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Shopping List For The Baby

It is a good idea to have your home, and the babys nursery, ready and waiting shortly before your due date.

Shopping List

  • Baby bed
    • Crib: Make sure the crib is safe. The slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Make sure the drop side works easily with just one hand. Avoid cribs with corner posts that extend above the rail, too because the baby’s clothing could get hung on them when he moves around.
    • Mattress: The mattress should fit tightly inside the crib. There should be almost no space between the edges of the mattress and the sides of the crib.
      • If there is a lot of space is between the edges of the mattress and the sides of the crib, the baby’s tiny arms and legs can get trapped in the space.
    • Bumper pad: The bumper pad protects your baby from direct contact with the hard crib slats. The bumper should have at least six straps to hold it in place. Straps that close with snaps are more secure than those that tie to the crib. The bumper should fit around the entire inside of the crib, leaving no area where the baby could bang his head or wedge it between the bumper and the side of the crib.
  • Baby Tub
    • A little plastic bathtub will provide a comfortable bath environment for your baby. You can buy one to fit either a single or double sink, or to go on the counter. Some come with reclining seats, and many have compartments to hold supplies or a rinse pitcher. Of course, you also can bathe your newborn right in the sink. Just be sure it’s absolutely clean and that the faucet is out of the way. Baby will be more comfortable if you line the sink bottom with a soft towel. Wait until your baby can sit on his own (around 4 months) to use a bath ring or a bath seat. Never leave your baby unattended in the bath, not even for a moment!
  • Changing Table
    • A changing table can be a real back saver because it puts the baby at a comfortable height when you dress him or change his diapers.
      • The table should have a restraining belt to keep the little wriggler in check while you wipe baby and diaper.
      • It also should have a safety railing around the top.
      • The changing table should be sturdy.
  • Clothes
    • Two or three one-piece stretch suits
    • Two sets of separates
    • Four or five T-shirts
    • A machine-washable sweater
    • Four nightgowns or sacks
    • One hooded nightgown
    • One hat
    • Six pairs of stretchy cotton socks
    • Six receiving blankets
    • Diaper covers or plastic pants
  • Car Seat
    • A car seat is required to take your baby home.
    • The safest spot to place the car seat is the center of the rear seat.
    • Never place your baby in a seat in front of an air bag.
    • Select a car seat that is appropriate for his age, weight, and height.
  • Infant Seat
    • An infant seat is a car seat is designed specifically for babies who weigh less than 20 pounds.

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