The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Newborn Preparation
by Celina Wigle and Jennifer Mayer
As your due date approaches, there’s often so much focus around the upcoming experience of birth, as there should, however, I find this leaves many new parents wholly unprepared for the moments and days after coming home from the birth. The following are items new parents have found helpful and often not on hand when needed most during those early weeks with a newborn.
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Newborn Size Diapers and Clothes
If your baby's estimated birth weight is under 10 pounds they will need NB size clothing and diapers at least for the first 2 weeks. I recommend at minimum having three newborn size onesies. If your baby's estimated birth weight is 6 pounds or less, preemie size diapers and onesies may be in order.
If you’re interested in cloth diapering, I highly recommend the cloth diaper services based in Brooklyn, NY called Diaperkind. Even thou you’ll want to use disposable diapers for the first week until the meconium is finished, using cloth after that is works really well. The diaper covers even prevent blowouts, which is a huge bonus for new parents.
Swaddling Blankets or Wraps
Many newborns love to be swaddled. The feeling of tightness helps them feel secure as they adjust to life outside the womb. Swaddling also helps reduce the “startle reflex” while babies sleep.
For information on swaddling techniques, check out Kimberly Bepler: http://www.7swaddles.com/
In a pinch anything can be a burp cloth however my favorite are the burpy bibs by Aden & Anais
Baby Nail Clippers and File
Newborn nails grow fast! Hospitals don’t trim your baby’s nails for you, so be sure to bring a nail file with you to the hospital.
Newborns shouldn’t be bathed often, as their skin can dry out. But a sponge bath to clean up any smelly grime works well when babies are small. You’ll want to use a gentle cleanser, such as Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash and body temperature water.
Baby wearing device suitable for newborns
The world of baby wear options has grown exponentially in the past few years and there are so many amazing options however this may be a bit overwhelming. For the newborn period you will want something made of soft fabric that is easy to use and wear and is designed and/or approved for newborn support. The following are the top 3 preferred by my clients babywearing in the first 3 weeks postpartum: JJCole, k'tan, Moby
Somewhere to put the baby
Newborn babies love to be held, and you truly can’t spoil a baby by holding him or her. But you will need a safe place to set your baby down every so often. Some good options are: Rock and play, Moses Basket
We hope this list is helpful for you as you prepare to welcome your baby. If you have any “must haves” for newborn care, we’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below.
Please check back next week, as we continue our Postpartum Series with “The Ultimate Postpartum Prep Guide for Moms”