What do you need for a newborn? The answer is, actually, not a lot! Have a look at these 10 essentials to make sure that you’re fully prepared for when your little bundle arrives.
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The morning sickness has finally gone, your bump is starting to grow, and you’re thinking about starting your baby shopping. You’ve got a few things in mind that you want to buy, but you’re still left wondering ‘What do you really need for a newborn’?
Will we survive the first few months without a nappy bin, changing table and 50 different outfits, or are they an essential part of life with a baby?
It’s no secret that pregnancy can be hard. As well as all of the physical changes going on with your body, you’re also having to deal with all of the advice, wanted or unwanted, from anyone that thinks they know best – which as it happens, is everyone (even people that don’t even have children).
As if pregnancy isn’t overwhelming enough right?
What do you need for life with a newborn?
First of all, have a think about what it is that you really need. Those first few weeks after giving birth, you’re likely to be in pain, exhausted and just looking for a
You’re probably not going to feel like popping to the local supermarket to pick up nappies or wipes every day, so make sure you have enough of everything before baby gets here.
First of all, we’ll have a look at all of those Mum essentials that will keep you going through the sleepless nights:
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PP bleeding sucks, but it’s totally normal and happens to all of us. It can last for a few weeks after giving birth, so make sure you stock up on maternity pads. Don’t be tempted to use your normal pads as these can irritate the skin, especially if you’ve had stitches.
Did you know that when your milk comes in, you’re most likely going to leak through your clothes at some point? Even if you’re not planning on breastfeeding, you’ll still get that inevitable leakage, and you just know that it’ll happen at the most inappropriate time too! This why breast pads are most definitely a new Mum essential.
Ibuprofen and paracetamol
If you can take them, ibuprofen and paracetamol can be great pain relievers in the first few days/weeks after giving birth.
Obviously, check with your midwife before taking them, and follow the instructions on the packet!
A good supply of pajamas and comfy clothes
I lived in pajamas for the first few weeks, so make sure that you have enough to last for a little while, especially if you’re not going to be doing much laundry.
Vest tops or button-up shirts are always a good idea if you’re breastfeeding.
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You will need a good supply of nappies for the first few days/weeks, especially if you don’t really feel like going out straight away. Aim for about 10 – 12 a day to start off with, and then see how you get on.
It can be a good idea to buy some smaller bags of a few different brands at first so you can see which ones you and your baby get on with better.
I personally found wipes to be the easiest for cleaning up during a nappy change, but it’s totally up to you and is just personal preference. Cotton balls, pads, etc work well too. Stock up with a good supply because poo explosions are definitely a thing!
For a newborn baby, onesies are probably the easiest item of clothing you can dress them in. They’re easy to put on and take off, they’re easy to clean, and you can get some really cute ones.
They’re also a good item of clothing for the colder weather because you don’t have any gaps that will let the chill in, especially at night.
A moses basket
A moses basket is an absolute must have for a newborn.
Babies tend to sleep a lot, and they usually decide to fall asleep when you have something to do! The good thing about a moses basket is that it has handles, so you can take it around the house with you without disturbing your little one.
Depending on how you’re thinking of feeding your baby, it’s always a good idea to stock up with a few essentials:
Bottles – Aim for about 5 bottles to start off with. This will give you a chance to wash, sterilise and store milk while making sure you that you still have enough to feed the baby with.
Steriliser – A steriliser isn’t just for bottles! You can also use it for teethers, dummies, plates, and spoons, so it’s worth getting a good one.
Breast pump – Breast pumps are very handy if you’re planning on breastfeeding, but sharing the night feeds! I preferred to use a manual one, but as with everything, it is personal preference. You can find the manual one I used here, and the electric version here.
Formula – If you’re planning on formula feeding, make sure you have enough in the house for when your baby arrives. The last thing you want is to send your partner out on a 3 am hunt for the nearest open shop!
Muslins are without a doubt the best invention ever! They’re so handy, and you definitely shouldn’t leave the house without one in your changing bag. If you opt for something cheap and cheerful and you can’t really go wrong. There’s just no point in paying too much for them because they don’t stay pretty for very long!!
Enjoy your wonderful newborn without worries
Babies are amazing little things and you’ll want to
Just remember, you’ve got this!
Was there anything you found you couldn’t live without in those first few weeks? Let me know if I’ve missed anything out.
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