While you’re pregnant, everyone seems to love to tell you what you simply can’t live without once your baby is born. Helpful registry employees will even give you pages with long lists to go with your little scanner gun when you register. Friends might cheerfully reminisce about particular products or brands they love. Even random strangers might come to you with advice when you’re in line at a fast-food place! Many of these suggestions might be a bit helpful due to the fact that you’ll actually need some of these things. However, many people might forget to tell you about those things that will just make life a bit easier as a mom from zero-waste kitchen products that biodegrade in your own backyard compost all the way to refillable shampoo subscription to keep shopping off your to-do list. Here’s a quick look at a few of them, as well as one that is rather a big thing that might not be thought about until after the child arrives.
Yes, baby wipes are sort of a no brainer, but they can often be overlooked. You’ll need your fave wipes to clean that cute little tushy, as well as tables, stroller straps, hands, faces, etc. However, you’ll also need a travel case for the wipes to put into the diaper bag. If you don’t have one of these, you’ll end up carrying around bulky packages of wipes that take up too much real estate in those diaper bags when you’ll need every possible inch for those other necessities.
Another newborn essential is the nasal aspirator, which most people don’t know the name of. This is the thing you stick in the child’s nose to suck the junk out. It’s priceless, especially during those times when your little one has a cold. However, you’ll also need boogie wipes. Regular tissues are too rough for the baby’s skin and regular baby wipes can sting raw little noses. Get Boogie Wipes because they’re super gentle and the saline solution softens up that crust around the baby’s nose like magic.
When it comes to must-have baby products, nail clippers are at the top of the list. Even though the thought of trying to clip your newborn’s bendy, soft, practically translucent nails, and possibly nipping their delicate skin can be daunting, it has to be done so that they don’t scratch themselves. Don’t forget the baby mittens too though. These also keep them from scratching themselves if you happen to leave a sharp corner on their nails.
Believe it or not, some parents don’t think about who their pediatrician will be until the baby is born. This is something that needs to be determined long before. You need to find one you’re comfortable with. This means making appointments with a few and getting to know them before your child is born so that when the time comes, you already have one on speed dial. This is the big thing mentioned in the opening paragraph.
This is a product that also comes as a ladybug, giraffe, or turtle and is meant to lull your child into peaceful sleep using sounds like rain, the ocean, or even a vacuum cleaner. While these animals are cutesy, they only make sounds for a little while, not for the entire night. They don’t take the place of white noise. This can be enhanced, though, if you augment them with a sound machine. They aren’t expensive and they’ll work all night long to keep the little one
There are a million other things that we could have added to this list, but this will get you started with the things you’ll need as soon as you bring a baby home from the hospital.