Newborn baby is an extraordinary and joyous life experience. But it’s also a steep learning curve and, if this is your first baby, you will inevitably have questions about her everyday care.
Clear step-by-step instructions guide to prepare your infant checklist, you through feeding (breast and bottle), bathing, diaper changing, and dressing your baby. You’ll find invaluable advice on comforting a crying baby as well as fascinating coverage of your baby’s progress.
Here is Everything You Need for a Newborn Baby
#1 - WHAT SHOULD I BUY BEFORE MY BABY ARRIVES ?
You only need the bare minimum of clothes, diapers, and equipment. Buy most essential things a newborn baby needs ,after the birth so that you get the right size.Even full-term babies vary greatly in weight and
length. However, you will need list of things you need for a new baby essential items such as a bassinet or cradle, a car seat, a baby carriage or stroller, and a baby bath .
#2- DO I NEED TO BUY A CRIB FOR MY BABYTO SLEEP IN ?
New babies can sleep anywhere even in a drawer removed from a desk or dresser. For the
first few weeks a bassinet or cradle is adequate, but eventually you will need a crib.
Choose a sturdy crib because she will be spending a lot of time in it. Most cribs have drop sides; make sure the mechanism is easy to use.
#3- WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED ?
Even buying the essentials can be very expensive. You can choose to spend a lot of money or spend less and get basic versions of what is needed ,but remember that your baby’s safety and comfort come first.
The best-looking equipment is not necessarily the safest, however. Some parents are superstitious about buying baby things before the birth, but many stores will accept a deposit, and will deliver after your baby arrives.
This will support a young baby before she can sit. Always place the chair on the floor, not on a table.
CRIB AND BEDDING
A crib with an adjustable mattress height is safer, and easier on your back, too.
This lets your baby sleep wherever you are, but your baby will outgrow it within a few weeks.
Other essential items
You will also need the following items:
■ diapers and diaper-changing equipment
■ clothes for your baby to wear, and a blanket to wrap her in.
■ baby bathing equipment .
■ if bottle-feeding: bottles and nipples, sterilizing equipment, and formula .
■ washable blanket and three to four crib sheets
■ a baby monitor that can operate on electricity or a battery (often rechargeable).
WHAT SORT OF BEDDING AND MATTRESS WILL MY BABY NEED ?
You need a washable blanket (ideally two), and at least three to four crib sheets in cotton or flannel. Pillows, quilts, and comforters are not advisable for babies under a year old.
Avoid sheepskins, baby nests/sleeping bags, electric blankets, and hot-water bottles, since these can overheat your baby as can crib bumpers (which your baby could also get caught in).
The mattress can be made of foam, natural or hollow fibers, or have a sprung interior.
It should fit the crib snugly to avoid spaces in which a baby could get trapped. The cover must be easy to clean, polyester is ideal.
IS IT NECESSARY FOR ME TO BUY A BABY ALARM ?
It is vital to have a baby monitor if your baby is sleeping in a different room from you. There are also sleep alarms available that alert you if your baby makes no breathing movements for 20 seconds.
However, these alarms are not always completely accurate.
They can sound because of a broken contact, and because sometimes sleeping babies pause naturally for 20–25 seconds when breathing without coming to any harm.
Alarms can also fail to sound, so it is better for you to be vigilant than to rely totally on an alarm, and you should know how to resuscitate your baby.
Keep diapers, a fold-up changing mat, cotton balls, barrier cream, wipes, and lotion in a handy bag.
A portable baby bath makes giving baths easier.
This is essential for car travel. It is also necessary for your trip home from the hospital.
This must always have a support for the head of a newborn baby.
BABY CARRIAGES AND STROLLERS
Baby carriages or strollers that can take a baby lying flat can be used from birth. The choice depends on the climate and your lifestyle and baby first days of life .
A carriage offers more protection from the elements, is easier to push, but is harder to get into a car. Strollers are easier to get in and out of cars.
WHAT NON-ESSENTIAL ITEMS ARE USEFUL FOR MY BABY ?
Aside from the absolute essentials, at this stage you might also consider purchasing a
changing table with a wipe-clean surface on which your baby can lie.
Other handy extras to get prior to the birth are a thermometer for the bedroom, and a pack of cloth
diapers (for spills and spitting up). Toys are also important all babies will benefit from
something colorful to look at, such as a mobile.
These will help stimulate your baby. Make sure that any soft toys you buy are washable as well as safe for a newborn baby,rattles and music boxes are also traditional toys for this age, but try them first since very noisy ones may damage a young baby’s hearing.
IS IT SAFE TO BUY SECONDHAND EQUIPMENT FOR MY BABY ?
With secondhand goods you don’t have the same warranties or safeguards as when buying
new, and certain equipment, such as car seats, should never be secondhand.
The same applies to equipment that is loaned to you. Inspect carefully before buying and ask the seller any questions that you might have.
If you are not totally happy, then don’t buy it. You could consider buying a second-hand baby carriage, but check the brakes and buy a new mattress.
If buying a crib, check the stability and adjusting mechanisms, and buy a new mattress.
Secondhand baby slings should be fine, while toys should be checked to ensure that they are safe. Avoid secondhand electrical items; secondhand cloth diapers may be too harsh for a new baby’s skin.
WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BUY FOR MY BABY BEFORE THE BORN ?
Start with the bare minimum and buy more later. Although you may know the sex of your baby, you won’t know how big or small she is until she arrives, and you might get clothes as presents.
Most babies grow out of newborn clothes extremely quickly, so it is useful to be given different-sized items.
The most basic item of clothing for the first few months is the all-in-one stretchsuit. Choose one that is baggy,and made of cotton.
COMFORT AND SAFETY
The key factors are comfort and safety for your baby, and practicality for you.
■ Natural fibers are usually more comfortable than synthetic fabrics.
■ Avoid clothes with drawstring necks, which can be dangerous. Buttons must be secure; snaps are easier to use.
■ Clothes should be washable and non-iron time is too precious to waste on avoidable chores.
■ The best stretch suits have snaps down the front as well as in the crotch and along the legs,so that your baby’s legs can come fully out of the garment at diaper-changing time.
Summer baby needs checklist :
■ 4 cotton undershirts
■ 4 stretch suits (consider some without feet)
■ 1–2 sweaters or jackets
■ 2 hats with brims
■ baby blanket
■ dresses for girl babies
■ 2 nightgowns
■ fabric bibs
■ scratch mittens
Winter baby needs checklist :
■ 4 undershirts (somethermal and long-sleeved)
■ 4 stretchsuits
■ 2–4 sweaters or jackets
■ warm hat
■ baby blanket
■ snowsuit with hood
■ 2 nightgowns
■ fabric bibs
■ scratch mittens
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