When you’re a new parent, it’s tempting to go all out and buy every single thing in the baby store. A new stroller? Of course. A dinosaur lamp? Looks awesome. A set of 46 feeding bottles in different sizes? Definitely.
Ummm… yeah. It’s easy to get carried away. After all, you probably just want to give your baby the best of absolutely everything.
But hey, you’ve got limited resources too. You need to be mindful about where to put your money (Yeah, you really don’t need that dino lamp).
So what are the things you really need, new dad. Well it’s your lucky day. We’re giving you a list of 10 things that you really need for the baby and a list of 10 things that you don’t.
10 THINGS YOU NEED FOR THE BABY
- Baby clothes
Okay, this one is tricky. If you don’t have anyone to give you hand-me-downs, then you obviously need to buy new baby clothes. But you need to be mindful of what you are buying. You don’t need 10 pairs of itty-bitty shoes or 15 newborn onesies (they grow up fast!). Stick to the basics and don’t buy too much. Prioritize comfort, safety, and convenience over fashion.
- Baby wipes (lots!)
Any new parent will tell you that baby wipes will solve just about anything! You can use them when changing your baby’s diapers, when cleaning your baby’s hands, when wiping any sort of mess your newborn has created, and more!
But here’s the thing, you don’t need the most expensive brand out there. Choose a brand that’s affordable and gets the job done. Try out different brands to see which one is the best for your baby. Make sure to buy a travel-sized version for your baby bag.
- Diapers and changing pad
As a new parent, changing diapers will be a regular thing in your home. Make sure you have a regular stock of diapers. It also helps to have several changing mats so you’re always ready to change your baby’s diapers anytime, anywhere.
- Baby bag or tote
If you travelling with your baby (even if it’s just a trip to your doctor’s clinic), you’re going to need to bring a lot of stuff with you. It’s good to have a dedicated baby bag where you can put in all of your baby’s essentials. Make sure the size of the bag is just right and that it’s easy to carry with you wherever you are going.
- Stroller or baby carrier
You need an easy way to carry your baby around the town. You can either choose a baby carrier or a stroller. Baby carriers are good if you want to keep your hands free while keeping your hands free. But they can get pretty tiring to use when your baby gets heavier. Strollers are generally more convenient but they take up space and are hard to manipulate in areas where there are lots of stairs.
- Car Seat
If you have a car, then a baby car seat is mandatory. After all, it’s the law. Before shopping for a new car seat, read the most recent guidelines to ensure that you get a model that is compliant to the most recent guidelines. .
- Crib, mattress, and beddings
Just like when you are buying a car seat, it is important to check if your crib and beddings follow the guidelines to ensure the safety of your little one. Stay away from fancy beddings (no matter how cute they seem) and stick to 2-3 fitted sheets instead.
- Breastfeeding pump, breastfeeding bags, and nursing cover
Don’t go buying breastfeeding stuff before your baby is born. First, you and your partner have to decide together if you want to take this route. And honestly, even if your partner wants to breastfeed at the onset, she might change her mind later on. It would be a waste of money to buy complicated pumps and dozens of breastmilk bags if you will only use it for a month. Yes, it’s good to invest in breastfeeding stuff but be cautious and mindful. Observe your partner’s attitude about breastfeeding first.
Again, this is another tricky thing to buy. Some babies are picky and would only drink milk from a specific bottle model. So it would be unwise to buy a lot of bottles before knowing what your baby prefers. Start with 2 kinds of bottles, about 3 pieces each. You can buy more as needed, once you know what kind of bottle your baby wants.
- All around cover/blanket
You’ll be surprised by the many things you can do with a cover/blanket. Make sure you have several of these. Have one in your car, room, travel bag, and any place where you’ll often be stay with your baby.
And now we bring you,10 things that you don’t need.
10 THINGS YOU DON’T NEED
- Changing table
If you don’t have extra space or budget, just skip this one. Just grab a changing mat and change your baby’s diapers on the mat, bed, table, or pretty much anywhere.
- White noise machine
Yes, they will be able to sleep without it.
- Bottle warmer
Want to keep your baby’s milk warm? A bowl with warm water gets the job done. No need to splurge hundreds of dollars on a bottle warmer.
- Bottle sterilizer
You can keep your baby’s bottles clean and sterilized just by washing them and soaking them in boiling water.
- Portable play yard
Just bring your baby to the park instead.
- Diaper trash can
You don’t really need a separate trash can for diapers. Just make sure you dispose dirty diapers properly and you’re all good.
- Crib bumpers
You might think you’re adding an extra layer of protection for your baby but crib bumpers are dangerous and doesn’t really do
- Baby food maker
Mashing or blending food isn’t as hard. It might even be better because it will allow you to expose your baby to different food textures. Yeah, it will take a bit longer to prepare your baby’s food from scratch but it will save you money!
- That dino lamp
Yeah, you don’t really need that lamp.
- Too much stuff
Yeah, babies grow up unbelievably fast. Before you know it, you won’t even need the things you’re buying anymore. So don’t buy too much. Just stick to the things that you absolutely need.