Going shopping for baby is one of the most exciting occasion in preparing for your little one’s debut. But before you go splash on items you won’t use, consider these items to be at the top of your list:
This is the first item you will need when the baby arrives (apart from the diaper). You would wrap her in this blanket to keep warm and also use it to dry/clean the baby. Cotton warm blankets are best as they are absorbent and gentle on baby’s skin.
They come in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Most newborns and young infants sleep well when swaddled, this reminds them of the tight environment in the womb. Make sure you do not swaddle the baby too tight as it could restrict circulation. If you can still squeeze your finger in the swaddle then it should be fine.
Shampoo/Soap, Lotion, Diaper Rash Cream
A lot of baby soaps and shampoos can really dry up the baby’s skin so be careful of which product to use. Steer away from cheaper store brands as it is just not the same. Johnson’s baby head to toe wash works best. The formulation is so mild that baby will not even notice if soap accidentally gets into her eyes.
Your baby’s skin will not get used to the outside environment right away so picking a good lotion is a good idea. I have tried several brands and found that Aveeno lotion keeps the baby’s skin moisturized for longer.
Hopefully your baby will not have a diaper rash but if they do, there are some very good creams out there which work like wonders. Penaten cream and Desitin paste are the ones I have tried and have worked well – the rash will be gone the next day.
Baby Bath Towels
There are so many variations of towels out there, as long as it dries the baby’s skin after bath then it should work. I usually do a final dry using a cotton warm blanket to make sure there is no moisture trapped in the baby’s creases. Moisture left in the baby’s skin folds can irritate the skin.
Choosing a bath tub can be a bit tricky with all the different designs today. Whichever you choose, keep in mind that once baby is able to sit independently (usually between 4-7 months) it may be time to change into a new bath tub so she can sit up in the bath.