Congratulations, Mummy! Welcoming a baby to your family is an exciting time for everyone. It can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful, but all of it is surely worth it! The key to effectively preparing for the arrival of your little one is to keep things simple and it is also best to do it early. Once your baby arrives, you will already be too busy and you may no longer have the time and the energy to shop for your baby essentials.
One convenient way to shop for your baby essentials is to do it online. SuperMom is an online marketplace where you can find most of your baby needs. They offer a wide variety of baby and mummy products from top brands and you can enjoy better prices and great deals.
If you’re worried that you might be missing something on your list, we are here to help. We have rounded up a simple and easy to follow newborn baby must-have checklist here. Continue reading to get started.
Baby Clothing Essentials
All baby clothes come in cute designs and colours and it will be hard to resist not getting them all for your little one. Just make sure not to get carried away when shopping for clothes because your baby won’t be staying in one size for very long. If you are unsure of how much you should get, you can at least buy a week’s worth of clothes then buy extra clothes that are one size bigger.
When buying clothes for your baby, you need to consider that your baby would be needing different sets of clothes during the day, for sleeping and for going out. You also need to think about the weather in the place where your baby will be spending the first 3 months. Above all, you have to choose clothes that are soft and comfortable for your baby.
Here’s a guide to help you fill your baby’s wardrobe:
- 4-8 Shirts (short-sleeves, front tie or with snaps)
- 4-8 Leggings (footsies if you want to skip the booties)
- 4-6 Onesies (long-sleeves if baby sleeps in an air-conditioned room)
- 4-8 Hand mittens (to avoid scratches)
- 4-6 Booties (to keep baby’s feet warm)
- 2 Beanie hats (covers ears to keep your baby warm)
- 6-8 Bibs (to keep baby’s milk/drool/spit-ups off their clothes and for fast clean up)
- 4-6 Swaddle blankets (this can double up as stroller covers and burp cloths)
- 1-2 cute outfits (if you need to go out)
- Baby-safe detergents (for washing)
Baby Diapering Essentials
Your baby will seem to pee and poop more than you have expected. And as new parents, you may be surprised at how many diapers changing you need to go through in a day. You can use cloth diapers or disposable ones. If you’re considering using disposable diapers, stick with brands that are trusted and popular. Buy small packs or get samples from brands you want to try on your baby before stocking up.
You would also need to clean your baby on every diaper change. When choosing baby wipes, make sure that they are safe for your baby, hypoallergenic and made from baby-friendly ingredients. Alternatively, you can also use cotton balls and warm water. Babies have super-sensitive skin and some babies may have allergic reactions to diapers, baby wipes or if you’re unable to get their diapers changed right away. It’s also good to have a diaper cream handy in case this happens.
Here’s a list of what you need to get for your baby diapering essentials:
- Disposable diapers/Cloth diapers
- Baby-safe wipes
- Cotton balls
- Diaper cream
- Waterproof changing mat (optional)
Baby Bath time Essentials
Babies smell like heaven, but they need baths too! Bath times can help relax your baby and keep them clean. You can bathe your baby at least 2 to 3 times a week with warm water and baby products to prevent their skin from drying and getting irritated. Several baby bath products in the market have been clinically proven to be safe and gentle on your baby’s skin.
Baby baths should be around 5 to 10 minutes and can be given any time of day but not when they are hungry or right after feeding. Anything longer than that can dry your baby’s skin. When bathing your baby, make sure that you have everything you need within your reach so you won’t have to leave your baby in the tub alone. You can place your baby bath products in a basket so you won’t forget anything. After bathing, make sure to dry your baby completely and don’t forget to moisturise.
Here are some baby bath essentials you should get:
- Baby bathtub
- Bath support
- Baby shampoo
- Baby wash
- Soft washcloths
- Baby lotion/moisturiser
- Soft hooded towels
- Baby toiletry kit (fine-tooth comb, soft brush, nail clippers, baby thermometer and nasal aspirator)
Baby Feeding Essentials
For the first few months, your baby will only be feeding on milk before they can start eating solid food. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for babies and is recommended by experts as the best nutrition source. Aside from that, breastfeeding offers a lot of health benefits for mummies too!
Baby bottles are a definite must-have for babies. Newborns will be feeding in small amounts every 1 to 3 hours or around 8 to 12 times a day. So you would need more baby bottles ready when your baby demands them. If you’re planning to breastfeed, you can nurse your baby directly or pump your breast milk on schedule.
Whether you plan to give your baby breastmilk, formula or a combination of both, you must find the right feeding products to make your journey to motherhood easier.
Here are the essential baby feeding supplies you will need:
- 6-8 Newborn baby bottles and teats (mostly 4-ounce bottles, but do have bigger bottles as well)
- 6-8 Bibs (already mentioned on baby clothing essentials)
- 4-6 Burp cloths
- Bottle steriliser (you can get the conventional type or UV sterilisers)
- Bottle brush
- Baby milk formula (if not breastfeeding)
- Breast pump (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Milk storage bags/containers (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Nipple cream (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Baby-safe dishwashing liquid
Baby Nursery Essentials
Newborn babies will be sleeping most of the time, and will only wake up for milk. So, it is important to set up a safe and comfortable place for your baby to rest. Keep your baby in a quiet room to avoid interrupting their sleep and make sure that their crib/cot is clutter-free. You can also decorate your baby’s space/room to your preference.
When choosing baby furniture, consider the place where you intend to put them. If your baby is sharing your bedroom, make sure that you will still have some space where you can comfortably move around. Keeping your baby items organised and within your reach will help you prepare for diaper changes, feeding and bath time easier.
Check out this list for your baby nursery necessities:
- Baby crib/Baby cot
- Firm and flat mattress
- 3-4 fitted crib sheets (regularly change sheets or as needed)
- Organiser for baby items
- A few books and toys (to keep your baby entertained when they are awake)
Baby Travelling Essentials
As soon as you’re ready to take your baby home with you from the hospital, you will be required to have a car seat. This will also be used when you need to take your baby to the doctor for check-ups or when you visit your family and friends. When choosing baby travelling solutions, you must opt for products that are versatile, lightweight and easy to use and install. It is also important that your baby car seat/carrier is compatible with your stroller.
If you need to take your baby out, you would need to carry all their essentials with you. Baby bottles, milk, diapers, wipes and extra change of clothing for your baby are just some of the items you need to have ready when you need them. Get a diaper bag that can fit all these baby essentials and can comfortably be carried or placed under your stroller basket.
Here are the baby must-haves when you need to hit the road with your little one:
- Baby car seat
- Baby stroller
- Diaper bag
- Portable changing mat
- Nursing cover (if you plan to breastfeed)
- Baby essentials (bottles, milk, water, wet wipes, diaper, extra clothes, etc.)
There are tons of to-dos and to-buys when preparing for your baby’s arrival. Don’t get stressed out and remember to enjoy all of these moments. Stick with your plan, keep things simple and focus on what you and your baby really needs. Don’t hesitate to ask your family and friends for help. Here at SuperMom, we do our best to help you navigate your way through the exciting and sometimes overwhelming journey of pregnancy and parenting.
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