Dec 14, 2011

Things You Should Stock Up On Before Bringing Home Your Newborn

Soon after the initial excitement of realising you have a baby on the way, it will be time to get down to business and get ready for the arrival. Preparing to welcome home your newborn can take months in getting your home ready and to make sure you have all the supplies you will need. During the first few months with the baby you will be so busy and tired that you won’t want to make too many forays out of your home to the shops, and you will appreciate all the forward planning and organising you did ahead of time. Here are a few things you will want to have plenty of when it comes time to bring baby home.

Baby Clothes

Now is not the time for buying expensive and stylish clothes for your baby. In the first year, your baby will grow so fast that he or she could grow out of a special item of clothing in a matter of weeks. A great idea is to stock up on baby clothes that are inexpensive and practical, and to make sure you have a variety of sizes on hand as your baby grows. You can get really great brands of baby clothes - such as
Bonds - online which is a really easy and inexpensive way to get onesies, socks, hats and bibs in bulk. You will want a huge stockpile of clothes and blankets not only to keep up with your baby’s growth, but also because they will get dirty faster than you can get them clean!

For Breastfeeding

When your baby is not sleeping or resting, he or she will be eating. As a new mum, you will be constantly involved in the breastfeeding process, and so it is important to be prepared for not only your baby but for your comfort as well. Make sure you have a stockpile of
breastfeeding tops, lotions to keep your skin from cracking and plenty of blankets for the inevitable spit-up.


During the months of your pregnancy, you and your partner will need to spend some time in the food aisle. Most baby food is in jars, and so it will keep in your pantry until your baby is ready to start eating solid food. Once this happens, you will be thanking your past self for being so prepared and you can spend more quality time with you baby instead of at the grocery store. While you’re at it, stockpile some food for you and your partner, as well!

All Things Diaper Related

Unless this isn’t your first baby, you will be amazed by just how many diapers your baby will go through in a week. Having a generous supply of diapers is absolutely necessary if you want to survive the first few weeks of parenthood. In addition, you will want to have plenty of baby wipes and diaper rash ointment at the ready to make sure you don’t run out of something critical at an inopportune moment.

Hygiene and Medical

There are lots of extras when it comes to your baby’s hygiene and medical needs. You will want a decent supply of baby shampoo, toothpaste, lotions and baby oil and a stash of gentle detergent and fabric softener will help keep your laundry system running efficiently. Having a store of infant Tylenol gripe water in your baby first aid kit is a great idea as well for those times you will need it.

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1 comment:

HansHB said...

Good to know as I became Grandpa Monday!

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