Hi everyone! Today I am here to talk about things you really need when you have a baby. Most people will go crazy and buy whatever they set their eyes on, as did I for my first child – Nothing wrong with that, but is it really necessary?! I have made a baby essential checklist for you to look at.
I bought so many things for my first child, most that I didn’t even need or use.
The reason why I’m making this article is so you don’t make the same mistakes I did. I brought loads of clothes, in the end I was gifted so much too, so most of them he grew out of before he even got the chance to wear them. Waste of money right?! I also bought a cot which he didn’t use until he was about 6 months, again I could have used that money elsewhere. As you all know babies are a blessing, a very pricey blessing I must add 😉 so you need to save all the £££’s you can.
Let’s get to the point.
The main things you will need for your baby are
– nappies and don’t forget the nappy bags 🙂 I would suggest getting a couple of packets of size 1 and size 2 so you are not going out for the first couple of days or the first week so you can get the chance to recover. Babies use a LOT of nappies in their first days.
– wipes – water based wipes are best for baby’s skin as their skin is sensitive and water based wipes have no chemicals or fragrances to it!
– baby vests – I would say get about 10 first size or newborn size as they will grow out of them quicker than you can imagine.
– baby sleep suits – again about 10 sleep suits, same as baby vests.
– hats, mittons for those little hands and socks
– cotton wool – you could also use this a substitute to water wipes. I used to get a bowl of warm water and dip a few cotton balls in and wipe with this. Saves you money and is more efficient 🙂
– a few baby outfits, I would say buy 4 or 5 because the majority of visitors will gift you clothes!
– baby bath – in the beginning, I didn’t use any soap or baby wash or shampoo, just pure water to wash the baby to protect his skin. But this is you choice and if you want to use soap, than add that to you list.
– baby changing bag – don’t go too crazy spending loads of money on this, you could get something could which looks good and isn’t so expensive because in the end, they are all used for the same use.
– a crib or Moses basket ( a cot could wait until baby is 6 months)
– mattress protector for all the little accidents – this will save you a lot of time washing the mattress. Thank me later 😉
– bottles (whether you are breastfeeding or not, these should be on you list for expressing)
– a car seat!
Now we have our list. What to do next?
When I had my first child, I had family and friends asking me what I need for the baby. I gave them my list to pick from. I was lucky to have a few of the big and more pricey things such as car seat, basket, bathing equipment gifted. So another idea would be to show the list to your close family and friends so you actually get what you need and not a bunch of clothes that the baby may or may not fit for many months to come! And what you would find is when the baby arrives, family and friends will also bring clothes for the little one.
Organise your new buys for when it’s time 🙂
This is another important part of your essential list. If things are organised than you won’t worry about looking for things when you really need them. So you could organise the little ones draws and use draw organisers (no need to get anything expensive) so it is easier to seperate all the little things for your baby! Also, for your partner to find easily and give you a helping hand when needed 🙂
So there we go. In conclusion, we don’t really need loads of things, just the basics for your baby’s first days and weeks!
I hope you enjoyed this post and got some ideas for yourself! Feel free to comment and let me know your ideas!