Walking the aisles of baby stores can be overwhelming, with so many gadgets and options for new parents, but experts say there are some items worth your time and money.
“Go with the basics. Go with what you absolutely, essentially need, which are onesies…. lots of birth cloths," said Carissa Garabedian with Richmond Macaroni Kid. "I actually use receiving blankets to double up, because why have both? It's less laundry to do.”
She says to make sure you have loose sleepers or nightgowns until the cord falls off. Onesies, hats, socks, or booties are important, especially in colder months. But, she warns not to go overboard.
“When you first come home with your baby and you think that you need everything and you want everything,” said Garabedian. “You don’t even know at that point how large your baby is going to be. Some of the things you buy might not fit the child for weeks, or they might be too small.”
She says it is important to make sure you have a thermometer, medication in case of fever and some sort of dropper to administer it. You may want one or two bottles and formula, even if you're planning to breastfeed, in case you have problems. Don't forget the diapers, of course, and a car seat.
If you're looking to save, or keep things simple, there are also some good items to skip. For example, A regular dresser can be used for a changing table. Nursing pillows are nice, but regular ones could work too. As far as towels go, any one will do, you don't need little baby ones with a hood. Wipes and bottle warmers won't be available while you're running errands, so you may not want your kid to get used to them.
Your child won't care about a fancy or expensive bedding set or clothing. And you can even take a pass on the diaper pails, everything goes in the trash anyway. Finally, Garabedian says not to go overboard on any purchases. See what your kid likes and uses first.
"You don't need tons of everything. Again, the child might change the formula, the child might change the bottle," she explained. "So, if you have all of this stuff and you can't use it, what are you going to do with it then? So, you're better off waiting and figuring out what you need as you go."
If you need any easy to print list, here’s what Carissa sent us:
Things you NEED have for new baby
Things you WANT, but aren’t essential
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