New Baby Necessities
Navigating a new baby registry, whether you’re the parent-to-be setting it up or a well-wisher trying to figure out what to buy, can be an overwhelming process. Do you get the bouncy seat, the swing or both? Why are there so many different kinds of thermometers? And does anybody REALLY need an electric baby wipe warmer? In the face of so many so-called “must-have” items, it helps to know which things are true necessities.
- Burp cloths. Babies are very, very messy. Burp cloths will serve to protect you from spit-up and drool, and large ones can serve as breastfeeding covers in a pinch. As many as you think you’ll need, get a few more.
- Long sleeved onesies with hand covers. These are great all-purpose baby clothes, and the attached mittens will help cover tiny hands and keep baby from scratching herself.
- Knit pants. Pull these over the onesies mentioned above and you’ve got a comfy, ready-made outfit.
- Footie PJs. Newborns can live in these soft, warm one-pieces.
- Waterproof crib mattress covers and crib sheets. A waterproof mattress cover is absolutely necessary to protect baby’s bed from accidents. Be sure to supplement with plenty of sheets, so that on those nights when multiple changes are necessary, you won’t have to rush to the washing machine.
- Gift cards. No, not for the big-box baby store. Get mom and dad a gift card for their favorite local restaurant or even a fast-food place or two (even folks who normally wouldn’t eat fast food learn to love the drive-thru window when a baby enters the picture).
- Baby medicine. Gas drops can help soothe an uncomfortable baby and buy new parents an hour or so of peace. Don’t forget the infant fever-reducer, either.
- Diapers and wipes. Whether you’re going cloth or disposable, you can never have enough diapers on hand. A pack or two won’t do it.
- Bath needs. Babies are tiny, but they get dirty. A healthy stock of extra-soft washcloths and baby-sized towels will make bath time more comfy. Don’t forget soothing, gentle baby wash and lotion.