Having 5 kids in such a short amount of time has really made me stop and consider what my children really need in order to have a healthy and happy life.
Most of the stuff advertised as a must have item isn’t truly for the baby. It’s really for the parents. (Y’all know it’s true! Ha!) And most isn’t needed.
Here’s a list of things I think are must-haves:
- Someplace for the baby to sleep
- A new car seat
- Nose Frida
Even if you co-sleep (I’ve done it!) You will eventually want to try to sleep without your child. A crib that converts to a twin is a great option.
I say new car seat because unless you know for a fact that the car seat isn’t expired and has never been in a car accident then it isn’t safe for your child. Car Seats for the Littles and The Car Seat Lady are both great resources for car seat newbies and pros alike.
Cloth or disposable diapers – you gonna need ’em. And a lot of them. I went with throw away because I knew Adam would never change a diaper if it was cloth. And I was not changing ALL the diapers by myself. And while we’re talking diapers – I’ve tried just about every brand out there. My favorites are Pamper Swaddlers and on the cheaper side I like the Target brand.
Ok, so after having all the babies I can now say that I like snap-on everything. Zippers are nice but snaps are better for middle of the night diaper changes. Being able to undress only half of the baby instead of the whole baby = winner.
I don’t care if it’s breastmilk or formula. Fed is best. Your baby needs it. Fed is best. You can bond with your infant if you give them a bottle. Fed is best. I’ll say it over and over until it’s truer than true. Fed babies are the best babies.
Yeah, the Nose Frida is kinda gross but it’s effective in getting out all the snot. I’ve even used in on Thea while she’s been in the hospital and the respiratory therapist encouraged it. It is magical.
Those are the basic needs. If you have those you can bring your baby home and confidently care for them.