- Car Seats – Buy an infant car seat. It faces the seat instead of the windshield for extra protection. Also, baby car seats double as baby carriers.
- Diapers – Stock up before birth so you’re ready. You’ll need tons of these!
- Strollers – You’re going to be busy once the baby arrives. Get a stroller ahead of time so you can still be on the go with your new infant.
- Crib – Sleep is so important for new babies, even if they don’t want to hit the sheets when you do. Assemble the crib ahead of time so it’s ready for baby’s first night home.
- Bath center – Rub-a-dub-dub! Consider getting a baby bathtub to make bath time quick and easy.
- Gentle detergent – You’ll be washing lots of clothes, so play it safe with a skin safe detergent.
- Music – Music is extremely calming for newborns. Before the baby comes, make a few playlists with soothing songs. When your baby is fussing or unhappy, you’ll be glad you’ve got some music ready.
- Baby monitor – Be sure you can hear your new baby at all times with a baby monitor.
- Outlet covers – Keep little fingers safe. Cover your outlets in advance.
- Gate – keep your baby out of harm’s way with a simple baby gate.
- Spring latches – If you have low cabinets in your house, install spring latches. It’ll keep a child’s hands from being pinched and your pots and pans from being tinkered with.
- Baby wipes – Whether you’re changing diapers, cleaning up spills or sanitizing toys, baby wipes will come in handy immediately.
For Parents – Don’t forget to prepare yourself too! Here are some quick tips.
Take time for yourself – Once a baby comes into your home, free time will be a thing of the past. Go out to the movies, enjoy dinner with friends and treat yourself to some rest and relaxation.
- Network with first time parents – Remember that you’re not alone. One way to keep a level head when raising a baby is to find other parents going through the same things. Form a new parent network and build a community of support.
- Communication and patience – Keep an open level of communication with your partner throughout the pregnancy to ensure an easy transition to your new jobs as parents. Also, commit to being patient with one another. It may not be easy but always remember how rewarding your new baby will be.