, you will need to invest in a diaper pail or trash can that has a lid. You all know that a used diaper will definitely has an awful odor after some time and that’s why you need a pail or trash can that has a lid to cover the used pads. A normal trash can or dust bin is not recommended since most of them have no cover lid thereby exposing the whole household to dangerous odor that can lead to diseases. It’s important to remember that the diaper pail needs to be emptied from time to time to avoid the development and growth of bacteria and fungus that can have harmful effects to your household.
Your baby will definitely need a baby cream to soothe his or her tender skin. Once you change the diaper it is important to wipe your baby with a wet baby towel especially if he or she has soiled themselves. It’s also important to apply a baby cream to ensure that the skin does not become dry and start cracking later in life. You should also buy a non-talc baby powder which will help the diaper area to dry at a faster rate. Make sure that before your baby is in their diapers, they are completely dry as using the diaper while the baby is still wet may lead to diseases.
There are some optional products that may make your parenting look trendy and fabulous that you can purchase. A diaper stacker is one of them and makes it easy for you to arrange your baby’s diaper in an awesome manner. However you can still store your diapers in their packaging bags or any other bag in your house. You can also buy a wipe warmer which will make it easy for you to wipe your child when changing their diapers. However, you can use warm water to ensure the wipes are warm before wiping your kid.
Clothing products guide
Well, like any other human being, your child must clothe at all time. A newborn must be kept warm at all times before he or she can adapt to the weather patterns. Remember that in the womb, the baby was always warm and the same conditions should be extended even after birth before they can get used to the weather patterns surrounding him or her. So, where should you start when it comes to clothing?
To start with, you need clothes that will help to keep your child warm before he or she can adapt to the weather patterns in your area. Buying more than 7 snap crotch body suits or what you call onesies is a good starting point. You can never go wrong with onesies with a new born. Not only will they make your lovely munchkin look smart and beautiful but they also ensure that he or she is always warm. The more the better for you as your little one will keep on soiling them and requires to be changed from time to time. It is important to have them in plenty especially during the winter when clothes may take long to dry up and you need to keep your baby warm at all times.
Your kiddo also needs to have T-shirts or the side snap shirts. You need these in plenty as you might need to change your kiddo about 3 times a day. As a start, you purchase at least 5 of them but the higher the better for you. It’s important to note that when it’s hot or you want to bask in the sun with your baby, he or she should be in T-shirts. Similarly, your baby should not wear a plain onesie without a T-shirt inside for comfort purposes. Therefore, you need lots of T-shirts.
Your baby also needs numerous shirt and pant sets. After donning a diaper, a shirt and pant set is needed to ensure that the diaper stays at its position. These are important especially on those hot afternoons and you want your baby to get a little of the breeze as he or she is relaxing on the crib or bassinet.
As you are probably aware, a newborn baby spends most his or her time napping. As a result, you need lots of pajamas or sleeping gowns. You don’t want your child to be napping with the same clothes he or she has been donning while outside getting some sun energy which are sweaty. You also don’t want your child to sleep in the same clothes that are all soiled or have belched on them. Start with at least 8 pajamas as you will have to change your kiddo lots of times in a day and at night as well. Pajamas are also good in ensuring your baby remains warm when sleeping whether during the day or at night when it’s damn cold especially during winter.
You will need to purchase cardigan sweaters for your little munchkin. Remember that your baby needs to be as warm as possible especially during those cold days. So, ensure you buy enough cardigan sweaters for your baby.
You need to protect your baby’s feet and since he or she will be so small to wear shoes you should purchase as many booties and socks as possible. You don’t want your baby to have cold feet whether in the house or when you are taking a stroll at your backyard or in the neighborhood.
It is important to buy as many booties and socks as possible as they get lost very easily especially when taking a stroll around your compound or even in your house. Have a mixture of booties and socks; have heavy duty ones which can be donned during those cold days and lighter ones that can be worn when it’s slightly warmer. You should understand that not all days will be cold as there are days that will be warmer but the socks are still needed. While you might be tempted to buy shoes, it’s important to wait until your kiddo can walk around the house or outside at your yard. Otherwise buying shoes while he or she is very young will be clogging your budget with things that can be bought later when you don’t have many items to buy at that time.
You also need to think of how you will store your baby’s clothes in their room or even in your room if you are sharing a bedroom. This calls for investment in baby hangers to use in your baby’s closet. You should purchase as many as possible to ensure that your baby’s clothes are well kept and his or her room looks neat and well kept. Buy quality hangers that can be used for a long time as there are many types that are made with cheap plastics that do not last long.
As an option to blanket, you can decide to purchase a wearable sleep sack for your little angel. This can be effective than a blanket as you will be assured that your baby is well tucked in his or her sleep sack all night. Unlike the blanket, your baby cannot throw the sleep sack and therefore you are assured that your baby is not exposed to cold at night or during the day while he or she is sleeping.
Your baby will definitely need to be soothed especially at his or her nascent days when he or she has not adapted to life outside the womb. Here are several items that you can use to soothe your baby. The most common one is a pacifier. A pacifier helps to keep your baby busy and you should purchase several of them.
It is important to buy different brands to ascertain the one that your little bundle of joy will love. Avoid buying the cheaper brands as they could be of low quality and could even be hazardous to your baby. Go for trusted brands or check the reviews from parents that have used the product to ascertain their suitability on your baby. You should not use one pacifier on your baby for a long time he or she might get bored of using the same thing all the time. Thus, purchase several pacifiers for ease of changing them when need be.
You can also purchase lullaby CDs or various soothing music for your baby. Music is important as it does not only soothe your baby to sleep or to stay calm but it also helps in releasing stress. Yes, you heard it right, babies also get stressed. With lullabies, you will realize that you might not always need to soothe your baby to sleep. All you need to do is to teach your baby to get accustomed to the lullabies and you will be let off the hook of always having to soothe him or her to sleep or to calm down. You can have a music box fitted on your baby’s crib as it will make your work easy when you need to put on some soothing music or lullaby.
As you might be aware, it is recommendable to breastfeed your little angel for 6 months without feeding him or her with any other form of food or beverage. In this case, you need to be well equipped for this task and have to purchase several items. Start with a nursing pillow. A nursing pillow comes in handy as it ensures that your little munchkin is comfortable while breastfeeding. It ensures that he is in the right position and does not gulp any air while he or she is suckling. Ensure you buy the right quality as a low quality pillow can cause damages to your little champ.
As a breastfeeding mum you will need at least 3 nursing bras. These come in handy as they will allow you to easily breastfeed your baby without having to worry on whether to open your bra or not. They are easy to use and you will fall in love with them after you start using them.
You also need to purchase at least 3 boxes of nursing pads. Trust me you will need these pads, you don’t want to have your clothes especially your blouse or T-shirt getting all soaked up with breast milk. At times you might find that breast milk leaking from your breast especially if your little munchkin has gotten enough and does not want to breast feed anymore. These pads absorb the leaking milk making sure that your clothes do not get wet with breast milk.
You don’t have to feel embarrassed especially when you’re outdoors and your blouse is wet with breast milk, just put on a nursing pad in your bra and it will absorb all the leaking milk. It also helps in protecting your clothes from breast milk stains which can be hard to remove. As usual ensure you go for quality nursing pads as some might be useless as they leak the milk.
You need to purchase as many cotton bibs as possible and be assured that your little angel will spill lots of milk as he or she trains to breastfeed. You don’t want your baby to have that breast milk smell all day which might be annoying to some people. You also want to prevent your baby’s clothes from getting breast milk stains which are hard to come out. The bibs will also be useful when your baby finally starts to feed and you might not need to go back to the market for more bibs.
Perhaps you have been educated that your baby will burp occasionally after breastfeeding, which is normal for most babies. In this regard, you need to purchase burp cloths to take care of the burps. A cloth diaper can also do the job perfectly and you can go for any. If you decide to buy burp cloths ensure they are made of cotton for easy and simple cleaning of the burp.
After sometime, you will perhaps need to go back to your job after the expiry of the maternity leave. Therefore, you might want to consider buying a breast pump to ensure you leave enough milk for your little angel before you leave him or her behind in the morning. If you’re going to use the breast pump daily, you might want to consider buying an electric one as it will make your work easy. However, if you are going to use the pump once in a while, maybe when you are travelling and have to leave the baby behind, then a hand pump will work for you.
You also need breast milk storage containers or bags to store the milk. If someone else is going to feed your baby, you will need to purchase a couple of bottles and nipples. Ensure you have a number of nipples as they will get spoilt within a couple of days especially when your kid starts teething. You also need to purchase nipple cream for use within the first few weeks. Your nipples might experience some sort of pain within the first couple of days before you get used to breastfeeding and nipple cream can help them to remain in shape and prevent cracking.
Formula feeding products
Not all mums will be able to breastfeed their loved ones for various reasons. If you are going to use formula milk on your kids, there are various items that you need to purchase. To start with, buy at least 8 feeding bottles as well as newborn nipples. You can purchase different brands and find out the one your little angel prefers. Ensure the bottles and the nipples are of high quality and are made of the right materials to avoid health hazards to your baby. Many bottles are important as you will have an easy time preparing the formula and storing it for use during the day or the night. In other words, you will not need to prepare a new formula each time you want to feed your baby.
The bottles will need to be cleaned after every use and this requires you to purchase a bottle cleaning brush. You need to make sure that the bottle is sparkling clean before you can put on the formula. The brush should be long enough to reach all the corners of the bottles and ensure that there is no milk that is left to stick at the base of the bottle. After washing the bottles, rinse them with lots of water to ensure that there is no soap left as it can cause stomach upsets to your baby. Use lots of water in rinsing the bottles and place them on the bottle drying rack. In this regard, you will need to invest in a bottle drying rack. You can also opt for a bottle sterilizer to ensure that your baby’s bottles are free of germs and other disease causing pathogens.
Of course you will need to purchase enough formula that will last for several weeks before you can go back to the market again. When purchasing the formula, make sure you check the ingredients carefully to ensure your baby feeds on a healthy formula that will enhance his or her growth and development. Go for formulas that are common with many mums out there and avoid the low quality ones.
You should remember that the wellbeing of your child depends on the type of food he or she is consuming and therefore buying the right formula is very important for you and your baby. To ensure you prepare the right amount of formula for your baby, you should consider purchasing a dry formula dispenser. This will make sure your child does not feed more or less than is required.
The formula needs to remain fresh at all times and therefore you should purchase an insulated cooler to store the prepared formula. If you travel a lot, you should purchase an insulated carrier to make sure that the formula does not go bad before consumption. You can consider purchasing a bottle warmer although heating the bottle using hot water will essentially consume the same amount of time. So, you are better of using hot water if you are in a tight budget.
Bathing and grooming
Your baby will need to bathe regularly and you need the right bathing accessories for this purpose. Start by buying an infant bath tub. You should be aware that baby bath tubs go with age and you should buy the one for a newborn as this will make bath time easy and enjoyable for you. You should change the bath tub as your kid grows perhaps after hitting 6 months and one year you should buy new bath tubs.
A newborn needs a hooded towel for use after bathing. You should consider purchasing at least 2 of them to make it easy for you to swap them after cleaning. Ensure the towels are soft in order not to irritate the tender skin of your child.
You should buy a baby shampoo. There are plenty of them in the market some of which are scented, organic and natural among other forms. Depending on your preference you should buy the one that will fit you and your baby. Make sure they are non-allergic to protect your baby from allergies.
You will also need to buy a comb and bush set to make sure your baby’s hair is well kept and maintained. Ensure they are soft enough to avoid hurting your baby’s tender and soft skull. You also need nail scissors/nail clippers and nail file set to ensure that your baby’s nails are well kept.
Buying baby products can be a challenging task especially for new parents. There are numerous brands and products that are purely meant for babies out there and you are likely to feel confused at first wondering which ones you should go for. However, although this guide does not touch on all the products you need, it’s a good starting point and gives you a head start on the basic items that you need to purchase for your little one. You can be assured that with this guide your baby will enjoy his or her nascent years in the world.