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Baby essentials to welcome your little one

Baby essentials

Welcoming a new baby into your life is a joyous occasion, but it also comes with a lot of preparation. To ensure you’re fully equipped to care for your little one, it’s important to have the essential gear and items ready. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the must-have items to make your baby’s arrival comfortable and safe.

1. Crib or Bassinet: A crib or bassinet is the centerpiece of your baby’s sleeping space. Choose a sturdy and safe option that meets current safety standards. Make sure the mattress fits snugly and opt for fitted sheets designed specifically for cribs or bassinets. Consider investing in a next-to-me bassinet, also known as a bedside bassinet. These clever sleepers offer the convenience of having your baby right by your side, making nighttime feedings and comforting a breeze. It’s important to note that while next-to-me bassinets provide a cozy arrangement, they are suitable for babies up to around 6 months or until they can sit up independently, as safety concerns arise when they become more mobile.

2. Diapers: Be prepared with an ample supply of diapers, whether you choose disposable or cloth ones. Newborns go through several diaper changes a day, so it’s wise to stock up in advance.

3. Diaper Changing Essentials: Set up a designated changing area with a changing pad or table. Equip it with diaper essentials like diaper cream, wipes, a diaper pail for odor control, and a diaper bag for easy storage and transport.

4. Clothing: Ensure your baby’s wardrobe is ready with essentials like onesies, sleepers, hats, socks, and mittens. Opt for soft, breathable fabrics that are comfortable for your baby’s delicate skin.

5. Swaddling Blankets: Swaddling blankets provide a sense of security and comfort for newborns. Look for lightweight, muslin, or cotton blankets that allow your baby’s skin to breathe.

6. Feeding Essentials: Depending on your choice of feeding method, be it breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’ll need the appropriate supplies. For bottle-feeding, have bottles, nipples, a bottle brush for cleaning, and burp cloths. If breastfeeding, invest in a breast pump, nursing pads, and nipple cream for added comfort.

7. Formula or Breastfeeding Supplies: Ensure you have an adequate supply of formula if you choose to bottle-feed. If breastfeeding, consider storage bags or containers for breast milk and a cooler for on-the-go storage.

8. Baby Bathtub: A dedicated baby bathtub or a bath support system provides a secure and comfortable space for bathing your little one. Look for non-slip surfaces and ergonomic designs.

9. Bathing Essentials: Gentle baby soap, shampoo, washcloths, and soft towels are essential for keeping your baby clean and fresh after bath time. Choose products specifically formulated for delicate baby skin.

10. Car Seat: A car seat is one of the most essential items to prioritize for your baby’s safety during travel. It’s worth noting that in the UAE, certain hospitals, like Gargash Hospital, go the extra mile to ensure the well-being of newborns by not only requiring parents to have a car seat before leaving the premises but also providing one if needed. The UAE Cabinet introduced a law in 2017 mandating the use of car seats for children under the age of four during travel. To ensure your little one’s protection, choose a car seat that meets all safety requirements, passes necessary tests, and is appropriate for your child’s age and weight. Before your due date, take the time to familiarize yourself with proper installation techniques and securely fit the car seat in your vehicle, with your child facing the rear for optimal safety.

11. Stroller or Baby Carrier: Invest in a stroller or baby carrier that suits your lifestyle and preferences. Strollers provide a convenient way to transport your baby, while baby carriers promote bonding and allow for hands-free movement. Given the hot weather in the UAE, it is advisable to select a stroller with a collapsible hood that provides protection for your child against the intense sun rays. For mamas who enjoy walks on the beach or outdoor adventures, it’s worth considering strollers specifically designed for different terrains, such as all-terrain or jogging strollers. These models come with features like sturdy wheels and suspension systems that ensure a smooth ride even on sandy or uneven surfaces. Alternatively, baby carriers are an excellent choice for parents who prefer hands-free movement and desire a close bond with their little one. Choose a carrier that offer proper support for your baby’s delicate neck and spine. Look for carriers made from breathable materials to keep both you and your baby comfortable in the UAE’s warm climate.

12. Pacifiers: Pacifiers can provide soothing and comfort to infants. It’s advisable to have a few available but keep in mind that not all babies may accept or require them. Therefore, the use of pacifiers is optional and depends on your baby’s individual preferences and needs.

13. Breast Pads or Nipple Cream: For breastfeeding mothers, breast pads help absorb leaks, and nipple cream provides relief from soreness. These can be lifesavers during the early breastfeeding days.

14. Baby Monitor: A baby monitor allows you to keep a close eye on your baby even when you’re in another room. Choose a monitor with features like video, sound, and temperature monitoring.

15. Thermometer: Having a reliable digital thermometer at home is crucial for monitoring your baby’s temperature in case of illness. Opt for an accurate and easy-to-use model.

16. Nail Clippers or Scissors: Trimming your baby’s nails requires special care. Invest in baby-sized nail clippers or scissors with rounded edges to avoid accidental cuts.

17. Baby-Friendly Laundry Detergent: Babies have sensitive skin, so it’s important to use a mild, hypoallergenic laundry detergent for washing their clothes, blankets, and other fabrics they come into contact with.

18. Diaper Bag: A well-organized diaper bag is a must-have when you’re on the go with your baby. It should be spacious enough to hold essentials like diapers, wipes, bottles, extra clothing, and snacks.

19. First Aid Kit: As accidents and minor illnesses can happen, it’s prudent to have a basic first aid kit ready. Include items like bandages, antiseptic ointment, nasal aspirator, infant pain reliever (with your pediatrician’s approval), and a thermometer.

An insight from mamahood

Welcoming your baby requires thoughtful preparation, and having the essential gear and items ready will help make the transition smoother. From sleeping arrangements to feeding supplies, bathing essentials to transportation gear, these items ensure your baby’s safety, comfort, and well-being. Browse through offers and promotions in Mamahood app to avail amazing discounts on your baby essentials. Customize the list based on your preferences and don’t hesitate to seek advice from Mamahood Health Advisors to ensure you’re fully prepared for this exciting new chapter in your life.

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