Get Ready for Baby with a Water Dispenser for Home & Other Necessities
Giving birth is both an exciting and stressful time. There's lots of planning going on, you're probably preparing a nursery, deciding on a birthing technique, and reading everything you can on parenting. If you haven't yet made a list of things you'll need, you should probably get started.
Below is a list of necessities so you'll have everything you need for when your bundle of joy arrives.
1. Deciding on Baby and Nursery Needs
Make a list of the things you need. You should do this several months before your due date that way you have plenty of time to get organized. Prioritize the list and go shopping. Price compare at a variety of stores. Maybe you can compare new prices to used prices.
Once you've made your purchases set up the nursery. Fill the dresser with clothing, the changing table with diapers, and the crib with packaged bedding. Don't unpack the bedding until you're ready to bring the baby home, this will keep the bedding clean and dust free until the special day arrives. There are a variety of things you'll need to make diaper changing a comfortable experience. Diapers are used in abundance and can get quite costly.
- Homecoming outfit
- One-pieces, shirts, hats, booties and socks
- Layette sets like towels and wash cloths
- Sleepwear and gowns
- Receiving blankets to bundle your bundle of joy
- Absorbent bibs
- Diaper bag with changing mat
- Rash ointment and powder
- Baby wipes
- Bedroom furniture: crib, plastic mattress cover, crib bedding like bumper pads, quilts etc., fitted sheets (cotton or flannel)
- Changing table
- Dresser drawers
- Rocking chair
2. Start Preparing the Kitchen and Bath
Once you've purchased the items listed below set them up so you can access them easily. Keeping feeding and bath items handy, makes middle of the night feedings a lot easier. Set up a water dispenser in the kitchen so you have access to fresh filtered water at all times.
- Breast pump
- Formula if bottle feeding
- Bottles and nipples
- Nursing pillow
- Breast pads, shields, and cream
- Bottle sterilizer and organizer
- Water dispenser
- Burp cloths
- Lap pads
- Baby bathtub
- Bath toys
- Baby body wash and shampoo
- Baby lotion
- Hooded towels
3. Keeping Baby Happy
Baby soothers go a long way to keeping babies calm and comfortable. They're going to cry, need changing, feedings, and soothing often. Investing in the list below is a great idea. Not only are these items soothing but they keep baby's interest too. Babies get curious about their surroundings as they grow. Plush toys can help a baby to learn and develop eye coordination.
It's important to make sure you have the gear you need. The items listed below are a necessity too. Some are required for the safety of the baby. Baby proof your home and request some of the more costly items to family and friends as gifts. If you're having a baby shower, receiving these as gifts can save you a lot of money. All of the items listed below are also great soothers and make taking care of baby a lot easier.
Baby Soothers and Toys
- Teething rings
- Plush toys
- Crib mirror
- Rear facing car seat
- Sling or soft carrier
- Gym or play mat
- Bouncer seat
- Baby monitor
- Safety gate
- Corner guards
- Plug covers
- Tot locks for cabinets, toilets, etc.
Last but not Least...
Whether you're registered somewhere or not, make a wish list and give it to family members. This will help them choose a gift for your baby shower and save you and your family some money in the long run! All of these are great gift items for the expecting mother!