What to expect when you're expecting? Well, many things and one of those is certainly a whole lot of shopping for your new baby. Those little adorable beings come with many needs and usually, first-time parents rush in to buy as many things as possible without considering a couple of particularly important things. So, before you go on your next shopping spree, here are some things you need to know.
Do some research.
Are you looking for a milk warmer? A car seat? Bibs? Then you probably noticed there are thousands of types and brands to choose from. Sometimes people tend to believe that the price determines the quality of the product, but this may not be the case when browsing baby items. Before you make any decision, you might want to read a little bit about safety tests, materials, warranty extensions, and brands to make sure you are getting exactly what you want. While some of these products will have a short life, others, like strollers, will be there for a long, long time and you don’t want to end up with an expensive bulk that doesn’t fit in your elevator or is just too heavy for you to carry. Ask around, read blogs, and do some digging to find the product that works for you.
Don’t get too many clothes.
Oh, baby fashion, you handsome devil. Yes, there are a billion styles, colors, collections, and accessories that you would love to get as soon as you find out you are pregnant, and they are all just so cute and soft! While all of that may be true, buying clothes too soon is one of the easiest traps in the game. The truth is that when it comes to babies, there really are no right sizes until you know how big or tall he or she will be. If you buy too many things too soon, you may end up with a whole bunch of clothes that are simply too small or too big. The best thing to do is wait a bit, get to know your little one and get what you need when you need it. And if you already bought a couple of things that won’t fit, don’t worry, you can always present it at your next baby shower.
When you buy diapers, buy a lot.
Do you know how many diapers a newborn baby goes through on an average day? The answer to that question is 12. Yes, 12 diapers a day. That’s 360 diapers a month not counting any accidents or very “heavy” days. First time parents often underestimate the importance of having a well-stocked diaper station ready for any and all situations, and while no one recommends buying too many before the baby is born, it is important to consider them on the budget once the little one is out of the womb. One of the best ways to get the right size is to ask your hospital nurse about sizes before you leave or just try different types until you find the one that works better. After all, all babies are different.
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