If you’re planning on getting pregnant sometime in the near future or are due with a little bundle of joy soon, then it is such an exciting time.
Not going to lie, though, it can feel like a pretty daunting time too. There is so much expectation and things to sort out before the baby’s arrival. What is also overwhelming is the choice of things out there for you to buy for your baby. There are literally hundreds of brands of pushchairs, travel systems, and car seats, Not to mention baby monitors and bottles; even baby wipes! And as a first-time parent, you want to do everything that you can for your baby to give them the best start in life. So that means getting all of the right equipment, right?
Well, kind of. Of course, there are certain things that you need (you’re not going to get far without a pushchair or a car seat). But there are plenty of other things that are completely optional. So don’t go and buy everything just because you think you should. I’ve put together a list of baby essentials that will see you through the first six weeks. Anything else is going to be your choice. And, of course, the brands you choose are your choice too.
Try them out and see what you think!
- A cot with a mattress and blankets is going to be a must. But the good news is, that you don’t need to get one straight away (although you’ll probably want to as you enjoy decorating the baby’s room). You should use a Moses basket for the first few weeks and even months. It can go right by your bed and doesn’t take up too much space. There are so many styles these days, though. From ones with open sides so it can feel like you’re co-sleeping, to pretty and quaint frilly baskets with all the trimmings. So browse range of Moses baskets online and see what is on offer. Then you can just choose one that will suit your needs; do you think you’ll want one that will rock or not? My tip, pretty sure that you’ll want one that you can rock!
- A car seat is a must. In many cases, unless you plan to walk home from the hospital, they won’t let you leave until they see that you have a car seat to take the baby home in. If you can get one that lets the baby lay quite flat then that can be pretty handy. They will be in that seat until around one year of age, so look for one that is pretty sturdy.
- Along the same lines, a travel system or pushchair is going to be pretty essential. Even if you plan to ‘baby-wear,’ a pushchair is going to get some use from time to time. Perfect for shopping if it has a big basket! In the early days, a travel system that lets you clip your car seat to the pushchair is going to be really handy. So that is worth looking out for.
- Having somewhere to lay your baby down is really useful. It could be in their Moses basket, but something colourful, like a playmat or bouncy chair, is going to be helpful. It will keep your baby engaged a little more and will allow them to start reaching out to grab things as they get older. Let’s face it; it makes it way more interesting for them too.