How to prepare for the arrival of your Newborn Baby + Free Checklist!

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Thinking back to when I was a first time Mum, I was pretty clueless about what was truly essential for a newborn baby.

I’m a planner and I love to be as organised as possible and as an expectant Mum, this translated to me over-purchasing so many unnecessary and useless items! You can definitely be over-prepared when it comes to getting the house ready for a newborn baby.

When you’re looking around baby stores or scrolling through baby website, it’s all too easy to get carried away and over-buy.

I’m here to help!

Second time around, I had a much better idea of what I really needed to do and buy to be prepared for my baby coming home. I’m sharing my tips on what I believe you really need to do, to give you a starting point.

Newborn baby holding on to parent hand

How to prepare for the arrival of your Newborn Baby

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Where will your baby sleep?

You need to think about whether your baby will be sleeping in your room or in their own. We opted for our babies to share our room, in a co-sleeper or cot, for the first 4-6 months before we moved them into their nursery.

Once you have decided where your newborn will sleep, you can then decide what they will sleep in!

2. What will your newborn baby eat?

Do you plan to breastfeed or bottle feed? Or are you unsure?

Breastfeeding might be your aim but also consider if you need to buy bottles or bags to store the breastmilk sometimes. And lanolin cream might be your best friend in the early days.

If you’re planning to bottle feed, stock up on a few feeding bottles and a tin of formula, one recommended by your Midwife or Doctor. One thing I wouldn’t recommend is to overbuy on either of these items. Babies can be picky little things and some do not take to specific formulas or bottles. Keep receipts for all of your purchases so you can return non-used items!

3. What will you eat?!

Yes, what will you eat? As a new parent, you can so often be time-poor and sleep deprived. If you have time in advance of your baby arriving, consider making freezer meals so you have healthy meals on hand for days when you do not have the time or energy to cook.

Also stock up on some healthy snacks because newborn babies can feed for a long time and you can’t always move around! You’ll need something you can quickly grab to keep your energy levels up.

4. What needs to be cleaned?

It’s a good idea to give the house a good clean before your baby arrives, perhaps if you’ve started your maternity leave early. Rope in a few friends or family members to help!

You might like to also wash a few baby clothes in advance too. Don’t wash too many new ones though and keep receipts for them in case you need to change sizes. Babies have a lovely way of being unpredictable, their arrival size included!

5. What do you need to buy?

There are only a few real essentials but a million and one niceties when it comes to buying newborn baby products.

In my opinion, newborn baby essential items are blankets, clothing, nappies (cloth or disposable), some toiletries and feeding/breast feeding equipment/clothing.

After that, you might like to consider purchasing other items that could make your life easier when the baby arrives. These include a pram, car seat, video monitor, baby carrier, nursing chair and changing bag.

Then of course there is an endless list of other baby goodies that you might choose to go crazy buying!

If you’re an expectant parent, it’s so easy to feel over-whelmed by, well, everything!

I hope this list will help you get a clearer idea of how to prepare for the arrival of your Newborn Baby.

FREE CHECKLIST!

I’ve also put together a free checklist for those of you who want a detailed list of everything you might like to prepare – essentials and more! You can click here to download it now.

If you are already a parent, what advice would you give to one who is expecting their first baby?

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