What's more overwhelming than having
a new baby? Try walking into a baby store and trying to decide
you'll need to keep your baby happy (and you, sane). As a new mom, you don’t
need all the bells and whistles… just the necessities. So don’t bother with the
Baby Keeper (no matter how tempting it may be at times) and leave the Zaky Infant Pillow at
the store because, frankly, it’s just plain odd. Stick with the basics and you’ll get
through the first few months with some of your sanity
A Crib – Whether its brand new or a
hand-me-down, make sure it adheres to current safety
Waterproof Mattress Pads – Your baby
is bound to have a leaky diaper or two (or twelve) so make sure your mattress is
protected! Have a couple pads handy for quick changes in the middle of the
Well-fitting Crib Sheets – Use
sheets made specifically for cribs and make sure they fit tightly and securely
around the mattress. Buy a few sheets in case you need to switch them out in a
Changing Pad with safety strap – No
need to spend hundreds of dollars on a changing table, use a changing pad and
the top of a dresser to create your own!
Diaper Pail – Try a simple version
that lets you use your own plastic bags. You won’t have to buy refills and you
can put recycled plastic grocery bags to good use.
Plastic Bathtub – If you have a
large kitchen sink, look for a tub that fits inside. It sounds odd, but your
back will thank you later.
Stroller Travel System – Save money
on the stroller, car seat and car seat base by purchasing them as a set. Just
attach the car seat to the stroller and you’ll never have to wake the sleeping
Diaper Bag – Bring a change of baby
clothes, bibs, diapers, wipes, a changing pad and an extra shirt
because you know, spit happens.
Boppy Pillow – Use it to support
your baby while breastfeeding, to hold up the baby during tummy time or to rest
your sleepy head when you get a chance to nap!
Layette – As tempting as it is to
buy the cutest dresses and track suits, stick with the basics for the first few
months. Look for one-piece outfits, footed pajamas, cotton shirts, socks,
booties, caps, bibs and mittens that are easy to get on and
Receiving Blankets – For swaddling
and for keeping your baby warm.
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