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What You Really Need for a Newborn - The Classy Housewife

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Home Home Parenting What You Really Need for a Newborn

What You Really Need for a Newborn

Diapers and Wipes

While your baby is still a newborn, you want to get the brand name diapers and wipes. That tiny, sensitive bottom will thank you for the quality and softness. Off brand wipes tend to be rough and don’t hold up that well. For a newborn, you need it to be both effective and comfortable. Off brand diapers are often ill fitting under a newborn’s umbilical stump, but the brand name ones often have a little dip in the front to accommodate that. Also, if you’re breastfeeding, the only indicator you really have to know if your little one’s getting enough milk is by how much they urinate. Pampers has a handy little wetness indicator to help you out with that.

Some Type of Bed

It doesn’t actually have to be fancy crib or bassinet. You can use a playpen, a Moses basket, or even a dresser drawer. No joke. Just tape down a thin receiving blanket to the bottom to make sure the baby doesn’t get splinters, and you’re good to go. You tape it down so the blanket doesn’t move around and end up suffocating the baby as newborns can’t yet hold their heads up to get away from the blanket. Obviously, you need to take the drawer out of the dresser place it on the floor next to your bed, or close by. Just don’t step on the baby!

Blankets

You will likely receive a ton of baby blankets as shower gifts. It’s okay! I got around 40 blankets total during my pregnancy, and those blankets really came in handy. The thicker blankets should only be used when you’re awake, as they could suffocate the baby. The receiving blankets, however, worked for everything. Swaddling the baby, throwing one over my shoulder when I burped the baby, placing under the baby during diaper changes, and cleaning up the spilled milk at 1 AM.

Practical Clothing

Onesies are easy during the day, and swaddling the baby will eliminate the need for pants and socks. Gowns are great in the middle of the night when fumbling with little snaps could cause a mommy meltdown. Sleepers are good for babies that hate to be swaddled, but be sure to get the ones with zippers, the ones with a million snaps will likely only get worn once. The newborn hat from the hospital, as everyone, including babies, lose heat through their heads.

Bottles and Bottle Brush

Even if you’re breastfeeding, you may want to pump and will need bottles for that. If you plan to breastfeed, it still wouldn’t hurt to have a bottle, bottle brush, and small can of formula ready just in case you have milk problems and need to supplement.

Baby Soap

Really, you can hold the baby in the sink without a tub of any kind. What you really should use, if nothing else for bath time, is body wash specifically for babies. Newborn skin is so sensitive that adult soap could harm them. I prefer Johnson’s, but if you don’t want to pay the price for special baby was, Ivory soap will likely work as well.

Medical

Rectal thermometer, infant Tylenol and medicine dropper, nasal aspirator, and nail clippers. Pediatricians prefer for temperatures to be taken rectally for newborns, as it’s will give the most accurate reading. If your baby does have a fever, you’ll need fever reducer and a medicine dropper to dispense it. Newborns cannot blow their noses, so you need a nasal aspirator to get their mucus out for them. Newborns are notorious for having sharp nails and clawing their faces, which is why nail clippers are a necessity.

And of course, the car seat!

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