It’s not just the baby who needs a lot of things before they’re born. As soon as you find out you are pregnant, it is time to start buying all those supplies for yourself and the little one that is on their way! This guide will help you with all those preparations, by going through what you need for both mom and baby.
A New Car Seat
The first thing you need to buy is a new car seat. You should check with your doctor what kind of infant carrier will be safest for you, but most mothers choose convertible seats which can fit infants from birth up until their child has outgrown them (typically around 70 pounds). In addition to this, many parents purchase luxury baby strollers and travel systems that come complete with compatible car seats already attached, two birds one stone! Your baby will spend around five hours a day in the car so they must have something safe and comfortable when traveling.
A Baby Carrier
The next thing you will need to buy is a new baby carrier. However, some parents find that when they wear their babies in wraps it can cause back problems and others complain that their children get too hot wearing them inside during warmer weather. A better option might be an infant sling which allows your little one to snuggle up against your chest while still giving both of you enough freedom of movement to go about daily tasks without feeling trapped together in one space (this way they don’t feel left out if someone else needs to hold them).
When your baby starts to become more alert and aware of their surroundings, a great way for them to explore safely is with a bouncy chair. You will also need somewhere safe where they can play when you’re not holding them or attending to other tasks such as cooking dinner! This means that another item on your list should include some kind of playpen, whether this takes the form of a wooden one, or an inflatable one should be up to you.
You can of course reuse some of your baby’s old clothing but you will quickly realize that the amount of new items they need is going to be a big expense. Babies grow very quickly and often their feet become too tight for their shoes, so it’s best to go with a larger size which means buying more pairs at once reduces waste as well as being easier on your wallet! You don’t have to spend hours hunting through websites finding cute outfits either because Mothercare has an excellent range that includes all styles from boho chic bohemian style dresses perfect for summer outings in nature right up to smart little knitwear sets made from merino wool ideal for winter walks along country paths. There is something for every occasion!
If you’re going to breastfeed your baby, then some additional items will be needed. You can buy a standard nursing pillow as they are usually inexpensive and easy to find in high street shops, but it may also be worth investing more heavily in some specialist breastfeeding pillows if this is what you want from the outset because these tend to offer better support for both mums and babies alike (especially good for those who have had c-sections).
In addition to buying new bras, which of course should always feel comfortable rather than restricting against your breasts, there might also come a time when using breast pump equipment would benefit you so try not to forget about that! However many mothers choose instead to just bottle-feed their little ones with baby formula, buying a range of bottles and travel sterilizer kits are the next items that would need to be added to your list.
If you want to leave your baby sleeping in their cot without worrying about whether they are safe or not then a video baby monitor would be the item that will help you. So many modern monitors include smart technology allowing for alerts if there is no movement detected within a certain timeframe which could save your child’s life so it might be worth spending more on one of these models than simply finding something cheap because while money can’t buy happiness, peace of mind most certainly does come at a price!
Don´t worry if something is missing when the time comes. Babies change so much when they grow older and develop new interests or skills that it can be hard to buy enough of all their needs at once. You will have time in the future to pick up other items as necessary. For now, enjoy finding out more about everything available for your little one!