Shopping for a new baby can be an overwhelming task. But, if you have an organized list, your shopping experience will be much more pleasant.
This post was written by English writer Stacey Barton.
Shopping for Baby
I love a good list as much as the next woman. Write it down and tick it off. When I found out I was pregnant, believe me the whole house was pretty much covered in lists by the end of the day! Lists of things to do, places to go, people to see and most importantly stuff to buy.
It got rather confusing in fact as I had written so many lists I hardly knew what I had done and what I had yet to do. As the weeks wore on I felt increasingly bogged down with all my jobs, instead of feeling happy and excited about the birth of my baby. Every day was more a case of groan, look at the clock and worry about how I was going to fit in painting the nursery, shopping for baby clothes, visiting the midwife and meeting my other Mum-to-be friends, rather than simply being happy about the baby!!!
So, my advice to any pregnant ladies out there is to write one definitive list for your pregnancy and stick to it religiously. It can be an all-encompassing list, perhaps colour coded to help you feel on top of things. Better yet, why not add in a ‘deadline’ column so you know when items needed to be completed by. Careful though, or you’ll end up feeling like you’re still at work when you’ve gone on maternity leave!
Trust me, when you fall pregnant, the world and his wife will be giving you ‘useful’ advice on what kinds of things you need to buy and prepare for the baby. From personal experience, when it comes to the baby shop, I would invest in a decent pair of ear muffs and get on with it. Perhaps trust the opinion of those closest to you – your own Mum and, dare I say it, Mother-in-Law. Listening to everyone else’s advice can be tiring at least and stressful at worst.
Hopefully, you currently have some disposable income, which can be handy when it comes to baby stuff. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably find that enough is never enough. To help you streamline what you need to buy, I have put together a handy list of essential purchases for your new arrival. This should see you happily through the first six weeks after the birth.
Before you purchase the items, shop around online to see if you can get some good deals. You are many baby shops out there that you probably haven’t heard of that sell everything you need for reasonable prices. It may be the case that you can purchase some items second hand, although you must ensure that they still comply with all necessary safety standards and that they are in a good condition. You may be lucky enough to have some friends who are happy to lend you baby stuff, in which case take advantage of any generous offer which comes your way!
Items you need to purchase:
- Car seat
- Baby bed
- Sleep suits x 7
- Vests x 7
- Cardigan x 1
- Jumper x 1
- Hat x 1
- Changing mat
- Bibs – several
- Towels – lots!
- Baby wipes
- Soft flannel
- Bottles/bottle brush/nipples
- Nursing bra and pads
There are of course many more items you may wish to purchase which will make looking after baby that bit easier. These are just the bare essentials that you simply can’t do without! Enjoy your baby shopping and just think – when the baby is born you can have loads of fun shopping for baby clothes instead! Another list might be called for methinks!
About the author:
A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.
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