The last few weeks of pregnancy are an exciting time for any soon-to-be parent. The excitement quickly turns to panic, however, when you realize that there are still so many things to prepare for the arrival of your baby. As a new mom, I have learned from experience what items are absolutely necessary! Remember, baby showers and besties are there to offer gifts and the non-essentials, and they’ll also offer you gifts like a Hebrew name necklace that is more sentimental than a diaper cake. You have to think about the things that you need as well as the things that you want for your baby, and a brand new baby deserves the best that you can possibly give. Here is a list of 5 things to get ready before the baby arrives.
1. Car Seat
The most important thing to get ready before the baby arrives is their car seat. You always want your baby properly restrained when in a vehicle, and you need to make sure that the car seat fits safely in yours if they need to ride with you.
There are many factors to consider when purchasing a car seat, so be sure to do your research. You’ll want to make sure the car seat is approved for use in your country and that it is appropriate for your baby’s weight and height.
You will also need to install the car seat properly, and many hospitals offer classes on how to do this. Don’t wait until the last minute to learn how to install your car seat! It could save your child’s life.
2. The Perfect Crib
Your baby’s crib will be their home for the first few months of life, so you’ll want to make sure it is perfect! Look for a crib that meets all safety standards and is made from non-toxic materials.
The crib should also be large enough to accommodate your child until they reach at least age two. Be sure to buy a good-quality mattress that is firm and fits snugly in the crib. Google blog topics like How To Choose The Right Crib Mattress Size: The Complete Parents’ Guide and do some reading on what is the best crib for your needs.
You will also need to purchase some sheets, a blanket, and a few pillowcases for the crib. It can be tough to choose the perfect crib, but with a little bit of research, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs and budget.
3. A Spacious Dressing Table
Your baby will need to be dressed every day, so you’ll want to make sure your dressing table has plenty of space for all the clothes and accessories they will require. Look for a large dresser with numerous drawers that can hold everything from onesies to hats!
You may also want to buy an additional changing station if you plan on changing diapers in another room than the nursery. This is particularly useful when it’s time for naps, as nobody wants diaper duty during those precious few moments of sleep! The best thing about shopping online nowadays is that there are unlimited items at reasonable prices, which makes finding what you’re looking for easier than ever before without having too many choices.
4. A Diaper Bag
All new parents know that you need a diaper bag to keep every single thing your baby will ever require at hand. You can buy one or make it yourself, but either way, have some fun shopping around for the best possible one!
It’s also helpful if there are several compartments so everything has its place and won’t get lost in the bottom of the bag. Make sure it is big enough to fit all your essentials as well – diapers, wipes, bibs. And don’t forget about snacks or formula if you’re not breastfeeding. There are countless styles available online nowadays, including backpacks which may be ideal for moms who like hiking-style outfits because they look good on anyone without looking too bulky, even when packed full of supplies for the baby.
The best part about a diaper bag is that it can be used long after your child has outgrown diapers! It can become your go-to bag for carrying everything you need when traveling with kids.
5. Baby Monitor
Last but certainly not least, you’ll need a baby monitor to keep an eye on your little one when they are sleeping in the nursery. This way, you can relax in another room of the house and know that your child is safe and sound.
There are many different types of baby monitors available, so be sure to do some research before purchasing one. Some monitors connect to your smartphone or tablet, while others use Wi-Fi to send information back and forth between the nursery and your device.
No matter which type of monitor you choose, make sure it has a good range and that the signal is strong enough to reach all the corners of your home. And don’t forget about batteries – they will likely need to be replaced periodically.
In conclusion, there are many items that you will need to purchase before the baby arrives. By taking your time and doing some research, you can find exactly what you need without spending a fortune. These five essentials are a great place to start, but be sure to add other items to your list as well, depending on your individual needs. Enjoy this exciting new chapter in your life!