Hello Baby Must Have Baby Items
Preparing for a new baby is stressful and can be overwhelming when you look at some of the must have baby items that are listed in magazines. As an experienced mom, I can tell you that actually very few of the items are things that you must have to bring baby home and survive.
Yes, there are some things that would make life a little easier, but even they are not things to stress about if you don’t have them when baby comes home.
So when creating your baby registry, I suggest making sure the basics are covered and then think further out for the other would be great to have items. A newborn really needs very little once you get home other than a safe place to sleep, diapers, clean clothes, and bottles and formula if you are not nursing.
Let’s look what what is required. Well, in order to bring baby home from the hospital or birthing center you must have a car seat that is made for a newborn. This is a must have item…cause you do want to leave the hospital with the baby!
Now car seats are almost like buying a new car with all the options. The most important things to consider are both the weight range and seat positions. Did you know that not all car seats will fit in all vehicles? Nope? How would you know?
Reach for your owner’s manual and see if it has a section on installing a car seat. Most of the newer vehicles will have a section on the proper installation as well as additional equipment that might be needed.
When considering which car seat to purchase, it might be tempting to reach for the style that displays it fits all weight ranges required by law. This may not be the best option, not only because of the length of time your child would be using the seat might compromise the integrity with wear, but depending on the weight and age of your child they have different physical needs in order to be fully protected.
Newborns and babies up to at least 35 pounds and one (1) year of age need to be placed in a rear facing car seat. Their little bodies are not strong enough to handle the trauma of inpact when facing forward.
Some car seats are made for just rear facing use while others can be turned around as your child grows. Personally, I strongly recommend a rear facing car seat that is made to keep your child safe during an accident.
The Graco SnugRide® SnugLock™ 35 DLX Infant Car Seat would be on the top of my must have list for a newborn. It is built for safety and comfort for your child. The SnugRide® SnugLock™ 35 DLX helps protect rear-facing infants from 4 – 35 lbs. and up to 32″.
· SnugLock™ installation in 3-easy steps using LATCH or Seat Belt
· The InRight™ LATCH provides a quick and easy connection
· 1-Hand Adjustable Handle for easy in-and-out
· Silent Shade™ canopy adjusts without disturbing baby
· SafetyCore™ Crash Absorption Zone helps absorb crash forces from a front collision
· 4-position spring loaded recline makes proper installation easier
· Easy-to-read premium bubble level indicator helps eliminate installation guesswork
· EPS, energy absorbing foam for effective impact energy management
· Removable infant head and body support cushions
In addition to a car seat, your child needs a safe place to sleep. This could be in a crib, bassinet, or even a pack-n-play playpen. The important factors to consider are that the bed is safe, that mattress is supportive, and that the baby is placed in the bed without a lot of loose bedding.
As far as clothing, my recommendation is less is more..your little one is going to be growing like a little weed and for the first few months they will outgrow clothes faster than you can imagine. A few onsies and soft sleepers are really all baby needs for clothing at first. Diapers and wipes will be two things that you will go through around the clock.
Depending on whether you are nursing or bottle feeding, or a combination of both; having a quality set of bottles is worth the investment. They will hold up throughout the time needed and you can change the nipple as your child grows.
If you have the above, you and baby will be fine. All the other stuff can be added as the need arises. Your newborn doesn’t need a walker, a high chair, or toys.
Oh, and if you have more than one vehicle, or if granma will be caring for your child, pick up a second or third base for your car seat. Believe me…you will not want to have to uninstall and install the car seat each time you need to change vehicles.
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