Before Spud was born, a good friend of mine, Aunt Antsy, nagged me to start shopping for a new baby for months on end because, when I was about 6 months pregnant, we still had not done jack-shit of what to buy.
Both Silver Bullet and I were so blase about the whole thing, and we did not really start panicking till I was 7 months in. And in that mode, what saved us was actually a list of essentials which Aunt Antsy shared with me at the earlier stages of my pregnancy.
Truly, I cannot thank her enough for that.
Looking back now, it was one of the most useful thing anyone could ever given us, and I thought I’ll share it with you readers out there who are expecting a new born in your family. Although the list is by no means exhaustive, pick and choose to what you think are must-haves or nice-to-have.
My personal absolute basic must-haves are indicated with a **
Baby Bedding & Nursery Accessories:
Comforter/Quilt (we did away with this due to the potential suffocation hazard)
**Cot mattress sheets(s)
Pillow & Cradle set (we did away with this too for the same reason. Spud still does not use a pillow)
**Cot Bed and Mattress
**Comfortable chair for feeding/nursing
Infant Feeding Supplies
**High Chair (from 4-5 months onwards when baby can sit upright)
Extra nipples for bottles **Breast pump set
Infant Health & Safety Products
**Digital (ear) thermometer
Infant Bathing Needs
**Baby Bath Tub
**Basic toiletries – nappy wipes, cotton wool balls, cotton buds, a good nappy rash cream
Infant Travel Product
**Infant Car Seat
**Diaper Bag/Tote Bag
Stroller **Baby Carrier
Portable changing mat
**Diapers (cloth – if you want to use reusables)
**One-piece outfits (or called onesies)
This is by no means, just a guide and I hope you find it as useful as we did. And really, while we did not get all of the items in this list, knowing just the basic essentials saved us quite a lot of headache in trying to figure out what to buy from scratch.
The next headache for new parents I reckon is then try to figure out the different types of monsters available within each and individual items!