Welcoming a new baby into your life is an incredibly exciting and life-changing experience. As you prepare for your little one's arrival, you'll find yourself bombarded with advice on what to buy, from well-meaning friends and family to countless online resources. While it's true that every baby and family is unique, there are some essential items that can make the transition into parenthood smoother and more comfortable. In this blog post, we'll explore the top five baby purchases that every parent should consider.
1. Co-Sleeper or Cot-bed
A safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep is one of the most crucial purchases you'll make. Whether you choose a co-sleeper or a cot-bed depends on your preference and available space. Co-sleepers are great for newborns who need frequent night time feedings, while a cot bed provides a more long-term sleeping solution as your baby grows. Look for options that meet safety standards and come with a firm mattress and fitted sheets. Remember to follow safe sleep guidelines to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
2. Travel System
A car seat is a non-negotiable purchase for any family with a newborn. It's not just about following the law; it's about ensuring your baby's safety while traveling. Choose a car seat that is suitable for your baby's size and weight and meets all safety standards. Be sure to install it correctly and practice using it before the big day arrives. We recommend, and have used it ourselves, the Cybex Cloud T. Along with your car seat and isofix base, your stroller will be purchased alongside these to complete the ‘Travel System’. Strollers vary massively and at Babymoon we always aim to find one that best suits your lifestyle. iCandy Peach, Cybex Gazelle & Uppababy Vista are all very popular in store.
The first time you bathe your baby can be a pretty daunting one- ‘Where to hold them’, ‘How to hold them?’, ‘How do you stop them from slipping?’ are just some of the thoughts that pop through your head. Always get one that you can use at your level and preferably have a little bump to stop baby from slipping down. Clevamama baby bath & shnuggle baby bath are excellent choices.
4. Baby Lounger
You will inevitably need to put baby down somewhere that doesn’t include their crib or your arms. As parents of four, a lounger was definitely a non-negotiable for us. Preferably one that you can transport and bring with you to family occasions and also when baby starts to get a little bit more interactive; they want to see mummy and daddy and what they are up to. So while you fly around the kitchen, they are happy to sit and watch. The babybjorn bouncer is an excellent lounger that ticks all the boxes.
5. Baby Feeding Supplies
Whether you plan to breastfeed or use formula, baby feeding supplies are essential. If you're breastfeeding, consider purchasing a breast pump and bottles for expressing and storing milk. The Elvie breast pump for a silent and easy pump or the Tommee Tipee electric breast pump for an equally easy and quiet pumping experience. For formula feeding, make sure you have enough bottles, formula, and a bottle warmer if desired. The Tommee Tippee complete feeding set is a great purchase to get you started. High chairs and bibs will become essential as your baby transitions to solid foods, so it's a good idea to have them on hand as well or at least some research on which one you will choose.
While there's no one-size-fits-all approach to preparing for a new baby, these top five baby purchases are a great starting point for expecting parents. Prioritizing safety, comfort, and convenience will help you navigate the challenges of parenthood with confidence. Remember that every baby is unique, so be flexible and open to adapting your shopping list based on your family's specific needs and preferences. Enjoy this exciting journey into parenthood!