Hub and I took a long-anticipated trip to Kiddicare yesterday. I’ll write about that more in another post but it was something he said the night before that got me thinking: what are the essential items that we need for a newborn?
This pondering was brought about by hub declaring that surely we only needed to look at pushchairs in Kiddicare? We’ve already purchased a bedside crib, what more could we possibly need?!
Cue a slight meltdown from me as I saw all of my baby shopping dreams turn to dust. What could he mean?! Surely we have loads of things we need to get, immediately, if we ever want to stand a chance of being ready for baby’s arrival. I mean due date is just under sixteen weeks away now! (Sixteen? Oh. Maybe I am overreacting just a little bit.)
So I did what any rational person would do and turned to Twitter. I thought I’d be clever about it and ask the dads, because hubby couldn’t possibly argue with their man wisdom, right?
Except their wisdom wasn’t quite what I was hoping to hear. Phrases like ‘newborn babies really don’t need as much stuff as you think’ and ‘just a few bits are enough to start, you can buy other things as you need them’ floated across the Twittersphere to my sulky ears. Humph.
Anyway, I then thought of my female friends’ suggestions of what I’d need and really, the answers weren’t much different. I think the difference is that women (If they’re like me, anyway) like to have everything ready in advance of baby’s arrival whereas men (and hub seems to be at the slightly more extreme end of this spectrum) are happy for baby to arrive and see what’s needed (I could feel palpitations forming just at the writing of those words!)
Generally though, everyone seems to agree on the following as baby essentials:
Is there anything I’ve missed? Please help me if there is (can you tell I don’t want to be unprepared?!). What are your newborn baby essentials?
Disclaimer: The Gro Company were kind enough to send me a Gro Egg, however all opinions are my own.
Thank you to @TheDadhe, @The_dadventurer, @twopointfourdad, @becb1984, @mummyadventure, @emilyvaughanx and @chellemccann for your much-valued advice on this!