The countdown begins
The last month.
Wow, it seems like the time has gone by fast. We’re in the home stretch now, and, yay, I have more time to post, in theory. We’ve had a really good pregnancy so far, and we feel lucky for this health and happiness, and blessed to have such supportive families.
I had the idea, a couple of weeks ago, to do a blog countdown of sorts in August. About what? One of the big priorities for us, in these last weeks, is to make sure we have everything ready. Everyone is asking us if we’re ready, but the question begs another question, what does being ready really mean? According to D’s mother, it most definitely means having all the baby clothes washed. I think she’s asked D this 3 or 4 times already. And yes, we were already planning to do this, but we are procrastinating on this particular task a little.
A couple of months ago I decided we needed a finite list of “stuff” we need to buy. Obviously we needed a crib, but how many sheets? What about blankets? And how many bottles?
There is so much information online that it can be a little overwhelming. I found this list, the Newborn Necessities Checklist, provided by Consumer Reports, which I modified for us. Is it comprehensive? I’ll let you know in a couple of months.
Our Newborn Checklist
_ Car Seat
_ Travel crib
Bed / Bed Linens:
_ Crib mattress
_ Two to three fitted crib sheets
_ Four or more waffle-weave cotton receiving blankets for swaddling baby
_ Two mattress pads
_ One to two waterproof liners (for crib or bassinet)
_ Diapers. Disposables: One 40-count package of newborn (birth weight under 8 pounds) or of size 1 (birth weight over 8 pounds).
_ Diaper pail
_ Diaper bag
What to wear:
_ Four sleeping outfits or one-piece sleepers with attached feet
_ Six side-snap T-shirts
_ Four to six one-piece undershirts that snap around the crotch, i.e. ONESIES
_ A small baby cap (although the hospital will probably give you one)
_ Six pairs socks/booties
_ Two to three soft, comfortable daytime outfits. Get only a few items in newborn size. Then, go for clothing in the 6-month size; your baby will grow into it quickly. But don’t buy baby sleepwear that’s too big: it’s a safety hazard.
_ Cotton sweater or light jacket
_ Brimmed hat
_ Snowsuit with attached mittens or fold-over cuffs, or heavy bunting
_ Heavy stroller blanket
_ Warm knit hat
_ Three to five nursing bras
_ A box of washable or disposable breast pads
_ Breast pump if you expect to use one (manual or electric)
_ Four small baby bottles with newborn nipples for storing expressed breast milk
_ Bottle-drying tree
_ Bottle brush
_ Insulated bottle holder for diaper bag (the hospital may give you one)
_ Three packs of cloth diapers or burp cloths
_ Breastfeeding cover
_ Lanolin cream
_ Plastic infant bathtub
_ Three soft hooded towels
_ Two packs of baby washcloths
_ Baby body wash that doubles as shampoo
_ Pair of blunt-tip scissors or baby-sized nail clippers
_ Zinc-oxide-based diaper rash ointment
_ Soft brush and comb
_ Mild laundry detergent
Medicine cabinet essentials:
_ A pain-and-fever reducer recommended by your baby’s doctor, such as Infant’s Tylenol
_ Cotton pads/swabs
_ Nasal aspirator
_ Digital rectal thermometer
_ Rubbing alcohol
_ Petroleum jelly
Keeping baby happy:
_ On parenting, and for the baby (English/French)
_ Gate for stairs
_ Electrical covers
Extras: Nice but optional:
_ Baby monitor
_ Changing table
_ A rocker or glider
_ Sling or strap-on soft carrier
_ Boppy, a doughnut-shape pillow designed to make holding baby during
_ Infant swing
_ Bouncy seat
That’s alot of stuff right?
We’ve accumulated quite a bit over the last two months, and I’ve been researching/reading reviews about what to buy off and on for at least the last 6. A big help came during our trip, from both the baby shower (my family) and D’s family, which I’ll post about eventually. So over the next few weeks the idea is that I’ll post some of the items from the list, and sometimes describe why we picked out what we did.