If it is your first born, mothers can often feel overwhelmed when they bring their new baby home for the first time. As all mothers do, you want to make sure you are doing everything possible to manage and help with the growth and development of your new baby. There are so many things to consider, choices to make, and many of these will only be known at that point when you have to make a split second decision. Below are a few basics to keep in mind:
Firstly, you want to make sure you have everything the baby requires. Some of these are straightforward whereas some will take some more thought.
Diapers: This is a very apparent one. You have to decide whether you are going to use the disposable ones, which, considering the amount of diapers you will go through every week, add up financially. Otherwise you can go with the non – disposable ones, just make sure you are prepared to do a lot of washing.
Changing your baby after every diaper change will require you to have some delicate fabrics to absorb the moisture, some cotton balls, a dab of alcohol, oil and lotions to make sure your baby is comfortable and dry.
That brings us to medical supplies. Infants frequently get small,impermanent conditions that will disappear on their own, such as heat rashes. But alleviating their irritation is something every parent feels compelled to do.
Even ordinary living will bring a need for a number of additional essential newborn supplies.
Considering the amount of times you will be changing diapers, you want to get clothing that can be taken off and on easily. ‘Onesies’ , little one piece suits that have a flap to allow for easier diaper changing is a must.
You want to make sure your baby’s temperature is regulated. Their hormone systems are still learning to adjust to the outside world, so their temperature can easily go from very hot to chilly.
Babies often drool or mess and dirty themselves, which will require you to change them often. Having delicate t-shirts with big head opening and armholes is a must.
Despite all the hurdles you will come across while caring for your new born, these is no work so rewarding. Apart from getting their care from you, they just give so much back in return. The joy of having a baby is something you cannot put a price on.
Originally posted 2011-03-15 07:55:07.