Preparing For Baby
Checklists are everywhere - there's a checklist for buying a
home, planning a wedding, and starting a new job—all important life events. But
what about preparing for a new baby? Here are two checklists for expectant
parents, so you can start getting organized now—while you can still move around
Tanya Remer Altmann,
Proper equipment (purchased now, rather than later) can help
you succeed and have fun.
Car Seat - needed to take the baby safely (and legally) home
Bassinet and/or crib
Diapers - estimate 10 a day!
Changing table (or designated area to change baby)
Newborn clothes: one-pieces, T-shirts, footsies, PJ's, hat
Diaper Bag (see list below for what goes inside)
Rocking chair (or comfortable place to feed your baby)
Infant bathing tub
Playpen or play mat
Baby's need lots of stuff - all the time. So prepare an
extra diaper bag - or two. Leave one in your car and give one to dad. That way
you will have the necessities if your car breaks down or you were out longer
The perfect diaper bag should include the following:
Small bags to dispose of dirty diapers
Pacifier (if your baby uses one)
Change of clothing for baby
Clean shirt for mom
Infant Tylenol (fever reducer)
List of important info: pediatrician's phone number, recent
weight of baby, allergies if any, and immunization records.
Life with a newborn is full of surprises. And hopefully
these checklists will help you to enjoy those surprises rather than stress over
them. Hold on tight and get set for the ride of your life!