I recently read through a list of what you need for a new baby and was amazed that anyone would ever be able to afford it all. So bearing in mind that you may not have an unlimited supply of money, I just want to give you the very basics you will need when your bring baby home. Just remember, necessity is the mother of invention.
There are a lot of things you can make do without. For instance, do you really need a change table? If you cant afford a change table mat, why not throw a rug on any flat service, put a clean sheet over it and use it as a change table and also for bathing baby. After all up until about 30 years ago change tables were unheard of.
What you really do need is some very practical things. For example when you bring baby home you are going to be very busy so eliminate as many jobs as you can now. Why not cook and freeze enough meals to last for about a week. That way you just have to heat and eat but make sure they are good nourishing meals. You need to stay healthy for your baby.
By this time you will have your port packed for the hospital so all your partner has to do is grab it and go. Have you considered that your normally strong, calm, rational man might degenerate into a blithering, panic stricken idiot when the time comes? Perhaps you should put the port into the car now so he doesn’t forget it.
One thing you really will need is lots of clothes for baby. Babies can be messy little critters and may need to be changes several times a day so extra clothes are really essential.
Baby will need the essentials of a place to sleep with good bedding and bed clothes and with any luck one of the brand new grandparent will spring for a a bassinet. If no improvise. My first baby slept in a pram beside my bed. That way if he sighed I heard him. Having baby beside you at night puts your mind at rest and removes the need for a baby monitor(but never in your bed please).
You will need lots of nappies of course and creams for baby as well as a mild organic soap as well as a gentle baby shampoo for bath time. You will also need a mild soap for washing babies clothes. remember babies skin is very new and very tender.
You may also want to have a supply of cotton balls and cotton buds. Cotton buds are the best for cleaning your baby’s umbilical cord until it has fully healed.
For your self you will need a few nursing bras and breast pads if you are planning to breast feed. If not you will need sterilizer, bottles, teats and an age appropriate formula.
Before baby comes is a good time to talk to your partner about his role when baby is new. There is absolutely no reason why he can’t cook a meal, do a little cleaning and generally pick up the slack while you are taking care of an often demanding brand new baby.
If you read through the lists about what you need and wonder how on earth you are ever going to get it all because of the cost then simply break it down to the basics and don’t forget you can rely on what Nanna knows.
My very best wishes to you and the new baby when he/she arrives and remember God will never give you a problem you can’t handle. It usually just takes some down to earth common sense and you can always get that from a Grandmother.