Preparing for the Baby on the Way: What to Buy First and What Can Wait

It’s one of the most exciting times in our lives when you find out that a new member of the family is on the way! From the moment you discover that you’re having a new baby, the wheels start turning in your head because you know that there are so many things that you’re going to need. It can become extremely daunting because it’s easy to get mixed up over what you need immediately and what can wait. This is why we’ve made a list to separate the two and make your life that much easier and much more organized before the little one arrives.

What to Buy First

Some items are absolutely necessary for you to have before the baby comes along. It’s important that you note and list these items and get them in advance by a bit. This is because you don’t want to be scrambling towards the end, and more importantly, you want to check out your options and understand quality as well. The people at give you great insight as to what you need to get for your newborn, and also the options available. Once you understand materials, brands, and sizes, you’ll do a much better job of getting the right items and products.

  • Swaddle

A couple of swaddles is necessary because you’re going to be carrying your newborn for some time, and you will be pretty exhausted. Having a swaddle gives you the option of not having to strain your arm or back because it’s designed in a way to secure your little one to your chest. They are comfortable, and so are you!

  • Towels

This is something that many mothers come to realize after they bring their baby home. The amount of towels and bibs that you are going to go through is considerably hefty! You will need towels for yourself – you’re going to want to clean yourself up if the baby spits on you. You’ll need plenty of bibs, and spittle towels as well as towels or mats to change the baby you. 

  • Diapers & Wipes

Yes, of course, you need diapers! But don’t go crazy before the baby comes. You still don’t know what size they’re going to be, so get a packet of diapers to be prepared, and then you’ll figure it out when your bundle of joy arrives. Don’t forget to get a pack of wipes that are not scented, as the baby’s skin will be extremely sensitive.

  • Onesies

You’re going to dress your little one quite a lot so get a few onesies beforehand. We’re going to assume that we know how big or small our baby will be when they come out, but we can’t really know for sure. So just get a few beforehand. 

What Can Wait

  • Bottles

We tend to just assume that we need to get the bottles and all the extras that come along with it to keep them clean right away. The fact of the matter is, you’re going to be breastfeeding for a while initially, and when you do decide to start pumping your breast milk or switching to formula, it will be a while before you need to do that. So there’s no rush in terms of bottles right away. 

  • Pram

You’re not going to be taking your newborn for long walks or jogs as soon as you have them, you know! And the size of the baby matter as well in regards to this. So wait until the little one comes home, and then you can go pram shopping together to get them the perfect fit.

  • Toys 

You’ll find that people will be gifting you a lot of toys anyway, and there’s no rush to get toys right away because this is something that comes much later on. When you come home with your new baby, they’re still adjusting to everything around them, so it will take them a while to recognize and feign interest in things like toys and storybooks. 

As soon as you discover you’re going to have a baby, a whole new world of shopping opens up before you, and it can be overwhelming! The trick is to know that yes – sooner or later, you will need everything – but there are things that you need immediately and others that can wait. So whether it’s an issue of money, space, or just sanity, it’s best to organize your thoughts and understand what takes priority so that life is that much easier for you. 

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