Around the end of pregnancy, families, especially mothers, start panicking about all the things they still need to buy in preparation for baby. Some of this is normal nesting. The good news is that newborns really do not need that much STUFF. Here are 3 basic items your little one will need:
Like all of us, your baby will need something to eat. You will have 2 choices: Breastfeeding and Formula-feeding. Breastfeeding is an inexpensive, Meal Ready-to-Eat, and you don’t need any extra supplies. Your breasts start producing colostrum around 16-22 weeks of pregnancy and will be available for your little one immediately after birth. For more information, Kellymom.com has great information about when your milk will come in. If you plan to formula-feed, contact your pediatrician for his/her recommendations. You will also need bottles, and possibly other feeding supplies as well.
If you plan on ever leaving your house, or better yet the hospital. You need a car seat. There are MANY to choose from. I drove myself a little crazy researching; but there are many safe options at different price points.
Life could get a little messy without diapers. You can drive yourself a little crazy researching diapers as well. Basically, though, you have 2 options: disposable or cloth. Disposable diapers are often cheaper initially, but overall you will probably spend more, especially if you have multiple children. Cloth is often more expensive initially, but cheaper overall (depending on the type of diapers you choose and your cloth addiction level), because you wash and reuse cloth. If you are in the Lafayette, LA area check out Lafayette Moms and Babies cloth diaper selection.
Either way, stick to the diapers and skip the cute clothes. Skin-to-skin is so important after birth, it promotes bonding, encourages breastfeeding, and so much more!
Anything else you would add to this list? Comment below!
I teach childbirth and parenting classes in Lafayette, LA. I am also a Doula, Registered Nurse, Breastfeeding and Cloth Diapering Mom. For more information about me and my services, visit MY Birth & Baby.