Every new mom wants to give her baby the best of everything, but with so much going on every minute of every day before the stork arrives it's sometimes hard to keep all the ducks in a row ... not to mix waterfowl metaphors.
Mommies who have already been to the big dance may not have as tough a time since they a) might have a lot of what they need in the form of hand-me-downs and b) have a better understanding of what they're doing thanks to past experience, but new moms have to start from scratch.
That's why ATGStores.com has put together this checklist for mommies-to-be that may be anxious about having everything they need to bring home baby.
- Swaddling Clothes - Okay, so they don't dont have to be swaddled, but the baby will need clothes, blankets and other snuggly things to keep her or him cozy and warm. Onesies, booties, caps, tiny shoes and other adorable goodies are a must right from the get-go.
- Bathing / Changing Must-Haves - There's a fair chance your new baby won't see a speck of dirt until he or she gets mobile, but food and dirty diapers are enough to make up for the mountain of muck that will come later. While you're waiting for the transition, you'll have to stock up on diapers, and bathing necessities like towels, wraps and tubs.
- Baby Carrier - Everyone always says you won't drop the baby ... but anything's possible. A simple carrier like a sling, wrap or baby backpack are a great alternative to bulkier strollers. They store and travel easy, and are great to have as an extra hand when there's a lot of baby holding going on - like when he or she first arrives.
- Stroller / Car Seat - Baby carriers are nice, but they are what a bicycle is to an SUV on the baby highway of life. Sometimes you just need a little more oomph and strollers and car seats deliver plenty. Stroller-car seat combos deliver even more, but may not be ideal for the city-dwelling mommy.
One thing is certain: there is a stroller and/or car seat built just for you and your new baby. They come in all shapes and sizes, and some of them have features that would make you laugh out loud if you weren't thinking like a baby. Front snack tray with "supersize" cup holder? Yes, please!
- High Chair / Feeding with Flair - Ah, to be able to eat like a baby! Existing in a world where flavor is an afterthought and calorie intake is not a thought at all is a dream come true, but baby needs to have a sturdy booster seat and/or high chair to fully enjoy the decadent life. Bibs and utensils are optional ... for the baby, anyway.
- Crib - There is an excellent, reliable crib available at ATGStores.com for any budget and you can't go wrong if you keep a few simple rules in mind. To make it easier, we've arranged them as a list of "Don'ts." Don't buy a crib with slats that are spaced too far apart. Don't buy an unfinished wooden crib - splinters! Don't buy a wheeled crib if the wheels don't lock. Don't buy anything made with toxic materials. Don't ignore the assembly instructions if assembly is required.
And last, but certainly not least, don't buy anything that hasn't been certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
- Health & Safety Items - New moms are generally pretty concerned that they're somehow going to break their newborn ... and they should be! Just kidding. Babies are fragile, but they're also very resilient and most arrive with new-mommy proofing already built in. Even so, there are lots of things you'll need to make sure they stay safe and healthy.
Baby monitors and pacifiers are obviously necessities, but baby thermometers, safety gates and latches and locks will also come in handy. Thinking about hiring an "au pair" off the Internet? Home video surveillance equipment makes a nice add-on.
- Nursery Furniture - One might think that a crib would fall under nursery furniture, and technically it does, but the difference is that a crib is a must. Like all of the items listed before it, you must have one. Nursery furniture, on the other, merely makes your life far easier. You arguably don't need it, kind of like you don't "need" chocolate.
Dressers, changing tables, rocking chairs,
hampers and other assorted nursery niceties do, however, make raising a baby way less difficult. After all, you're not going to have a free hand for your candy if you don't have a place to store and stow everything else.
- Toys and Decor - This is the last of the list and an attempt to end things on a fun note. If you haven't saved your My Little Pony collection and Punky Brewster posters from yesteryear, you may want to upgrade your baby's toy selection and room decor.
Baby bouncers and other doodads that encourage locomotion are also fun, and a great way to get baby out of the crib and into the mix without the risk of rolling off of something ... or under something ... or into something ...
You get the point, and hopefully with a little help from some of these gadgets from ATGStores.com you'll also get a lot more joy and peace of mind from your new mommy experience.
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