Where the Baby Sleeps
If you still have not prepared a separate room for your newborn, don’t worry. According to experts, it will be better for a newborn to sleep in the same room as their mother — at least for the first months of their life. This way, parents can attend to their needs immediately. Reports even say that this sleeping arrangement can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Here are the newborn essentials you need to prepare in baby’s sleeping area:
- A crib, cradle, or bassinette. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is sturdy and it meets all the safety standards. Additionally, have one that has soft sides.
- Mattress. Choose one that’s well-fitted to the crib, cradle, or bassinette. Chose one that is firm and flat.
- Water-proof crib mattress cover. You might not need it as most diapers are now absorbent and leak-proof, but having a waterproof crib mattress is still good, especially if you choose to use cloth diapers or lampin for your baby.
- Fitted sheets. Select one that won’t “budge” even if your baby moves a lot. Also prepare 3 sets, one in use, one in the wash, and the last for “accidents.”
- A mosquito net. To protect your baby from nasty mosquito bites.
- Baby monitor. You may want to keep one handy so that you can check on your baby whenever you leave the room.
For clothes, remember not to buy a lot. A newborn tends to grow fast and you may end up with a lot of unused clothes! In general, baby clothes need to be soft, comfortable, and safe. As much as possible, choose clothes made from natural fabrics.