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.

Single Dad on Baby Shopping

OK if you are like me, you are downright scared to go out searching for baby things for your new born, to say ten years. It can get real hairy out there, you are simply bewildered as to where to go to get the real neat stuff for your little one; for that matter where to get anything at all, neat or not, and also what you are going to meet when you get there.

It had dawned on me one day, while trying to defend my right to the last Baby Phat jumpsuit in a local department store from a hefty mom who makes Mike Tyson look like Olive Oil, that men were not made to go shopping like that, especially after I lost that contest.

I have experienced days that seem to go on for weeks shopping for my 4 year old, and have actually returned home empty handed tired and frustrated. Baby things can prove to be difficult to shop for at times especially if you don’t have the genome for shopping like me, or if you are like me in another respect……..a single dad. Yes we do not have the luxury of simply retreating and tagging in our significant other to take over, no, we only have one way out when its crunch time….run!

Single dads don’t really have the constitution to shop for baby things…we like to just hand over the credit card, and the car keys and say “be back by noon”. we love the kids to death but when it comes to shopping for baby things… we are lost.We can go shopping for food though……yes we can spend the whole day at the fast food joint, but just the very thought of venturing into a department store to buy baby things, sends shudders down our spines…., we are scared to go in there to buy things for ourselves much less for a baby.And lord help the kid if he is not old enough to eat french fries and burgers, because that is all he going be getting until he can go to the store to buy his own baby formula.

Baby Products For Healthier Babies And Happier Moms

If you have just stepped into the world of motherhood, know somebody who has been blessed with a baby boy or a girl or have been invited to a baby shower party, chances are you are toying with the idea of getting/ gifting some exclusive baby products for the newest addition to the family. Here is a list of baby gear essentials that you cannot do without/are ideal for the occasion. They are practical and easy to use, and almost synonymous with healthier babies and happier moms, and happen to be some of the most sought after baby shopping online products till date. Check them out right away.

  • Playpen a.k.a the toddler jail/ baby jail to let them play in, especially when you cannot carry him in your arms and have other chores to do
  • Baby carrier and carrycots (front and rear facing or backpack style carriers) to strap the baby onto your chest and conveniently walk on the streets
  • Baby prams, strollers, walkers, booster seats, bouncer chairs and car seats with side protection and harness systems for safe and hassle free baby transport
  • Nursery Bedding, baby cribs, cots, cradles, toddler beds, infant bassinets to lay the baby in
  • Baby furniture, e.g., wall mounted or free standing changing tables, dining high chairs (especially the foldable ones), etc., tailor made to suit the baby’s growing needs
  • Silicone/ latex pacifiers and teethers to keep the baby pacified and satiate his inherent need to suck
  • Toddler tethers or kid keepers to act as safety cords
  • Travel bottles and food warmers to keep the milk or the food warm
  • Baby toys and scrubbles to keep them occupied, infuse the concept of leaning in him, initiate skill building, develop motor skills and hand and eye coordination, etc.
  • Portable baby swings
  • Baby clothes, bodysuits, bibs, multi use swaddle blankets, etc.
  • Baby care mats to hygienic and non-toxic floor space
  • Breast pumps for mechanically extracting milk
  • Baby diapers to contain excretions along with diaper bags with multiple compartments for carrying the baby gear outdoors
  • Baby wipes to clean the them in a hygienic way
  • BPA free feeding bottles and baby sippy cups with anti skid handles
  • Special training toothbrushes for cleaning the baby’s gums and giving a soothing massage.

So get all that you think will serve the purpose. Indulge yourself or share the joys of motherhood and make somebody happy by doing some serious online baby shopping!