Being Well Prepared – Things To Buy Before Your Baby Is Born

It can be very confusing to shop for an unborn baby. Perhaps you don’t know the gender, or maybe it just doesn’t seem quite real yet. Especially as a first-time parent it can be difficult to determine what is essential and what is complementary. This article will help you determine what is good to buy before your baby’s arrival.

Baby shopping can be a jungle and it is important to be careful if you don’t want to carry home a lot of unnecessary stuff. The various baby stores market so many products as necessities that you cannot live without, so it will not be a big help to take a walk here. In fact, many parents end up buying many products just to find out later that they actually never had a need for them.

Here is a list that is good to keep in mind before going baby shopping:

  • Diapers, cotton pads, and cloths: Don’t buy too many of the smallest diapers as your baby grows very fast in the beginning and you will change size soon. Cloth diapers are very handy for wiping here and there.
  • Changing table
  • Changing pad
  • Baby bedding
  • Waste bin
  • Underwear: Buy body suits with long or short sleeves depending on the season
  • Clothes: Remember that the baby sleeps most of the time in the early days so buy clothes that are comfortable for sleeping.
  • Hats
  • Socks and shoes
  • Shawl and blankets
  • Stroller
  • Car seat: This is an absolute necessity for transporting your baby safely home from the hospital. Be sure you buy one that meets the safety standards.
  • Nursing pillow, nursing bra and nursing pads: If you are going to breastfeed this will be a necessity.
  • Diaper bag: Buy one that fits everything you need for going out.
  • Bathtub
  • Hooded towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Bathing oil/lotion
  • Bottles and formula: Necessary if you want to bottle feed, but can also be handy to have in the house in case of breastfeeding problems.
  • Bottle brush, warmer and sterilizer: These are only necessary if you are planning on bottle feeding most of the time.