Are you a first time eager mum wandering around the shops wonder do I really need that, or what is all this used for? If you answer yes to this question then you may find the following article useful.
I can remember during my first pregnancy looking at items in the Unisex Baby Sleepsuits wondering if all these bits and pieces were really necessary, and wondered what half of them were used for. I was often confused and would buy things ‘just in case’. After the birth of my daughter I soon found that some of these items I definitely didn’t need, and then there were others I just couldn’t live without. I have put together a list of items that I personally feel are baby essentials and try to give you some insight into what and why you may be in need of them.
Bunny rugs/ muslin wraps – These are used to wrap your baby in. Newborn babies usually like to be wrapped cozily as it gives them the safe feeling they had in the womb. The variation is that Bunny rugs are for cool weather and muslin wraps are for warm weather, so the time of year your baby is due will decide which you will need.
If you are using a crib or bassinet to start with you will need special sheet to fit these. You can get away with just 2 sets as babies are only in them for a short time and if you run into trouble you can always use a bunny rug!
Baby blankets – I don’t use any baby bedding in the cot. Initially I wrapped baby in their bunny rug/muslin wrap and once they got too big I used baby sleeping bags or sleep suits. Babies tend to kick blankets off, I found myself worrying they would wiggle under the loosen blankets, at the same time I worried baby would be too cold. Once I open baby sleeping bag/suits I never looked back. These types of suits go over the top of their normal sleeping outfits and allow baby choice to kick and move about.
SIDS bedding guidelines state that sleeping bags/suits are a safe bedding alternative as long as individual bags/suits meet the following safety standards – neck and armholes should be fitted so that there is no Tiny Baby Sleepsuits chance of baby slipping inside the bag and it should not contain a hood. Baby sleeping conditions are not amazing to be taken lightly. I highly advise that prior to creation any decision in relation to how you will sleep your baby that you visit safe sleeping at the sides and kids website. This way you can make an up to date decision on what will best suit your person situation.
A good quality nappy bag will have divide compartment to put your different bits and pieces in such as bottles, wipes, clothes etc.