Whether you’re going to be a parent for the very first time or you’ve been around the block, here’s a list of ten things new parents need. I could go on and on with the list and I’m not including things like breast pads or bottles or baby furniture. At the same time, I would not say that this list is 100% complete. And of course, my list will probably be different from your list. And that’s okay!
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Ten Things New Parents Need
- Sleep! But, as your own parents, neighbors, grandparents, well meaning cashier at the grocery store.. (insert person here) might tell you; sleep isn’t going to come easy. Sleep when the baby sleeps is a decent piece of advice- however, if you have other children at home, pets, etc… it can be tempting to ignore that invitation for nap time. But definitely take advantage of that if you can.
- Diapers! You can never have enough diapers, but be careful about buying newborn diapers. Sometimes your little bundle of joy might skip right past newborn size and right into size 1 or 2. And then there’s a matter of what kind to buy; Pampers, Huggies, Seventh Generation, Luvs…. or you could go with cloth diapers. Experiment and find out what fits your lifestyle best. There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to stick with one brand of diaper just because everyone else is.
- Wipes! (see above). Just like diapers, you can’t have enough wipes. We tend to switch back and forth between Pampers Sensitive Wipes and Huggies One and Done, though we’ve also bought store brands in a pinch. What matters is that they don’t rip apart easily, and can handle any mess. Be sure to pick up a travel pack for your diaper bag as well- baby wipes come in handy for all situations.
- Receiving Blankets! Helpful for not only covering your new little bundle of love and keeping him/her warm; receiving blankets also double nicely for burp cloths, changing pads, and if you’re planning to nurse- a baby cover if you nurse in public.
- Teething rings! Even before your precious cherub starts teething, you will want at least two or three teething rings. Rotate them out, keep one out for baby and the others nice and cool in the fridge.
- Time! (and let’s be honest, I’m sure we could all use this). Having kids has definitely taught me that there’s never enough time in the day to do what I want to do. Sure, I’ve become a little bit better at managing my time, but sure enough- there’s always going to be a time when I’ll say “I should have done that today!” or “I wish I had time for that today!”.
- Socks! Useful for not only keeping precious toes and feet warm, but also especially handy for keeping the little one’s hands covered. Why, you may ask? Because- those little nails can be sharp. And even if you’re a pro at clipping baby nails, you’ll still want a pair or two handy.
- Onesies! Or one piece suits, undersuits, whatever you’d like to call them. Available in a variety of sizes and colors, onesies are an absolute must. When the weather starts to get warmer, I’m more than content to just let Squeaker play in a onesie or a diaper, depending on how warm it is. Plus, who doesn’t like the cute little ones with different sayings and characters? Little Miss has had a series of Cupcake onesies from the time she was a newborn to 9 months.
- Baby soap! I’ll confess it- we don’t bathe her daily. It dries out her skin and a baby really doesn’t need it. In the first few days, you’ll do sponge baths (or until that stinky umbilical cord falls off), but once your precious bundle is ready, you’ll want a good baby soap. An all in one (for body and hair) is what we use. And again, this is an area that you should feel free to experiment with. Maybe your little one won’t like a certain scent or will have sensitive skin; find what works for you.
- Diaper rash ointment! Ah yes, an essential (I think) for any diaper changing routine; the good old diaper rash ointment. We started out using Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and we’re currently using Palmers Cocoa Butter Bottom Butter. But, again, find what works for you. Usually you can find a good coupon or two so you’re not breaking the piggy bank on diaper rash ointment.
What items would you add to this list?