If you’re expecting, you’ve probably been counting down the weeks until your due date. Have you been racking your brains about what you need to buy and busily planning lists? If so, here are the top 5 things to buy before your new baby arrives.
- Nappy changing essentials
You’ll be changing nappies before you know it once your little treasure comes home, so it’s best to have supplies in store. A changing table will save you from bending over. It’s also a good idea to have a portable nappy mat so that you can change your baby quickly and easily in other parts of the house. Stock up on nappies, cream and wipes and look out for special offers and baby events. If you buy in bulk, prices tend to be lower.
- A car seat
Most expectant parents dream of the day they bring their baby home from hospital. Make sure you have a car seat ready and raring to go a few weeks before your due date, just in case your little one decides to make an early appearance. When searching for a car seat, read reviews and shop around. Look for recommendations in magazines and websites aimed at parents. Go for a model, which is easy to fit and transport and offers high levels of support and protection.
- A Moses basket
Moses baskets are ideal for putting your baby down for naps during the day and night. They are portable, and you can place them by your bed for the first few weeks until your baby is big enough for a cot. Try to avoid placing lots of different layers of bedding in the basket and keep an eye on the temperature in your baby’s nursery.
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- A baby carrier
When you’re a new parent, trying to juggle household chores and day to day activities with looking after a tiny baby can be tricky. A baby carrier enables you to hold your baby safely, while leaving your hands free to do the washing up, make a call or rustle up a snack. To find the best ergonomic baby carrier, read some reviews online and try out some different styles to see which you prefer. Ergonomic designs are best because they offer greater support for your baby.
- Baby monitors
Baby monitors enable you to keep an eye on your baby while they sleep from different parts of the house. You can choose monitors, which record sound only or devices with visual displays. The monitor will alert you to any noises, such as crying. If you hear a noise or see that your baby is stirring, you can then go and check that everything’s ok in the nursery.
When you’re preparing to welcome a new baby to the home, it can be daunting to think about everything you need to get sorted. This simple checklist details some of the essentials, so you can plan ahead and avoid any last-minute stress. Buying guides provided by companies like BabyGoss can help even more. Once you have ticked off the basics, you can then add items as and when you need them.