Preparing For The Arrival Of Your Newborn

As you get closer and closer to the due date, you may feel stressed out. There can be many causes of this stress, however, one of the main ones is not feeling prepared for the baby. To limit this as much as possible, you’re probably going to want to do a lot of preparations. Continue reading to learn about preparing for a newborn.

Essential Items To Buy

Crib

A crib will be where you want your baby to be sleeping as much as possible. While you can allow them to nap in your arms, you don’t want to go to bed for the night sleeping in the same bed as your baby. Instead, put them in their crib, and if you have to, move the crib into your bedroom for the first few weeks. When you get your crib put together you want to make sure that you inspect it so nothing is wrong. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states that the crib should have:

  • Firm, tight-fitting mattress
  • No missing, loose, or broken hardware
  • No more than 2 3/8 inches between the crib slats
  • There are no cutouts in the headboard

Lastly, one thing to make sure is that the crib is installed correctly with all pieces in the correct spots so you do not put your infant at risk of suffocating and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Stroller

When choosing a stroller for your newborn it is important to remember that they cannot sit up on their own. So they will probably be spending a lot of time in their car-seat. Many companies that manufacture car-seats will often have strollers that allow their car-seat to strap in so you can push your little one around. If that is not the case for your brand, there are some strollers that are universal for car-seat attachment. What’s better about some strollers is they can be modified as your child grows to accommodate them not needing the car-seat. Other things to look for in a stroller are is one that can fit in your car, and is easy to set up and take down when you need it to.

Bath

When you start to bathe your newborn at home, you do not want them sitting directly in the water. In fact, what you need to do is sponge bathe them. Some essential bathing items are baby soap and baby shampoo as their skin is more sensitive. It is also good to have washcloths so you can sponge-bathe them until the umbilical cord falls off.   After that, you can put them in the tub with the help of a special baby seat, which will hold them out of the water and allow you to have your hands free to bathe them.  Make sure you are never babies or even young children baby on their stomach in a crib - preparing for a newborn unsupervised, and the water is only 3 inches deep.

Clothing

One thing that is very important when preparing for a newborn is making sure you have the proper clothing for them.  Some essential pieces of clothing you are going to want are some onesies as these are probably what your newborn will be spending most of their time in. Another thing to make sure you have is one-piece pajamas with built-in footies to keep their feet warm. Make sure you don’t remove tags and keep the receipts before your newborn comes home and can try on the clothes as you may have to return them to get a different size. Be sure to check out this Guide To Newborn Clothing.

Diapers, Wipes, etc.

These are going to be your best friends when you need to change a diaper so it is important to make sure you are not only stocked upon them but that they are in a place you can get to easily from your diaper changing location. If you are using disposable diapers, make sure you also have a trash can nearby to get rid of them, however, if you are using cloth diapers, place a cleaning hamper nearby and wash them as soon as you can. When it comes to wipes and other supplies, just make sure you have a decent stock within arms reach of the diaper changing location.

Food

Most likely your newborn will be breastfed for the first few months, but it is important to have formula on hand in case you need to use it. In addition to making sure you have enough food for your newborn, make sure you have enough for yourself and the rest of your family. That way you don’t have to worry, and don’t have to eat out each night. Make sure you are still getting the nutrients you need as the breastfed baby is getting their nutrients from the foods you eat.

Preparing Home

Cleaning

Before your newborn comes, you may feel like your house is dirty and you are going to want to sterilize everything and keep things as clean as possible. However, while it is good to clean the house and sterilize the dirty areas where the baby will spend their time, you don’t want to go overboard with this. The reason being is that your newborn may be sensitive to the chemicals used to clean the house. Luckily, you can purchase natural cleaning products at your local store or online, or even make some yourself with vinegar, water, and other household items.

Baby Proofing

Baby proofing is similar to cleaning. Baby proofing your home consists of going around the house and finding things that your baby may get into that can harm them once they are mobile. This is important to do, but it should not be too much of a worry as your baby won’t be able to get into anything until they start to crawl. Check out this article to learn more about Baby-Proofing Your Home.

Pediatrician

Another thing to do when preparing for a newborn is to find a pediatrician for them. That way, when your newborn gets sick, you can take them and get them checked out without worrying about where you are going to take them.

Conclusion

When it comes to preparing for a newborn, there is a lot that you are going to need to do in order to reduce your stress. The best way to avoid any unnecessary stress is to get the stuff you will need for your newborn in advance so you are already prepared and keep receipts in case you need to return any products you bought that were the wrong size or didn’t work for your baby.

Sources

https://www.cpsc.gov/safety-education/safety-guides/cribs/crib-safety-tips
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/strollers/buying-guide/index.htm
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/prenatal/delivery-beyond/Pages/Bringing-Baby-Home.aspx