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What Should I Buy For Baby—An Experienced Mom’s Advice

In what should I buy for baby you receive advice from an experienced mom for when baby comes home

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Looking for a gift?

If you are looking for a gift for a baby shower or your grandchild that is on the way, take a look at this list of essentials to have if you want to know what should I buy for baby.

Most of these things there can not be too many of.

Buying any of these will be a great help to the expectant couple you’re buying it for.

All through this post there are specials on bulk items too.

Baby’s coming home soon

Have you got what you need to take care of your little angel properly?

By now, you know that you need footie pajamas and onesies, baby towels and bibs, but how many is enough?

The advice you’re about to receive comes from an experienced mom who has done the bringing home a new baby – 5 times.

In her words:

Please hold the applause and gasps of shock – I consider myself a bit of an expert on bringing baby home to a prepared household.

She says that most estimates of what you need for baby are a bit off according to her opinion.

Having brought baby home both with and without a handy washing machine, here are her recommendations for what the well-equipped baby should have at home before he/she leaves the hospital.

The following is this mother’s expert advice in her own words:

Layette:

Four to six undershirts – the usual recommendation – is actually plenty.

You’ll find you use them far less than I did when my oldest was born – pre-Onesies days.

Skip the tank tops, as cute as the little midge might look in one just like daddy’s, and go straight for the lap-shoulder t-shirts.

They slip on easily, and if you buy them a size or two too big, they’ll be long enough to tuck into sweatpants or bottoms.

Sleeping gowns are underrated.

They make a great second layer over onesies, and are cool, loose and comfortable for baby in the summer.

If you’re bringing home a summer baby, pick up at least 6 or 8 sleeping gowns.

They’re much more comfortable in the heat than stretchies.

You can never have enough onesies.

Whether you use them as the bottom layer in winter outfitting or the only thing baby wears in the summer, you’ll go through several a day.

If you have a washer at home, you can get by with 6-8.

Otherwise, pick up even more.

An even dozen isn’t really too many at all.

Buy bulk and save: Gerber Unisex-Baby 15-Piece Onesies in 3 Sizes

***Experienced mom’s note:

DO use them in the summer. They’ll keep your baby cooler than being in a diaper alone because the cotton absorbs moisture and wicks it away from the skin.

Stretchies are the second handiest baby invention ever.

Stick with 100% natural fabrics like stretch cotton or cotton terry for the summer.

For the winter, fuzzy jammies should go OVER a pair of onesies rather than against the skin to prevent irritation.

6-8 stretchies should be enough for baby’s first few months.

Pick up one or two sweaters or sweatshirts to keep baby warm in wintertime or on cooler spring/summer evenings.

Four to six pairs each of booties and socks should be plenty. Cotton stretchy ones will be far more comfortable for baby than nylon.

One special take-me-home outfit and a few cute everyday ones.

Supplies:

baby washcloths as baby gifts
Get this special on washcloths, Luvable Friends 12 Washcloths In Bag with Bonus Toy, Blue

Half a dozen baby washcloths are a must.

They’re far thinner than regular adult washcloths, and less likely to irritate baby’s skin.

 

 

baby hooded towel as a baby gift
Want to buy hooded towels as a gift?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I never used more than three or four hooded towels, but your mileage may vary.

They’re awfully handy for wrapping a baby up from head to toe after a bath, especially in a cool house.

 

baby bibs as baby gifts

Bibs are another of those things you just can’t have enough of.

baby bibs as baby gifts back pictureDrool bibs are fine for tucking under baby’s chin to keep drool and spit-up from staining clothing.

You won’t need the bigger bibs for feeding for a while, but pick up one or two to have on hand.

 

 

 

receiving blankets as a baby gift idea
Buy these Receiving blankets as a very special gift

Receiving blankets make great all-purpose you-name-its.

They’re the perfect size for swaddling baby under a crib blanket, tossing over your shoulder when you burp the munchkin – or for privacy while you nurse him. You’ll use them as towel substitutes, to toss on the floor or on a changing station before you put the baby down, spread them over the stroller or baby seat in the sun – in other words, for just about everything.

6-12 certainly aren’t too many.

It’s not like the baby will outgrow them – my toddlers used them as bath towels for years.

 

Even if you’re using disposable diapers, pick up a dozen or so cloth diapers.

They’re simply the best burp rag ever made and when they are old and ugly, they’re the best cleaning cloths too. Just cut them in 4 and you have 4 big enough cloths for dusting and cleaning your house.

disposable diapers size 1
It is also safer to buy disposables size one only one pack

At least two packages of disposable diapers (size newborn and size one) if you’ve decided to use disposables.

Some baby’s grow out of newborn size quickly, even before you’re finished with the pack. Other’s might finish 2 packs of newborns before they’ve outgrown them. But when you get close to the end of the pack and they still fit your baby, it’s better to go buy another one, rather than having to give away an entire pack of disposables.

Disposables are a matter of personal choice, but the biggest, most famous brands are Huggies and Pampers.

Some people love Pampers more and other’s Huggies.

Huggies was my personal favorite.

huggies disposables newborn
Don’t buy more than one pack of newborn disposable nappies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was this helpful?

Hopefully, your question what should I buy for baby is answered.

Whether you’re buying for your own little bundle of joy that is on the way or for a baby shower (for a friends baby gift or family member’s baby gift) I am certain that you found something of value here.

If you’re still a bit uncertain, how about taking a look at baby toys or buying one of the ebooks on SALE.

 

wishing you all the best in finding the perfect baby gift

Linda is a homeschool mom of 2 and happily married wife of 1. Make-up and coffee addict too.

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