Having a baby? Here are the 12 most important things you need to do to get your home baby-ready.
You’re having a baby! Congratulations!
While nine months seem like a long time to get ready for the baby, it really isn’t. Before you know it, you’ll have your bundle of joy in your arms. But if you haven’t got yourself or your home baby-ready yet, things will be very challenging from the outset.
But don’t worry. We understand that a lot of new parents are confused about what needs to be done in preparation for the baby. That’s why we’ve made a list of the 12 must-do things you’ll need to complete before the birth.
1. Stock up on your vitamins
Both pre-natal and post-natal vitamins are extremely important to the new mother.
Prenatal vitamins ensure that both you and your baby get essential nutrients.
Post-natal vitamins help you recuperate post-delivery.
Speak to your doctor and get the required vitamins in advance.
2. Schedule a list of prenatal tests with your OBGYN
There are many tests that doctors do in order to find out the health and wellbeing of the fetus. Make sure you get all the tests necessary, at the right time. This will help you make the right preparations for your baby.
3. Purchase clothes for your baby
Next, start making a collection of season-specific clothes for your baby. The things you need to buy are:
- Newborn caps
- Pants & tees
- Sweaters or snowsuits
- Outdoor dresses
- Receiving blankets
- Baby sling
- Specialized newborn clothes detergent
While you’re at this, buy nursing bras and breast pads for yourself. Keep some lotion handy as breastfeeding will undoubtedly be painful at the start. It will help you ease the pain and discomfort during breastfeeding.
4. Get diapers and diapering accessoriesNewborns go through packs of diapers in just weeks. When buying diapers, make sure you get at least 2-3 boxes of newborn diapers. Change the size based on how quickly your baby grows. You should also buy:
- Trash can or diaper pail
- Changing covers (waterproof)
- Baby lotion & baby powder
- Velcro strips or pins to fasten diapers
- Disposable hand wipes or soft washcloths
- Diaper bag
You can even invest in a changing table with wheels, so you can move your baby around to a convenient spot, before changing them.
5. Stock up on formula and feeding accessories in advanceNext is the feeding materials. If you’re breastfeeding your newborn, you don’t need to get any formula. But a nursing pillow will make the feeding very comfortable.
- Milk bottle & water bottle
- Burping clothes
- Nipple brush
If you’re planning on bottle-feeding your baby
with breastmilk, you should also buy:
- Breast pump
- Milk storage bottles
6. Order bath amenities for the babyBath time is the best time to bond with your newborn. Some of the things you need to buy for bath time are:
- Infant tub or medium-depth dishpan
- Bath thermometer
- Rinsing cup/tumbler
- Tears-free baby soap & baby shampoo
- Hairbrush with soft bristles
- Soft towels & face wipes
- Warm after-bath newborn clothes
You can have a changing table with drawers near the bathroom, filled with clothes & lotions. This can help you dress your baby quickly after the bath and avoid her getting a cold.
7. Get special baby bedding and blanketsNewborns tend to feel sleepy after bath time, and this is where baby blankets and bedding come handy. Get:
- Waterproof baby mattress, pads & crib sheets
- Soft & light cotton blanket (summer)
- Warm & thick comforter (winter)
8. Get a medical kit for the babyUnfortunately, newborns are vulnerable to colds and illnesses. But if you have the right things on hand, you can take care of your baby with ease. In addition to the medication which your pediatrician prescribes, you should have:
- Newborn thermometer
- Mucus suction syringe for babies
- Spoon for liquid medication
- Nail clippers
- Special bottle to be used only when the baby is unwell
9. Design and set-up the baby’s nursery
Your baby will be spending a lot of time in her nursery. So, start by installing a bassinet and changing table with drawers in the room. Start stocking-up the cabinets with diapers, clothes, lotions and feeding materials, so they’re always handy.
You should buy baby room decorations and toys to get the room ready for your little one. Also, consider buying a baby monitor if the nursery is a little far from your room. This way you can keep track of your baby at all times, from anywhere in the house.
10. Order newborn furniture before the birthWhile this is optional, adding them to your home or nursery can be great for the baby. You should consider getting:
11. Install the car seat in advance
No hospital allows you to take home your baby
without a car seat installed. You should also
put-up window shades to ensure your newborn’s
eyes are safe from the sudden sunlight. Keep a
bag with diapers, food and clothes in your car at all times.
12. Pet proof your house
Have a thorough house cleaning to ensure that no shed hair or skin is there when the baby arrives, as this may cause allergies. Be sure to trim your pet’s nails as well. Once this is done, you can introduce the baby to your pet.
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