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What are the most important supplies/gear to buy when expecting a baby?

Important Gear and Supplies for Baby

Welcoming a new baby into the world fills your heart to the brim, but with this tiny bundle of joy requires a truckload of gear and gadgets. Before you empty your bank account, check out this helpful list of baby essentials

Crib or bassinet: Your baby needs a safe place to sleep. Whether you choose a crib or a bassinet, make sure it meets current safety standards.

Car seat: A rear-facing car seat is a must-have for transporting your baby safely. Make sure to choose a car seat that is appropriate for your baby’s age, weight and size, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and use.

Diapers and wipes: Newborns typically go through eight to 12 diapers a day, so having plenty of diapers (cloth or disposable) and wipes is essential.

Clothing: Babies grow quickly, so while you’ll want to have a selection of onesies, sleepers, hats, and socks, don’t overdo it. Be sure to have a few things in the next size up because they will seemingly outgrow their wardrobe overnight!

Feeding supplies: Whether you plan to breastfeed or formula feed, you’ll need some feeding essentials such as bottles, breast pumps (if breastfeeding), formula (if formula feeding), nursing bras and breast pads.

Bathtub: A small, portable bathtub or bath seat makes bathing your baby easier and safer. Look for a bathtub with a non-slip surface and support for your baby’s head and neck.

Swaddle blankets: Swaddling can help soothe and comfort newborns, so having a few swaddle blankets on hand can be helpful. Look for blankets made of soft, breathable fabric that allows for easy swaddling.

Diaper bag: A diaper bag is essential for carrying diapers, wipes, bottles, clothing and other baby essentials when you’re out and about. Look for a diaper bag with multiple compartments and features, such as insulated bottle pockets and a changing pad.

Baby Monitor: A baby monitor allows you to keep an eye (and ear) on your baby while they sleep or play in another room. Choose a monitor with features that meet your needs, such as video monitoring, temperature sensors and two-way audio.

Health and safety supplies: Stock up on essential health and safety supplies such as baby thermometers, infant nail clippers, baby-safe unscented laundry detergent, baby-safe cleaning products and a first aid kit.

Baby gear: Depending on your lifestyle and preferences, you may also want to consider purchasing a stroller, baby carrier or sling, infant swing, bouncer or rocker, play mat and high chair.

It’s also helpful to reach out to friends and family members who have experience with newborns for recommendations and advice, and recommendations for their favourite and most-used baby gear.

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