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Baby Equipment, Baby Furniture and Baby Bedding
After you got that positive pregnancy test and realised you were having a baby, there probably wasn’t a lot of time that passed before you started thinking about shopping, and what you might need to buy for your baby.
There is a lot to consider, with baby furniture and baby bedding for the nursery to think about. As well as baby clothes, baby toys, baby bags, cots, cribs, bottles, chairs, baths etc. The list is endless.
With a million products on the market aimed at babies and children, and an advertising industry waiting with bated breath for the inexperienced and excited first time mother to get out her wallet, where do you start.
Buying Baby Equipment. What do you need?
There is definitely a difference between wants and must haves, so be careful not to get too carried away by all the advertising, and get caught up in the hype.
Whilst you do have nine months to get organised, it is good to start as soon as possible so you can look out for sales, and spread out some of your spending.
For me – I was offered a few hand-me downs as well as having to purchase a few things brand new.
I bought almost everything on sale, so I won’t feel too bad if I only get one use out of some items.
I always tried to look for things that maybe had more than one use or I could get more use out of e.g. a cot that converts to a toddler bed.
I also found that you really need to look at what you need and what could help you or make your life easier, as time is different when you have a baby. You may think to yourself “I don’t want to spend $80 on something I will only use for three months”. But the reality is that three months can be a very long time with a baby without the right equipment.
For example – You may be wondering if you need to buy a purpose built change table. Well let’s just look at the use that you would get out of a change table.
If you consider that you will change a newborns nappy around 70 times a week, as well as changing their outfits a couple of times a day, the usage of your change table equates to around 1000 uses in just the first the three months. Consider that your baby won’t be out of nappies for a couple of years, and all of a sudden, that $80 change table seems like good value for money.
Another example – You may wonder whether you need a bath support to lay your baby on during her bath, surely this is just another gadget designed to make you spend $25. Well let’s have a closer look. Let’s say you bath your baby for 15 minutes every day. This equates to almost 2 hours a week, and around 23 hours over a 3 month period.
The way to decide if this gadget if value for money is too decide whether or not you would pay $1 an hour to save your back, and keep your peace of mind when it comes to your baby’s safety in the water.
Whilst there are a few gadgets that make your life easier, not all gadgets will work for you. For example I was given a bouncer that my daughter hated, and a sterilizer that I never used as I breast-fed for over a year. So try to beg, borrow and steal as much equipment as you can. And if you plan on having a couple, try to look for items that are unisex, so that you can use them again.
Baby’s Bedroom - Baby bedding and baby furniture
Sheets and blankets
Baby sleeping bag suit
Mobile for cot
Sheepskin or bunny rugs
Bed rail for older baby
Drawers or cupboards for clothes
Drawers or holder for cleaning products, etc.
Heating, fans or air-conditioning
Bedroom and nursery ‘nice to haves’
CD player with relaxation and sleep CD’s
Rocking chair or glider
Lulla bub cot rocker
Towels and washers
Bath seated support ring
Knee stool for parents
Step stool for older babies
Thermometer for water
Soft bath spout protector
Nail clippers or scissors
Baby brush and comb
Cradle cap kit
Baby wash and shampoo
Baby talc, oil, soap
Nappies Disposable or cloth
Nappy pins and liners for cloth nappies
Nappy bucket/soaker for cloth nappies
Nappy rash cream
Nappy sacks disposable or nappy wrapper
Toilet seat and step for older babies
Potty for old babies
Bottle accessories e.g. brush, warmer, carriers
Plastic floor mat
Plates, cups, bowls
Power point covers
Cupboard locks and catches
Non slip mats for bathrooms
Night-lights for hallways
Out and about with baby
Nappy bag with all grooming, cleaning and hygiene products
Portable change mat
Car Seat / Capsule
Booster seat for older child
Storm/insect/sun-cover for pram
Pram and capsule head support
Portable booster seat/high chair
Car seat toys
Sling or Baby Carrier
Breast feeding wrap
Cooler/warmer for food and bottles
Driver reverse view mirrors
Baby on board sign for car
Toys, books, rattles, stuffed animals etc.
Bouncer or Swing
Play Gym or Play mat
Jolly jumper or bouncing play station
Nursery rhyme CD’s, fun DVD’s
Rugs or foam floor squares for soft floor play
Keep sake boxes
General Baby Gear
Sun shades for car
Nose aspirator/bulb syringe
Small plastic containers for freezing and carrying food
All in one jumpsuits
Socks or booties
Mittens if cold
Day wear e.g. shorts, t-shirts and dresses
UV rash shirt or swimwear
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Should I buy a bassinette?
** Note that whilst you do only need one place for your baby to sleep, I found that the cot was just too big for my newborn baby and she didn’t like it. After days of her screaming and not sleeping I had to go out and get a bassinette.
I thought this would be a waste of money as the baby would only use it for about 4 - 6 months, but it proved to be an essential item, not only was it smaller which made my baby settle better and feel more secure, but I was able to wheel it around the house to where I was working or if I wanted her to sleep in a different room. It was also great when going to other people’s places for the day as it just dismantled and I could pop it in the car.
The other advantage is that unlike a cot, it has wheels so you can rock it, which really helps get your baby to sleep. It may only be for a few months, but as you will find out soon four months with a newborn is like four years, so borrow, hire or buy one. It will be worth every cent.
So with so many things out there to buy for your baby, how do you know what you sort of baby furniture, baby bedding and baby furniture you might need? Well let’s take a look.
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And, before you even start shopping, let everyone you know that you are pregnant as you may get offered lots of gear to have, or to borrow. Also look out for second hand gear and be first in the door at the big store sales throughout the year. You can sometimes get things up to 70% off if you shop at the right time of year.
There are certain things that you must have like a cot and a car seat, and then there are the things that are nice to have like a rocking chair and a video camera, but as having a baby is expensive, you need to be realistic about what you need and what you want and can afford to spend.