Are you prepared to bring baby home from the hospital? Now that you have a newborn, you should be equipped with essential baby gear in the first month of your child’s life, starting with some of these tried and true fundamentals.
Mats with any combination of bright, contrasting colors, mirrors, rattles, jittering toys and rings, provide your baby with activities that will encourage development. By placing your baby on the mat, you are offering a clean and safe space for you baby to move freely and interact with stimulating objects.
In addition to promoting mental health through colors and patterns, the mat encourages physical development as your baby reaches and grasps toys, and pushes herself up on her tummy.
Even though your newborn will not need to wear the latest fashions, it is important to be prepared with clothes that you can easily slip on and off your child. Onesies and side-snapping shirts are perfect for quick diaper changes and allow your child to move freely and easily as she adjusts to her new world. It is also important to have a few hats ready for colder days to keep your baby warm.
While not every mother chooses to breastfeed, if you are breastfeeding your newborn, it is helpful to use a feeding/nursing pillow to prop-up your baby so they can easily access and digest your milk.
If you are bottle-feeding directly after giving birth, you will want to have 4-ounce bottles on hand, as well as nipples for each of these bottles.
And regardless of whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you will definitely want to have plenty of burp-cloths to use after feeding.
Having the essential baby gear in the first month of your child’s life will help you ease your newborn into her new world.