What baby products will I need?
With so many baby products on the market, it can be hard to know what you really need and what is just a nice extra. Here is a list of items you may find useful for the first year of your baby’s life.
- Small babies tend to live in onesies during their first few months.
- Sweaters provide an extra layer of clothing that can provide warmth but be easily removed after transitioning from outside to inside during cooler months.
- In the winter your baby will need a snowsuit. If you spend a lot of time in the car, choose one that is not too thick, otherwise there is a risk your baby will get too hot.
- A soft, cozy hat will be essential when the weather is cool. If your baby was premature or the weather in summer is cool, a cotton jersey pull-on hat is also useful.
- Cotton gloves or hand covers prevent your baby from scratching their face. Some babies are born with long fingernails and you should wait until your baby has reached five or six weeks before cutting them. Burp cloths or cotton bibs come in handy to protect from spit up and make cleaning a bit easier. You will also need a baby soap, lotion, soft towels (maybe with a hood!) and diaper liners.
- Newborn babies will need their diapers changed 10 to 12 times a day. Buy enough to keep you going for at least the first few days.
- You will need a changing pad or table, as well as wet wipes.
- If you are planning to use reusable diapers, you will need at least 15 of them. It is a good idea to have a packet of disposable diapers handy too, in case you get behind with laundry during the early weeks.
- If you are breastfeeding, you will need nursing bras and bra pads.
- You may want to use a nursing pillow to give you and your baby support while breastfeeding.
- Lanolin cream helps with sensitive or dry nipples.
- Cooling gel packs can help soothe sore or cracked nipples.
Breast pump, milk storage and feeding
- If you choose to express your milk you will need a breast pump.
- Breast milk storage bags or bottles are needed when using a breast pump. Medela's double pumps are designed for maintaining your milk supply and saving you pumping time. The Freestyle and Pump In Style are ideal pumps for moms on the go.
- To feed expressed milk to the baby, you should use a baby bottle. Calma by Medela may be the perfect option.
- For cleaning bottles, teats and all parts that come into contact with your breasts, your breast milk or your baby's mouth, sanitizing is vital. Medela's Quick Clean Micro Steam Bags are an excellent way to quickly clean and sanitize bottles and breast pump components.
Feeding after six months
- Bowls, baby utensils, sippy cups, bibs and a high chair are essential equipment for feeding your baby after six months, once you have introduced solids.