If you are a first-time mom creating a room or part of a room can be overwhelming. Do we need a crib, bassinet, nursing chair, changing table, swing, playpen … and what should we pay for these items? Do we need the best of the best, like the best baby swing or best rated playpen or are budget options a choice? What is the most important?
You might be overwhelmed by the many products available, and your budget could be overwhelmed too! Babies can be expensive, so it’s important to keep an eye on your budget as this can go down quickly. When trying to fund all of these essential things, it might be worth looking for second-hand items. Alternatively, there are ways to try and raise money to give yourself some financial support from friends and family. GoFundMe is one of the most popular methods for raising financial help these days, so it might be worth setting one up if you’re struggling to afford essentials for your child.
When purchasing for the baby, we suggest that you start out small and purchase what you think you need for the first six months. If you have friends that have recently had a baby, ask them for help. They might even loan you a few items to get started.
When I asked a friend what was the most important thing in their baby’s room I was surprised to find that it was not anything for the baby, but a small water dispenser for the nursing mom. I kept it close to the nursing chair and made a concerted effort to drink water as I nursed. Something so simple as easy access to water really helped to make it easier to nurse and to relax and enjoy my baby at the same time.
Another handy item that a different friend suggested was a basket of soft washcloths. It really is the small things that make a difference, not the expensive high-ticket items.
You could also simplify your stash of lotions and soaps – Mother’s Special Blend is all you need to keep your belly and breast skin toned, soft and flexible. It relieves sore, chafed nipples, and is safe for your baby.
Remember, natural and simple is always best. Follow your health care provider’s advice when it comes to you and your baby, they have seen and heard it all, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions.