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Preparing your home to the new baby’s arrival

Nowadays there is an amazing variety of offers regarding the maternity theme. So, it’s really easy for you to be lost and buy more than you really need, or worse, be frustrated if you’re not able to buy everything. But, in fact, you do not need everything!!! In the past, lots and lots of babies were raised without having half of the ‘gadgets’ there are today. Here are some ideas about the great things to have from the first days:

1. To Sleep

  • A cot or crib. If possible, choose one with some little wheels, as it would be great during the first months to carry your little baby to the living room or other place of the house.
  • Cot bed sheets and waterproof matress protectors (2 sets, at least).
  • Cot bed bumper.
  • Soft blankets.
  • Swaddle baby blanket.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Dummies/Soothers. Notice that it is really important not to give it to your newborn during the first days, so that he/she could better adapt to the mother’s breasts.

2. To Be Fed

  • Baby Bottles (if ou are breastfeeding your baby, you’ll just need 1 or 2 bottles, just in case you need to leave some milk for someone else to give to your baby).
  • Bottle cleaning brush.
  • Sterilizer. In fact, it is not essential to have one, since you can sterilize bottles and dummies in boiling water, but if you can have one, it’ll help.
  • Eletric breast pump. I really recomend to use the eletric version, once it’s really, really easier to use. It’s worth the higher price. It  would be usefull when you feel you need to take some milk from your breasts to aliviate the pression, or when you are taking antibiotics (this way you ensure the milk production continues), or even when you need to be away from your baby during a longer period of time.
  • Save and storage milk bags. You can save milk in the fridge for 48 hours, and store it in the freezer for 3 months.

3. To Care and To Clean

  • Bath tub. I love the Tummy Tub solution and I used it until my baby was around 8 months old. I really recommend it instead of the traditional bath tubs.
  • Soft bath towels.
  • Waterproof changing mat.
  • Disposable / reusable nappies.
  • Nappy Bags (you can also use some cheap disposable freezer bags).
  • Soft wipes.
  • Nappy cream.
  • Cleansing product.
  • Body milk.
  • Baby monitor.
  • Thermometer.
  • Nasal aspirator.
  • Water-filled baby teething rings.
  • Safety items (stair gate, wall plug socket covers, corner protectors…).

4. To Wear

  • Lots of bodysuits with front openings. You should only use the other ones once your baby seat by himself (around 4 months).
  • Lots of babygrows.
  • Leggings and pants.
  • Booties and socks.
  • Soft and easy-to-wear coats/jackets.
  • Hats and baby mittens.

5. To Go Out

  • Pushchair / Stroller
  • Car seat
  • Baby carrier. Personally I love slings, as it can also be used to instantly calm your baby at home When he’s a little fussy.

6. To Be Enternained

  • Swing / bouncer (preferrably with music and vibration options included).
  • Cot mobile (preferrable colorfull and musical).
  • Soft toys with lots of different textures and/or sounds.
  • Bath toys.
  • Portable changing mat.

What about you? Do you have any other essential items to add to this list? Please share with us!

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