This is an exciting time for you, especially if this is your first pregnancy. It is always good to be prepared for your little bundle, so coming up with a baby registry checklist will be very helpful when doing so. Keep all the following in mind while preparing your baby registry list:
Essentials For Your Baby
Diapers. You will need lots and lots of diapers; disposable or reusable. Make sure that you have wipes at hand. Just in case of a rash, you must have diaper rash creams and powders handy.
Stock up on baby clothes. You should get onesies or bodysuits, both long sleeved and short sleeved. A baby needs baby tees too. Go for the kimono style tees; changing will be a whole lot easier on you and on your baby. Pants are a must as are pajamas. To keep your baby warm, you need mitts, caps, booties, sweaters and socks. You may need a snowsuit for winter. Getting six to eight changes of clothes should be enough.
You can choose to start the baby off in a bassinet or you could just move him straight to a crib. The crib needs a mattress and a waterproof crib liner. You will also need crib sheets and blankets.
For changing your baby, you will need a changing table. The table has to have changing pads and covers. To store his clothes you will need a dresser or armoire. A rocking chair or a glider will come in handy; the motion while on them makes babies very sleepy.
Feeding Your Baby
If you opt to breastfeed, you should get a nursing pillow and a nursing shawl. Invest in nursing bras and shirts as well. You may also need nursing nipple cream in case you get sore. If or when you switch to bottle feeding your baby, get plastic bottles. Buy spare bottle nipples as well. A bottle sterilizer is a must. If you have to go back to work, you will need a breast pump and storage cups.
It is a good idea to add burp rags or cloths onto your list. As your baby grows, he will need bibs, sippy cups and a plate and spoon set of his own. You will also need to get him a high chair.
Cleaning Your Baby
You will need to get an infant tub for the first few months after bringing your baby home. Get baby shampoo, baby oil, baby powder, baby sunscreen and baby washcloths to help care for the delicate skin of your young one. You could choose to get a tub thermometer so that no chances are taken with bath water temperature. To keep his nails short and neat, you will need baby nail clippers.
There are a few other things you will need. Diaper bags, baby strollers and infant car seats are essential when going out or traveling with your baby. Your baby will need a play mat and lots of toys. Having a first aid kit in the house is also good with a baby around. You should have a thermometer, nasal aspirator, humidifier, and alcohol swabs in the house. Also important to get is a baby monitor.
Having a baby is an exciting experience. To make sure that you are fully prepared for your little bundle, it helps to come up with a baby registry checklist. As you prepare your baby registry list, keep in mind all the needs of your baby: feeding, clothing, cleaning, sleeping, changing and also when traveling.
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