When Changing Diapers
One of the most challenging parts of bringing the baby home is changing their nappies. You can choose to purchase or build a changing table, but according to experts, it’s safer to change your baby on the floor where they can’t fall. You can also change them on the bed or changing table, but be sure to always hold them to prevent them from rolling away.
To make the process smoother, prepare the following in advance:
- Diapers. You can choose between the disposable type and the reusable cloth kind. Whatever you choose, be sure to have enough for at least 2 days.
- Baby wipes. For wipes, you can have 1 to 2 packs of disposable wet wipes or at least 12 pieces of cloth ones. An additional reminder for disposable wet wipes: Choose one that’s gentle for baby’s sensitive skin.
- Diaper rash cream. For the best brand, seek the advice of a doctor, but look for those which are hypoallergenic and soothing.
- Change mat. Choose a padded one with raised sides to keep the baby from rolling away. Also, the surface of the mat should be “wipeable.”
- Diaper pail. Where you can temporarily throw used nappies. You can also use an ordinary trash bag for this.
You may be overwhelmed by the variety of available baby bathing products in the market, but again, just stock up on the basic items. The newborn bathing essentials are:
- Baby bathtub. Although it is okay to bathe the baby in the kitchen sink or laundry tub (as long as it’s clean and safe), having a baby bathtub could be beneficial. This is so you can bathe the baby where it’s convenient, especially if the kitchen or laundry room is not well-ventilated or not available for use at the moment.
- Washcloths. Check for the texture and make sure that it is gentle on baby skin.
- Toiletries. Often, a bottle of baby wash, shampoo, and baby oil or lotion will be enough. Choose the unscented variety and if possible, the organic kind with no harsh chemicals. Don’t use shampoos, lotions, and body wash for adults.
- Hooded towels. Prepare one or two which your baby can use after bathing. Experts say that you can also use adult towels as long as they are gentle on baby’s sensitive skin.
It’ll also be good to prepare other grooming items, like a soft comb or hairbrush and round tip baby nail clippers or scissors.
Feeding and Nursing
Your newborn feeding essentials depend on whether you have decided to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby. Either way, here are the lists:
- Breast pads or nursing pads. These pads are placed between the bra or your clothes and the breast. Their purpose is to absorb the breastmilk that leaks in between feedings.
- Breast pump and storage containers. Mothers can use them if they plan to express breastmilk in advance, especially if they plan to go back to work soon.
- Nursing pillow. Nursing pillows make it easier for moms to breastfeed baby, especially at night.
- Nipple cream. These can help prevent cracked nipples.
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