When you first find out you are expecting it is easy to become overwhelmed by the number of baby products on the market. According to a 2010 USDA report, the average middle-income family will spend roughly $12,000 on child-related expenses in their baby’s first year of life. Yikes!
The good news is, despite what the big box stores will tell you, you really don’t need much before baby arrives. We have put together a list of the 8 most essential items to have prior to the arrival of your newborn.
8 Newborn Essentials for the Minimalist
**remember, this is just a list to have ready for when baby comes. You will need to be ready to acquire more of some of these items, but it all depends on your baby and schedule (and desire to do laundry). **
1. 4-6 outfits (Newborn or 0-3months)
Depending on the time of year baby will be born, you can get away with a couple of onesies, sleepers and hats. During the first couple of weeks it is important to have plenty of skin to skin time with your newest addition, so you may even find that baby spends most of it’s time in a diaper right up against your skin! (If you are having a winter baby be sure to have the appropriate outwear ready)
2. 5-6 receiving/swaddling blankets
A small handful of organic cotton blankets can be used to swaddle baby, act as a change pad or can be used to clean up spit up.
3. 2 nursing bras
Good fitting nursing bras make those first few weeks with your new nursling a whole lot easier.
4. Newborn diapers (disposable or cloth)
Have at least one pack of newborn disposable diapers or 8-10 cloth newborn diapers to start (you will need to be ready to buy more of either as time goes on and you settle into your schedule).
Have at least one pack of wipes ready for when baby arrives. If you would prefer reusable wipes, simply have around baby washcloths and moisten them with a spray bottle.
Have it installed and ready to go weeks prior to your due date; whether you are planning a hospital, birth center or home birth.
7. Carrier or wrap
If you want to be able to use your arms and keep baby happy, a carrier, wrap or ring sling is a must! See if you can find a baby wearing support group in your area to try on different carriers and choose the one that fits you best.
8. Someplace safe for baby to sleep
Wether that be your bed if you plan on bed sharing, or a crib/bassinet, ensure you have a safe place for baby to sleep.
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