Have you ever been to a baby store?
The amount of things is insane! You could get a headache from all of the options. The thing is too, you probably won't use half of them - a baby is only a newborn for a short time right? It's so crazy. When I found out I was pregnant, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of items that are marketed as must haves- and I also watch a lot of movies and had convinced myself that I really needed so and so- the newest swing, the best bed, bedding, etc.
The funny thing is, I really didn't need them.
If you ask me what I really needed when I had a baby, and what I really used:
Diapers. And a lot of wipes. A few onesies, lots of socks. My son would never keep his hats on so we didn't really use too many of them. But lots of onesies, and not expensive ones. They get stained. Seriously- one thing I have learned from being a newborn photographer and my years of experience getting pooped on, is that I LOVE the colour white but it stains so easily. Baby poop doesn't really come out totally, so there is no need to spend a ton of money on all of these lovely onesies. Wipes are a must have if you are wondering- diapers are a little hard to prep for because its hard to gauge what size your baby will be.
Toys you really don't need until your baby is going to be able to grasp something- and even if you invest money in toys, your kid will most likely be more interested in the kleenex box until they are three.
Youll definitely need a car seat and a stroller- if you don't drive, I do recommend investing in a good jogging stroller. Those little strollers with the tiny wheels won't help you get through the snow in the middle of winter- trust me on that one. Nowadays you can also get some pretty reasonably priced jogging strollers too, and people are always getting rid of them which helps a ton.
I would suggest investing in good blackout curtains also. They will be a godsend when your kid has decided that waking up with the sun is the newest craze- that can mean 5:30 am if your kid is three like mine. We have two sets of curtains up that have lining on them that reflect the sun- they help but they don't totally eradicate the problem.
Youll need a good diaper bag - and make sure you pack extras of all of your things in the diaper bag so you don't forget anything. Trust me on this one.
A thermometer is a good investment as well, and you can even get some really good ones on amazon for less than ten dollars. Teethers are very helpful also, but you won't need those until the baby is just a little bit older.
Are there any things that you think I have forgotten to include that you have learned not to forget about the hard way?
I would love to hear from you!