Getting Ready For Your New Baby

By: Carlie Edwards

Babies are a world of wonder! An exciting time for new parents... anticipating the arrival of your precious little bundle of joy! Below are a few ideas and tips to help you start getting ready for your new little wonder!

-Before baby arrives
The first few weeks after your baby is born will be a bit busy and you won't want to have to run to the store to pick up any baby items you forgot or didn't realize you needed. At least a month before your baby is born, just in case he/she comes early, you should have everything you require for at least the first few weeks. Although some of these things are not mandatory, you may want to think about getting them or what you intend to use in place of them. Don't get too hung up with additional you aren't certain you'll use because although something like a baby wipe warmer sounds like a great concept now, they aren't all that functional.

- Feeding time must have items
If you are planning on breastfeeding, you actually don't require anything unless you decide on pumping, in which situation you would need to invest in a breast pump, storage baggies and bottles. If you decide on bottle feeding, even if it's only for a short time, you will need to stock up on supplies to be sure you don't run out of anything when your baby needs to be fed. Buy both small and large bottles, sometimes your baby will be hungrier than others. You will also need a small list of necessary items such as: bottle liners or brushes, plenty of formula and a bottle warmer and sterilizer.

- Clothing for your newborn baby
You will be surprised at the rate your baby goes through clothes. Because of spitting up and leakage from their diapers, your baby will most likely go through a few outfits every day. Be certain you have a good choice of the following things for your baby: Bibs, socks, sleepers, gowns, hats, bodysuits, pants, blankets, and t-shirts. A few of each of these items should do. You may want to purchase in a few additional sleepers, gowns and blankets as you will be going through them like crazy in the first few weeks after your infant arrives.

- Diapers and other things
You will most likely go through 10-12 diapers a day, at least at first, so be certain to stock up on several of these before your baby arrives home. You may wish to get at least one pack of preemie or newborn diapers for the first few days. Newborns can be very tiny and don't often fit into the first size of diapers right away. You may also want to keep plenty of wipes on hand; occasionally you will require quite a few for just one diaper change! You should also keep diaper rash ointment, thermometer, respirator (though you'll normally get one at the hospital), nail clippers and a diaper pail.

- Don't forget the diaper bag
The diaper bag is an necessary part of taking your baby out, even if just for a few minutes. Always be sure you have your bag filled with a few diapers, wipes, changing pad, additional change of clothes, socks, rattle or toy, an extra bib or two and a blanket. You may want to toss 10 or 20 dollars in the diaper bag for "just in case" money, you never know when you are going to misplace a bottle or need an additional pacifier.

Now try to sit back and relax! Before you know it your new baby will be here!

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Carlie Edwards publishes online articles & useful information for Women. For info on Pregnancy visit Pregnancy Guide For a variety of related topics visit Health-And-Beauty-Worx.Com

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