Your first pregnancy is an awesome adventure filled with a million firsts and even more questions. Never having given birth, never having been a parent; the closer your due date gets the more panic-stricken you become. Everyone is quick to give advice, family, co-workers, total strangers…everyone will tell you what you should be doing and what you absolutely must have or you are going to be a failure of a parent. Unsolicited advice was one of the things that drove me nuts but at the same time, I had no idea what I would need for myself or my baby. The internet is no help either, because everyone puts a list out there and thinks it is the definitive list, but every family is different.
It goes without saying that all new parents should be stocking up on diapers. Whether you choose cloth diapers,disposables or a hybrid, starting to buy them early can cut costs a lot. In addition to food and diapers, there are some things that seasoned parents all seem to agree are must haves. I took to our Facebook page to poll our customers and find out what they could not have done without.
Most parents seemed to agree that a swaddling blanket was a must have for a new baby. The Miracle Blanket got a lot of kudos, as did the Aden & Anais muslin swaddling blankets.
Every parent has their favorite must have baby carrier, From Ergo, Baby Bjorn and Moby Wrap…whichever you decide is your favorite, a baby carrier can make life as a new parent much easier. From calming an unhappy baby to just having hands free for a little while, baby carriers are tried and true must haves. Growing Up is a huge supporter of Boston Babywearers, a local nonprofit group dedicate to babywearing education.
From white noise cd’s to the Cloud B Sleep parents agree that white noise can make or break a good sleep Dr. Sears recommends white noise for babies (Read the 31 Ways to Get Your Baby to Sleep). White noise is great not just for night-time sleep though, they can also help calm a fussy baby during the day, by replicating the ambient noises your baby heard while in mama’s tummy :)
If you choose to breastfeed your newborn, a nursing pillow can really help you get into a comfortable nursing position. The Boppy seems to be the favorite pick. Once you and your baby have a comfortable nursing relationship without the pillow, it can be used for baby tummy time and aid in the ever challenging sitting up milestone.
There seems to be a 50/50 split on swing vs bouncy chair. I attribute that to baby preference. It’s hard to say ahead of time what your baby your child will like better, but it’s definitely helpful to have something on hand for those times when you need to put your newborn down. We all want to hold our infants as much as possible, however it’s also important for new parents to take showers and eat things, a comfy bouncy chair or swing can be your savior in those first months as a new parent.
There are so many more things that you can buy as a new parent, but most experienced parents will tell you that once baby comes, you can always go buy anything you need. Along with the must have list from our customers, they all agree on one thing…buy second-hand! It’s a little passed on tip that all of these things can be bought from a quality resale store, like Growing Up, for a fraction of the cost. A lot of the things you need for a newborn will be quickly outgrown, so why not save money to start with and buy second hand? We have a great selection of all of the above products in the store all the time. The best part is that once you and your child have outgrown the newborn things, you can bring them back into the store and resell them. Reselling gives you cash back for the baby goods or better yet, trade them in for the things you need for your child’s next stage.
Is there something you couldn’t live without when your child was a newborn?