Ten Things to Remember When Taking Your Baby Shopping

It is always advised to wait until after the baby shower to do any type of shopping for your baby to see what you get and what is left that you might need. Most moms will go shopping for final things directly after the shower and prior to the baby’s arrival but some do not. Some go into labor early leaving them with needs and some just prefer to do their finalized shopping after the baby is born. You may only get one solid opportunity to pick up the rest of the things you need so make a list and make it count.

1. Health and Safety Items – You will want to make sure you have a thermometer, baby monitor, night light, shampoo and body wash, diaper cream, nail clippers, baby lotion, brush or comb and a few pacifiers (just in case). A nasal aspirator should be on this list unless you “steal” the one from the hospital which most moms do.

2. Diapering – You are going to need a lot of diapers. You should also stock up on baby wipes, burp clothes, wash clothes and diaper pail is handy.

3. Clothing – You don’t need a ton of clothes because they do grow out of them quickly but have enough so that every time your baby spits up you’re not worried about when you are going to squeeze in the time to do a load of laundry. You’ll need newborn sleepers, socks or booties, newborn cap, t-shirts and if it’s winter then a coat or warm apparel of some sort.

4. Bedding – Be sure that you have receiving blankets, crib blanket or quit, swaddling blanket and possibly a hooded bath towel.

5. Equipment – The infant car seat is first on the list but unless your baby came really early or you borrowed one for the initial ride home, you probably already have this. A baby carrier of some sort is essential whether it is a sling, wrap or pack is up to you. You will need a stroller,a bouncer or a swing and a diaper bag.

6. Furniture – Chances are you probably already have something for the baby to sleep in but you may need a bassinet, cradle or a crib. Also on the list is a mattress, waterproof pads, changing table and pads and please do not forget the mobile to hang over the crib!

7. Nursing Accessories – These are important if you are breast feeding. Nursing pillow, nursing pads, breast pump and storage bottles, nipples, feeding bottles and a bottle brush.

8. Mother Stuff – You are going to need nursing bras, a nursing gown or just practical pajamas, extra-long maxi pads, bath herbs and lanolin or some other product to soothe your very tired and very sore nipples.

9. Odds & Ends – If you haven’t already bought birth announcements, now is a good time. An infant hand mold is a great idea to pick up, baby books and a journal and make sure you have a camera.

10. Gift for Fido – your dog or cat also has to undergo a lot of adjusting and having to share in the attention. It’s important to let them they are still loved just the same so they don’t resent your little bundle of joy. Pick them up a toy or a treat to show them they aren’t forgotten.

Shopping For Baby Things – 3 Top Items For Your Baby Shopping List

There are so magazines and books that tell you about all the different items that you will need for your baby. It can be a little overwhelming especially if you do not have anyone to ask and you are relying on the information provided in these books, magazines and television programs. The most important thing that you need to remember is that whatever you need to shop for, you will always be able to find items that are within your price range. The second thing to keep in mind is that there are plenty of items that are completely irrelevant and are not essential.

Here a brief list of three of the most vital items that should be on your shopping list. If you can, it is a good idea to get everything before the baby arrives as you will find that you just won’t have the time or energy to go shopping once you have your newborn.

Buy a Baby Cot

You will need somewhere for your little one to sleep. You can choose to purchase a cot or a cot bed. The first is your basic baby cot which will work out to be much cheaper and the second is able to transform into a bed, once your baby is a little older. This will initially cost you more but could work out to be the best option in the long run.

Buy a Baby Changing Mat

You will want to have something that is comfortable for your baby to lie on while you are changing nappies. It is very important that the mat is waterproof and easy to clean. If you can, you should try and find a multi purpose mat that you can fold up and take with you when you are out and about with your baby. This makes is so much easier if you need to create a mini changing station where ever you happen to be.

Buy a Baby Car Seat

This is one of the most important items that you will ever need. It used to be the norm that a parent could hold their child in their arms while seating in the back seat of a car. Times have indeed changed and it is essential to have a sturdy baby seat that is fitted into your vehicle properly.

There are plenty of other things that need to be placed on your shopping list. Once you have the basic items, you can indulge in the added treats that are not absolutely necessary but are fun to share with baby.

Baby Shopping Cart Covers – A Safer Seat For Your Baby

There is a relatively new product that is becoming more and more popular with parents, grandparents and babysitters alike that allow a baby or toddler to be protected from the germs that are on those dreaded grocery store carts – not to mention, they are also cushy so they add comfort for the little ones and also have fun colors and patterns that really attracts their attention.

This clever little invention is not only user friendly, but one-handed user friendly as the maker realizes you will most likely be holding your little one in one arm while you secure the cover with the other. It takes about 10 seconds to throw the cover into place and secures with Velcro straps. Once you have your baby or toddler buckled in the shopping cart cover, you also have the option of using a bottle pocket, toy pocket, multiple loop attachments which allows you to secure small toys and pacifiers so the child cannot throw toys or pacifiers on the dirty store floor.

There are also Double Shopping Cart covers for those who have two small children. They have extra storage and a “mommy pocket” for diapers, wipes, sippy cups etc.

The shopping cart covers are 100% cotton and therefore 100% washable so having more than one is always nice to be able to rotate in and out of the wash so you always have a clean one – it’s also fun to have different patterns to play with depending on the child’s mood and they can also have fun getting to “pick” which cover they get to bring along. The covers fold easily into a tote or diaper bag for carrying and storage. In addition to fitting into all grocery store shopping carts, these covers can also be used on park swings and on restaurant high chairs. Some models can also be used as car seat covers – which anyone caring for a toddler can appreciate!

I really love that this product is available for our little ones. The most important thing is that it protects them from the germs that are inevitable on grocery carts, swings and public high chairs without this cover , but what I also love is that it’s a great gift for baby showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, christenings, birthdays, etc. Some websites offer custom made covers where you can add the baby’s name – which is always a nice touch. I’m always on the search for a really nice, unique gift and not only is this one of those products, but this is actually extremely useful – the recipient will really appreciate it – and so will the baby – those grocery cart seats can’t be comfortable.