March 24, 2014
This time of year seems to be full of mothers-to-be! Whether you have just discovered that you are pregnant, or are a few weeks away from one of your most momentous and joyful experiences, baby gear will be your new buzz word! It is amazing how much gear a little baby needs. "Hand me downs" from friends and family are great, but a few nice new things for baby is a real treat too. Make sure you host a baby shower so that all your friends and family can share in your excitement, give you some much needed tips, and you will enjoy receiving some essential baby gifts - it all helps.
I remember receiving some old fashioned nappies at my son's baby shower. At the time I thought, "what will I do with these?". Well, a mum gave them to me and they became one of the most useful items! I used the nappies, just as we use swaddles nowadays - as a sunshade, over the pram; as a burp bib, over the shoulder; as a playmat, on the floor; as a swaddle in the cot; as a mop, to wipe up all manner of spills..their uses were endless and they washed and dried so easily. So I recommend a baby shower for receiving really helpful bits and pieces that you may never have bought yourself. I also recommend the gorgeous Aden + Anais Swaddle Wraps for the same purpose as the old fashioned nappies (and they are much more stylish!).
While I was feeling overwelmed at what I needed to buy - what was essential and what would I never use/waste my money on, a close friend came up with a list of items she said were essentials. I stuck to her list and it was so helpful (and saved me lots of money). I suggest you get a mum who has recently had a baby to give you her "Essentials List" and use it as a base for your own baby shopping list.
"Must Have" Baby Items Checklist
Here are a few baby "must have" items from our experience (each person will have their own opinion/list so we suggest you take from this list what suits you, and use it as a starting point):
We hope that we have come up with a starting Check List that is helpful and avoids too many unnecessary & expensive baby items. We have friends who swear by the baby sling to help prevent colic and reflux in their babies. But we have other friends who found it unhelpful and difficult to use. So, everyone will have different experiences but it is handy to have a starting point.
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