We are steadily approaching the due date for baby boy in December. Accordingly, I’m creating a checklist for new parents to consider when welcoming a newborn.
1. Sleeping Arrangements
It may be several weeks before your newborn transitions into a crib, but this is going to something you want set up. Initially, the mattress will be at the highest position, and you’ll gradually lower it as baby grows and reaches developmental milestones.
The other item we are going to use for baby boy is the HALO™ Bassinest Swivel Sleeper.
In our new home, his bedroom is at the opposite end of the hallway from the master bedroom. Accordingly, the HALO™ Bassinest Swivel Sleeper will be a time saver for us during frequent night feedings and diaper changes. Plus, it’s reassuring to glance at your beautiful baby resting peacefully beside you.
Other items to consider for a sleeping baby:
- Baby monitor & camera
- Footie pajamas that zip (who wants to fumble with snaps at 2 a.m.?!)
- Several crib sheets for quick changes
- Nightlight – the less you disturb your newborn during nightly feedings and diaper changes, the more likely he/she will fall back to sleep
2. Diapers & More
Guess what? Newborns poop and pee…a lot! Have plenty of diapers, wipes, and diaper cream on hand.
Wait to open and organize the diapers until baby arrives just in case he/she is a big baby and already has outgrown the newborn diapers. Most stores will let you exchange an unopened box of diapers for a different size.
Other items to consider:
- changing mat
- nail clippers
- baby soap
- soft wash cloths
- baby bath tub
- baby lotion
Whether you plan to breast feed or formula feed, there are many items that can ease the process for you and your newborn.
Here are a few of my must-haves:
- slow flow nipples
- breast pump (check with your health insurance as many new moms get this for free)
- milk storage bags
- nursing pillow
- nursing tank tops/bras
- burp cloths
4. Car Seat
Most hospitals won’t let you carry your baby out of the hospital without securing him/her into an infant car seat.
Because I was a first time parent, I even had my car seat checked for proper installation at a local seat check site with certified child safety passenger technicians (CPST).
5. Cord Blood Banking
When I was pregnant with Jada, I remember being overwhelmed by the information on pregnancy and having a newborn. As a new parent, you want to be as informed as possible when making decision that impacts your family and baby.
- Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing the blood remaining in your newborn’s umbilical cord. The blood within your baby’s umbilical cord contains young stem cells that have the potential to heal
- Presently, cord blood can be used in the treatment of approximately 80 diseases, including certain cancers, genetic diseases & blood disorders.
- ViaCord has been safely collecting and storing cord blood for over 20 years.
- Collecting umbilical cord blood is a safe, painless procedure that won’t disrupt you, your newborn, or your birth plan.
- While collecting and storing cord blood is not inexpensive, it’s much more affordable with thanks to ViaCord payment plans.
Thankfully this pregnancy, my doctor’s office provided information on cord blood banking early, so we could make an informed decision. It’s important to do your research and know your cord blood options, so you can make the decision that’s right for your family.
6. Ask for Help
Have you heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,”? It really does.
It was so hard for me to admit I needed help. I mean, how does this 8 lbs human require so much work?! Swallow your pride, and learn to ask for help or take what is offered to you.
Plan to have family visit (not all at once!!) in order to provide some relief in the early stages. And, if you need to, seek the assistance of a trusted friend, baby sitter, or nanny for a few hours a week to give you, as a new parent, some relief. It’s hard, but this little baby is so worth it!
What is on your newborn checklist?
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