Essential guide to buying for your newborn
Your Essential Guide to Buying for a Newborn
Having a baby is an incredibly special time in our lives. Buying for a new baby however can be exciting and confusing all at the same time. How much stuff does one little person need after all? How do you know what you actually need and what is just an unnecessary expense? Hopefully this quick guide will help you to pinpoint exactly what you do need and which items are nice to have but not a necessity.
In the Hospital
Once baby arrives you will need nappies, vests, sleepsuits, wipes or cotton wool depending on how you choose to clean them at changing time, plus bottles and formula should you decide you won’t be breastfeeding. You’ll also need a hat as some hospitals pop one on the baby’s head to keep them warm when they are first born. Muslin squares are also a great item to buy and double as thin blankets, burping cloths and clean up all manner of messes from baby sick to formula spills. You’ll also need an outfit for baby to leave the hospital in – that is if they aren’t just going to wear another sleepsuit and a coat or snowsuit, depending on how cold it is when he or she is born.
If you have a car, you have to have a suitable car seat for your baby. Newborn car seats are graded 0 and 0+ and you have to have a car seat with you on the day you leave hospital with your baby. When buying a car seat it’s best to seek professional advice and ensure the car seat fits the make and model of your car.
In the Nursery
You’ll need somewhere for baby to sleep. They can go straight into a cot, but some parents choose to buy a crib or a moses basket first. Moses baskets are portable, so you can easily have baby downstairs in the lounge with you until he or she goes to sleep at night. Most moses baskets don’t come with a stand so you will need to buy one separately. Some come with a full set of bedding and a mattress, others don’t, so make sure you check when you buy. As with a cot, your moses basket will need a mattress with sheets plus cellular blankets to keep your baby warm.
Newborn baby clothes are a joy to buy. They’re so cute and tiny it’s easy to buy up the entire shop. But for very tiny babies you only really need vests and sleepsuits, and plenty of them, as you’ll find you get through them very quickly and your washing machine will seem like it’s constantly on. Of course there are some gorgeous baby clothes and you’ll want to add a few bits to your little one’s wardrobe. Newborn baby clothes from George are perfect. Not only are they great value but they are excellent quality and wash really well too. Along with sleepsuits and vests you’ll find a great range of soft and comfortable clothing you’ll enjoy dressing your new baby in. Think adorable little tops and trousers, dresses and leggings, plus little jackets and cardigans and the tiniest socks you’ll ever see, just perfect for delicate skin.
Of course you’ll find plenty of other things you simply can’t resist buying for your new baby, but once you have the essential items covered you can go to town and buy whatever you can afford to add to your ever growing stash of baby items.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Asda George and its newborn baby clothing range.