It can be overwhelming thinking just how much stuff one tiny person needs and the cost can soon mount up. But the good news is that all these things can be easily split into what's a baby essential, what's handy to have and those bits and pieces that are by no means a must. Even if the buggy's been ordered but hasn't arrived yet, don't stress! There are only some baby essentials that you need from day one. You can invest in that all-singing/all-dancing baby sensory system centre later…
To make things easier, we've broken everything down for you so you can simply follow our lists below to help you tick off everything your new arrival actually needs. As with most things, we recommend that the earlier you start, the better as not only does this give you lots of time to do your research but it'll spread out the cost of some of the bigger items too.
To give you one less thing to sort out, here’s our handy Mother&Baby nesting checklist...
Finish any DIY projects
Make sure you’ve (read: partner – you’re far too busy watching Orange Is The New Black) has finished off all those DIY jobs you’ve been meaning to do, but avoid painting as paint fumes from latex paints can be toxic in pregnancy.
Give your house a proper clean
One of the most common features of the nesting instinct is getting your home ready for your newborn (cue frenzied hoovering and scrubbing). Well, they do say a tidy home equals a tidy mind…
Get your ‘baby areas’ ready
Let’s face it; you’re going to be having a lot of disrupted nights so make sure your baby feeding and changing areas are kitted out with everything you’ll need, at arms reach. Trying to remember where you left the nappy bags at two in the morning is not fun.
Choose your buggy
The average baby spends two hours a day in her buggy, so it pays to do your homework. Features to include - size, folding ability and comfort. If you need any more inspiration – see which buggies these celebrity mums have picked. See Mother&Baby's guide to the top pushchairs, here
Order/buy all your baby essentials
Wash and prepare your newborns clothing, blankets and towels to ensure all irritants are taken out of the fabric and stock up on baby supplies. You can never have enough nappies!
Batch freeze meals
You’re going to need all the energy you can get in the first few weeks as the reality of being a 24/7 mum to a newborn, kicks in. It’s likely you won’t have time to make yourself hearty meals, so make sure you’ve got some to hand in the freezer. Stocking up on plenty of nutritious snacks to keep you going throughout the day (and night) is also a must.
Install the car seat
After the initial few days back at home, it’s likely you’ll want to start getting out and about with your little one to introduce the bub to friends and family (there’s no way your mum in law is seeing the chaos of your living room!) Make sure you’ve installed your car seat beforehand to avoid a stress when you’re in a rush. A complicated installation and lack of sleep is not a recipe for success.
Get ready for the birth
Hospital bag packed? Birth plan sorted? All you need to do now is a practice run to the hospital and you’re ready.
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