Finding out that you are expecting a baby is exciting. It is easy to be overwhelmed at getting prepared to bring baby home and many parents-to-be wind up spending money on items and products that baby just doesn’t really need.
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Starting a family is a big change in your life and it is not just an emotional change. Your finances will change once you add a baby to your family there will be new expenses. Here are the five basic items that your newborn baby will need.
The first few weeks of your newborn baby’s life will consist of sleeping, eating and lengthening periods of time where he is awake. A crib is essential. A crib that converts into a toddler bed is nice but not absolutely necessary. A toddler can go from a crib to a twin-size bed when ready. A crib that converts into a toddler bed is nice because it will extend the life of a crib mattress but a convertible crib often costs more.
Most New Jersey hospitals will not allow a new parent to take their newborn baby out of the hospital without a car seat. Car seat buying can be confusing. There are models made specifically made for infants, toddlers and young children. Follow the links at the end of this article for tips on how to purchase the best car seat for your newborn.
If you are planning on breast-feeding your baby, you will not need to make many special purchases. Having a special pillow to make breast-feeding more comfortable is nice to have but if you have a firmer, over-sized bed pillow you could substitute that for a pillow specially designed for breast-feeding. Many of the “supplies” are more for the new mom. Nursing bras, shawls for privacy and perhaps a book on breast-feeding are items that you will appreciate.
For bottle-feeding, you will need plenty of bottles so that you will not be washing them too often. Stay away from purchasing cheap bottles as they may not hold up in dishwashers. There is a wide selection of baby bottles; some have disposable liners and it is a personal preference whether you want to go disposable or with washable type bottles.
Depending on the time of year your baby is going to be born, you may need more or less clothing. Onesies (one piece undershirts that snap in the crotch) are essential year-round. It is best to buy short-sleeved because you will get the most use out of them. Sleepers that snap are what most newborns live in the first few weeks. Make sure the material is soft and not itchy. Wash all new baby clothing before wearing. It is nice to have cute little outfits for your newborn but try to limit how much you buy. Newborns grow fast and you may be surprised that many newborn outfits will often not even get to be used before your baby grows out of them.
Receiving blankets are a bedding item that you cannot have enough of. These can be used to swaddle the newborn, lay on a bed to change your baby, cover them while they are sleeping and used to put on the floor for your baby to lay on. As your newborn grows, receiving blankets can still be used.
You will need several fitted sheets for the baby’s crib. Babies spit up, diapers leak and unless you want to be doing laundry constantly, having plenty of extra sheets is important. Your baby will be sleeping in the crib for a few years and having extra is not a waste.
Buy a good quality waterproof pad for your crib mattress. Get two so there will always be a clean one.
These are the essentials. A stroller is also a wanted and needed baby item but for the first few weeks it is not essential. If your baby is born during a warmer month you will be itching to get outside on a nice day and take your baby for a walk. This is perfectly fine as long as the baby is dressed properly. If you are expecting your baby in the winter chances are slim that you will be walking your baby outside in a New Jersey winter.
There are plenty of fun, educational and important items for baby to have as he grows but if you are trying to get ready for the first few weeks, these are the most important things to have.
Check out the following links for information about buying car seats and also where to find a New Jersey retailer for baby goods.
Consumer Reports Car Seat Buying Guide
Toys R Us