If you are about to welcome your baby bundle of joy, then you should definitely pause for a moment and see if you have the essentials to look after the baby! Most parents do not need to be reminded of making the purchases, but there tends to be a confusion over exactly what should be purchased in the first few months. The most divided opinion is most probably with regards to baby gear and equipment. To help you make an informed choice, here is a list of the equipment you most definitely need:
- The car seat – if it was not already obvious, the first thing you should be buying at the baby store is the car seat for your baby. As you should be aware of, hospitals nowadays will not let you bring the baby home if you have not purchased a baby car seat and properly installed it in your vehicle, so make sure to make the purchase in time for the delivery! There are different types of car seats, generally divided as the infant car seat and the convertible one. The infant car seat will be used only for one at most (after which your baby will outgrow it), but it can be conveniently taken out of the vehicle and fitted onto a stroller. On the other hand, the convertible car seat works even for grown toddlers, but it is too heavy to be removed, and is permanently fitted to your car.
- An icandy peach pram – and you will also need a stroller, no matter what other people might say against this. The point, however, is that you should settle for a stroller that works for your situation. Strollers, just like car seats come in different varieties: the Steelcraft agile stroller, for example, is convertible and works for newborns, babies and toddlers. The most important thing you should be aware of is the weight of the stroller – the heavier, the easier it will be to use, but it will be difficult to carry it up the stairs or store it away. A light stroller is more difficult to use, but it is easier to store or carry.
- A baby cot – this is where you have many choices. When it comes to buying a bed for your baby, you might want to go ahead and buy a crib right from the start or you might be over your budget already. Regardless, a crib early on can prove troublesome – especially when you find that your baby is far from a peaceful sleeper. Bassinets or co-sleepers tend to work better in the early months, as they are easily accessible.