A Guide to Baby Supplies for Your Newborn
It is not difficult to find baby supplies in the market. IF you are a new mom, you might not know which of these baby supplies you should purchase first, which is the most important and which are not. Below are some of the baby supplies that a newborn needs and hopefully new moms would take note of.
Most first time moms and dads that diapers is one essential baby supply that you should not know how to buy and how much they need. You can buy reusable cloth diapers and disposable diapers. You alone will be able to determine what is good for your baby. You buy the type of diaper that you prefer.
Cloth diapers will require you to spend time washing and cleaning it. If you don’t mind doing these tasks, then cloth diapers will be a better choice for you. With disposal diapers, you don’t need to wash diapers every day, but you need to regular spend to buy supplies. You need to think carefully what you really need. It then only boils down to your personal preference and your financial condition.
The main issues here is keeping your baby clean and hygienic whatever type of diaper you choose. Get soft cloths that absorb water well. You can use cotton balls to dab on alcohol, oil, or lotion from time to time.
There are many skin conditions that babies sometimes develop. These are usually mild and temporary and will disappear on their own. But we want to ease our baby’s discomforts as much as we can. Doctor approved itch cream and petroleum jelly are useful for small sections for easing rough or dry spots.
You need to take care of a newborn’s umbilical cord during its first few days of life because infection can easily enter the body through it. This is why the umbilical cord is to be care for properly. Antibacterial ointment is important. Your first-aid kit items should also include gauze pads, bandage strips in different sizes and a low-stick adhesive tape.
When the baby’s cord is healing, make sure you always keep the area clean and dry. Make sure you have clean hands when you handle your baby’s umbilical cord. The belly button area should be cleaned at least once a day especially if it looks moist or sticky.
Warm baby cloths and blankets are important. You should also give your baby a cloth head covering. Babies can lose a lot of heat through their scalps. You can let your baby wear a little bonnet or hat outdoors to protect the head and face from the harsh sunlight. It is best to let the baby wear soft t-shirts with large head openings and armholes for easy changing and cleaning in case they spit up and get dirty.