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 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 many things unused from my first pregnancy.

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I understand the mentality of every new parent-to-be. They always want the best for their baby, especially with the first one. When I was pregnant with my first child, I wanted almost everything brand new. When relatives handed used baby clothing to me, I was critical, thinking that those were old and worn so I kept buying new ones. Little did I know that babies outgrow clothing so rapidly.

Here’s a list of my 28 must-buy items new parents-to-be so that you won’t overshop:

1. Crib or Bassinet: Choose a crib or bassinet that meets safety standards, with sturdy construction and slats that are close enough to prevent the baby’s head from getting stuck.

2. Mattress and Fitted Sheets: Opt for a firm mattress that fits snugly in the crib or bassinet, and use fitted sheets specifically designed for that mattress size.

3. Baby Monitor: Consider whether you need audio-only or video monitoring, and choose one with features like night vision and two-way audio.

4. Stroller: Consider factors like size, weight, maneuverability, and compatibility with car seats when choosing a stroller, and look for one with features like adjustable recline positions and a large canopy for sun protection.

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5. Diapers: Stock up on newborn-sized diapers, and consider getting a variety of brands to see which ones work best for your baby’s needs.

6. Wipes: Look for wipes that are gentle and hypoallergenic, and consider buying them in bulk to ensure you always have plenty on hand.

7. Clothing: Choose soft, comfortable fabrics like cotton, and opt for easy-to-remove clothing for diaper changes.

8. Swaddle Blankets: Look for blankets made from breathable materials like muslin, and consider getting ones with Velcro or snaps for easy swaddling.

9. Baby Carrier or Sling: Consider factors like comfort, ease of use, and ergonomic design when choosing a carrier or sling.

10. Breast Pump (if breastfeeding): Decide between manual and electric pumps, and consider whether you need a single or double pump depending on your breastfeeding goals and lifestyle.

11. Bottles and Formula (if bottle-feeding): Choose bottles with slow-flow nipples suitable for newborns, and consider buying a variety of brands to see which ones your baby prefers.

12. Bottle Sterilizer and Bottle Brush: Look for a sterilizer that’s easy to use and fits the bottles you have, and choose a bottle brush with soft bristles to prevent scratching.

13. Breast pads and Nipple Cream (if breastfeeding): Consider whether you need disposable or reusable breast pads, and choose a nipple cream made from safe, natural ingredients.

14. Pacifiers: Look for pacifiers specifically designed for newborns, and consider getting a few different styles to see which one your baby prefers.

15. Baby Bathtub: Choose a bathtub with a non-slip surface and a contoured design to support your baby safely during bath time.

16. Baby Bath Products: Look for products that are free from harsh chemicals and fragrances, and consider choosing ones with moisturizing ingredients to keep your baby’s skin soft and hydrated.

17. Diaper Bag: Consider factors like size, style, and organization when choosing a diaper bag, and look for one with features like insulated pockets for bottles and a changing pad.

18. Nursing Pillow: Look for a nursing pillow with firm support and a washable cover, and consider whether you need one with additional features like a pocket for storing essentials.

19. Baby Towels and Washcloths: Choose towels and washcloths made from soft, absorbent materials like cotton, and consider getting ones with hooded designs to keep your baby warm after bath time.

20. Baby Nail Clippers or Scissors: Look for clippers or scissors specifically designed for babies, and choose ones with rounded edges to prevent accidental cuts.

21. Baby Thermometer: Consider whether you prefer a digital or analog thermometer, and choose one that’s easy to use and provides accurate readings.

22. Changing Table or Changing Pad: Look for a changing table or pad with safety features like straps to secure your baby during diaper changes, and consider whether you need one with additional storage for diapers and other essentials.

23. Diaper Rash Cream: Choose a diaper rash cream with soothing ingredients like zinc oxide or calendula, and consider whether you prefer a cream, ointment, or paste formula.

24. Baby Bouncer or Swing: Consider factors like motion, speed settings, and entertainment features when choosing a bouncer or swing, and look for one with a comfortable seat and a secure harness.

25. Baby Toys: Choose toys that are safe for newborns and designed to stimulate their senses, such as soft rattles, crinkle toys, and high-contrast mobiles.

26. Baby Books: Look for board books with simple, colorful illustrations and engaging textures or sounds to capture your baby’s attention during story time.

27. Car Seat: Choose a car seat that meets safety standards and is appropriate for your baby’s age, weight, and height, and consider whether you need one that can be used with a stroller travel system.

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28. First Aid Kit: Choose a first aid kit specifically designed for babies and include essentials like infant pain reliever, nasal aspirator, digital thermometer, bandages, and antiseptic wipes.

These items should help you prepare for your newborn baby’s arrival and ensure you have everything you need to care for them during those early months.

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