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Buying For Baby: What Do You Actually Need?

You’re counting down the days until your baby’s due date. Running through your head are all the things you need to do before your baby arrives. Mum-of-three Anne Reid has a few helpful tips to help you prepare:

Travelling

Travel system - A rear-facing baby car seat/travel system, including a pram for your infant, are required from the start. As your baby grows, you may find an umbrella-style buggy is easier to operate. It is important to be aware that this style of buggy is not usually suitable for an infant, as it is essential for a small baby to be able to lie completely flat in the early days.

​Baby changing bag – some come with a portable changing mat; which is good to have when you and your baby are out and about.

READ NEXT: 5 Practical Things You Actually Need Before Baby Arrives

Sleeping

  • Moses basket and mattress, or cot – if you choose to buy a Moses basket for your baby, a cot is not an immediate requirement. It is a purchase to consider early on, however, as babies tend to grow out of their Moses baskets in a short amount of time.
  • Sheets for Moses basket or cot.
  • Cellular blankets and/or baby sleeping bags.
  • Baby monitor.

Make Night-Time Easier

Night light or low wattage lamp – during the night feeding and nappy changing times, the last thing either you or your baby needs is to be woken fully.

Comfortable Seating

Your new baby will wake frequently for feeding in the early days and at 3am, trying to find a comfortable sitting position on the edge of a bed isn’t much fun. A glider chair and footstool are the perfect solution.

Changing And Bath Time

  • Changing mat
  • Cotton wool
  • Vaseline
  • Bowl for warm water
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Nappies – if you are using disposable nappies, don’t stock up on too many packets of the very tiny ‘newborn’ size. Infants grow quite quickly and you may find your baby has grown into the next size nappy in a matter of days.
  • Baby bath or bath support seat
  • Soft baby towels

Mum’s tip: "My pre-birth shopping list tip is to buy a cot bed. I regret that I didn’t because my little girl was out of the cot once she turned one year of age. She didn’t like it and I had to buy a bed for her. I know cotbeds are the last thing to think about pre-birth, but they’re necessary in the long run."
Caroline

Playtime

  • Baby bouncer seat – this seat is flat enough for an infant to lie in and angled so your baby can watch you as you go about your business.
  • Machine-washable play mat – these often come with overhanging toys that can provide playtime stimulation for your infant. These are great for tummy-time too.

Clothing

  • Bibs
  • Vests
  • Hats
  • Babygros – plenty of them! These are undoubtedly the most practical and comfortable item of clothing for a newborn baby. Most babies live in them for the first few months.
  • Cardigans – great for wearing during the day over a babygro and easier to dress your baby in than a jumper, as most babies take exception to pulling things over their heads!
  • Muslin squares – an invaluable piece of baby equipment. Easy to boil-wash, quick to dry and great to have for placing underneath your baby’s head or over your shoulder at all times!

Start planning early 

Try not to leave all of your shopping for baby until the last minute. The second trimester is the ideal time for shopping trips, as you'll hopefully be full of energy. Why not check out Mamas & Papas Parent To Be events on the 22nd and 29th of July? These enjoyable events are free, informative and educational. And even better, you'll get a free goody bag on arrival to the store, refreshments and amazing discounts on any purchases you make on the day. Mamas & Papas  Parent To Be events are full of helpful advice and insights to inspire you on your pregnancy journey. 

This article is sponsored by Mamas & Papas.


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