Every woman experiences a different sort of pregnancy journey. Some may experience a smooth sailing pregnancy whereas others might have a horrible pregnancy that won’t allow them to leave the house. So depending on your situation shopping for the baby can be a challenge as you need to balance being pregnant, work, family and friends.
Once you get close to your due date, make sure you have the majority of everything you will need for yourself and the baby. Be sure to go into the store knowing what you are looking for and have an idea of some essential tips to take with you to avoid overbuying or purchasing items that you don’t need just yet. If you have elected to find out the baby’s gender at birth, then know that you should stick with neutrals when it comes to clothing, and baby room themes. If you chose to find out the sex early or better yet were lucky enough to select the gender of your baby (which is possible), then you may already have a list of everything you need, it’s just a matter of when and where.
Here are some pointers to remember when shopping for your newborn.
Do your research
You are going to be dealing with so many different items and different prices. Ensure you have researched the item you want to buy to ensure it will suit all your needs. Ask people and check reviews and see what the pros and cons of that product are. The best person to give you advice is a parent. If you have forked out quite a lot of money for IVF sex selection or you are on a tight budget then, always keep your eyes peeled for sales and buy in bulk.
Avoid the newborn sizes
Resist the urge to buy the tiny little newborn clothing. Instead of purchasing the smallest sizes, buy a size up or two to ensure they will last. This is a good idea as you don’t want to be trying to bend their legs and arms to get them into the suit. They need to be wearing loose fitting clothing that is easy to get off and on. When it comes to the middle of the night feeds you don’t want to be fussing and struggling to get the baby’s clothes on.
Buy easily manageable clothing
Remember the baby isn’t worried about those fashionable overalls or designer shirts. These can be expensive and become a waste of money, and you will find yourself turning back to the comfortable, baggy clothing that is easy to get on and off. The one pieces suits work well when you have a zip, trying to get all those press studs done up in the middle of the night when you are sleep deprived could be a nightmare.
Have a second nappy caddy set up
You may already be stocked up on wipes, nappies, creams and powders etc. Having a second diaper station set up is a great idea. Having one in your room means once the baby is fed, you don’t need to go far to change him or her. Just a few diapers and wipes with a foldable change mat put in your room for easy access is all you need.
Put off buying some items until later
When you are writing down your shopping list, think of everything you will need within baby’s first year. Don’t worry yourself with buying highchairs and booster seats as your baby will not need these within the first twelve months. There may be newer and better models out by the time the baby is ready for them to hold off and buy just before you need them.
Having a baby is an exciting time, and it can be expensive to ensure, so you are buying only the items you are needing and if you are holding a baby shower shop for items after that. You will be surprised how many things you will get from the baby shower, and there is no point doubling up too much.