Having a baby is an exciting time, but can also be very stressful and expensive. The abundance of baby items on the maket can seem overwhelming, but really you only need a few essentials. This guide will provide a concise list of the larger items you will need for baby.
1. Cot, Crib or Moses Basket
This is probably the most important item you will need, you only need one of them and as baby grows you will need to move on to something next stage appropriate. However baby should have a safe secure place to sleep, the allure of snuggling with baby at night will be hard to resist but accidents can happen so this is the most important item on the list.
2. Bouncer or Baby Chair
This is an essential piece of kit to help get baby to sleep or soothe them when there fussy. It also gives you the ability to keep a close watch on you newborn while still being hands free and also becomes extra helpful when baby starts to grow, making feeding time a lot easier.
3. Play Mat
Tummy time is an essential part of development, having a nice soft clean surface is very important. Most play mats are jam packed with activities and bright colours to stimulate your babies brain and can be used from when baby can suppport it's own head onwards. If you intend on getting the most from your purchase I would suggest buying a larger mat that will also sufice when baby starts to grow.
4. Pram and Car Seat
With so many options on the market choosing a pram and car seat can seem like a mammoth task. I would suggest purchasing a combination stroller or pram as it will grow with baby from newborn until around the 2 to 3 year old mark. This way you get the most for your money, also most combination sets come with the car seat. An essential piece of kit even if you do not have a car with most UK hospitals requiring you have one before they will release the baby from the hospital.
5. Bottle Warmer and Steriliser
Babies immune systems are substantially weaker that your own, meaning its very easy for them to get sick. By having a bottle steriliser and warmer it ensures all the nasty germs that linger around are not present on and in your babies bottles, and the warmer will bring the formular up to the correct tempreture helping to reduce the chance of baby getting a tummy ache - but always test the tempreture of your babies milk before feeding them by placing some of the milk on the inner part of your arm, never feed a baby very hot fluids or foods.
6. Baby Bath and Baby Box
Babies are fragile and not the easiest to hold on to when wet, to prevent accidents and slips id always recommend a baby bath. There portabale so you canrbe comfortable in your surroundings and they are shallow which prevents over filling. You dont need much water to bathe a baby. Also having a baby box allows you to keep all your baby essentials close to hand making bath time substantially smoother.
So I hope you found this guide helpful and hopefully it helped you decide what your baby really needs :). Please check my other guides for helpful hints and tips!
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