That being said, it’s probably best to be as prepared as possible for the day your baby comes home. Good thing there are many things you can do to make sure that your baby is as comfortable and safe as he can be.
Onesies, sleepers, and side-tie shirts. Get at least 6 pieces; more if you don’t have much time for laundry. Remember, feedings will be messy as your baby gets used to taking food through his tiny mouth, instead of through his umbilical cord. Besides, your baby needs to stay warm and protected in his new environment, so make sure he’s covered up.
Socks, caps, and gloves. A warm environment is a baby-friendly environment. After all, your baby just spent 9 months inside your body, which is a very warm 37degrees. So while you may be used to air conditioning, it’s better to keep the room cozy, instead of freezing. Use socks, gloves and caps to make sure every part of him is covered.
Diapers. Choosing diapers is a matter of preference. Some swear by cloth diapers; others, by the convenience of disposables. Either way, you have to buy several reusable cloth diapers or a lot of disposable ones, because you can reasonably expect your baby to use as many as 10-12 per day.
Baby bath tub. Bath time can be a really fun way to bond with your baby, but it’s also important to clean him properly and safely. Baths can help keep your baby healthy, because you can remove all feeding residue as well as dust or dirt, which wiping with a wet cloth can’t do.
Nursing pillow. For breastfeeding moms, a trusty nursing pillow can be quite a boon. It can help secure baby in a safe feeding position and minimize the stress on mom’s arms during breastfeeding.
Grooming kit. You might be surprised at how fast tiny fingernails grow, so keep a baby grooming kit handy. Aside from blunt nail clippers (for trimming nails so your baby doesn’t scratch himself), a fine-toothed comb, plus baby lotion, will prove handy in making sure your little one looks his best.
Baby seat. Safety is always a parent’s prime consideration, so a baby seat should be one of your first purchases. Having a baby seat means your child can be strapped securely and separately from adult passengers.
Baby strollers. If you plan to take your baby around for morning strolls, a sturdy baby stroller is a must. Not only will you provide a safer ride for your baby; you will also be kinder to your arms, because they won’t bear his weight for long periods.
While there are many more things you need to make your home baby-ready, start with the basics and work your way up to complete preparedness. If you miss an item, don’t worry so much. Simply find an alternative, and your baby won’t even notice the difference.