Prepping for Baby: Baby Care Essentials

Prepping your home (and your life!) for baby is a big task. I have gone through it twice already, so I have picked up a few pointers over the past four years.

Baby care items are typically what we refer to as the smaller “healthcare” items that you will need to care & groom your little one.

There are a lot of kits out there that feature various nail clippers, emery boards, combs, brushes, etc. From what I’ve learned, the first things you will need upon your arrival home with your newest bundle of joy include the following:

Emery boards: Your baby’s nails are pretty soft so you can file them down at first. Once your baby gets a little older, you will need to use the nail clippers

- Baby mitts: These are to help prevent baby from scratching her little face

- A nasal bulb: They usually give you one in the hospital but it is good to have an extra one on hand at home

- A soft brush: This one all depends on how much hair your little one has! (which my Pinkie Pie had none & still has none)

Another big baby care essential item in my opinion is the humidifier. When baby starts to get a little stuffy, you can use the nasal aspirator & a humidifier to help baby breathe a little easier (also, once baby is officially in her room, you will need a good monitor so you can “breathe easier” knowing that you can hear your little one).

This is a basic list that I feel worked for me. What would you add to this list?

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3 Responses to “Prepping for Baby: Baby Care Essentials”

  1. Brooke - Mom of 3 (almost 4) May 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    I couldn’t have made it without my Boppy. (or my baby slings). I realize a boppy is a bigger item, but for us, it was WAY essential.

  2. Gratia May 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    for newborns I had to have the pre-soaped disposible washclothes from Johnson and Johnson . . . I found that they worked well for sponge bathes and for when you really have to hurry :) plus is was a lot easier to keep one hand on that squirmy newborn when all you have to do is grab a cloth and dip it instead of wet a cloth and put baby shampoo on it lol

  3. Anne May 29, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    Quite honestly, I didn’t use anything on your list except the nasal aspirator bulb. And I still have the one they gave me in the hospital with my first.

    I used baby clippers from birth.

    My kids pulled the mitts right off, I’ve honestly not met many kids who keep them on.

    I prefer a comb to a soft brush, to help prevent and remove cradle cap.

    I think an aspirator bulb is the only really essential one. A thermometer is useful if you’re a first-time, anxious mom, lol. Other than that? A newborn doesn’t need much but a place to sleep, which in our house is her parents’ bed, a safe way to ride in the car, a few things to keep her warm (clothes or blankets, depending on weather, a breast to feed her, diapers (disposable or otherwise), and somewhere safe to lie her down when arms can’t be used, which can just be a blanket on a clean floor. I’m a minimalist and don’t really subscribe to all the stuff in “baby care kits” and all that, especially after the first time when I found them useless.