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Your Baby Must-Haves: Essential Items For the First Year

When you are expecting a baby, it can seem like everything is an essential. During the first year of your baby’s life, you undoubtedly want to make sure that they have everything that they need. For first time parents, deciphering what an important item is, and what is not, is a difficult task. After all, you don’t want to leave anything off the list.

The anticipation of a baby can be consuming. Many expectant parents want to shop until they drop so that their precious bundle of joy has everything they need. As any parent will tell you, you will probably buy too much! But, with so much choice on the high street and online, it can be difficult to stop buying things for your much-anticipated baby.

If you want to be a bit savvier with your cash, or you need a helping hand with baby essentials, look no further.

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Clothes

Let’s be honest; you are probably looking at a lot of clothes for your baby. But, do bear in mind that friends and family are just as eager to buy your new baby clothes too. Get the essentials and nothing else. Seven sleepsuit, pyjamas and baby grows will ensure that you have enough clothes to come back from the hospital. Do buy the next size up. Your baby will grow quickly. Scratchsleeves are important for a baby so that they do not scratch themselves in their first year. Bibs are essential too. Muslin cloths are helpful, for keeping warm and feeding baby. You don’t need to buy a lot, stick to the must-haves.

Furniture

A cot is a must-buy purchase, as is a pram or pushchair. A small wardrobe and a chest of drawers can be considered an essential purchase. Avoid changing tables. These are costly and are rarely used. Opt for a changing mat that you can roll up and take with you.

Baby Gear

A baby carrier and a car seat are essentials. A baby carrier and car seat may come as part of your pram set, but sometimes they are optional extras. A car seat is mandatory. It is always best to buy these new as you may not be sure as to whether the car seat has been involved in an accident. If it has, its safety features may be reduced. This can have an impact on the baby. A baby carrier is a great way to carry your baby next to you. For some parents, they like the feeling of contact with their child. It can also be a practical solution if you don’t want a stroller.

Breast or Bottle?

Whatever you decide, it is your choice. But, if you are opting for the bottle route, you need to have a full range of electrical goods at your disposal. Obviously, bottles are a must, but sterilising equipment is vital. Bottle brushes are a must. Burp cloths and bibs are vital. If you are breastfeeding, make sure that you have a breast pump handy. Some women need it; others don’t. But, it’s always best to have one just in case.

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