Having a baby is one of the most joyous times in a womanís
life. If this is your first child you
may be unsure of what you need to have at home during those first few weeks of
Here is a basic list of items needed during the first few
months after you bring baby home.
A place for baby to
sleep. This will be one of your biggest purchases. Most newborns are not
sleeping in a crib the first few weeks. However having a crib in place will
make the transition easier and give the baby a place to nap during the day so
they get use to the surroundings. Besides having a crib, looking for a bassinet
or the newer playpens with bassinet attachments is handy and will serve you
well the first weeks home as well as when baby becomes toddler.
Keeping baby warm.
The next best thing to purchase and stock up on is receiving blankets. These
are light weight blankets that you can swaddle your newborn in. Having several
of these at your fingertips will prove helpful in many situations. Avoid buying
large puffy blankets that are adorable, but pose SIDS risks to newborns and
infants. Itís better to have some footed pajamas, onesies and a receiving
blanket then a large warm comforter that could get over the babyís head.
Taking care of baby.
Whether you decided to breastfeed or not, it is best to have a few small
bottles and formula ready if needed. Having bibs to keep the cute little
outfits clean can be helpful too. Burp clothes and plenty of wipes and diapers
will cover both ends. Itís always wise to stock up on diapers of different
sizes. Newborns can grow fast so having size 1 and size 2ís available to step
into helps keep your sanity. I have found that having a dresser with each
drawer assigned to a different size helpful. Newborns grow fast, so having
several newborn outfits as well as a drawer of 0-3 month, 3-6 month and 6-9
months clothes read to go will give you back a few extra hours after the baby
is born to rest. Hanging up any 9+ month clothing in the closet keeps it out of
normal daily use, while having it on hand as the need arises.
Last and certainly
needed. Keep a supply of diaper rash ointment, lotions, shampoos, and soaps
in a basket ready at the changing table. Having a baby bath that can be used in
the sink, along with some hooded towels will be needed after the babyís cord
falls off. Make sure to have a baby kit with finger nail clippers and suction
bulbs nearby. The babyís nails are soft, but grow fast and to keep baby from scratching
herself you will need to keep an eye on those little fingers. The suction bulb
will be handy for getting the nose clear after baths, and any minor colds. Although
Tylenol may not be needed right away, having some infant Tylenol, along with
some Mylicon (anti gas) around will keep you from taking a cranky baby to the