When I was a new mom, I confess, I lost a lot! The first time was in a way very disruptive, so today as a very experienced mom I am going to give some tips for first time mom. Women who, like me, feel lost in this new world of discoveries, which is their first pregnancy, first child, etc. What to really buy? What to take to motherhood? What essentials do you need for your mom and baby layette? Tips for first-time moms that help save time setting up the trousseau and saving time.
Tip 1: Make a list of what you really need, including the clothes.
The list is important for two aspects. With it you will focus on what you really need to buy and don’t go around spending left and right with beautiful and wonderful things that stores have. The list makes it easier to buy, as well as knowing what you already have to not buy repeated. For a newborn baby, some things are totally expendable, others not so much. For example:
1 large and 1 small bag: the large bag will be used in maternity and travel, it is worth weighing the pros and cons of buying the set of 3 pieces or separately.
Breastfeeding pillow: a very important item for a first-time mother. This pillow brings comfort to the woman who is breastfeeding and later to raise the baby. In this item it is worth investing, as it will be used a lot of time.
Another good example is clothing. Some things have gone out of style or are not used as much, but some parts are very useful and cheap options to replace the more expensive ones. The cueiros for example. They are useful and very versatile. They can easily replace cloth diapers and also rags. They serve very well to put on top of the changing table, to prevent the baby from coming into contact with the cold plastic when changing diapers. Another piece that went out of use, but is still very useful is the nasal aspirator! It is an inexpensive item that is badly needed when the baby has a cold. This is well worth having on the list.
What is expendable and what is really needed?
One item that is perfectly dispensable in the layette list is talc, perfumes and scented oils. You never know if your baby is going to be allergic. In fact, it is recommended that the mother avoid using excessive perfumes on the child. The recommended is always to have unscented, neutral, glycerin-based soaps. Other more expensive items like baby monitors are not so essential, unless you have a big house and the baby is not with the parents, or is alone in the room without a nanny. We must not forget the hangers to store the clothes. In fact, clothes are a frequent question among moms. What is really needed for the baby’s first months of life?
- 10 long-sleeved bodyLet the family know that you will only receive visits with prior notice, this will control the number of people at a time.
- 10 short sleeve body
- 10 pants without foot or with foot
- 10 overalls P
- 10 overalls M
- 5 plush jackets (if it’s winter)
- Socks, gloves and caps
- 2 diaper towels
- 5 diapers
- 5 cloth diapers
- 1 cradle kit
- 1 microfiber blanket
- 1 chale \ manta
- 1 duvet
- 3 bibs
- 3 sets of sheets and pillowcase
- 1 bathtub
- 1 multipurpose cart
- 1 baby comfort
Give preference to jumpsuits with front closure and also avoid ties and ribbons on the collar, these can tighten and maybe suffocate the baby. The same tip applies to brackets, ruffles and too many tulles in clothes. They are uncomfortable and can hurt the baby. As for shoes, they are items desired by moms, but not very useful. So be sure, but avoid filling the cupboard because they are not used much and lose very quickly. Replace shoe expenses with diapers! These will be used a lot and will be part of the daily life of the baby and the first time mother.
Hygiene items such as a thermos kit and porcelain pots are expendable, but you can have them in your room. Have plenty of cotton balls and also those little make-up dabs to clean the baby’s bottom and also these baby wipes for when you go out. Also have cotton swabs, 1 bottle of 70% alcohol and gauze.
Tip 2: Buy the furniture in advance.
This is a tip for a first-time mom who can make all the difference! Did you know that baby furniture stores take horrors to deliver the pieces? Yea! It is not uncommon for cases to deliver the crib, wardrobe and dresser on the eve of birth . So, don’t wait until the last minute. The sooner you order the better . If you are going to buy in retail stores, make sure the delivery time is not enough.
- 1 cot
- 1 dresser
- 1 wardrobe
Avoid impulse buying. Do a lot of research before you buy. The difference in price and quality of furniture from one store to another can be daunting! As much as you liked it, wait a little longer and think before you shell out a considerable amount.
Tip 3: Visit the maternity hospitals where you want to give birth.
Regardless of whether you want a normal, natural or cesarean delivery, it is best to visit the candidate maternity hospitals to know the structure they have and whether you like it. Do this at around 5 months of gestation, so you will have time to analyze other possibilities.
Tip 4: Make a delivery plan with your doctor.
A tip for a first-time mom who is precious: talk to your doctor and make a plan of what you want and don’t want during delivery. This will ensure that everything will turn out the way you’ve always dreamed of, or at least come close to it. If there is any mishap, don’t be upset. Think that the essential thing is that your baby is born healthy.
Tip 5: Recommend that they schedule visits to the newborn.
This is one of the very important items! Warn relatives and friends that you will receive visits, but ask them to warn you before attending. All very well so as not to hurt, of course, but it is important that Mom knows who will come and how many people will receive that day. This will avoid stress and fatigue on the part of the mother and baby.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.