The 5 items you really need before baby comes (not a cult product in sight!)
When it comes to baby shopping, it can be a little daunting knowing where to start. The dual energy of being overjoyed and overwhelmed at the same time can make it tricky knowing what the right products are for your growing family.
The nursery industry is a crowded marketplace, and for good reason. Each baby, family and lifestyle is different, and consequently there is a solution to every problem out there in the form of a new baby product! Here we help you focus on what is necessary as your primary list; babies really don’t need that much in the early days. So focussing on a handful of items may help highlight what you really need before baby comes.
- Car Seat and base
While the very first item you buy for your baby will most likely be a sweet little babygro or adorable pair of booties, the main purchase you need, without question, is a car seat! There is remarkable contrast between the drive to the hospital to have a baby, and the first drive home with baby safely strapped into their car seat. The journey there is full of anticipation, trepidation, apprehension, and excitement. The drive home really is worlds apart; the baby is here, and your new adventure begins. For many couples, collecting their car seat is one moment that really cements a new reality. A tiny human will be resting safe and snug in this vital piece of equipment and it’s so important to understand its function and be familiar with car seat safety. A reputable brand like Maxi Cosi, Kiddy, or Be Safe offer excellent rear facing infant car seats that will safely transport your previous cargo. All children should remain rearward facing for as long as possible for maximum safety in line with Isize legislation. Don’t forget you also need to purchase your base! Isofix bases have a click-and-go installation system, which also provides visual and audio confirmation when you have correctly installed the car seat. You should always choose a retailer who can fit child car seats for you, and who can show you how to fit it correctly yourself, and knowing how to adjust head rests and shoulder straps is really important as baby grows. Click Here for more on Car seats
- Buggy / Pram / Stroller
Once you have your baby safely home, you will at some point get cabin fever and want to get out and about. Choosing your travel system (car seat, base and buggy) is a very personal thing. You should think about a few things when making your purchase. Consider where you live; is it an urban area where you will be in and out of lifts, up and down off curbs, on and off public transport. Or will you be out walking on country roads perhaps, or on rougher terrain? The buggy’s wheels, suspension, and chassis size should be suitable to where you live and your lifestyle. Also remember the size of the boot of your car and your doorway into your home. You definitely want everything to fit easily! Babies need to remain in the lie flat position in a carrycot or bassinet from birth until the 6 month mark for optimum spinal development and to keep their airways open. Once they can sit up independently they then move into the seat unit. Most buggies and strollers can face both the parent and the world. And once baby turns around and faces the world, just wait until you see the delight in their little face! Click here for more
- Somewhere safe to sleep
Consider your space. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, babies first home will be filled with love from the moment they arrive home. By assessing how much space you have for where baby will sleep and the storage they will need, this will help you focus on what is really necessary to buy before they arrive. If you have a smaller space you might consider a bedside crib or cosleeper. Cosleepers are smaller than traditional cots and cotbeds, but slightly larger than a moses basket. They can be safely attached to your own bed or be used free standing. Using a cosleeper has been known to improve both baby’s and parents’ quality of sleep as it eliminates the need to physically get up out of bed to tend to your little one, they are within arm’s reach. And we’re all for getting more sleep any chance we can! If you have a larger space to play with, a cotbed is a great investment as it is larger than your traditional cot, therefore you will get longer out of it and most cotbeds convert into toddler beds. Coordinating dressers and wardrobes provide great storage solutions for those tiny adorable outfits!
- Changing time!
When you are changing up to 12 nappies a day, or more on a particularly ‘lucky’ day, then you will be thankful for a changing unit. Whether it is a cot top changer, changer with integrated bath or a dresser changer, creating a changing station at approximately hip height will save your knees and back from some serious aches and pains! Click here for more
However you chose to feed your baby, do what is right for you! For breastfed babies you already have everything you need. If you chose to express and use a bottle, or formula feed, a starter kit is a simple one box solution. Steriliser, bottles, teats more all in one box! Easy! Click here for more
A great way to start the process of shopping for baby is booking an appointment in Bella Baby for their complimentary personal shopping service. One to One consultations with nursery experts who can tailor your baby shopping list exactly to your specific needs. This service is complimentary in all Bella Baby stores; Galway, Dundrum, Cork, Maynooth and Twickenham in London.
Aoife Carty is a Mother of 2 young children and a Nursery Industry Insider. As Buyer in Bella Baby, she previews and tests the finest nursery products from around the globe and hand picks only the best for Bella Baby stores nationwide. Follow Bella Baby on Instagram