Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing- try to separate the idea of what stores & society says your newborn baby needs vs what they really need.Â It is easy (and expensive) to get carried away and buy babies- whether it is your baby or neice/nephew, grandchildren or friend’s all the latest gadgets and toys with all the bells and whistles.
Surrounding our babies with so much “stuff” has become a national past time!Â Although we mean well-a baby really needs far less than what our culture has evolved into thinking she does.Â I came across this wonderful piece of advice on Moms From Boston and Beyond to share with our readers:
The truth is, a baby doesn’t need much at first, especially if you are breast feeding which, by the way, is one of the best gifts you can give your child because it helps keep him or her healthy and it helps you develop a wonderful bond with your infant. Once you get the hang of it, it’s also a whole lot easier than dealing with formula.
You also need a place for the baby to sleep. Something small works best in the beginning, a bassinet, or a cradle, because babies feel safer when they feel contained; it’s one reason why knowing how to swaddle a baby is important.
If you are going to take the baby in a car, you need an infant car seat. This could be your single most expensive purchase. Avoid used car seats (you don’t know if the seat has been in an accident) and be sure to get professional help in learning how to use it properly.
As far as clothes go, in the beginning, you need:
* Three or four receiving blankets, the kind you can swaddle your baby in;
* Newborn diapers
* Six to 8- onesies (those little one piece-outfits that have snaps between the legs);
* 4 to 6 pairs of infant socks;
* baby cap or hat.
* Infant sleep wear, including sheets and infant blanket.
As far as baby toys, the best toy for infants is you — your face, your voice, your skin. Infants are very sensory oriented, they love to hold your fingers and and they love to look at you, especially when you talk to them and make expressive faces.