Are You Preparing To Welcome A New Arrival In 2017? An Essential Checklist For New Parents

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Going shopping for new baby clothes and products is incredibly exciting. But it can also be daunting. There’s so much on offer, and where do you even start when it comes to stocking up the nursery? Sometimes, it can seem like you need to buy everything, just in case. But you don’t. To begin with, you just need to cover the essentials. There’s no need to buy the entire store. Here’s a helpful checklist to ensure you’re ready for your new arrival.

Clothing
Most expectant parents love shopping for baby clothes. They’re so tiny and cute, and they make the whole experience seem real. Soon, you’ll be putting those outfits on your newborn. When it comes to buying clothes, there’s no need to buy a whole host of expensive sets. Of course, you’ll want to buy some special outfits for bringing your baby home and showing them off to friends and family. But they’ll spend most of their time sleeping, so comfort is a priority. Stock up on vests and sleepsuits. Go for light materials like cotton. It’s wise to bulk buy vests and babygrows, as they go through them very quickly, and you can usually save a lot of money. If you’re giving birth in the winter months, it’s advisable to buy hats and mittens and a warm coat or snowsuit.  



Changing essentials
Newborn babies go through diapers at lightening speed, so make sure you have plenty to hand before you go into hospital. Look out for special offers in stores, and buy in bulk where possible. You’ll also need wipes and a changing bag. Most parents also find it useful to have a changing station in their bedroom or the nursery and some portable mats.



Car seat
You’ll need a car seat to bring your baby home, so make sure you buy one at least a few weeks before your due date. There are myriad brands and models on offer, so visit some stores and read up on specifications. It’s also a really good idea to consult websites like www.BabyCareMag.com and to read reviews from other parents. Always make sure your car seat is safety tested and approved for use.



Bottles and feeding
Even if you’re planning to breastfeed, it’s wise to buy bottles. Not everyone can breastfeed, and if you’re struggling, you may want to try bottles as well. If you are breastfeeding, you will also need nursing bras and pads. Some women also like to express, so a breast pump is a good investment. If you’re a first-time mom, you may find these nursing tips helpful http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/breastfeeding-tips-new-moms.



Sleeping
There are various options when it comes to putting your newborn down. Some parents choose to use a Moses basket in the first few weeks before moving to a cot. It’s also possible to buy sleep pods, which attach to the side of your bed. Most experts advise parents to have their baby in the same room as them for the first six months.



Parenthood is an exciting prospect, but it’s also scary. If you’re looking forward to welcoming a new member of the family, hopefully, this checklist will enable you to plan ahead and get everything ready in plenty of time.

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