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A guide to baby gear must-haves for new parents

A guide to baby gear must-haves for new parents

Welcoming a new baby into the world is an exciting and joyous experience for parents. As you prepare for you little one's arrival, one crucial aspect you need to consider is acquiring the necessary baby gear. With a plethora of options available, it's helpful to be able to distinguish between the must-haves and the items that can be skipped. To help you with this task, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help new parents navigate the world of baby gear, ensuring they have the essentials while avoiding unnecessary clutter.

Must-Haves

  • Safe car seatThis is the most important piece of baby gear you will buy. Make sure to choose a car seat that meets safety standards and is installed correctly. A reliable car seat is a non-negotiable for ensuring your baby's safety during travel. If you are unsure on how to install your little one’s car seat, there are professionals that you can hire to do the installation for you – including some baby shops.

  • Nappy supplies: This includes nappies (either disposable or cloth are available), wipes, nappy rash cream, and a changing pad/mat. You may also want to get a nappy pail or a wet bag to store dirty nappies.

  • Cot or bassinet: Your baby will need a safe place to sleep. A cot or bassinet is the best option, as they are designed to be safe for babies. While cots provide long-term usability, bassinets are convenient for newborns, offering a smaller, cosier space. Look for options that meet safety standards and when purchasing a cot have adjustable mattress heights for getting bubs in and out of their cot easily without hurting your back.

  • Feeding Essentials: For parents who choose to breastfeed, nursing essentials such as nursing bras, breast pads, and a breast pump (if you wish to bottle feed as well) are crucial. Bottle-feeding parents should invest in bottles, nipples/teats and a bottle steriliser. Burp cloths and bibs are also handy for feeding times.

  • Nursing pillow: A nursing pillow can be helpful for breastfeeding mothers. It can help to support your baby and make it more comfortable for you to feed your baby.

  • Pram/Stroller: A pram is a must-have for getting around with your baby. Choose a pram that is lightweight, easy to manoeuvre and easy to fold up to put in the car. Investing in a quality pram will make navigating outings with your baby a breeze. Consider features such as a reclining seat, adjustable handlebars, and a storage basket for added convenience. For newborns you might want to consider a bassinet attachment as well.

  • Baby Carrier: A carrier is a great way to keep your baby close while you are on the go. There are many different types of carriers available, including carriers, slings or wraps, so you can find one that is comfortable for both you and your baby. Babywearing provides numerous benefits, including bonding with your baby and having your hands free.

  • Baby Clothing: Newborns can go through multiple outfit changes each day, so having an adequate supply of baby clothing is essential. Opt for comfortable onesies, socks, hats, and mittens or a practical zipper romper that includes socks and hand covers. Remember to choose sizes suitable for your baby's age and for climate. Babies grow quickly, so you will only need a few outfits at a time.

Must Haves for you:

  • Medicine & Nourishment: Pain relief to relieve pain from childbirth is essential in the first week or so after delivery so make sure to have basic pain relievers like paracetamol or ibuprofen on hand Stool softener is helpful to prevent constipation, which is a common problem after childbirth.

    It is important to stay hydrated and well-nourished during the postpartum period. Keep a supply of healthy snacks on hand, such as granola bars, fruit, and nuts and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  • PostPartum Underwear/pads:  After giving birth, women suffer from postpartum bleeding. This can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks (some women may bleed for longer or shorter than this). During this time new mothers will need to wear either disposable postpartum underwear or pads. Initially after delivery and you have a heavy flow, new mothers can suffer from caesarian or perineum wound leaks, their pads bunch up, and underwear pulling up tightly. Partum Panties offer a disposable postpartum panties product that enables a faster postpartum recovery while providing comfort and convenience. You can shop our range here.

  • Comfortable clothing: This includes loose-fitting pants, shirts, and underwear. You may also want to get a nursing bra if you plan to breastfeed.

  • Postpartum Support Wear: Support wear can help you to move around easier in your postpartum journey while your body adjusts back to not being pregnant. Good support wear provides gentle but strong compression that won't overload delicate wombs. Our support wear can be worn on top of Partum Panties or pads.

Don’t Needs

  • Baby Bouncer: Bouncers can be helpful for keeping your baby entertained, but they are not essential. You can usually get by with just a swing or a play mat.

  • Baby bathtub: You can bathe your baby in a sink or a large plastic tub. There is no need to buy a special baby bathtub.

  • Too Many Baby Toys: Babies don't need a lot of toys. A few simple toys, such as a rattle or a stuffed animal, will be enough to keep them entertained. Little babies are easily entertained by simple objects.

  • Baby Food Makers: When it comes to feeding your baby solids, a specific baby food maker is a nice to have - but a blender will work just fine.

  • Wipe Warmer: As long as you aren’t leaving your baby wipes outside during winter, a baby wipe warmer is not essential.

Tips for Saving Money on Baby Gear

  • Buy used: You can save a lot of money by buying used baby gear. There are many great deals to be found on websites like Ebay and Facebook Marketplace. Just be careful to make sure that your purchases meet current safety standards.

  • Borrow from friends or family: If you know someone who has recently had a baby, ask them if you can borrow some of their gear. This is a great way to save money and try out different products before you buy them.

  • Shop around: Compare prices from different retailers before you make a purchase. You may be able to find a better deal on the same product from a different store.

  • Wait for sales: Many retailers have sales on baby gear throughout the year. If you can wait, you may be able to get a great deal on the gear you need.

These are just a few of the must-haves and don't-needs for new parents. It is important to do your research and decide what is best for your family. With a little planning, you can save money and invest time into ensuring that you are set up well for your postpartum journey and taking care of your new baby.

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