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.

Buying for Baby

Well, what else can be as exciting for proud parents-to-be than the first glimpse of their bundle of joy? Shopping for baby of course. Here is some help to start your baby-shopping adventure.

Buy a car safety seat. It’s the law!

You need to buy an approved car safety seat before your baby arrives. Your precious newborn has to be safe and cozy on his first car ride from the hospital to home. Some hospitals insist on you purchasing a car seat before they let you take baby home.

Shop for a soft-padded, rear-facing infant car seat to hold him snug and secure and support his back and neck. You can also go in for a lightweight one that can double up as a carrier or a rocker.

Buy an uncomplicated system with a permanent base in which the seat effortlessly snaps in and out, so that you don’t have to refer to the manual every time you use it. If you are not confident about safely installing one, seek professional help.

Baby’s Layette

Babies are not always born on days with the best weather. Be prepared with a basic layette for any kind of weather. Thankfully, babies cannot recognize designer wear, so it is easy to stick to your budget.

Opt for soft, absorbent clothes that can be machine-washed and dried. For cold winter months, buy long sleeve undershirts, stretchies, sweaters and pajamas with built in feet. Stock a few mittens, socks, warm woolen blankets and snug hats for outings. Buy a soft woolen sleeper to keep baby warm and cozy at bedtime.

For the summer months, you need short sleeved or sleeveless suits, hats or bonnets to protect baby from the sun and light cotton blankets.

There’s more to buy

The list includes a baby crib and mattress, crib sheets, nappies/ disposable diapers, baby wipes, a baby bathtub, mild bath soap, soft towels, a sling to carry your baby and a few toys. Choose the right toys for your newborn so that they do what they are meant to- stimulate her and provide entertainment.

Tips for happy shopping

Start shopping for baby 2-3 months before you are due or earlier if you anticipate bed rest in late pregnancy. If this is your first baby, shop with a close friend or relative for helpful advice.

Dads-to-be can get involved in shopping for baby to get a feel of their impending responsibilities. A better and less tiring option is to split the list, especially if you always disagree with each other’s taste.
Go by your list, not the store’s. A designer wardrobe might look appealing; but your little one will outgrow her clothes quickly.

Don’t let the buying overburden you, savor and cherish each moment as you imagine a new life soon snuggle in all those cute outfits!

There is nothing more comforting than being prepared for your baby’s arrival. After the marathon of childbirth, the last thing you want is frantic shopping trips.

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Buying Gift for Your Baby – Shopping List Heaven

It hardly seems long after you’ve bought your 1st copy of Pregnancy & Birth Magazine (to chart the growth from strawberry to melon) before it’s suddenly time to shop till you drop! Armed with a list the envy of any shopaholic, it’s off to John Lewis, Mothercare or your local baby shop for the essential purchases. From muslins to bedding, from prams (Mammas & Papas or Mclaren?) to the essential ‘take me home’ car seat (Brittax or Maxi?). It’s an exciting baby-rush purchase day and suddenly you realise your ‘melon’ will soon be a baby at home!

You’ve decorated your nursery, bought the Winnie the Pooh cot bed from Mothercare and baby furniture from Ikea, now you just need the other essentials. The best advice for mums to be is to consult mums with babies already, learning from their experience!

They will be able to tell you what was their best buy and what they bought for their baby, often because it looked good, but they never use! Once you have sought advice then buy a magazine, Pregnancy and Birth and Prima Baby were my favorite.

The most exciting purchase during your pregnancy is often the pram. It’s something you will have for at least 2 years and reflects your personality! Always think about your circumstances before buying your pram; do you live in a home with no hall, do you live in a town house, how big is the boot of your car, and will you get fed up with the trendy candy stripe?

Try to ‘think practical’- not always easy at 6+months pregnant. Once you have chosen your 3 in 1/travel system/front facing pram the rest of the list seems less daunting! Mothercare and John Lewis are just two of the stores that have advisers if you like the personal touch.

You will need everything from muslin squares to nipple cream. Don’t forget to decide how to announce the birth of your baby too! When finished go sit somewhere for a well deserved fruit smoothie, don’t worry not long till it will be champagne!