Families are making a big comeback after a long period where they were deemed old fashioned and outmoded. More and more couples are staying together and doing their best to make it work out the way that their ancestors did for millennia. This has a seen a rise in couples who have decided to have children and nurture them up to the best of their abilities and knowledge.
And the very first time that there’s a baby to be seen very soon in the household, is time for contemplation. You have to think about what exactly will your baby need in the way of not only nutrition, but also toys, clothes accessories and furniture for the future. Baby gear comes in a whole range of various types, and some first parents can easily get overwhelmed when trying to choose what things they’ll need to buy and what things they really don’t.
There are a few basic requirements that most parents should not be without, but don’t forget that infants grow quickly, and won’t need every single piece of baby equipment at the same time. For example, new born sized clothing has a short shelf life and admittedly clothes for tiny babies sure are cute, they’ll only see a few months of use before a baby needs bigger sizes.
Things that are definitely needed once a baby arrives include a bed, car safety seat, a stroller, various blankets and covers, bottles, plus lots of nappies. Feeding apparatus and nappies can depend on what are mum’s choices. Breastfeeding is certainly the most natural and healthiest, but she may require a breast pump, and some bottles. The mum who can only give formula for the baby will need far more extra bottles and supplies of formula. Nappies are another issue, and mothers who plan to use natural cloth will want a fairly decent supply (at least two dozen!) of these on hand, plus some rubber pants or nappy covers also.
Seats, Strollers and Changing Tables
Car safety seats are a must and any time your baby is in a car, he/she will need to be seated in a safety approved seat. But there are some options here. Parents can purchase a seat designed only for babies, or one that can be adjusted to a child safety seat for later on. Strollers are also important, because parents can then take the baby out on a regular basis. Some parents go for backpacks or baby slings, but baby will have more freedom of movement in a stroller. Having somewhere to set a baby down during the day can be most useful, and baby gear designed for this can include playpens and bouncers.
You may even consider a changing table. Although you certainly can change baby’s nappies on a mat and liner on the floor, the amount of changing required may be hard on the back, and most changing tables are easier to clean after any accidents. As a baby grows, another important feature in the home is the high chair, so that a child has a secure place and great view to sit while sampling solid food.
Ask Around for Advice
Most good people will find lots of inspiration on baby accessories at a department or toy store with good quality infant and child sections. Also ask friends with children what they found were the most useful. These word of mouth recommendations and suggestions usually help parents come up with excellent lists on the best items to get hold of once a baby enters the home.
Make your home be home sweet baby home!