Babies are such tiny little people, but they require a lot of stuff. I’m talkin baby gear. Here’s my version of a new baby checklist with no fluff.
Crib (& mattress). There is so much to choose from, but make sure you don’t go crazy and spend too much money. Remember, it is a temporary bed. We have had 4 cribs. Three were second-hand. One we bought new, from K-Mart. We have not been disappointed.
Pack-N-Play. You can set it up in your bedroom until your baby sleeps through the night. If you’re nursing, it’s especially helpful to have your little one close. We still use our original Pack-N-Play from 7 years ago for trips. This makes naps and bedtime so convenient when you are on the go.
Monitor. A simple audio feed of your infant breathing at night will help you sleep sounder. With SIDS risks, we moms need to take safety seriously while keeping peace of mind.
Infant Car Seat/Stroller System. These infant carriers seats are so convenient. You can pop them in and out of the base without disturbing baby. They fit right on top of a coordinating stroller, making a shopping trip easy too. The best travel strollers making taking your baby wherever you go easy as pie.
Nursing Pillow. If you are breastfeeding, this will save your arms and back a lot of pain.
Bouncy Seat. Again, portable and comfy. Most babies like them. They can have a different view of the world around them and the bouncing or vibrating can be calming when needed. I used to put my twins in their bouncy seats in the bathroom while I showered.
Contoured Changing Pad & Cover. You don’t really need a changing table. You can put this on a dresser and it works fine. Then, you don’t have a useless piece of furniture you spent too much money on:).
Diaper Bag. These days, your bag can be a statement of style, but you don’t have to spend a ton of money on it. Think functional, then fashionable.
Diapers. Why did I waste time listing that one? You have a major decision to make. Disposable or cloth diapers for you precious baby. I shamefully admit that I chose disposable. If I had it to do all over again, I would choose cloth. If you don’t know what to do, take a few minutes and check out cloth diapers. You may be surprised at how many options there are.
Bottles. Whether breastfeeding or not, you’ll need at least a few bottles.
Thermometer. Fevers in infants can be serious. Make sure you choose a reliable thermometer and learn how to use it.