Baby's First Year: Everything You Should Know but Probably Don't!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Hi to all,

Thanks for visiting with me today! So far we have discussed alot of different topics here, I hope that this blog is helping you in some way! Please feel free to post any suggestions that you may have to help me enhance this blog. Let me know what you the reader would like to see here! Now today I am going to talk about naptime with your little one. Lets face it sleeping is somthing your baby does alot of. However as babies get older they tend to adjust their schedule, it is important for any new parent to know that what your baby did last week may change on you today. Just when you and your infant has finally gotten into a schedule bang she decides she wants to change that. Remember babies grow very fast in the first years so they change as they mature. Welcome your babies changes as this is a sign that they are maturing and that is a good thing! I welcome your questions and comments so please feel free to post anything you wish under comments. You can also send me and email to Make sure you visit to find out how you can learn all you need to know for your baby's first year of life. Happy Reading!

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep at Naptime
By: Melida Cohen

Naptime is a very important issue when you have a newborn. Did you know that a infant spends 16-20 hours of their day asleep? That is over 75% of the day so you can see that this is a important issue. Your baby will generally let you know when she is tired however below are a few guidelines you can follow with your newborn.

If you baby is not napping well during her first few months of life, you may want to try to cut back on the time she is awake by 15 minute increments. If she is getting overstimulated, then she will fight sleep and be difficult to get to nap. The way to prevent this is to watch her “sleepy” cues to make sure that you put her down when she is beginning to get sleepy.

Some parents believe that letting their child cry will harm him or her. Fifteen or twenty minutes of crying will not harm your child physically or mentally. Babies will learn to self-soothe and fall asleep by themselves, but only if you let her. It is very important that babies learn to fall asleep by themselves so that they can self-soothe if they awake in the middle of the night. Otherwise, you may have a child that will not sleep through the night for years.

Regular sleep patterns are intermeshed with regular eating patterns, so let us look at the stages of a baby’s life:

  • Newborn: Your newborn will sleep anywhere from 16 to 20 hours a day, including the naps that he takes between feedings. When your baby has been fed, let him stay awake for a short while and then put him down before he becomes overstimulated.

  • Two months: At two months and older, your child should be allowed to try to self-soothe during their naptimes and bedtime. Crying is normal when you put your baby down, but it is okay. If he cries for longer than 10-15 minutes, then go in and check on him. Don’t get him up, but pat his bottom or lightly rub his back until he calms down.

  • 3-6 months: At around 3-6 months, your baby will stop taking one of his naps. Usually it is the third nap or late afternoon nap that they do not need as much. He may be a little fussy and may want to take a little nap, but you need to try to keep him up if you want him to go to bed at a decent time and sleep soundly through the night.

  • 16+ months: When your child is between 16-20 months, they usually quit taking the morning nap in favor of a longer nap in the afternoons. Babies this age usually sleep between 10-12 hours a night and take a 2-3 hour afternoon nap.

Ground Rules about Naps:

1. You decide when the nap starts and ends, not the baby.

2. When your baby is older than 4 months old, she will wake up crying if she hasn’t slept enough. She might have a dirty diaper, be in a position that is not comfortable, or cold/hot. Fix the problem and encourage her to go back to sleep. Babies that have enough rest wake up happy, talking, and in a good mood!

3. Make naptime a routine by always doing the same thing at naptime such as turning off the lights. or singing a certain song. Do this whenever possible this way your baby will know that this means it is naptime

Remember your baby will always give you clues when she is tired. Your baby might do a huge yawn, or rub her eyes. Pay attention to these clues this way baby can sleep when tired. A baby that is not well rested will usually be very cranky! However keep in mind that with our sometimes busy lives it may be hard to put baby down for a nap, for example if you are out on a shopping trip. Do not beat yourself up over these times and do not feel bad it is ok to break your baby's routine, if your baby is tired she will go to sleep in the car seat or stroller! Always remember to cherish your time with your precious baby and do not fret when she misses a nap!

Again thanks for visiting today! I hope that you leave here with a little more knowledge about babies. Do not forget that you can visit to find out how you can learn all you need to know about baby's first year!
Until Next Time!
Melida Cohen

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Hi to all!

Thanks for taking the time out and visiting today! I hope that the post today will enrich your life with your new bundle of joy in some way! Now today's discussion will be on Breast Feeding. This is a touchy situation with new moms and moms to be. Breastfeeding your new baby can seem to be scary to a new mom. However this is one of the things our beautiful bodies were built for. Breastfeeding is considered to be best for baby, bottle feeding is second best and is good also. I have three children and I have actually done them both. In the beginning breastfeeding can be hard and difficult, the first few days can be very discouraging. Do not fret though because after a short while this will become second nature to you as a mom! It can be a very rewarding time with baby, so take this time out as time to bond with your little one. It is also very relaxing, and remember it is ready made and already packaged so feeding times become a snap! Trust me after a while you will actually began to look forward to this very intimate time with your new infant. To all of you moms who bottle feed I will put a post about this subject up for you also. Remember feeding time, no matter which way you do it is a special time with baby. Plus this time is what helps to keep baby healthy and make baby grow big and strong! If you have any questions, comments or something that you would like to share with new moms feel free to post under comments. You can also send me and email to with any questions you may have. Remember to visit to find out how to learn all you need to know for your baby's first year of life and do not forget to sign up for my valuable newsletter below. Happy Reading!

Breastfeeding My Baby, Where do I Start?
By: Melida Cohen

Congratulations you have a new baby! Having a new baby is hard enough but when you choose to breastfeed you sometimes feel that you made this experience even harder. Breastfeeding is not as difficult as it looks or as you may have heard from others. It is actually pretty easy and a very fulfilling way to nourish your newborn once you get the hang of it. Remember as with most things practice makes perfect! Breastfeeding is new to you and to your little one but with a little practice you two will become pros in no time!

During the first week of your baby’s life, your breasts will produce colostrum for your baby to drink. Colostrum is rich in antibodies and aids the baby’s immune system. It also helps him pass his first bowel movement, which is called meconium. Meconium is black and tarry looking and is in the first few diapers after birth. Then he begins to transition to a brown substance and after your milk comes in, it becomes a yellow, mustardy stool that is loose and watery. Bottle-fed babies pass firmer, tannish stools than breastfed babies.

After 24-48 hours after birth, your baby will start having wet diapers that will increase to two or three a day.

Your technique and positioning is a very important factor in ensuring that your breastfeeding experience is a great one. There are a few different positions that can be used to make the experience more comfortable for you and baby. Some of these positions include:

Laying down - Lay down on you side with pillows behind you to support your back. Lay baby facing you with her head on a pillow your breast should be level with baby’s mouth. Bend your legs with a pillow between your knees and then have baby latch on.

Sitting Up – Sit up either in bed or a comfortable chair or couch with pillows supporting your back and head. Place a pillow on your lap and put baby on top of the pillow in your arms, you can rest your arms on the pillow to make it easier to bring baby up to your breast. Bend your knees to make this even easier have baby latch on.

The Clutch Hold – This is also known as the football hold. This position is also good when nursing twins as it allows mom to have a baby on each side. Sit down and tuck your baby under your arm almost like a handbag. Rest baby’s head on a firm pillow on your lap. Ensure that baby’s feet are behind your back. Your hand is at the back of baby’s neck, not on baby’s head. Your arm will extend down baby’s back , guide baby to latch on.

At the bottom of this post you will find pictures illustrating the techniques listed above as well as additional techniques.

These are just a few of the positions that you can use there is also the cradle hold, clutch hold, and the transition position. Do some research to learn these other positions to nurse your baby if you find the above positions uncomfortable.

While your baby drinks colostrum and then milk, you should listen for a pattern of “suck, suck, suck, swallow.” This pattern will be rhythmic and there should be no “clicking” noises. The “clicking” sound can indicate that your baby is not properly latched on and may not be getting enough milk from you. If you start to hear this, you need to unlatch him and then reattach him. If you continue to hear this sound after reattaching him several times, then you may want to consult a lactation consultant or your pediatrician.

After the first week of life, you should see 6-8 wet diapers each day and at least 3 bowel movements a day. His urine should be clear and he should become more alert with each passing day. Your baby should also be gaining weight and growing, as this is the surest way to tell that they are getting enough nutrition. If you have two days in a row that deviates from the above indicators, then you should call your pediatrician immediately.

Breastfeeding problems, such as milk production difficulties, are not as common when using the PDF feeding method, but they do occur. Even if you are well rested, eating healthy, have a pretty routine life, and your baby is growing and getting enough food, you still may experience a milk production issue. Many things can cause production problems. Here are just a few. Some things that can affect your milk supply are:

• What mom eats

• How much mom rests and sleeps

• Her state of mind

• The age of the mom

• How many children you have

• Your desire to breastfeed

• Your nursing capabilities

• Your nursing techniques

• Baby’s latch on abilities

If you choose to breastfeed, it is very important that you take your baby for their check-ups as needed. If you don’t, how will you know if he is getting enough milk and growing at the correct rate? There is no way for you to tell that your child is getting enough nutrition for sure without your child being weighed.

I hope that this post was helpful to you in some way, shape, or form! Remember that you can visit to find out how to learn all you need to know for your baby's first year!

Talk to ya soon!

Melida Cohen

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I hope that the information you find here today will help you in your life someway. Today we will discuss tidbits on issues that are significant to new parents. I will discuss a few issues such as bathing your new baby. In future post I will go into more depth on each of the topics discussed in this particular post. Being a new parent or and expectant one is scary and every little bit of information that you receive will help and ease any fears you may have. So sit back and read todays post also please feel free to post any questions or concerns you may have about new baby care or as and expectant parent under comments. You can also send me and email to with any questions you may have. Remember to visit to find out how to learn all you need to know for your baby's first year of life and do not forget to sign up for my valuable newsletter below! Enjoy!

Baby Care Tidbits
By: Melida Cohen

New parents face many problems and issues that they are expected to understand and deal with immediately. Unfortunately, newborns do not come with an instruction book so here are a few topics that you may need to know about.

Bathing your baby: Until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off one to two weeks after their birth, only give her sponge baths. A cotton ball or cotton swab dampened with alcohol can help to dry the umbilical stump or follow your pediatrician’s directions. After the stump falls off, you can give him a bath in a sink or shallow tub.

Caesarian delivery: A caesarian is usually performed to make delivery safer for you or your baby. C-sections can be done for many different reasons including stalled labor, complicated labor, problems with the baby that may make delivery difficult, or other problems. It does not matter if you deliver vaginally or by a caesarian section, you are still a mother with a beautiful new blessing.

Circumcision: Many doctors agree that there may be some benefit to circumcision, but it may not be absolutely necessary. It may help to lower the risk of urinary tract infections and eliminates just about any chance of penile cancer. Circumcision does not cause long-term emotional problems for your child.

Crib death (SIDS): Many studies have been done regarding SIDS. Although the cause of SIDS has not been definitely defined, there are some correlations that have been made between SIDS and the following things:

Male babies are more likely to die from SIDS than females

Prematurity makes it more likely

Minority children are affected by it more often than non-minorities

More children of young, single mothers die from it

Children who live in a home with one or more smokers are more likely to be affected

Some people say that sleeping with your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS, but the American Academy of Pediatrics disagree with this statement and go on to say that there is a greater risk of SIDS in babies who co-sleep.

Back sleeping is what most pediatricians recommend for babies to decrease the SIDS risk. The reason for this is widely debated between health experts. If you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician.

I hope that you found this post beneficial! Remember that you can visit to find out how to learn all you need to know for your baby's first year! Goodbye...
Melida Cohen

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Hi to all,

Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope that the information you find here will be helpful to you in caring for your new baby. Here is a picture of my beautiful 1 year old when he was only a few weeks old. Isn't he sooo precious? Ok so now today we will discuss should the baby sleep in the nursery when they come home from the hospital or should they sleep with mom and dad. This topic has pros and cons on both sides of the board. Ultimately it is up to you the parent to make this decision. However keep in mind that whatever tone you set with baby from day one will be the familiar one. Habits that you teach your baby early will be harder to break from when they get older! Do not forget to visit for even more information on caring for your new baby.

Where Should Baby Sleep?
by: Roy Thomsitt

Where you live will probably dictate whether a baby nursery is the norm; and your budget and living accommodation will influence whether you are able to follow that norm or tradition and supply your new baby with their own separate nursery.

A baby nursery, or separate bedroom for a newborn, is not the usual practice in many countries. My children by my first marriage were brought up in England, where a baby, on being taken home from hospital, will go home to a separate bedroom or nursery. My young daughter, Saffron, was born here in the Philippines where the tradition is for babies to sleep with the parents.

It can be a difficult choice for new parents: do we put our new baby in her own nursery room, or do we have her in our bedroom in a crib or even in our bed? There are conflicting opinions about this choice, and it is one that attracted quite a lot of comment and surprise here when we opted to put Saffron in her own crib in her own nursery room, the day she came home from the baby clinic.

I was very firm in my own mind that a separate room is best in the long term, and therefore it is best in the beginning. A baby, and then child, will grow in accordance with what they are used to, and what they come to see and feel as the norm. The most important things for a baby are that :

1. They are fed well

2. They are kept clean

3. They are comfortable

4. They feel secure knowing that the parents, especially mother, will be there when she wakes.

5. They are loved

All of those things are easily achievable in a baby nursery separate from the parents' room.

Advantages Of A Separate Baby Nursery

A separate baby nursery brings with it a number of important advantages, for the baby and the parents. These include:

1. The baby will sleep undisturbed by parents coming and going. As they get older, that will be particularly important in the evening and night.

2. The parents will have their own privacy and time for themselves. This will be more and more appreciated as the weeks, months and then years pass.

3. The parents will sleep better too, especially compared to those who have a baby in their own bed.

4. The baby is more likely to grow into a strong and independent child, with a large amount of confidence. So long as they are happy and secure, they will not be worried about sleeping alone, as this is what they have come to expect. They know that when they wake, their mother and father are close to hand.

Disadvantages Of A Separate Baby Nursery

I cannot think of one genuine disadvantage of a separate baby nursery, assuming that the room is within earshot. A baby at birth can cry quite loudly, and why should that be if the natural state is always for the mother to be at their side? A baby cries so mother can hear from a distance. If that distance is another bedroom nearby, then that is fine. The baby will be unconcerned if it cries and you appear through a door rather than at her side already.
Some first time parents will worry that they will not hear the baby if they are asleep and she is in a separate room. There is no need to worry; the mother especially will be tuned in to the cry of the baby, and will be subconsciously alert to the slightest sound. My wife was concerned about this very thing when Saffron was born, so for her assurance we left our bedroom door open, and Saffron's door too. She soon realised there was no risk of not hearing the baby, so first Saffron's door, and then our door, were later kept closed at night.

Always remember, babies cry to be heard, so unless you are both very heavy sleepers, there is very little chance of you not hearing the baby when she is hungry, needs changing, or has some other problem.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you found this post to be helpful to you in some kind of way! Remember to check out to learn all you need to know about your newborns first year of life! Until next time.......

Melida Cohen

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for visiting my blog, here is a picture of now one year old eating spaghetti yummy! Ok now today we are going to discuss what to buy for the baby. There are so many cute outfits and gadgets but every new mom ask the question what is it that my new baby really needs? Below we will discuss what baby needs and I will also provide you with a checklist to use as a guide. Also remember to go to to learn all you need to know for your baby's first year of life. And do not forget to sign up for my newsletter below! Happy Reading!

What Does My Baby Really Need? A Guide to Shopping for Your New Baby
By: Melida Cohen

What is it do I really need to buy for my new baby? This is a question a lot of new moms must ask themselves. Having a new baby is a huge expense, and it is hard to stay on budget when you see all of the cute outfits in the stores. While all of the tiny things are really tempting to buy, please keep in mind that babies grow really fast. One of the biggest mistakes that new parents make is over shopping for clothes. Remember, you will probably keep baby in a lot during those first few months so cute outfits with matching hats and shoes may not get any use. Plus if you are going to have a baby shower you will receive a lot of cute outfits fit for your little bundle of joy. Below is a list of things that I put together as a guide for you to use while doing your shopping. Remember to do your shopping after your baby shower this way you will only buy what you need.

Health and Safety

digital thermometer
nasal aspirator
infant acetaminophen drops
baby monitor
night lightBaby Care Products
baby shampoo/baby wash
diaper cream
baby nail clippers or safety scissors
baby oil/lotion
baby brush and comb
a couple of pacifiers (even if you don't plan to use!)

Layette and Diapering

newborn diapers/cloth diapers/wraps or set up diaper service
baby wipes and/or extra baby washcloths
diaper pail
burp cloths or extra cloth diapers
gowns/kimonos or newborn sleepers (4-6)
receiving blankets (4-6)
swaddling blankets (2-3)
crib blanket or quilt
newborn socks or booties (4-6 pair)
newborn cap (1-2)
hooded bath towels and wash cloth
4-6 T-shirts or all-in-ones
1-2 sweaters or bunting (depending upon season)

Baby Equipment

baby carrier (sling, wrap or pack carrier)
infant seat (have to bring it to the hospital!)
stroller or carriage
bouncer seat or swing
diaper bag

Furniture and Accessories

co-sleeper/bassinet/cradle or crib
mattress, waterproof pads, at least two sheets and other bedding
changing table or other safe changing area
mobile for the crib and/or changing area
changing pad and 2 coversNursing Necessities
nursing pillow
washable or disposable nursing pads
rental, electric or manual breast pump and storage bottles or bags if you plan to pump milk
feeding bottles (2-4 4 oz to start), nipples, and bottle brush if you plan to use bottles

Below you will find a short list of things new moms will need to have on hand.

New Mother Care

sitzbath herbs
big box of extra-long maxi pads for locchia
nursing nightgown or comfy cotton pajamas
small tube of modified lanolin or other product to soothe sore nipples
nursing bras (1-2 comfy nursing bras plus a sleep bra to take to the hospital -- you can get more when your milk comes in, in case your size changes)

Other Good Ideas

pick out birth announcements (address envelopes before baby comes, if possible)
make a Belly Cast to remember this amazing time!

Also a good thing to know is that some of these accessories and gadgets are fun to have. Some of them even help make your life easier. However these are not must haves, all your baby really needs is your love and affection and your baby will grow and flourish. Remember you must have a car seat for baby, because the hospital will not let you leave without it! Plus you want to protect your little miracle in any way possible. Relax and enjoy this time with your precious baby because this time will never return.

If possible line up friends and family who will bring meals or come help you out at home after the baby is born (and a good friend to coordinate) and/or hire a doula to help. This way you can spend even more time just worrying about the baby, while someone else worries about YOU!

I hope you found this post helpful to you! Remember that you can visit and learn all you need to know about your baby's first year! Until Next time Goodbye...
Melida Cohen

Monday, December 12, 2005

Hello Parents New and Old,

Hi to everyone I hope that you are finding this blog beneficial! Today we will talk about New Mom, New Baby, New Debt! This is a subject I am sure all of you new parents are spending time on (or at least I hope), if you are not then make it a priority to get to! Having a new baby is a blessing, however it is not cheap there is nothing like having a new baby and not being prepared for the new expenses to come. I hope this will help you with cutting some of the cost associated with parenthood. Also check out for even more advice on new babies. Happy Reading!

New Mom...New Baby...New Debt!
by: Susan Koiner

Ah, there is nothing like being an expectant mom. Along with your expanding waistline comes the ever growing list of products for you and your new bundle of joy. Preparing for a new baby can be a costly experience, especially in the areas of clothing and nursery furniture. The good news is that it does not have to be!

Let’s talk about buying baby clothes...think RESALE! Every new mom gushes over the adorable clothing available for babies, but they often come with a not so adorable price. Resale clothing costs a fraction of the retail price. Buying resale clothing does not equal buying trash! Moms sell their baby’s clothing to resale stores for a variety of reasons. Babies outgrow clothes so quickly (normally before they show any wear) they simply cannot use them anymore. Many precious newborns receive more clothes than they can wear in a season (everyone loves to buy baby clothes for shower gifts–they are just too cute!) that cannot be returned and they end up in resale stores with the tags still on! If you have the time and know what you are looking for, you can find plenty of designer and brand name clothing for a steal!

Buy later! There is more beauty to the changing of the seasons than just the landscape! As the temperatures change, so do the prices of baby clothing! Most stores slash the price of their clothing up to 75% by the end of the season to make room for new clothes. Take advantage of this by buying a size or two larger than your baby’s current size for him/her to wear the next year. The savings are amazing!

Another large expense when you are preparing for a new baby is furniture for the nursery. A good place to start when considering which pieces to buy is determining how much room you have to work with? Do you have a large room or do you need multipurpose furniture? A crib is a necessity and a given; however, you can pick and choose other nursery pieces. Combination pieces such as dresser/changing table combos are available at some stores and can save you from buying two pieces. Cribs with attached drawer space that convert to toddler beds are also available and will save you a lot of space. Thinking ahead when buying nursery furniture will save you both time and money in the future. By buying a combination piece of furniture for your nursery, you eliminate having to sell furniture you no longer need, as well as spending time looking for and more money on new “big kid” furniture.

Now that you have decided what to buy, it is time to shop! Once again, think resale! There are many children’s resale stores that carry pre-owned nursery furniture for 50% or more off retail. They usually have several styles to choose from in different price ranges. If you find something you like, they will usually hold it for you (if you were not really prepared to take it home) and some stores may even have lay away plans.

Another great place to buy pre-owned furniture is the classified ads in your local newspaper. Seller’s usually place ads on Thursday or Friday so they can catch the weekend readers. If you find something you are interested in, call quickly! Good furniture does not last long! Make sure you ask the seller plenty of questions. It is important to know before heading out to look at furniture things like the manufacture name, the age, if they have pets (if you are buying cushioned items and allergies are an issue for your family) and the exact color (if it is not adequately described in the ad). Asking these questions may be uncomfortable, but they can save you a lot of time and gasoline looking at something you know you will not be interested in. When you do look at pre-owned furniture from the newspaper, take someone with you and know what you are looking at. Are the style and the manufacturer of the furniture worth what the seller is asking for it? Is the furniture reasonably priced for it’s age and condition? With a little knowledge, buying pre-owned nursery furniture can save you BIG money!

Awaiting the arrival of your new baby is an exhilarating time! Add to the excitement by saving money on quality gently worn (and sometimes new) clothing and pre-owned nursery furniture .

I hope you have found this post helpful! Remember to visit for even more information about Baby's First Year!
Melida Cohen

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Greetings Friend,

Welcome to Baby's First Year: Everything You Should Know but Probably Don't Blog. On this blog I will discuss different topics about caring for newborns in their first year of life. We all know that that every parent wants to care for their child the best way they can everyday of their young lives. Unfortunately babies do not come home with a how-to manual. This is were I come in. I am a expert a baby care I have 3 beautiful young children myself ages 1, 6, and 7. I am also the author of "Baby's First Year: Everything You Should Know but Probably Don't." Each day I will add a new post to this blog dealing with different issues that arise when caring for your baby. Please feel free to post your comments and/or questions they are welcomed on my blog.

Today we will discuss planning for the baby before the new baby, after all there is some preperation involved before the baby comes, so over the next few post we will talk about different topics leading up to the new baby.

A Guide to Preparing for Your New Baby
by: Dakota Caudilla

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re having a new baby! Now, on to the serious stuff. You’re going to get yourself prepared for your new baby, mentally, physically and you will need to adjust your house and car for the new baby too!

Mentally preparing for the new baby

Remember this, women adjust to having a new baby faster than men; so, don’t expect husbands to start being all fatherly after the pregnancy is announced. They’re not like that. Women adjust better to the new baby, mentally, because they experience physical, emotional and psychological changes. These changes help them adjust to the new baby quicker. However, men start feeling the new baby when they see the bump or feel the flicker of baby movement over mommy’s belly.

Physically preparing for the new baby

There’s nothing much a new father can do to prepare to the new baby. What needs to be done by a father needs to be done BEFORE the new baby is conceived. However, the new father can try quitting smoking, quitting drinking and other vices once the new baby is conceived. Needless to say, the new mother needs to do the same too.

Planning for the new baby: the house and car

With the new baby, depending on whether you’re planning to co-sleep with the baby or whether you’re planning to plonk the baby in a separate room affects the changes to your home. Either way, we recommend having a separate room for your new baby, even if the new baby is going to be sleeping with the new parents for the first couple of months. A baby crib, some toys, a place to put all the baby’s clothes, shelves to convenient grab lotions, creams, diaper wipes, diapers, etc. off near the changing table is a MUST.
You’ll also need to think about getting a baby chair too; baby chair for the house (at the right height for the dining table) and also a baby chair for the car (for traveling). Some baby chairs can be adjusted to fit the adult dining chair AND fit into the car at the same time. They are a little bit more expensive than the conventional baby chairs, but the multi-function is extremely convenient PLUS it’s downright comfortable for your new baby.

Other essential stuff for your new baby

Frankly speaking, the essentials depend wholly on your own preference, budget and lifestyle. You can live without some of these things if you think you’d rather not waste the money.

If you’ve had previous babies before, you probably don’t need too many new baby clothes. New babies outgrow their clothes terribly fast and it’d be a waste of money to splurge on new clothes. You can get hand-me-downs from nieces and nephews too, if you want. What you should probably get are blankets, sweaters, coats, and clothes for going out. At home, your new baby’s not going to mind old clothes. In fact, it’s a fact that your new baby is probably going to like wearing the old clothes better than the new clothes. Don’t forget the feeding utensils like baby bowls, breast pump (if you’re planning to pump breast milk for your new baby at work), baby bottles, cloth nappies, diapers, baby wipes, lotions, shampoo, bath gels, towels, baby blankets, baby bedding, bibs, stroller, etc.
And don’t worry, you’ll do fine. The best thing to do is to get unbiased referrals from friends and family.

I hope you found this post beneficial you can go to to learn even more about caring for your new baby!