Several baby websites for moms, who are either expecting or are already mothers, have been set up to provide that extra source of parenting help. One very important task that all mothers need help with is shopping for newborns.
The first hurdle to overcome is picking when to start shopping. This is a tricky one because you don’t want to be too early, neither do you want to be caught off guard. With that in mind, when is the perfect time to get shopping? What are the major factors to consider when shopping and just how far should you go? So many questions.
It’s a good thing we’re here for you. Like all baby websites for moms, we’ve come up with the perfect list of factors to consider when making that shopping trip for the newcomer.
Getting Ready For The Newborn
Shopping for the newborn can be quite complicated especially if you’re a first-timer. You try your best to be precise and not miss out on anything because once you do, it’s going to be messy trying to figure out a solution later.
Some moms rather wait till they have a knowledge of the baby’s gender before embarking on that shopping spree. Others would rather not wait and just want to fill the house with baby stuff. Regardless, it’s best to start off early to have a better idea of what the newcomer needs.
So let’s get right down to it.
1. Make A List
Just like every shopping adventure, the best place to start is by creating a list of all the items you need to purchase. Doing this in the order of priorities, with the highest taking top spot and the rest falling right below, helps you arrive at a perfectly drafted shopping list.
If you want to make it easier for you (well who doesn’t), try splitting your baby’s needs into categories. The most important categories to consider include:
- Food: Even though you plan to breastfeed the baby, there are some days when he/she won’t be so interested. It’s also important to get a feeding bottle specifically for water. It’s also quite necessary to include bibs on your list for those messy days.
- Clothing: This is where you’ll want to consider the baby’s gender even though it doesn’t matter so much at this stage. You could make a list of onesies, warm sweaters, socks, or baby shoes as well as knit hats. It’s best to pick cotton materials for good quality and durability. Also, a good number (let’s say 7-9) of clothing would be great.
- Hygiene: Very important, diapers. It’s an irreplaceable part of the early stages of infancy. Get lots of diapers. Other handy baby care products like soaps, baby sponges, baby oil, soft hairbrush, are also great additions for baby care.
- Motility: Your baby isn’t going to lie in the crib all day. Strollers, baby car seats, are vital for carrying the baby around while ensuring safety.
- Recreation: Toys are a baby’s dream so don’t forget to add them to your list. Also, if you don’t plan to get a family bed, then a crib is of importance. Soft mattresses on sturdy beds should be ensured. Avoid hand-me-downs that lack the quality you’re looking for.
2. Set A Budget
As much as you would like to get all the things you could possibly get for your baby, it’s important to set a budget to know when you’re going overboard. This helps you make sure you focus on the most important needs of your babies first.
3. Ask Other Moms For Help
No baby mama is an island. While it’s a good thing to help yourself through means like checking out baby websites for moms for baby tips, learning first-hand from experienced mothers helps you learn more and avoid rookie mistakes.
Shopping for your baby can be as simple as any regular daily visit to the grocery store once you’ve followed through with the comprehensive guide. Combining the tips you learn with the advice of other parents helps you prepare for your newborn in the best way possible.
In summary, having a perfect blend of utility, price, quality, and design on your shopping list is the benchmark for perfect baby shopping.