During pregnancy, and as new parents, we are bombarded lists of “must buy” products for our new bundles of joy. I’ve got to admit that there have been a fair few products we’ve bought and never used, and products I wish we’d bought before my daughter arrived!
I’ve compiled a short list of what I’d consider essential for your Newborn’s arrival. I’ve left out obvious things such as the pram, the car seat and the cot!
For the new Mummy
Nipple cream. When you first start breastfeeding it may be a little sore. It’s definitely worth having some of this around for your nipples! Anything with lanolin is fabulous.
Hand cream. You will be washing your hands far more frequently now you’re changing nappies. I’d certainly recommend getting a good, soothing hand cream for those cracked hands.
Breast pads. Definitely needed if you’re breastfeeding to cover any leakage issues!
Maternity pads. The downside of childbirth is that you will bleed for the next 2-12 weeks postpartum. Maternity pads are an essential. Buy lots.
Comfy postpartum clothes. You’ll want to feel as comfortable as possible the first few weeks post-birth.
Well-fitting maternity bras. For obvious reasons!
Night bras. I still wear mine at night now – almost 10 months later. Your boobs change a lot, and sometimes a bit of support is required! Also useful when breastfeeding as you can use breast pads in them at night.
For your Newborn
A thermometer. We started off with an oral thermometer for our daughter, but I’d definitely recommend an infrared one for a number of reasons. Firstly they are far more accurate, secondly you don’t need to hold your baby still and finally, if your baby is sleeping, then you don’t have to wake them up to take their temperature. You can also use it for checking the temperature of the bath, and if you’re not breastfeeding (or you’re warming up breast milk,) then you can use this to check the bottle temperature.
A baby bath. We found our baby bath so useful from when our daughter was teeny up until around 6 months. I’d recommend buying one with a seat to save your back!
A sling or carrier. Remember, your baby has been snuggled up inside you for the past 9 months. The big wide world is, well, big and wide and rather scary! Slings and carriers are wonderful for keeping your baby close and cuddled up next to you. Also fantastic when you’re on the go and you’d rather not use your pram. Oh and fabulously useful if your baby suffers from colic as it keeps them upright.
A decent supply of muslin squares. You will be needing these for post feed spit-up. Have a plentiful supply, as you’ll go through them quickly.
Lots of seasonally appropriate clothes. As with the muslin squares, you’ll be going through outfits very quickly, so make sure you have enough! For all those winter babies due this year – don’t forget to buy a super cute snowsuit!
Baby Expo is back on Sunday 24th November 2013 at the Surrey Sports Park.
Don’t forget to check out the Exhibitor list for the Surrey Baby Expo event to plan which stands you’re going to visit!