Now, it’s been a while since I last had a newborn baby, four years to be exact but I like to think that I’ve learnt a lot about what you do and don’t need for a new baby. I remember with my first we went a little crazy and bought all sorts of stuff, things that in reality we didn’t need. By the time I had my second baby I knew what really was an essential and what wasn’t and actually a newborn baby doesn’t need that much.
Family life insurance provider Smart Insurance have put to together a fantastic list of 36 essentials for expecting mums as they know just how important it is to plan for the future. If you’re pregnant, particularly for the first time it’s definitely worth checking out as it has everything you need to consider throughout pregnancy and beyond.
Here is my own list of 10 baby essentials…
1. Bottles and formula
Even if you plan to breastfeed it’s still a good idea to have bottles and formula in the house just in case it doesn’t work out. I had planned to breastfeed with my first baby but sadly it just didn’t happen for us and we weren’t prepared with bottles or milk, which just added more stress to the situation.
Muslin cloths are an absolute essential. Babies are sick, a lot, so you’re going to need something to mop it up with! The more muslins the better as it’s surprising how quickly you get through them in the early days, and the last thing you need is to be doing several loads of washing every day.
This might seem like an odd one but for me a decent camera is incredibly important. Those early days pass by so quickly so make sure you capture as much of it as you can as these memories are so precious. And remember, you will only regret the photos you didn’t take.
4. Bedside cot
Bedside cots are a great investment, even if you don’t want to co-sleep with your baby. A bedside cot means that your baby is safe and yet keeps them close to you, which also makes night feeds a little easier.
Before I had my son, I was totally against using a dummy. I hated how they looked and didn’t think I would ever need to use one. It turns out that when you can’t stop your baby crying at 2am, a dummy works perfectly. Not all babies will take to a dummy, but it’s worth having one in the house just in case.
6. Baby carrier/sling
I didn’t babywear with my first baby, just with my second and honestly I don’t know how I coped without it! For those times when your baby won’t be put down and just wants to be held but you need to wash the dishes or unload the washing machine, babywearing means your hands are free to get one with things whilst keeping baby happy.
With my first I bought all sorts of cute outfits that didn’t end up being used. It’s much better to stick with cheap sleepsuits, they will outgrow them so quickly that it’s just not worth spending the money on fancy outfits. And in reality they will probably only be wearing the outfit for a couple of hours at the most before puke or a poop explosion happens!
8. Moses basket
Even if you’re planning to have a bedside cot in your bedroom, it’s still worth getting a moses basket and stand too as they are great to keep downstairs for when baby sleeps during the day. They also make carrying your baby up to bed easier and you’re less likely to disturb them.
9. Baby monitor
Once your baby moves into their own room, or at least starts spending some time in another room of the house, a baby monitor will provide you with peace of mind. You can also get sensor mats which let you know if your baby stops breathing, of course that isn’t something that any of us want to think about, but it’s great to have that reassurance.
Prams and travel systems are not cheap it has to be said but it’s something that is going to be used pretty much daily for the first three plus years of your child’s life, so make sure you invest in a decent one. Don’t go for the cheap option because the chances are it won’t last or you will want to replace it, it’s much better to get it right first time.
Are you expecting or have a new baby? How are you planning for the future?
Thanks for reading.