Your New Baby Checklist

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Your New Baby Checklist

Having a child is one of the biggest and most important things we can do, and whether you are expecting your first child or your fifth there are so many things you need to think about and plan for in order to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Of course, when it comes to extending your family things don’t always go exactly the way you planned them, but this is completely normal and if there’s something that parenthood teaches us it’s to roll with the punches and not to be too hard on ourselves when things don’t go as expected.

Having a child is one of the biggest and most important things we can do, and whether you are expecting your first child or your fifth there are so many things you need to think about and plan for in order to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Of course, when it comes to extending your family things don’t always go exactly the way you planned them, but this is completely normal and if there’s something that parenthood teaches us it’s to roll with the punches and not to be too hard on ourselves when things don’t go as expected.

Having said this, there are certainly some things that are completely within your control as you embark on your journey into parenthood. For example, you can collect all the goods and equipment you need for the early days well in advance. Not only does this mean you will feel more prepared, it also means you don’t have to stress about these things after the baby arrives and you have your hands full with daily tasks.

First things first, you need to set yourself a budget for all your baby gear. The best way to do this is to think about the general things you will need and to do some basic research into how much they cost at the level you want to spend at, such as basic, moderate or luxury goods, as there is a lot of variation between the costs of various babycare brands. Once you have a rough idea of what your budget will be, you can then go ahead and start making a list of all the necessities you will need.

What to buy before welcoming your new baby

You will need to make a decision on whether you will bottle or breastfeed your baby, and make a contingency plan in case things don’t go as expected. Remember that even the most devoted breastfeeders may not always be able to breastfeed as much as they would like to and have to supplement their milk supply with formula. In fact, some mothers who plan to breastfeed may not be able to, or will change their minds (especially when their milk teeth start coming in!).

If you plan to breastfeed then you don’t really need a lot of equipment, but many parents like to have lots of bibs to hand, as well as a good breast pump, nursing pillows, nursing bras, and nipple ointment in their arsenal. It can also be a good idea to have a couple of bottles on hand so you can express milk and store it should you need to. If you will be feeding formula then you will need considerably more bottles, and of course, a means of sterilising them.

In terms of getting from A to B with a young baby, you need to be aware that not all prams, strollers and bassinets are ideal for all developmental stages. Choose something that allows your newborn to lie flat initially but can be adjusted as they grow. One of our all time favourite brands is the Nuna stroller. Nuna makes a range of beautiful, versatile and premium strollers, carry cots and car seats that are designed for comfort, ease-of-use and practicality.

In terms of hygiene and toileting, you need to decide whether you will be using reusable or single use diapers. There are benefits to both kinds, for example reusable diapers are cheaper in the long run but you do need to plan for how they can be washed hygienically, and disposable diapers offer plenty of convenience but are expensive and not very eco-friendly. Whether you’re using reusables or disposables just be sure not to buy too many in case your baby grows quickly or is larger than expected.

Textiles are the next thing that should be on your list, including clothing, muslins and blankets for your little one. You will need the basics such as undershirts and onesies, leggings, socks, sleepers, hats and warm outers as well as mittens to protect your baby’s delicate skin from their surprisingly sharp little fingernails. Try to avoid buying too many cute but impractical outfits for your newborn, you will surely appreciate clothing that is simpler, easy to wash, and easy to manage when you need to change a diaper or get them ready for bed.

Resources:

Stroller Singapore - Ameba Ownd

Maxi Cosi - Government of New South Wales

Booster Seat Singapore - Icon College

Cybex Stroller - Slides

Ergobaby - Steemit

Urban Kanga - Tribe

Bugaboo Bee - Wefunder