It’s round two for me… and I can’t help but realize how much i spent on unnecessary (useless) baby items the first time around! Haha I credit it to my inexperience and overthinking whilst pregnant for the first time.
THIS is a realistic list of baby things you will really need and appreciate during the first year with your baby.
I’ll divide the list into to two parts: pregnancy & delivery, and first year with baby.
Pregnancy & Delivery
- Comfortable Maternity Clothes – whether you purchase actual maternity clothes OR just wear regular clothes which are a size up from your pre-baby size, the important factor is that you are comfortable in what you wear!
- Comfortable footwear – heels are always sexier BUT you won’t feel as sexy if you happen to fall flat on your belly. I suggest keep to low wedges if you “must” wear heels, or wear flats throughout your pregnancy.
- Lighter Bags – Being pregnant means gaining a LOT of weight in odd places. Having lighter bags will lessen the pressure on your back and all other places. (yes, I suggest forgetting those designer leather bags for a few months)
- Pregnancy Support – I swear by my Blanqi maternity tank tops and leggings!
- Healthy Food & Vitamins – remember, whatever you eat, your baby eats! Try your best to steer clear of junk food, processed food, and fatty food! you’ll thank yourself in the long run!
- The Practical Hospital Bag (I’ll post about this very soon!)
First Year with Baby
- An Appropriate Amount of Baby Clothes – It’s easy to waste money on baby clothes because we assume that they need so many pieces of clothing when actually… they grow out of their outfits faster than you can use all of them! see my simplified list per age bracket below!
- Newborn to 3 months: have about 10 basic sets (each would consist of a baby bonnet, a tie-side top/button top, bottoms, booties, and mittens), 3 onesies for sleeping, and 2 or 3 going out outfits
- 4-6 months: have about 5 basic sets, 5 matching outfit sets (each would consist of a cute top, a pair of bottoms, booties/shoes, a bonnet, and a pair of mittens-but only up to about 4 or 5 months only though.. by 6 months they can do without the mittens), 5 onesies for sleeping, and 5 going out outfits.
- 7-9 months: 10 matching outfit sets, you can buy them 1 pair of walking shoes now, 7 onesies for sleeping, and 7 going out outfits
- 10-12 months: 10 matching outfit sets (because they can get a little messy already!), 7 onesies, 7 going out outfits, and their bday outfit!
- Burp Bibs – you will need about 6 burp bibs. Throw 3 into the washer once they’ve been soiled and you can keep the remaining 3 as back-up while you wait for them to get washed.
- Baby Bibs – this also differs per age and if you bottle-feed already or not! Generally, if you breastfeed and latch directly all the time, you need fewer bibs… bibs are handy when you start bottle feeding.
- you will need at least 6, adding more once they reach the teething stage since they drool alot!
- Swaddles – I suggest get 6 as well. you can also apply the wash cycle same as the burp bibs.
- Breastfeeding essentials – if you breast feed your baby, here are a few essentials you need and how much of what item you will need!
- Nursing Cover – I suggest having two nursing covers, both neutral in color BUT one should be a light shade, and the other a darker one… just in case you want your outfits to match them.
- Nursing Pads – I suggest buy washable nursing pads. Having 6 pairs is enough. If you “must” use disposable nursing pads, do buy one pack at a time because those disposable pads are not that comfy either haha
- Lanolin – buy it per tube, and have your partner or hubby buy you another once you’re almost out.
- Breastfeeding Pumps – I suggest getting the electric Medela Freestyle Pump, and a HaaKaa Manual Pump! Both will be your bestfriends! haha
- Sterilizers: I highly recommend a UV sterilizer like Ecomom. Unlike steam sterilizers, UV sterilizers do EVERYTHING. haha
- Bottles: I highly recommend Playtex’s Ventaire bottles! They really do reduce the chances for colic and gas!