Welcoming a new addition to the family is indeed a special occasion, and you want to ensure that everything is as it should be, with the nursery freshly decorated and waiting for the new occupant. If you are about to become a new parent and are not sure what to prepare for the homecoming, here is a list of the top 10 items you really must have.
- A Car Seat – One way or another, you will need to transport mum and baby to the family home, so you will need a safe baby seat fitted into the family vehicle. There are a range of easy to fit seats that will ensure that baby has a secure platform in which to travel, and most have carrying handles built in, which makes for safe transportation from the home to the vehicle.
- A Soft Carrier – Carrying baby around is sometimes too much for mum, and with a lightweight soft carrier, moving the new family member from car to home or vice versa, is easy and above all, safe.
- Necessary Equipment – Bottles, teats and milk powder might all fall into this category, depending, of course, whether mum is going to breast feed or not. A breast pump is essential if mum is planning to naturally feed, and a few months’ supply of milk powder if she isn’t. Bottles and teats will need to be sterilised, so make sure you have a unit at home, ready to go, and if mum is breastfeeding, she will require a backup of powdered milk, just in case.
- The Perfect Nursery – This room needs to be quiet and comfortable, as mother and child will be spending the majority of their time here, at least for the first few months anyway. The cot should be adequate in size and there must be a bed for mum, who will want to be close at hand. Colours should be soft and there should be adequate screening to block out the daylight, and with an even temperature that can be finely controlled, the room will be ideal.
- Diapers and Wipes – Essential for any newborn, make sure you have an endless supply of both, as you can never have enough of these vital items. Bulk buying does make it a little more affordable, just make sure you buy the right size diapers.
- Soft Toys – All babies warm to something soft and colourful, and with the right accessories, the nursery will look and feel like it should. Babies can form firm attachments to cuddly toys and they are often referred to as a form of pacifier. Soft music in the background will also help soothe mother and baby, and with a clean and hygienic environment, the baby will quickly develop.
- Infant Bath Tub – Bathing is to be a regular occurrence and that requires the right accessories, such as a baby bath tub and lots of mild soap and soft towels and flannels. This can easily be fitted onto the side of a bath, or it can free stand on a low table, whichever is more convenient for mum.
- Linen and Other Accessories – The bath tub will require several washable covers, and bedsheets and linen for mum need to be close at hand. Mum would normally arrange everything but you do need to stock up with at least a few sets of everything, at least for the first few months.
- Potions, Lotions, and Creams – The amount of things that a new mum requires is indeed long, and it might be an idea for mum to compile a long list before the birth, which gives you time to source everything. A baby’s skin is very delicate and you will need Vaseline and creams to protect their skin, and make sure you check with mum before buying anything in the group, as there might be specific brands that mum prefers.
- Baby Clothing – Jumpsuits, booties and gloves are all essential attire for the modern baby, along with suitable headwear to protect the bay from the sun. The items you will need would depend on mum, as she would have preferences for the first sets of babywear, and the ease of changing the baby’s clothes is something to consider when buying infant clothing.
The arrival of mother and child means everything should already be in place, and by consulting your partner well in advance, you will not forget anything important. Caring for an infant requires planning and preparation, and if you have done both of these, the transition from hospital to family home should be a smooth one. Mum’s comfort and the baby’s well-being should both be a priority when preparing for their homecoming, and hopefully, the baby will soon settle into the new environment.