Now finding myself with a sitting child who is quite contented with his free hands and new-found independence, what did I wish I had in my house when he was a baby?
Feeding a baby
Newborns eat every 1-2 hours during the day, 2-4 hours during the night. An infant’s life revolves around the eating-sleeping cycle.
+ vitamins for mom you may continue your daily prenatals note: DHA, Calcium, Iron + vitamins for baby a once daily dose note: breastmilk contains little Vitamin D, which is synthesized by the infant in the presence of sunlight. For the indoor dwelling baby, once eating solid food, replace this with a multi with iron + pure lanolin wax for application after feeding baby note: very soothing, babysafe, but will stain clothes + nursing bra (4) soft, cotton, no wire note: extra leak shield inserts optional + OTC pain relief Tylenol, Advil, Motrin...? note: have it on hand, but check type with your PCP/OBGYN + nursing pillow helps to support infant during feeding note: great for newborns, great for learning to sit
After breastfeeding has become routine for mom and baby (after about a month of age), you may wish to bottle your milk.
+ breastpump, manual and/or electric get your insurance to provide an electric, and purchase a manual for casual use note: if you aren't working away from your baby, a manual is likely to satisfy your needs + milk storage containers e.g. freezer bags, fridge capped cups note: up to 3d in fridge, 3m in freezer, 1y in deep freeze + bottles glass is hygienic and will last through many children note: don't buy a lot of one kind until you know he likes it + bottle brush, sterilizer without a sterilizer, boil 5+ min to sterilize note: germaphobe or not, bottles and toys should be sterilized on first use and as needed, but at least quarterly
Those little growing bodies give off a lot of heat – Babies are warm! At any given time of the year, your baby probably wants to wear about as many layers as you do.
+ white bodysuits (6) layering, lazy days + fun bodysuits (6) every baby needs a few bright colors and patterns + baby pants (4) keep those legs warm + socks (20) these will get lost - wash them in a laundry bag and give up on matching them + hat (2) for head warms + jacket hoodies are great + kimonos (2) classic cotton - no frills clothing for tiny, new babies + baby bag (indoor) polyester will make for warm winter naps + baby bag (outdoor) water/snow proof, buy one with a hole for carseat straps
Staying warm, dry, and CLEAN
it’s easier than you think, with a bit of forethought.
+ Tide Powder I have not found anything else that works as well on baby stains + cotton muslin swaddles (10) lightweight; limitless uses + woven cotton blanket (4) spring/fall, changing cover + knit blankets (4) stroller, bed, carseat... + winter warm blankets (2) polyester, fuzzy and soft + baby towels (3) soft, absorbent, and light + baby soap gentle and free + clean-up cloths (30) squirrel away small scraps everywhere to wipe up bits of drool + nail clippers (2) baby nails are sharp and grow fast! get a spare. + hairbrush/comb depends on hair length/type
Playard AKA “Pack n Play” with changer and dual level playard sheets, mattress
Napping swing calm baby, calm parents