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It think it would be fair to say that after the realities of actually finding out you are having a baby the next thoughts turn to the logistics of it all.
Essentially having a baby is one of the most costly things you can do, apart from buying a house. So it will come as no shock that most parents would like to save money where they can and I am with them on that.
However I see more and more people stressing over what to buy so here’s a surprisingly small list of the basics you need for a newborn.
Over recent years gone is ‘must have’ attitude to having a pushchair and now many parents are opting for a good quality baby carrier instead. Obviously this will all depend on your own personal circumstances and how you get out and about, both on your own with baby and if there are any siblings in tow.
Secondhand is fine but make sure before investing in any pushchair or prams that you know what you are looking for. Will you use it everyday?, will it need to carry shopping?, what features do you think you would like? Be honest with yourself as any mistakes buying can be costly and so if you are buying new you need to look at online retailers and check out some of the brands that have been established for some time like Britax, Maxi-Cosi and Maclaren.
Bottle or breast we know the argument but which ever method you are going to go or in some cases have to go its best to be prepared.
I breastfed in the first few weeks I preferred to express and so needed bottled and steriliser anyway. Even if you breastfeed you will need some method of sterilising even if it’s only for dummies and cups.
Although boiling is a free method you can pick up cold water sterilisers cheaply enough or even just a tub with some sterilising tablets! No need to fork out on expensive equipment in the beginning.
Many of us fall down on this one and the urge to splurge takes hold, however realistically 6-8 sleep suite along with 6-8 vests are the main bits you need, add in some cotton hats, scratch mittens and a cardigan and you have it covered. After a week baby will most likely have grown out of them all and you will have to replace so why not save those pennies for then.
For us we didn’t have the space to use any kind of co-sleeper but did have the pleasure of using a more modern moses basket called Snuggle Dreami which worked a treat as we were able to take it downstairs and use during the day too.
Sleeping arrangements can be a delicate subject for some and as long as parents are following health visitor guidelines then buy from there.
However blankets for sleeping do need to be light and its best to go with a layers approach if using them. We however found baby sleeping bags much easier to use and have had massive success with them longer term. Although making sure they are the right thickness (tog) is very important as the last thing you want to do is bake your baby!
These are officially my pet peeve with many people.
So many people risk their babies in an accident cut to not following the basic steps when getting their car seats.
Check it fits your car! – most brands have a fit checker online and its super simple to adding your car info and it will tell you if it fits.
Cheap is not always cheerful – do your research on the car seat, which host independent reviews and in some cases they can tell you what not to buy! of all the money you are going to spend on baby this is the place it really should be spent safety should be paramount.
Rear facing – it’s a well documented fact that rear facing for longer is better so try to ensure if you have a choice to buy rear facing.
Iso-fix fitting – if your had iso-fix anchors you really ought to buying an iso-fix seat. the whole method of fitting by this method is far safer that using an internal seat belt as it eliminates almost all fitting errors that can occur and the seat is only as safe as it has been fitted!
Secondhand – no way! I am a massive believer in buying new for your car seats, handle down seats and battered looking seats from Facebook selling pages is not big and not clever even if they are the fashionable brand. Buying secondhand means you are effectively buying blind as you have know idea if a seat has been in an accident or not so I would never recommend to buy second hand car seats.
The best piece of advice I could give when buying the basics is to never rush into anything.