I remember vaguely that when I was pregnant with my first child, I was so excited that my shopping spree for baby started when I was into the fifth month of my pregnancy. Well, I wished I could have started off earlier but my very bad morning sickness kept me at home. However, during the second pregnancy, I did minimal shopping, only for the necessities as I realised that I have too much things unused from my first pregnancy.
I understand the mentality of every new parents-to-be. They always want the best for their baby especially with the first one. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had wanted almost everything brand new. When relatives passed me used baby clothings, I was critical, thinking that those were old and worn so I kept buying new ones. Little did I knew baby out grown clothings so rapidly.
Here’s a shopping guide to new parents-to-be so that you won’t overshop.
- Baby Cot – Check Lifecot, a 5-in-one Baby Cot
- Small little pillow with hollows in the center
- Bath Tub
- Milk Bottles – I used Avent milk bottles during the first few months as it helps reduce colic in babies. Thereafter, I switch to Pigeon brand for the milk bottle when they are older
- Long handle spoon for stirring milk
- Milk Bottles Steriliser
- Thermal Bag to keep milk warm during outing
- Breast Pump
- Disposable breast pad for mums
- Baby wipes – prepare more of these as new-borns poo more often due to breast feeding. Try Tollyjoy pH-balanced Fresh & Clean Baby Wipes, formulated with mild ingredients, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera extracts to ensure baby’s delicate skin is soothed, refreshed and moisturised. It matches the natural skin pH level of 5.5 to effectively clean without stripping off the skin’s natural moisture. It is gentle on skin and does not contain any fragrance, alcohol or parabens.
- Diapers – newborn size (Note: Get a pack first as they outgrown the new born size quite fast). Looking for disposable diapers? Try Moo Moo Kow Cloth Diapers.
- If you have a confinement nanny (Read here for some tips on getting a confinement nanny), you can get some cloth diapers. Let them wrap the baby with cloth diapers so as to prevent nappy rash.
- Cream for nappy rashes – some common brands are Drapolene, Johnson n Johnson and Bepanthen Napper Cream Ointment. These are usually good enough but if the rashes are bad, you could try Desitin for overnight relief as the effects last longer. These can be easily purchased from your neighbourhood pharmacy.
- Face towels – at least a dozen
- Towels for bath. Try Moo Moo Kow’s bamboo towels, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-static, these towels are super soft and gentle on sensitive skin.
- A few set of clothings (day wear and pyjamas)
- Mittens and booties
- Stroller (Looking for a new stroller? Check some tips on choosing a baby stroller).
- A diaper bag for all baby’s barang barang when travelling
- A little thermal flask, just in case you need to make milk for the baby during an outing
- Alcohol wipes (that’s for them to clean their umbilical cord during their initial few days. If I am not wrong, the hospital does provides a few pieces. If that’s enough for your usage, you can skip it.)
- Cotton buds
- Small bottle of baby oil
- Facial cottons – to clean baby’s face
- Small container for putting sterile water – for cleaning of baby’s delicate eyes
- Gripe Water – for colicky babies
- Baby detergent
We hope this serves as a check list for new parents. If we have left out any essentials, do share your views in the comment section below!