As you enter week 38 of your pregnancy or even earlier, you need to start pulling out all the stops to ensure you have everything to make your baby comfortable once you bring her home. Having these newborn essentials will also make your life easier as you nurse and take care of your baby girl.
If you want to be sure you are ready for your newborn’s arrival in your home, make sure you have these items ready for use before your expected delivery:
Crib and mattress
Whether you plan on putting the crib in your bedroom or in the nursery, you have to ensure your baby will be sleeping on something comfy and safe.
Choose a crib that complies with safety standards. Make sure the one you buy has less than two inches of space between the vertical slats or bars on the sides, head, and foot of the crib.
For the crib mattress, get one with a waterproof pad. Make sure that it is not thicker than six inches and that it fits the frame of the crib snugly.
Since you will be having a girl, great options for crib and mattress colors include pink, purple, dark cherry, and beige. However, if you plan on having kids in the future, you can choose a gender-neutral color like yellow or green for your crib.
Keep your baby comfortable and snug whenever she’s asleep by having a stock of blankets. You also need fitted sheets to cover the crib mattress to make sleeping on the crib more comfortable for your little one.
It is best to buy at least four mattress sheets and blankets since will need to change them often. Again, you can opt for beddings with pink or red shades. However, you won’t go wrong with getting ones in gender-neutral colors.
Infant car seat
If you live in a city where hospitals require parents to have an infant car seat before they release a baby, make sure you buy one. An infant car seat is also something that you need to have to protect your child from any possible injury should you have an accident on the road.
When shopping for one, pick a carrier seat that comes with a high safety rating and great reviews. Make sure it also clicks easily into a base that is securely fastened to the car.
A changing pad is an affordable alternative to a changing table and will help you have an easier time changing nappies.
This specially-designed pad will provide support to your newborn whenever you change her nappies. Most new products come with a safety buckle and snap screws which will keep your baby from accidentally rolling off and falling.
Make sure you buy one that doesn’t contain polyurethane foam, flame retardants, PVC, vinyl or phthalates. Choose one which is easy to cean as well.
Don’t forget to get a changing pad cover to make your baby comfortable while changing her diapers and make cleanups easier.
Baby wraps are helpful carrier options especially in the early months of your baby. The wrap will keep your baby comfortable and make carrying her more convenient.
When choosing a wrap, pick one that is soft on the skin. Also, make sure you learn how to fasten them correctly. You can ask a sales associate to demonstrate it or watch an instructional video online.
Although your infant won’t need a variety of outfits to wear, it is a good idea that you have the right mix of clothes.
Some of the pieces of garments you should have ready are:
- Footed pajamas
- Sleep suits
- Wrap-around tees
- Socks and mittens
- Caps or bonnets
- Outerwear bunting (for winter)
It is best to get a number of each since you will also need to change them often. You can also get them in different colors and designs to make your baby girl look even more cute and adorable.
Hygiene and grooming items
Keeping your baby clean and well-groomed is important during her first months and beyond. This will help her stay healthy and happy all the time.
To make bath times efficient and fun, and keep your baby well-groomed at all times, make sure you have these at home:
- Baby bathtub
- Bath support net
- Baby soap or top-to-toe body wash
- Hooded bath towels
- Hypoallergenic baby oil and lotion
- Infant nail cutter
Make sure you have a supply of hypoallergenic baby wipes and diaper rash cream as well.
Nursing and feeding essentials
Lastly, your baby needs to be fed several times per day. Ensure she will be fed when needed or at the right time, even if you are not home, by having these items:
- Breast pump
- Nursing bra and cover
- Feeding bottles (which you can also use during weaning)
- Milk storage containers
- Nipple and bottle brush
A sterilizer and feeding bottle containers are also important for ensuring the bottles are completely clean and germ-free, safe for your baby’s use.
By readying your home and being a fully prepared mom, your newborn baby girl will be truly happy in her new surroundings.