Congratulations on your newest, or soon-to-be addition! We know giving that pregnancy and giving birth is enough to leave you feeling completely overwhelmed. That’s not to mention setting up a nursery and getting all your baby gear in place. To help you prepare for the baby, we interviewed moms all over the US, asking them what they considered essential in terms of baby gear. Here’s what they answered.
Baby bath – once your baby is done with sponge baths (usually at 2-3 weeks), you’ll need an infant tub to use on the counter, bath tub or sink, usually until your baby is 7-8 months. You can get an infant bath anywhere from $15-$30.
Mobile – a mobile will keep your baby entertained while she’s up, but it will also lull her to sleep with its music and movement. Make sure to take the mobile down after 5 months because your baby can pull it down. Mobiles range between $30-$70.
Baby monitor – a monitor will let you hear your baby cry either during the day, or at night once you move her from your room. Most basic monitors run from $35-$60.
Diaper bag - you can get a diaper bag at any price range, whether it’s basic or designer. Some hospitals give a diaper bag for free, filled with diapers, formula and creams. Standard diaper bags can cost you $20-$75.
Baby kit – a baby kit includes all baby essentials, such as a thermometer, nail clipper, aspirator, brush, and more. Price ranges between $15-$25.
Bottle/pump – if your bottle-feeding, you’ll need bottles and a bottle brush. A good bottle will run about $5-$6, and a bottle brush should be no more than $4. If you’re breastfeeding, you should invest in a pump, either to relieve engorgement or to give your baby a bottle. A manual pump can cost $40-$50, and an electric pump can cost as much as $350. You’ll also want to invest in nursing pads to prevent leaking, which cost about $5 a box.
Bouncer – a bouncer is a good place to keep your baby. It also provides the stimulation and fun she needs. A bouncer will cost between $45-$75.
Baby swing – a swing is a calming place for baby, with music and motion to provide stimulation. Most swings cost between $70-$100.
Infant seat – you should have your infant seat before you give birth so your partner doesn’t have to worry about how he will be getting the baby home from the hospital. A rear facing infant seat fits between 4-22 pounds and will cost between $120-$350.
Activity mat – a mat is the perfect place for tummy time. Full of toys and colors, it will stimulate and captivate your infant. You can get an activity mat for $35-$75.
High chair – once your baby starts eating solid (4-6 months) you’ll need a high chair. Price ranges from $60-$100.
Stroller – we recommend getting the snap-and-go wheels so you can transfer your infant from the car to the stroller without bothering her. Once she gets older, or for walks without the car, try to get one that reclines all the way and is easy to wheel. The price of a stroller ranges anywhere from $99-$1200.
That covers our list of baby gear essentials. There are other items you can get depending on your budget, such as a diaper pail, a boppy pillow, a playpen, and a bassinet.
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