If I had one key piece of advice to give to any expecting parents out there, it would be to leave yourself plenty of time when it comes to planning your baby list. Even if you’re cautious and don’t want to start buying anything too early, there’s no harm in just doing some research so you’re better prepared when the time comes to start buying things. You may also find that certain items (usually the big ticket items such as the pushchair or cot) are out of stock or have long delivery lead times. So it’s also worth bearing that in mind.
I recall initially feeling very confused and overwhelmed when shopping for my baby. It wasn’t easy navigating my way around the many different products and brands out there. I wanted to make the right choices and found the weight of these decisions quite daunting. After all, this wasn’t like buying a pair of shoes or handbag, these products were going to be used for my precious newborn baby.
I started off by creating an excel spreadsheet to track each item, retailer and budget – which you will need to keep a close eye on because it can escalate very quickly. Next, I would prioritise which items are the most important, for example, travel, sleeping, feeding and clothing items. That way if you don’t have enough time to buy everything at least you’ve got the basics covered.
Lastly, when it comes to more important items I would try to base your research on reputable sources, and keep in mind that safety is the most important factor when it comes to baby products. For example, when choosing a car seat there is plenty of scientific evidence-based research out there, not to mention legal requirements that you should pay attention to. Or in relation to feeding or sleeping arrangements, it’s very important to listen to genuine expert advice before making your decision.
When it comes to issues of safety, it’s really best to find reliable up to date information and not just rely on general opinions from sources such as social media, online mum forums, people purporting to be “experts” without the relevant knowledge or qualifications and even well meaning friends and family – because their circumstances may have been different to yours. Also, whilst my reviews may on occasion cite official advice and guidance, I would still conduct your own research as the advice often changes and gets updated.
Whilst it took a lot of time and effort, I successfully managed to buy everything on my list before my little one arrived. I’ll reveal which products I bought and share my reviews with you in the blog posts that follow. In the meantime, to help you get your head around some of the essential things you might need for your baby, here is my baby checklist in no particular order:
- Car Seat
- Cot Bed
- Cot Bed Mattress
- Moses Basket
- Baby Monitor
- Baby Skincare and Grooming
- Feeding Equipment (only if you choose to bottle feed)
- Breast Pump (only if you choose to express your breast milk)
- Activity Gym and Playmat
- Nappy Bin
- Changing Unit
- Changing Bag
- Baby Blankets
- Baby Clothes