Having a baby means buying lots of gear... I never knew just how much stuff a baby needs until I had one. And now that I am getting ready for baby #2 (eight days left!), I'm rediscovering just how much you need (and how much room it takes up!).
Here's a handy list of what I'm lugging out of storage.
Crib, bassinet, co-sleeper, basket for baby to sleep in.
Swaddling saved my life. It got me an extra 1-2 hours when I strapped her into her swaddler. A sleep sack helps keep them warm in cool weather and eliminates the need for blankets that might creep up over their faces.
Essential! Newborns have dry, dry skin and these will help any discomfort.
Baby First Aid/Grooming Kit
Thermometers and nail clippers are a must in your household. Newborn nails grow super fast and the thermometer will help keep your sanity if you feel your child is sick.
These items will give you a few, precious free moments baby-less to cook, clean, shower, read, whatever.
Feeding Pillow i.e. Boppy Pillow, Utterly Yours, My Breast Friend
Another great option to getting things done with free hands.
Go ahead and get the stylish one, you’re going to be carrying this bag with you everywhere. It might as well look hip.
A necessity because who really has time to run a stinky diaper out to the trash every two hours?
Simply because, wow, babies spit up.. a lot!
New and Old Mommy Must Haves
Comfortable Nursing Bras/Tanks
If you’re breastfeeding, these are a MUST.
Even if you’re not breastfeeding, there’s a good chance you’ll leak.
This help with sore boobs.
Stylish and Comfy PJs
Because who really wants to take the effort to get dressed those first few days? If you have comfy PJs, you’ll at least feel better.
Water Bottle to keep close by
Especially if you’re nursing because breastfeeding makes you super thirsty.
Take Out Menus
Who really wants to cook at a time like this?
Support via partner, family and friends