Knowing the baby necessities from nice-to-haves is your budget defense from overspending. It will help you to skip out the unnecessary purchase of stuffs for your baby.
After the positive result and confirmation of your upcoming little bundle of joy, it’s time for you to think clearly and wisely about your baby needs. While you’re searching online or hearing hearsays, you may find your head whirl as you think of what to prepare and overwhelmed about the number of stuffs your baby needs. So, to feel organized and to avoid last minute panics, you must plan it in advance to handle it all and be able to put everything in order.
Here’s the list of must have baby items, to help you decide what to buy. You’re the only one who can determine your preferences as a parent. Take a look and check from the list what will complete your newborn’s clothing and nursery.
FEEDING AND NURSING ESSENTIALS (BREASTFEEDING)
FEEDING AND NURSING ESSENTIALS (BOTTLEFEEDING)
FEEDING AND NURSING ESSENTIALS (WEANING)
BATHING AND GROOMING ACCESSORIES
Here is my word of advice for moms and dads. Check or assess your financial capability. Don’t exceed with your planned budget. Don’t buy too much (in terms of quantity and the price), don’t buy stuff not yet needed (some items in the list can be purchase in the succeeding months) and focus on your baby necessities(See the must have baby items list above for reference). I know your excited for your baby’s arrival and you want the best for him. But always keep in mind, baby grows quickly and they may only outgrow it. It is also possible that some things you bought can be just a waste of money and you’ll end up disappointed. Same as going in the supermarket/grocery on empty stomach that leads you to buy so many foods/snacks that you can’t consume. You’re just starving and craving for anything you see. So, use this baby necessities checklist and make wise decision. Be smart and practical.
After knowing the things that you must include in your checklist, the next question now is “When should you start buying baby stuff?”. You may be wondering and worrying when to start purchasing baby items or doing any decoration in your nursery room. There is no definite rule with this topic. Some starts buying baby needs after they found out the gender of the baby. Other starts to get some things after their morning sickness worn off or remarkably subside in the beginning of second trimester, to avoid going out before due date approaches. Some moms are dying to buy stuffs but are encourage by their parents or other elderly in the family to wait until the eighth month of pregnancy because of some superstitious beliefs.
Don’t be paranoid and stressed out. I think once you’ve established your finances, you may start buying some items that are unisex. So, even without the gender of the baby yet, you can buy quite a few items to hold off being surprised with the extravagant cost when you buy it concurrently. However, it would be a brilliant idea to wait until your ultrasound result be revealed, to find out your little angel’s gender. Favorably, it can lead to a more personal touch of everything that will make you delighted. Whatever your preference is, surely you must enjoy the process of being a new parent.