It’s been a while since me and the wife had our last baby. And while I must confess that I loved having each single one, I don’t think I’d ever want to have another kid. I’m growing too old for this nowadays. But the memory sure was fun.
Most couples don’t realize how many preparation they need to make in order to be well prepared for the coming of either a new boy or a new girl. The first one is going to be the biggest shocker. The second one not so much, because you’ve already been through it once. But the second one is still greatly enjoyable, don’t you worry about that! Just because you’ve seen it before, it doesn’t mean the whole experience is any less enjoyable!
1. Swaddle Blankets
These types of blankets are great for babies. With them, you can mimic the way a baby feels as if he or she was still in the womb. I’m sure you can imagine how comforting that is to a very young child.
If you know what’s good for you, you’ll buy two! You can use one and have the other ready for when the first one becomes dirty. You don’t want to be without swaddle blankets when your baby starts crying.
2. Changing Pad
Assuming you like going out every once in a while, you’re going to want to have a pad for changing your baby. Babies need to ‘go’ every once in a while, as I’m sure you are well aware. You can’t control any of this. You’re basically at mother nature’s mercy here.
And let’s face it… you can’t be putting your baby on any dirty ole’ surface. You don’t know who’s been there. By using a pad, you can put down your baby anywhere for a change, without having to worry that your infant child is going to catch something yucky.
3. Diaper Bag
Not only will you require diapers… you certainly don’t want to forget a big bag to put’em all in. Plus there is plenty of other stuff you’ll want to take with you besides diapers alone. Think of totes, bottles, blankets.
Having a good bag goes a long way in keeping you as organized as you can be. You can’t be stuffing it all in e backpack. Diaper bags are designed to carry loads of baby related stuff, so you’ve gotta make good use of one!
4. Good Stroller
Not all strollers are of equal build quality. Some of them will have wheels that continuously get stuck behind everything and this can be a real drag, especially when you are trying to get somewhere fast. But if you get a good one, you’ll have an easy stroll from A to B, if you catch my pun.
If you’re smart, you’ll get a foldable one. These can really come in handy. Let’s say you’re going on a car trip with the whole family. Surely, you’ll want to take your stroller so you can drag your baby along with you more easily?
5. Baby Food Maker
There are meal processors especially designed for small children. You can use these to make home made baby food. And the home made stuff is so much more nutricious than the jarred stuff you can get at the super market. You don’t think big brands are looking out for your kid’s health, do you?
You’ll want to buy your own vegetables and fruits and puree them. Then you can freeze them and you will be able to take them out whenever you like. Me and my wife used to make baby food for up to a week. And it only took us 20 minutes on a saturday morning to make it.
Much cheaper, much healthier, much more practical than any big brand baby food ever could be! So if you’re wondering which meal maker is the best on the market, follow the link and learn a thing or two.
6. Comfortable Carrier
Carriers are kind of like swaddle blankets. They keep the kid very close to the body and it sort of mimics how it feels when they were in the womb. It’s a very comfortable feeling to be close to somebody. And babies love being close to their mommies. Or daddies, for that matter!
Sometimes you’ll want to carry and sometimes you’ll want to stroll. It’s great to own both a carrier as well as a stroller, because it allows you to change things up and get some variation in your baby transporting activities.
7. Loads Of Diapers
Does this one even require explantation? Oh, boy… are you going to require a lot of these! I advice getting a big stash tucked away for near future use. If there’s anything babies are good at producing, it’s a big ole’ ball of brown clay. And you don’t want to be caught with your pants down, if you know what I mean!
You’re going to need both reusable ones as well as disposable ones. Reuse at home, dispose outdoors.
Just like with the diapers, you will want to get a good stash of these. And just like with diapers, you will want to get reusable ones as well as disposable ones. When you’ve got a kid, you’re going to be doing lots of wiping.
Trust me on that one.
This right here is currently the most popular kind of clothing item for young kids. Onesies, also referred to as body suits, are suits that cover the whole baby and they snap together at the legs.
Me and my wife always had lots of these. Babies like nothing more than a good onesie. Once again, it covers them completely and it kind of make them feels like they’re still in the womb, warm and protected. Or at least… that’s how I imagine the experience to be like!
10. A Good Crib
Babies need lots of sleep and they need a place to do it in. You can either go for a really nice looking one, or a really practical one. Round ones look nice, but convertible ones are more practical. Convertibles can be resized on the fly. That’s real handy for when your kid grows in size. And grow in size he will. Even faster than you can imagine!
If you want to find out which cradle is the best one for the money, then check out the page I just linked to and see if it can’t help you make a decent buying decision! Because you certainly don’t want to be suffering from buyer’s remorse on an expensive thing like this.
Summing It All Up
So there you have it, folks. This is the list you’re going to need in order to prepare yourself as well as you can for the coming of your (first?) baby. You’re still going to feel completely unprepared anyway, but that’s okay. It’s part of the normal procedure for a young couple becoming parents. And whether you become a happy parent or not, that is entirely up to you. The simple fact of the matter is that children can be a really great boon to your life’s happiness. You have to make the most of it and I’m sure you will find that, in the end, it was all totally worth it!