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.