There are several items that all new mothers can really benefit from having before their first child is born. Beds, storage, and plenty of blankets are a given but there are some other items that can be really helpful. One very important item is a cool mist vaporizer. Until babies reach four months of age they cannot be given very many medications. If a baby becomes ill before four months a cool mist vaporizer is usually one of the first items doctors recommend to sooth a sick newborn. In the first year of life there are ten important items that every new mother should have; before the baby is born, if possible.
When it comes to newborns there are three must have items. These are a bed, a storage item, and a car seat. If a woman has these three pieces of furniture ready for when the baby arrives it will make taking the baby back and forth to the doctor safe. It will also ensure that the mother has a place prepared for the baby and the baby’s things. The bed can be a bassinet, cradle, or a crib; a crib is the best option for the entire year. Any storage item will do including a dresser, wardrobe, shelves, or closet. One item that is optional, but is so close to necessary is a baby swing. Most babies are soothed by swinging to sleep. It can be especially helpful for colicky babies.
Diaper rash cream, extra formula, distilled water, and Tylenol or Motrin are four of the most important medical items to have on hand for newborns. Diaper rash cream helps immediately soothe any irritation or rash; often stopping it before it gets worse. Extra formula comes in handy as well as water for natural emergencies, car problems, or lack of funds. Tylenol or Motrin is very important for fevers that can spike without warning.
Baby supplies and clothing
Babies always need extra changes of clothes but almost equally important is the diaper bag. Another essential item is a diaper changing pad or extra changing blanket so that babies can be changed on a clean surface. It also helps keep friends homes and bathrooms cleaner than laying a baby directly on a bed or counter where germs can be transferred.
Babies come with a lot of needs but it takes very few items to make it through the first year. A few toys, storage items, a place to sleep, food, and love is all that is needed for baby’s first year. Often parents are holding and caring for their child so a lot of furniture or items to entertain them are not necessary.