You would think that creating a list of things you need for your baby would be a relatively easy task. You skip all of the necessary things you see at the store and only list the must-haves like diapers, formula and clothes and you pretty much have it covered.
Or at least you hope so.
But what happens when baby has a diaper blowout in the middle of the night and you only have one set of sheets? And what if you want to take a stroll through the mall with the baby but you get tired out because you failed to buy a baby carrier.
If you think four burp clothes are enough, then you need to rethink your list. Above and Beyond Surrogacy, your surrogate agency, offers a list of what you need for baby.
Diapers are so obvious we won’t include them on this list. We do include wipes because newborns go through them like nobody’s business. We suggest a trip to Costco and buying them in bulk.
You have a stroller and that is fine, but baby-wearing is healthy for bonding and comfort. Besides, pushing a stroller through a busy store with narrow aisles can be an experience less than joyful.
You will discover that baby’s fingernails grow surprisingly fast and you will need to trim them quite often. You will also be downright shocked by the amount of snot that such a small thing can hold. So you definitely need a bulb syringe to suck it out. Yes, it does sound gross but it is all a part of being a parent.
Burp cloths come in handy for many reasons. You will find out that babies are quite messy and require almost constant clean-up. The list of messes burp cloths soak up include puke, snot and the tears that stream down your face while changing a particularly soiled diaper.
Bouncy/Vibrating Seat or Swing
You can’t expect the baby to just sit in a stationary seat. You will discover that the baby will be happier hanging out in a seat that bounces or vibrates or in a swing. It is the motion that calms them down and helps them fall asleep.
Babies love to be all wrapped up in a warm blanket like a burrito. If you are swaddle-challenged, go with the idiot-proof Velcro kind.
You can go old-school and wash the baby in the kitchen sink, but if you think about it, a lot of really gross things sit in there. A tub will help as you sponge off baby and it does a great job supporting baby’s head.
Double or Triple Up on Bedding and Onesies
Like we stated earlier, babies are quite messy so make sure you have enough bedding and clothing to last a few spit-ups and diaper bombs.
You have some long hours ahead of you, make sure you are up for the challenge and can stay wide awake.
For information about surrogacy, contact Above and Beyond Surrogacy.