Having a baby is a very exciting time for a couple. You can’t wait to meet your little one and finding out all about the new little person. However, it can be an expensive time with everything you need to buy for the baby. Here are four crucial things you need to buy before the big arrival to make sure it goes as smoothly as possibly when you bring your baby home.
A stroller is a necessity to buy for your baby for when it arrives. There are so many to look at, and it might be worth waiting to find out what gender your little one is going to be at your 20-week scan before purchasing one you like. Make sure that it lays flat to keep your baby safe while it is so little. You need to research and visit several shops before purchasing a stroller for your baby. As discussed here, you need to make sure that it’s easy to dismantle for when you are visiting friends or putting in the car. Some moms go for prams as this has more space for the baby, but it can be heavier and more inconvenient to dismantle when you go out. I love that our stroller had the option to click in the car seat when he was little. It was so convenient!
As you will be leaving the hospital for the first time, your partner may have brought the car along to take you and your baby home comfortably. Therefore, you will need a car seat to be able to take your child home safely. Again, it is worth researching about car seats that are available before making a purchase. I painstakingly researched every type of car seat out there, and read countless reviews. You can buy some car seats which double up as a carrier, which is useful for carrying your baby around, and perfect for getting them to sleep. As I said, ours had the option to click into the stroller, and we could also take it to restaurants, which was so nice when he’d actually sleep through the meal.
Once you get your baby home from the hospital, they will need somewhere to sleep. Buying a crib is an exciting part of having a baby. You should take a look at cots from Cuckooland.com as there are so many about that you can choose from. Often you can buy cots as part of a bedroom set which comes with a wardrobe, and a changing unit for your little one. However, if you are buying on a budget, you could get a second hand one, but then you should still buy a new mattress for your baby. Make sure you buy some good quality sheets to keep your child comfortable.
People will be buying your baby lots of clothes but buying your little one lots of all-in-one suits is essential. They will go through them quicker than you can imagine. You should also buy plenty of vests and some extra layers to keep them warm in colder months. It’s worth stocking up in larger sized clothes as you will get a lot of newborn clothes when your baby comes. It’s also worth buying an infant hat for when the babies born. Most likely someone will buy one for you.
And whatever you do, don’t forget to buy diapers! Your baby will go through at least ten a day when they are first born. Some supermarket brands have been named even better than more expensive brands so make sure you research first before buying lots. I also recommend not buying too many newborn sizes, as your baby might be too big. In our case, Piglet was too small, and we ended up having to get a package of preemies. You never know til your little one arrives!
You will worry about all the small stuff, but don’t forget to relax and enjoy this peace before the chaos that is having a baby. It’s a whirlwind of exhaustion and utter joy all rolled into one, and one of the greatest adventures you’ll ever have.