Thursday, September 29

Baby Preparation and Diaper Needs

Babies born new need very little.

A newborn baby needs only three things. They require warmth in their mother’s arms. They also need to eat.

Let’s get organized!

Clothing

There are many sizes of baby clothes:

  • Preemie
  • Newborn
  • 3 Months
  • 6 Months
  • 9 Months
  • 12 Months

How large should your baby be?

Baby clothes must feel soft and breathable.

Don’t wear clothing with dangling strings and ribbons. These can pose choking hazards.

  1. First Wardrobe
  • There’s a range of four to seven one-piece stretchy (terrycloth) sleeping bags.
  • Having at least 4-7 (or more) undershirts (kimono-style) is a good idea. Be sure to leave enough neck space.
  • 3-5 pairs of leggings or pull-up pants or leggings. (Look for stretchy waistbands).
  • 5 Nightgowns (for use up to the time that the umbilical cord has been pulled)
  • 2 to 4. They should be elastic.
  • 4-8 pairs of socks/booties (to match nightgowns and other clothing)
  • Two sets of scratch mittens for baby’s sweet smile.
  • 2 to 4 receiving blankets
  • Use cloth nappies (cloth diapers are the best option for babies who tend not to spit up much).
  1. As baby grows
  • Four rompers (snap at your crotch).
  • 2 Washable Bibs
  • Optional – Four Outfits to Dress Up
  • Optional: 2 – 4 Sleep Sacs
  1. Seasonal Clothes
  • 2 Hats: Sun hat with the brim and a heavier ear shield hat for colder weather
  • 2 Jackets or Cardigans for Cold Weather
  • Bunting bag, including attached mitts and snowsuit for freezing temperatures
  • Two blankets. Based on the season, weight

Diaper Needs

The average baby uses around 2,700 diapers per month

Cloth diapers or disposable diapers can be used. However, most babies will require between 10-12 diapers every day.

  • Three dozen diapers (I recommend a diaper service to anyone who plans on using cloth diapers.
  • Attach your diaper pins to cloth diapers with velcro clips, pins, or clips
  • Get 5-7 waterproof diaper covers.
  • Dirty diaper pan – diapers can get smelly!!
  • Cotton balls, cotton swabs
  • I love Water Wipes.

HOMEMADE BABY WIPES – BASIC

  • Soft Roll Paper Towels (Cut in Half to Make Shorter Rolls)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup Castille soap.
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup vegetable oil (ex., olive, almond, apricot, etc.)
  • 2 cups of warm,
  • 1 Clear or Plastic Container where the roll can be stored

The cardboard center should be removed and the roll cut in half. Place half the roll on top. It should be covered with a cover.

Breastfeeding supplies

  • Additional pillow for nursing or support:
    • Blessed Nest Organic Nesting Cushion
    • Nook Sleep Feeding Pillows,
    • Holy Lamb Organics Bo Peep nursing pillow.
    • Organic Caboose Nursing Pillow made out of Organic Caboose.
  • 6 Burp Cloths (cloth diapers work best)
  • Nursing bras
  • Bras With Nursing Pads
    • Organic Bamboo Nursing Pads Kiddo Care Bamboo NursingPads. TL Care Organic Cotton NursingPads
  • Baby sling
  • Blouses and Dresses
  • Breast pump – Breast pumps can be as simple and powerful as an electric pump. But not all insurance companies will cover them.
  • Pumping bra – Simple Wishes Breastpump Bra
  • These small mason containers are ideal for milk storage.
  • Disposable & washable Breast pads
  • Nipple cream
  • No breast shields should be used unless a lactation expert has recommended them.
  • Warm or cold gel packs can be used for sore breasts.
  • Use a lightweight blanket or nursing cover.
  • These Hydrogels have become a favorite among moms. Ameda ComfortGel Hydrogel Pads

Formula feeding supplies

  • Formula (check for expiration dates and keep track of the lot number in the case of recalls). Even though it says it is for toddlers
  • The most common size for newborns is a 4-ounce glass bottle. However, larger bottles can be used for older children. Glass bottles are safer than plastic because they don’t contain any plastic.
  • The bottle brush is a handy tool that can clean small crevices on bottles.
  • Nipple Brush- For washing nipples
  • Insulated bottle holder for a diaper bag

Bedding supplies

  • 2 Receiving blankets
  • Two waterproof rubber-backed pads. Two waterproof pads with rubber backing
  • Three sheets to create a crib.
  • Soft comforter
  • Bassinet Blankets should be weighed according to the season.

Bathtime

  • One plastic tub for infants. These brands also exist:
    • Tummy Tub
    • Collapsible Baby Tub
    • Prince Lionheart. washed
    • Puj Tub,
    • PRIMO EuroBath,
    • Stokke Flexi Bath Bundle
  • 12 Washcloths that are not to be used on the soles
  • Soft-bristled baby haircut brush
  • Three soft-hooded towel

Baby Equipment

  • Crib and Bassinet Crib/Cradle Crib Mattresses (consider using non-toxic brands). Naturepedic Crib/Cradle/Bassinet rugs are also available.
  • Organic Co-sleeper
  • I am changing the area/padded area for work (see the section regarding diapers).
  • Covers for changing tables
  • Rocking Chair
  • Clerk, Britax, and other companies have taken proactive steps to minimize the dangers associated with their products while still following safety standards.
  • Car seat support – Dordor&Gorgor Organic Cotton Newborn Infant Head Car Support Cushion. (research security).
  • Diaper bag
  • Baby swing 
  • Baby Bouncer
  • Monitor baby. This is so that EMFs cannot be edited.
  • Use the Birth Ball for babies to bounce.
  • A white noise machine is an excellent option in babies’ bedrooms. It’s great for hospitals.
    • Marpac Dohm was the first white-noise machine (officially owned and maintained by the National Sleep Foundation).
    • Easy Sound Conditioner
  • Red evening light bulb: A study showed that red lamps don’t interrupt our body’s natural melatonin rhythms like regular, bright blue lights.

Baby toys & entertainment, including baby soap

  • Some babies love pacifiers; others loathe them. Babies love suckling:
    • Natursutten Natural Rubber Pacifier
    • Orthodontic
  • Books – Babies love black-and-white books.
  • Toys: These toys are safe, fun, and durable.
    • Teethers: greens, lifefactory. Sophie
    • Baby Gm – Heimess Insect & Flowers Baby Gym, Toys Activity Baby Gm
    • Toys: Finn & Emma Organic Toys+

My must-to-have baby, breastfeeding, and after-birth books.

  • The Baby Book
  • Mobile Pediatrician
  • The Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding with Answers
  • Natural Health After Birth

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