What pregnancy must-haves did you splurge on?
Did you go a little crazy shopping for maternity wear? Maybe you bought too many pregnancy books, or you got a super expensive (but super worth it) body pillow?
Even if you spent quite a bit on certain pregnancy essentials, it’s nothing compared to what you’ll spend on baby goods. From nursery furniture to babyproofing gear and more, here are five baby products that should be on your shopping list.
1. Crib or Co-Sleeper
Especially for new parents, finding the safest crib or co-sleeper should be a priority. That means any product you choose to buy should be certified by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association.
Besides safety, consider steadiness, height, and convertible options when looking for the best crib. It shouldn’t be shaky when you install it, and it has to be the right height so that you or your partner can reach in and get your baby out without problems.
Now, some parents opt for a convertible crib that transforms into a toddler- or full-size bed. It’s a bit more expensive than non-convertible options, but it’s an excellent investment if you don’t want to spend money on a separate twin bed.
2. Feeding Gear
If you plan to mix feed or formula feed, you’ll need some bottles with newborn nipples. You may have to experiment with different brands to see which ones your little one likes.
Be sure to add to your feeding gear newborn checklist some cotton bibs, burp cloths, and a drying rack for the baby bottles. An insulated carrier is also a nice to have accessory to make feedings during outings more convenient.
3. Babyproofing Items
While cabinet latches and furniture anchors might not be in your newborn checklist, it’s good to think about babyproofing early on. As much as some parents would want the infant stage to last, it’s not too long before your baby starts exploring around the house.
Before your baby hits the 4-month mark, be ready with the gates at the top and bottom of all stairs. Don’t forget about outlet covers, furniture anchors, and a toilet lock as well.
4. Travel-Ready Baby Accessories
A car seat is non-negotiable. Other must-haves include a stroller, front carrier, and a diaper bag.
Warm blankets are also essential, as well as a sun and rain cover for the stroller. For babywearing mamas, opt for stretchy wraps that are supportive and lightweight. You can have a look online to check out some baby sling options.
5. Other Baby Goods
Secondhand baby clothes can save you money. If you want to buy new infant clothes, though, don’t get too many as your little one will grow out of them fast enough. You can buy one or two special outfits for photo sessions and other events, such as a Christening or naming ceremony.
Other baby goods to add to your shopping cart are bathing and grooming items and diapering necessities. You can also buy toys and books, but remember that interacting with your baby is still the best way to help him/her develop.
Savvy Shopping for Baby Must-Haves
Now that you know which baby goods to add to your shopping list, are you ready to head to a baby gear store?
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