You really don't think about all the things a newborn baby needs until you are actually about to have one. You could feel like you have everything you need but the surprises never stop coming. The list of things a newborn needs never stops growing. The more you feel like you're prepared and have everything down, the more things keep piling onto the list. Don't worry, you're not alone. Newborns are not easy, they require a lot and not just attention either. What are the essentials though, what must a newborn never do without?
I'm sure most first time parents over prepare for their first newborn child. I totally understand, I was the same way too. You just really don't know what you'll really need, so you try to get everything you see out there. Come on, does a newborn child really need a baseball glove? I think not. It's different with the rest of your kids though, they never get as much as the first. So what are the essentials, the must haves for newborns?
Well here is the list I used to prepare for my first newborn:
- Baby Monitor
- Burp Cloths
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Baby Bath Tub
- Bath Essentials
- Car Seat
- Baby Carrier
- Baby Powder
Preparing for an addition to the family can be a very stressful period in our lives. There is honestly no sure fire way to really prepare yourself for your first newborn. You pretty much just learn as you go. We just have to prepare as best as possible for our knowledge and be ready to learn something new everyday. You could read all the parenting books, make yourself feel like a master but there is nothing like learning on the job. You have to be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them. So don't give yourself a hard time when you make a mistake. It's all part of life's lessons.
No matter how prepared you think you are there will always be something you forget. You will find yourself at midnight looking for anything that's open because you don't have exactly what you need. It's always hardest for our first newborn because we have no idea what to expect. Just remember, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes. The most important thing is to make sure to keep your newborn as healthy as possible and give them as much love as you can. To Protect them and keep them safe. To make sure they are always well taken care of.
As you can see, there are a lot of essential items you'll have to prepare for. You have to remember though, what's essential to you might not be essential for anyone else. Your list will never be identical to anyone else. So don't feel bad if your list is not the same as other people. You just worry about the things that are essential to you. Don't forget, you can always add to your list. Enjoy this time of your lives. It doesn't happen very often. Birth is a miracle and you will learn a lot. Just be open and allow room for error. You will be just fine. Congratulations if you are expecting. God bless!