The birth of a child often causes profound changes in a couple or a family organizationally and even budget. So both anticipate it better and prepare it well in advance, for example during the pregnancy period. Here are some essentials to consider for a perfect baby home.
Baby will spend a lot of time at the beginning of his life so this room must be welcoming and have optimal use of every square meter, in short a real cocoon of well-being and calm. Of course, you will have to find him a cradle (for temporary use and a fairly high cost) or even a bed with box spring and mattress protectors, fitted sheets.
Also consider investing in a dresser (which will also act as a changing table) to store your child’s (many) clothes. A baby phone or baby monitor is also a must: it reassures parents. Do not forget it.
Last things to expect: the toys with the space to put them away under penalty of seeing you invaded, a night light but also a good armchair that you will install next to the bed of your child. You will see, it will be of great comfort in case of difficult nights!
Eating is the other big part of your future child’s schedule. You will of course need baby bottles (plan in several) and all that accompanies them as teats, bottle brushes, sterilizer, bottle warmer etc …
Regarding infant formula, you will obviously have to follow exactly the recommendations of your pediatrician.
You can put your child on a high chair to give him his meals, as soon as he is able to sit, that is to say between 6 and 8 months in general. You will have to diversify your meals, the infant milk is not enough anymore. Opt at that time for the purchase of a kitchen robot that will be of great use.
Beware of safety, the kitchen can be a dangerous room for your child. Remember to secure!
Just like you, this room is necessary for its hygiene and care. Only it is not precisely sized for your child. You will have to plan the purchase of some elements.
Let’s start with the bath tub (or bath recliner) made of plastic and specially designed for your child. It is important that the bath water is always between 35 and 37 degrees Celsius, so you will need a thermometer to make sure. Also plan what you need to dry baby and protect him from the cold after bathing.
Buy a body and hair gel specially adapted for young children as well as saline and sterile compresses. Finally do not forget the nail chisel, also the size of your child.
Your future travels with baby
If you own a car, ask yourself if it is suitable for the arrival of your child. For example, if it only has three doors you will be greatly penalized to install your child in the back! Do not forget also that a baby “drags” a lot of material with him so a big chest will be quickly essential. Depending on the number of children, planning a break or space can be a good idea! Opt for a second-hand model to save money, a quick tour of the site La Centrale should be enough to find the model you need at a “sweet” price.
You will need to purchase a car seat specially adapted to baby. For this type of safety equipment, buy only certified and especially new products (a used car seat may be defective, it may for example have suffered an accident without you knowing it). You must never compromise with the safety of your child by car. If you are not sure about different types of car seats, please note that i-size models are recommended. This new classification standard will become THE standard in the coming years. Think about it!
To walk with your baby, you will need a stroller (4 wheels, 3 wheels, etc …) or a pram. It is almost essential to walk with your baby in all places.
For long trips, a changing bag with multiple pockets and compartments containing everything you need will serve you. Also think of protection in case of rain. Many parents, especially younger ones, also opt for the baby carrier. It can be ventral, dorsal or on the side and allows parents (and yes it is also suitable for dads!) To carry his baby while having his hands free.
Prepare the search for your future nanny or reserve a place in a nursery during your pregnancy. This will allow you to make the right choices without being in a hurry. For the choice of a nanny, word of mouth remains an effective means of selection. Be careful waiting lists for crèches are sometimes full especially in large cities.
You already know it (or otherwise you’ll see it soon by yourself): a baby consumes a lot of diapers, which is a relatively large budget. Make yourself a stock of diapers now and chase bargains! Some sites are sometimes priced at (very) broken prices.
Plan a folding bed or an umbrella bed in case your child is sleeping outside your home. He kept a comfortable level of comfort even during holidays or visiting his grandparents!
Finally a camera worthy of the name you will surely be very useful too. Indeed, each parent wants to keep memories of the first days of his child’s life. Prefer quality devices to that of your smartphone because these photos are intended to be shown. You will not have the opportunity to do it a second time …
Among this list, some items do not necessarily have to be purchased new, the second-hand market will offer you opportunities for interesting savings. Also prefer the renting of some equipment in pharmacy or even donations from family and friends. Finally you also have the possibility to create a birth list in which you will have slipped all the essentials that we have just mentioned!
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