When you find out you are expecting a baby, it is such an exciting time. It can be a little overwhelming though with all the facts and figures. I found that it was particularly confusing when it came to what you should or shouldn’t get for your baby. There are so many products on the market, some are useful, and some aren’t.
If you find that you are a little overwhelmed at what baby products are the out there, I’m sharing some advice. Here are a few of the things that are must haves (apart from the obvious things like car seats)!
This is pretty vital of course, and it will depend on which way you are feeding your baby. If you are bottle feeding, then having a large steriliser is important, as well as plenty of bottles and teats. You will need to use them so often, that it will be handy if there are always a few ready to go. Bottles usually come in a pack of 4 or 6; I would recommend getting, at least, two packs.
It might sound obvious, but again, if bottle feeding, a bottle brush is essential. Normal cleaning brushes for dishes just don’t cut the mustard. They are not expensive so make sure you pick one or two up.
If you are breastfeeding, make sure you get yourself plenty of breast pads and a couple of nursing bras. You will be surprised at how much you need to change them, especially to start with! A nursing cover is a must have too. You will feel so much more confident to feed in public if you have a cover. Having one that goes around the neck, so your hands are free is great.
You will need a lot of burp cloths. Try to get them made from muslin material, as they will dry so much quicker. Make sure you stock up – I don’t think you can ever have too many! You will be washing and drying them often, and you will always want a few in your bag. Along these lines are bibs. Make sure to have plenty of those in too. They will need to be often changed, especially when your baby starts teething as they will dribble so much more!
These tend to be given a lot as gifts and it would kind of annoy me. What I have since realised is just how many bath products you need. You will go through a lot. Baby shampoos, lotions and bubble baths are great. Other useful bath products are bath seats or bath buckets. The former helps to support your baby, so your hands are free. The latter is great if you don’t have a large bath or sink, as you can put them in that. They take up a lot less space than a baby bath too. I think baby baths are a little bit useless, especially if you have an actual bath to put them in.
What products do you think are must haves? I’d love to hear your thoughts.