When you’re expecting, there is (what feels like) an endless list of things you need in order to get ready for the arrival of your new born baby. Some of these things are absolutely essential whereas others are just nice to have in order to make your life as a parent that little bit easier.
In this post, we’re going to talk about 5 of the absolute baseline essentials you’re going to need before your baby arrives. We’ll be explaining what each thing does and how it could benefit you and your baby. So, lets get into it…
1. Choosing the Right Pram/Stroller
A pram or stroller is one of the single most important items you can have when you have a newborn baby. It’s a place for your baby to sleep and rest as well as a convenient way for you to travel with your baby. If you have a car, you should look for something which is easily collapsible and you should always take measurements to ensure it will fit in your boot/trunk before parting with your money. You should also consider a ‘3 in 1’ pram with car seat, bassinet and pushchair attachments, meaning you won’t have to buy those items further down the line.
2. A Moses Basket is a ‘Must Have’
During the first few months, a Moses Basket will provide warmth, comfort and safety to your baby. Primarily intended for daytime naps, you may find that your baby will sleep better in a Moses Basket at nighttime. This is because newborns tend to crave a comforting confined space in order to feel safe and a crib may feel too vast in those early weeks or months.
Moses baskets are also incredibly portable, even with your baby inside, and are an absolute lifesaver for moving your sleeping baby without waking them up!
3. Consider a Bedside Crib
Shortly after those early few months, a bedside crib will allow you to sleep next to your baby without any of the worries that come with sharing your bed. They come in many different styles and some are designed on rockers so you can gently rock baby to sleep if they need comforting through the night. Others come with a drop-down or removable side to make it that little bit easy to lay down or pick up your baby.
4. You May Need a Car Seat
Although this is only a ‘must have’ if you or your partner drive and have a car, we felt it was worth talking about as most people do these days.
A good car seat for your newborn will have harness straps to secure your baby into the seat, as well as chest pads, headrests and neck pillows.
As mentioned before, we would definitely recommend getting a ‘3 in 1’ pram with a car seat functionality as it’s not only cost effective, but it can save you a lot of time and effort when traveling with your baby.
You may also want to consider an ISOFIX base for your car seat. Instead of attaching to your car by a seat belt, an ISOFIX car seat base will fit directly to your cars chassis. Almost all cars manufactured after 2004 are ISOFIX compatible and this will be denoted on the label tucked between the back and base of your rear seat. When it comes to safety, using an ISOFIX base is a far superior method of attaching your car seat to your car. Not only that, it is also far easier and more convenient than attaching using a seat belt, which can be awkward and time-consuming.
The use of a car seat, rather than just a seat belt or no restraint at all, reduces the risk of harm coming to your child by up to 70%!
5. Protect Your Baby From Harmful Germs With a Bottle Steriliser
This is an absolute necessity, whether you’re breast feeding or bottle feeding, potentially harmful bacteria can grow very quickly in milk! Sterilising your bottles will help to protect your baby from germs and infections. It’s important to remember that a newborn baby’s immune system isn’t fully mature until around 2-3 months!
There are a few options when choosing a bottle steriliser:
1. Electric Steam Sterilisers
This uses steam to kill germs and bacteria. A small amount of water is added which is then heated by an element to produce steam. Although relatively portable, this unit is primarily designed to sit on your worktop, plugged into a power socket.
2. Microwave Steam Sterilisers
As with an Electric Steam Steriliser, a Microwave Steam Steriliser also used steam to kill harmful germs and bacteria. As you’ve probably already guessed, this is achieved by adding a small amount of water and using the microwave to turn that water into steam. Microwave Steam Sterilisers are typically smaller than Electric Steam Sterilisers (in order to fit into a standard sized microwave), which can in some cases make them more portable. An added bonus is that they can be easily stored away as they don’t need to be kept near to a plug socket for use.
3. Cold Water Sterilisers
Cold Water Sterilisers use cold water mixed with an antibacterial sterilising solution to kill bacteria and germs. This can be incredibly handy if you’re traveling. It could also be useful to have one as a backup to your primary unit.
It’s worth mentioning that a lot of people aren’t fond of the smell of the sterilsing solution.
4. Travel Steriliser
Travel Sterilisers are a compact option which may use microwave steam or cold water solution OR both. They aren’t really intended for daily use as these units can typically only hold one or two bottles, but still worth having for travel or as a handy backup to your main unit.
Your Journey Starts Here!
So these are what we think are the ‘Big 5’ to consider when preparing for the arrival of your baby. Obviously there are a lot more things to add to your list, but as a starting point, you can’t really go wrong with these items.
If you have any questions or even any advice to share, please feel free to leave a comment below!