Bringing the newborn home for the first time can be nerve-wracking. There are so many things to try to remember and keep track of when the baby first arrives at home. However, parents can make it easier on themselves when they prepare for bringing the newborn home well before he or she is even brought into this world. While there are plenty of things moms and dads have to do to get ready for their baby’s grand arrival, there are a few things that are completely necessary to have ready by the time the baby comes home.
Continue reading to see which 10 important things to have ready when bringing the newborn home!
10 How The Baby Will Be Fed & Necessary Supplies
Before the baby comes home for good, it's an excellent idea for moms to know exactly how they want to feed their little one and to have all the supplies that will be needed to feed the newborn. If it is decided that the baby will be formula fed, it is important to have formula and bottles along with at least a bottle brush to clean the inside of the bottles.
If mom will be breastfeeding, it's a good idea to have a nursing area set up along with a breast pump. Also have some burp rags on hand since babies need to be burped after each feeding as well.
9 Make Sure To “Baby Proof” The House & Have A Baby Monitor Ready
Parents should lock up and put away anything that isn’t deemed safe for babies. Even though newborns are too young to actually get into most things, it's still a really good idea. It gets parents in the habit of keeping unsafe products, such as chemicals and cleaning supplies, away from their little ones when they are old enough to wreak havoc.
It also helps prevent the spill of poisonous products or other materials that parents wouldn’t want around their child's hands and face. Part of baby proofing includes getting things like baby gates and security latches as well as getting a baby monitor which comes in handy for many parents.
8 Have A Stockpile Of Diapers & Baby Wipes
Before parents come home from the hospital with their little one, investing in a stockpile of diapers and baby wipes is highly recommended, especially if parents plan on using non-reusable diapers instead of cloth diapers.
Until babies are potty trained, they are all in diapers and, according to Americanpregnancy.org, babies generally tend to urinate about 20 times in one day! Of course, you don't have to change your newborn’s diaper every single time they make a tiny tinkle, but it still equals out to a lot of diaper changes which means a lot of diapers!
7 A Safe Sleeping Area For The Newborn
When parents bring their newborn home, they should have a safe sleeping area planned out and set up for their little one’s first night home. According to Verywellfamily.com, it's recommended that babies sleep in a crib, cradle, or bassinet that is near their parents' bed. Babies should also always sleep lying flat on their backs to lower the risk of a devastating condition known as SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
The newborn's sleeping area should also be free from toys, stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, sheets, and anything else that is soft or that could block the baby’s airway. They can sleep on top of a fitted sheet as long as it perfectly fits the newborn’s firm mattress.
6 A Car Seat For The Ride Home & When Going Out And About
It's not only necessary but mandatory that all children either be in a car seat or booster seat depending on their age. Children have to remain in booster seats, as reported by Healthychildren.org until they are 4 feet, 9 inches in height and are also between the ages of 8 and 12. Children also have to properly fit an adult seat belt before they are even allowed to ride without a booster seat. So, needless to say, an infant car seat is very important to have before bringing the baby home.
Another important thing to note about infant car safety, according to AAP.org, is that babies should be in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible but not going past the height and weight recommendations on the car seat itself.
5 Baby Swings & Bouncy Chairs
A baby swing or a bouncy chair for the newborn to relax and rest in is a good thing to have. It's not mandatory but it's definitely beneficial for parents. They're great for infants who have tears that are falling since the motions from the swing or chair are soothing to newborns and young children. Before placing your baby in one of these products, always check for the age recommendations to make sure that they are safe for newborns.
The age recommendations usually come on the instructions or packaging for the exact product that was purchased or gifted to the new parents. When you can’t seem to get your little one to calm down, placing them in either a baby swing or bouncy chair often seems to do the trick!
4 Adorable Weather Appropriate Baby Clothing & Necessities
Before bringing the newborn home from the hospital, it's very important to make sure that you have weather appropriate clothing for your little one. This is especially true when the baby will be leaving the house for whatever reason. If it's winter, make sure to have warmer clothing, such as a winter jacket, hats, and heavier material onesies, compared to cooler clothing for the summer, such as light cotton onesies.
Parents don’t have to get expensive brand-name clothing for their newborn since even second-hand shops work just as well! Clothing is clothing after all. When we have children, checking what the weather will be outside is almost mandatory to ensure that our children are dressed in weather-appropriate clothing!
3 Newborn Safe Diaper Changing Areas
You also want to have a specific, safe area to change your baby's soiled diapers. If you have a changing table for your baby, you should always be sure to use any and all straps or safety harnesses that the table may have to help prevent your little one from falling or wiggling off of the table. If you'll be changing your baby’s diaper using a diaper changing mat, you want to be sure that the mat is in a safe area and away from anything that has the potential to be harmful.
It's also a good idea to make sure to sanitize the changing area after every diaper change. Even if that means just cleaning the area with an antibacterial cleaning wipe. It is important to have all the items with you that you may need such as the diaper and wipes so that you don’t have to walk away from your child even for an instant.
2 A First Aid Kit With A Thermometer & A Nose Plunger
First aid kits are a very good thing to have, especially for parents. Some ideas for things to keep in the first aid kit are items such as bandages, medical tape, gauze pads, over the counter antibiotic ointments and creams, a thermometer, scissors, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and even nail clippers.
An additional item to add to the list when you have young children would be a baby nose plunger to help get the boogies and gunk from the baby’s nose. It is always better to be prepared and have the things you don’t necessarily need right away than need something and not have it.
1 Bathing Necessities
Newborns generally get their sponge first birth while still at the hospital. Then, once parents bring the little guy or gal home, they shouldn’t have another actual bath until their umbilical cord stump falls off which typically happens between 10 and 14 days after birth, according to Babycenter.com.
However, parents can give their newborn a sponge bath at any time as long as they keep the umbilical cord area clean and dry. But when you think about it, unless what’s inside the diaper doesn’t stay there or they vomit, newborns don’t really make much of a mess. But it is still a good idea to have everything that the baby would need for bath time well before he or she comes home from the hospital. You never know when you will actually need to clean up any messes that the newborn makes.