To a lot of people, having a child is one of, if not the primary objective of life. In most events, having a child brings joy and gives meaning to life. However, having a child also comes with a whole lot of responsibilities and expenses. Parenthood needs a lot of preparation both financially and mentally. In most cases particularly for first timers, parents don’t have a clue of everything they need to take care of their newborn child. They end up having to seek advice from friends, family or the internet only to realize that it may not apply to their kid. Below are some of the essentials you need when having a baby.
One of those demands for a newborn child is clothes. Newborn babies are fragile and need to be handled with a lot of care. Their clothes should be warm and easy to slip on. They should be made of soft materials to avoid discomfort to the baby. Parents living in cold regions should ensure they are armed with hot clothes such as hats, socks, cardigans and warm blankets to protect the infant. Scratch mittens are also necessary to keep the baby from scratching their face.
At the same time, newborns need feeding equipment. Mothers prefer to breastfeed their babies. In this case, only a few things are required such as burp cloths, nursing bras, and breast pads. Milk storage containers and breast pumps are required where the mother is away from the child but still needs to breastfeed the child. For moms who for one reason or the other do not breastfeed, the feeding equipment necessary are feeding bottles with nipples, formula milk, bibs, thermal bottle carriers among others.
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Parents also, need to give a lot of thought to where the baby will sleep. It is recommended that for the first few weeks the baby sleeps in the same bed as the mother. That is because babies need to be checked on constantly even at night. In this case waterproof pads should be placed under the baby. In the event that the baby sleeps in a different room a licensed crib fitted with crib sheets, waterproof mattress covers, and blankets are needed. Baby monitors need to be set up to guarantee the infant is monitored at all times.
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The last thing a newborn baby requires is diapers. These can either be disposable or reusable. For reusable diapers, safety hooks to hold them in place and waterproof covers are needed. Disposable diapers are preferred to the reusable ones. For your diapers, since babies grow rapidly it is highly recommended not to buy in bulk. For both types of diapers, wipes and baby ointment is needed for cleaning the baby’s bottom and to prevent rashes.