10 things you must have before the baby arrives

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When your baby arrives, you may be surprised just how many items come along with someone so small. Bringing home a newborn can lead to buying endless amounts of gear and gadgets. But it is important to keep the essential items your focus.

When it comes to baby items, there are many options out there. Here are the top ten things I believe are helpful to have at home when you welcome your new baby:

Car Seat

The first item on every list should be a quality car seat to transport your baby home from the hospital. Often, a nurse or someone from the hospital will escort you out to your car to make sure you have a car seat that is height and weight appropriate installed within the car.

Thermometer

After bringing a baby home, you might be worried that something will go wrong. A suspicious rash, a runny nose, unusual eating habits? Often the first thing to check is to see if your baby is running a fever. That’s why I recommend having a thermometer for your baby that makes it easy to get an accurate temperature reading. This will give you peace of mind, or give you more information before calling your provider.

Bath Safety

For my children, I liked having a rubber ducky for bath time that alerts you if the water is too hot. It can also be helpful to have a baby bather or recliner to help support the baby’s head.

Swing or Seat

Swings can help entertain your baby or help them have a more comfortable nap. You may want to try a friend’s swing before you purchase, and sometimes your baby may have very specific preferences.

Sleep Sack & Swaddle

Newborn babies often enjoy being wrapped tightly for warmth and security. When you leave the hospital, it is beneficial to have a swaddle or sleep sack. Some hospitals will provide you with your first sleep sack, which can help the babies sleep more comfortably.

Breast Pump and Baby Bottles

If you plan on breastfeeding, a breast pump is an essential assistant. It’s great for helping do everything from stimulating milk production in those first days postpartum to allowing tired mamas to rest while their partner feeds baby with a bottle of breastmilk. If you’ll be returning to work, consider investing in a hospital-grade or hands-free pump to cut down on the time it takes to express milk; ask your lactation consultant or postpartum nurse if your hospital rents them. For moms who will be staying home, a single or manual pump is probably sufficient.

Diapers, wipes and pyjamas

Duh. Can’t live without them

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