Child number one definitely prepared me for child number two. I knew exactly what I needed the second time around and this post is specially aimed at helping first-time moms know what they need the first time around. Inevitably you’ll find lists upon lists on the internet about what you “need” for your baby but in all honesty there’s a lot of stuff you don’t need that actually just complicate you and your baby’s life. So this list is the very basic. Very very basic. I’m talking survival must haves here. So here’s my list of 10 basic things you must have for your baby before they arrive.
1. Body vests
You will need plenty of these. As many as you can get. Plan as if you won’t be doing any washing daily because believe me, it can happen where you go a week without doing any washing, or even more!! 3-4 vests per day and multiply that by a week. And those non-body-vests are a waste of time as they creep up and don’t keep your baby warm or clothing in place.
I highly recommend the Clicks baby vests, the quality is great and they’re priced right. They are priced from as little as R54 for a 2 pack! Mine were gifted and I’m ever so grateful because after trying 1, I ended up buying more in every size! Go to your nearest Clicks store to grab these packs.
You will need plenty of these too. I am so in love with the latest trendy bandana bibs! Again, buy as many as you think will suffice for a week of no washing. The bib keeps baby’s top dry so once the bib is wet, you will need to change it. So plan around 4-5 bibs and multiply that by a week. Rather too many than too little.
I highly recommend the bibs from NextLevel Baby as seen above. They’re an online store and what a gem of a store! They’ve got bandana bibs that are colorful and bold, and super trendy. They come in packs of 3,4 and 5 (talk about variety). For the many moms who are always on the hunt for trendy bandana bibs, NextLevel Baby is the store for you. PS They currently have a sale and you can pay from as little as R129 for a pack of FOUR and you will find alot of other useful items in the store too! So hurry! Click on their website and Facebook links below to get in touch.
3. Baby wrap
Now if you want to successfully get through the first six weeks (and longer), and get anything done at all, you absolutely must invest in a baby wrap or carrier. Baby wearing is the absolute best for you and baby and there are so many benefits to it and I’ll be writing more on this soon, I promise. But in a nutshell, when you wear your baby with a wrap, you can keep him close to you (which is all he knows) and have your hands free to do whatever important tasks need to be done. I can honestly say that my baby wrap single handedly got me through many days with my baby. Ok ok, maybe coffee too, ha!
I highly recommend a NooNoo Pie wrap as seen above, also known as the NooNoo Pie Tie. I personally used one and they really are as great as they look in the pictures. They have a wide range of beautiful handmade baby wraps and deliver nationwide. And the colors available are absolutley gorgeous! From duck egg blue, to coral crush, and grey malange, just to name a few. Get yours by clicking one of the links below:
4. Burp cloths
Theres always milk spilling somewhere whether you’re breastfeeding or not. Leaking breasts, leaking bottle, baby burping and lets out some milk. But lets not cry over spilt milk, ha! You need at least 1 per day and again, multiply that by a week.
Mr Price Home has the cutest little burp cloths ever and you can buy them in packs of 3 from as little as R79.99 per pack! How awesome is that! They are pretty basic and practical and all that you need in a burp cloth. Gone are the days of toweling nappies used for burping baby. Infact, they are way more expensive than these burp cloths!
5. Baby grows
First of all, you need to separate the “home” baby grows from the “going out” baby grows. This way you will always have ample clothing for that last minute trip and keep the going out ones in going out condition! In my personal experience, you might need to change baby anything from 3-4 times a day. So again, multiply that by one week.
How gorgeous are these growers from NextLevel Baby! They’re colorful, trendy and 100% organic cotton. That is pretty much all one needs in a baby grow and I highly recommend them. They are inexpensive and great quality. Pair them up with a NextLevel Baby bib and you’re all good to go. Here are all the details you need to grab yours:
6. A baby thermometer
Whether you choose an old school or one of the latest digital thermometer, having one is an absolute essential. If you believe your baby has a temperature then he probably does so it’s important to know when his temperature has reached “take him to the hospital” temperature or if it can be treated at home.
The Clicks digital thermometer, as seen above, is perfect for the job!
7. Carry cot
This is such an amazing accessory to have. It’s great for when you’re out visiting as well as just at home. Having baby sleep in the carry cot during the day at home has a few benefits. You can move them around to where ever you are in the house. They will also learn to differentiate between day and night sleeping much sooner. And because baby will get used to the smell of the carry cot, he will sleep and settle easily when you’re out and about.
8. Baby toiletries
You only need the very basics in the beginning. You can always try out various brands and things later on, however start off with just the bare minimum. I suggest buying these all together at one shop like Clicks, it’s just easier that way, and Clicks has the best prices any way. Also, most of these of normally gifted to you at a baby shower however here’s a quick list to check against. PS, I’ve previously written an article on how to get free baby samples in South Africa which you will find handy.
- Bum cream
- Baby wash – A non-scented all in one head to toe wash is perfect)
- Massage lotion/cream – Non scented as babies have sensitive skin and you don’t know how baby’s skin will react
- Wet wipes – You’ll need plenty of these!! Work on around 1 pack a week. I highly recommend the Clicks baby wipes as they have a perfect balance of moisture and are easy to remove from the packet
- Ear buds – For cleaning baby’s naval area and around the ears (not inside)
- Nipple cream – This will be needed in your fist few months.
- Breast pads – Buying these in bulk will save you lots of pennies.
9. Nappy bag with changing mat
Firstly, always keep your nappy bag packed and ready to go. This will save you alot of time. You can buy a basic one which most retails stores sell or you could buy one of the more luxury leather nappy bags (There are some stunning local hand made ones around). If it doesn’t come with a changing mat then be sure to buy one separately but nappy bags generally do come with one.
For a variety of baby bags from basic yet practical to the pretty baby bag, to the modern mom styled leather baby bag, Woolworths have got them! They come in lovely soft baby colors too. Mmmm, they actually make me broody for 5 whole seconds ha! PS, You can grab them by clicking here and get your first shop delivery free of charge. T’s & C’s apply. Thank me later 🙂
10. Muslin cuddle blankets
In addition to the big warm blankets you will need, the muslin cuddle blankets are very useful as you can quickly wrap baby in one to settle baby and they usually fall of to asleep very quickly as they used to being “wrapped” tightly in moms womb.
Take Alot has such a wide variety of these, I seriously couldn’t decide which ones I liked most. I did however find that that Little Co is priced best and they’re pretty too! They have a pack of three for just R199. Get it through Take Alot here
So that is my list of the very basic things you will need and should purchase before baby arrives. Coming soon to the blog, is the extended list of baby must haves. So watch this space.
What were your must have items? Was there anything I missed? I would love to hear! Please let me and my readers know in the comment section below.
NB This is a sponsored post, however the views expressed in this article are strictly those of the author. Prices given are the prices as at the date of the post being published and are subject to change.
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