Essential Baby Items
Written by: Samantha Porter
A newborn is a blissful occasion, bringing more love and joy into a family than you could ever imagine. Though it’s also a major life change. Even if you’ve already had children, a baby means you’ll need to be prepared before the blessed event occurs. Considering just how much the essentials for newborns can cost, it’s important to know what you’ll need before your baby shower. Relatives and friends might mean well, but without a clear idea of what your baby will need, you could end up with piles of pajamas, but without a place for the baby to sleep. When you’re putting together your registry for your baby shower — no matter if it’s your first or your fifth — it couldn’t hurt to have a checklist to serve as a reminder of those essential items your baby will need during that first important year of his or her life.
For example, just about everyone knows about the big-ticket items such as the infant car seat, the crib and the stroller. What your baby shower guests may not be thinking about, however, are the smaller but no less important items such as washcloths, swaddling blankets, or mattress covers and crib sheets. Everyone will want to buy your baby toys, but having a good supply of diapers and baby wipes on hand and ready to go the moment the baby comes home can be much more useful — giving the new parents some much-needed peace of mind during the first few weeks when their lives are thrown upside down. Knowing what you’ll need to keep your newborn clean, comfortable and well-fed is a big job, but it’s one that is well worth doing in the time before your baby shower.
A baby is a reason to celebrate, but it’s also a reason to plan well. No new parent wants to add being unprepared to the long list of reasons he or she will be losing sleep in the coming months. Having a list of essential items ahead of time will help parents steer their baby shower guests and well-wishers in the right directions. The following checklist can help you prepare for your baby shower with the most critical items a newborn needs, so make sure you look it over before putting together your registry.
Author bio: Samantha Porter is Event Coordinator and Sales Consultant for Aqua Reception Hall. Porter graduated from Florida International University with a hospitality degree and loves working in the industry.