Want to know how to prepare for the arrival of your Newborn Baby?
Thinking back to when I was a first time Mum, I was pretty clueless about what was truly essential for a newborn baby and the things babies need.
I’m a planner and I love to be as organised as possible and as an expectant Mum, this translated to me over-purchasing so many unnecessary and useless newborn baby items! You can definitely be over-prepared when it comes to getting the house ready for newborn baby stuff.
When you’re looking around baby stores or scrolling through baby website, it’s all too easy to get carried away and over-buy.
I’m here to help!
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Second time around, I had a much better idea of what I really needed to do and buy to be prepared for my baby coming home. I’m sharing my tips on what I believe you really need to do, to give you a starting point.
How to prepare for the arrival of your Newborn Baby
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Where will your baby sleep?
You need to think about whether your baby will be sleeping in your room or in their own. We opted for our babies to share our room, in a co-sleeper or cot, for the first 4-6 months before we moved them into their nursery.
Once you have decided where your newborn will sleep, you can then decide what they will sleep in!
2. What will your newborn baby eat?
Do you plan to breastfeed or bottle feed? Or are you unsure?
Breastfeeding might be your aim but also consider if you need to buy bottles or bags to store the breastmilk sometimes. And lanolin cream might be your best friend in the early days.
If you’re planning to bottle feed, stock up on a few feeding bottles and a tin of formula, one recommended by your Midwife or Doctor. One thing I wouldn’t recommend is to overbuy on either of these items. Babies can be picky little things and some do not take to specific formulas or bottles. Keep receipts for all of your purchases so you can return non-used items!
3. What will you eat?!
Yes, what will you eat? As a new parent, you can so often be time-poor and sleep deprived. If you have time in advance of your baby arriving, consider making freezer meals so you have healthy meals on hand for days when you do not have the time or energy to cook.
Also stock up on some healthy snacks because newborn babies can feed for a long time and you can’t always move around! You’ll need something you can quickly grab to keep your energy levels up.
4. What needs to be cleaned?
It’s a good idea to give the house a good clean before your baby arrives, perhaps if you’ve started your maternity leave early. Rope in a few friends or family members to help!
You might like to also wash a few baby clothes in advance too. Don’t wash too many new ones though and keep receipts for them in case you need to change sizes. Babies have a lovely way of being unpredictable, their arrival size included!
5. What newborn must haves do you need to buy?
There are only a few real newborn baby essentials and newborn baby needs to get but a million and one niceties when it comes to buying newborn baby products.
In my opinion, newborn baby essential items are blankets, clothing, nappies (cloth or disposable), some toiletries and feeding/breastfeeding equipment/clothing. You don’t need a lot of new born baby products.
Then, of course, there is an endless newborn baby shopping list of other baby goodies that you might choose to go crazy buying!After that, you might like to consider purchasing other newborn baby things that could make your life easier when the baby arrives. These include a pram, car seat, video monitor, baby carrier, nursing chair and changing bag.
If you’re an expectant parent, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by, well, everything on your newborn babies checklist.
I hope this baby items list will help you get a clearer idea of how to prepare for the arrival of your Newborn Baby.
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I’ve also put together a free newborn baby checklist for those of you who want a detailed new baby essentials list of everything you might like to prepare – essentials and more!
Download this free baby newborn checklist and LOTS more handy printables such as this baby registry checklist here:
You could use this as a baby shower checklist too!
If you are already a parent, what advice would you give to one who is expecting their first baby?
And what was on your baby registry list?
I hope this newborn baby list helps you in preparing for baby!
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