There are countless “essential” things you’re advised to buy while you are pregnant and even though many of them are useful, it’s true that babies don’t need so much. You’re probably already set with the bassinet next to your bed and an explosion of diapers, and if so, you’re on the right track to get all you need.
Along with that, first-time moms can appreciate some important stuff to make caring for a baby just a bit more relaxed. Here are few things you need for your baby and yourself!

  • Breast Pads: If you’re intending to breastfeed or not, leakage in the early days is inevitable, and it’s not something you want to be unprepared for! A package of disposable breast pads (or multiple reusable breast pads) stored and ready for use at home is a postpartum requirement. You’re likely to wear these breast pads all the time, so make sure you’ve got plenty of them to avoid being trapped in a difficult situation.
  • Nursing Pillow: Babies and moms love a nursing pillow’s comfort pillow during breastfeeding sessions. If your little one is older, during tummy time or for assisted seating, you can use the pillow. You’ll love its machine washable, too, because we all know the spitting happens.
  • Comfort Pyjamas: You really need something for yourself and that includes comfortable pyjamas that make you really feel good all day long as you’ll spend much of your time sitting on the couch feeding a baby in those first few weeks.
  • A Swing: You don’t want a simple swing. You want your child to be busy and not cry while you’re doing your job. So, get a swing to make them sleep comfortably with fancy toys dangling and some music.
  • Baby Grooming Kit: It’s ideal for the newborn baby. The kit includes a nail cutter, scissors, a newborn baby’s finger toothbrush, a toothbrush, a soft comb and so much more. It’s a must-have package here!
  • Travel System: You can’t leave the hospital without a car seat in your car, and you need a stroller everywhere you go, whether it’s a store or a short walk in the park. So, get a travel station, it’s easier to purchase a car seat and a stroller together than to buy them separately. Make sure you buy the best product for your kids.
  • Clothes and Bibs: You’ll need loads and loads of clothes as well as bibs for your little one. Spilt milk, diaper spills, spit, drools the list goes on. We’re going to end up changing a lot of clothes in a day, and most of the early days you’re not going to have time for washing.
  • Baby Blankets: Cotton baby blankets are usually more comfortable than those made from synthetic fabrics. With a few baby blankets, you’re going to have the opportunity to adjust to changes in room temperature by adding or subtracting them while your baby sleeps.
  • Baby Soap and Shampoo: Choose a baby soap that is gentle and has the fewest possible chemicals. Just after birth, you will need to use baby soap to clean the vernix, which is an oily, sticky material that covers the skin of the baby at birth. You’ll find vernix all over your kid, particularly where the skin has creases – under the armpits, behind the ears, and in the groin. If you’ve washed the vernix, you don’t even need to soap your baby’s body too often. Baby shampoo helps avoid the use of a cradle cap, but should be used sparingly.
  • Diaper Bag: They come in many shapes, sizes and colors, so pick the one you like best. Look for one that has a vinyl-coated baby changing pad so you can change your baby’s diapers in areas that are not exactly clean and safe.

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