If you are expecting a baby in the next few months, the chances are
you will have started planning for some of her important things, if not
doing them and buying them already. Her crib may be chosen; her nursery
may be painted and decorated; you may have some beautiful bedding to match
the baby decor of her room; and you may have bought a few gorgeous newborn
outfits with which to adorn your newborn.
However, there may be a whole host of things you have not really thought
of seriously, especially if you are a first time parent. It is so tempting
to focus on the pretty things, and forget, or not learn of, the practical
ones. So, when it comes to baby clothes, leave all the cute outfits to
the baby shower guests, and concentrate for a while on the things you will
really need. After all, you do not want your baby to be caught with her
Having a baby is a combination of joy and stress for most people, and
I suppose that is true of most major events in our lives. There is nothing
to compare to the pleasure and happiness that a mother feels when she holds
her new baby for those first few days after the birth; or the father showing
off pictures of the baby to his friends and family.
Unfortunately, there is also nothing quite like the stress in worrying
that everything is going to be all right on the night, or day, as the case
may be. To reduce the chance of those stresses taking over, and to ensure
that the family is properly prepared for their joyous new addition, it
is as well to get organised with the practical things for the baby layette.
Let the person who is to organise the baby shower sort out all that side
of things, while you ensure all the most practical items are in place by
month 7 of the pregnancy.
New parents quite often fall into the trap of being unprepared when
it comes to suitable clothing for their baby. So, here are some of the
essentials you will need to complete your preparation for the baby's arrival:
1. Cotton bodysuits, absorbent baby blankets, bibs, and baby booties
are items that a new parent can never have enough of. Babies, God Bless
them, are messy little things sometimes. For all the cuteness and adorability
that they possess, they do dribble, slobber, vomit and overfill their diapers
with some of their profuse outputs, and they are like that for about the
first year or so of their lives. As such, their clothes do get messy quickly
and often; so be prepared, and be practical. A mum may find herself changing
her baby’s clothing almost as often as she changes her diaper – sometimes
2. The best plan is to stock up on the practical things such as “onesies”
suits, baby tees, and mess-cleaning cotton blankets so that you always
have plenty on hand. Buy these practical items in abundance, but not so
many that you’ll quickly be stuck with a pile of baby items that no longer
fit the baby. It is a good idea to have at least five clean outfits at
any time; that is clean items, and not awaiting the next wash. If you are
going out on a long outing, you will need to pack extra, so always make
sure that you have plenty of clean backups. Do not underestimate your little
baby's ability to take your laundry load to record levels, unlike anything
you have seen before if you are a first time parent.
The cute and adorable baby outfits, and the stores are stuffed full
of those, are fine for taking baby to church, for visiting grandparents,
or for taking family photos. However, be prepared for the baby to make
a mess over that precious little outfit. While planning and preparing for
the arrival of your new offspring, forego some of the cute outfits so that
you can stock up on more of the practical essentials. The guests at the
baby shower can provide the cute things, while you ensure that you are
truly prepared for the reality of having a bouncing new baby in the house.
About The Author
This preparing for baby article was written by Roy Thomsitt, owner
author of the baby website, http://www.bouncing-new-baby.com.
Ably assisted by his baby daughter, he is also responsible for the Baby