Things to do Before Baby Comes Home- Before your baby arrives it is important to:
- Have all of the supplies that you will need to care for your baby.
- Know where to go if there is an emergency.
- Discuss the baby’s arrival with other family members.
What supplies will I need?
It is recommended that you have the following supplies:
- Crib mattress.
- Rear-facing infant car seat. If possible, have a trained professional check to make sure that it is installed correctly.
- 6–8 bottles that are 4–5 oz in size.
- 6–8 nipples.
- Bottle brush.
- Sterilizer, or a large pan or kettle with a lid.
- A way to boil and cool water.
you will be breastfeeding:
- Breast pump.
- Nipple cream.
- Nursing bra.
- Breast pads.
- Breast shields.
you will be formula feeding:
- Measuring cups.
- Measuring spoons.
- Mild baby soap and baby shampoo.
- Petroleum jelly.
- Soft cloth towel and washcloth.
- Hooded towel.
- Cotton balls.
- Bath basin.
- Rectal thermometer.
- Bulb syringe.
- Baby wipes or washcloths for diaper changes.
- Diaper bag.
- Changing pad.
- Clothing, including one-piece outfits and pajamas.
- Baby nail clippers.
- Receiving blankets.
- Mattress pad and sheets for the crib.
- Night-light for the baby’s room.
- Baby monitor.
- 2 or 3 pacifiers.
- Either 24–36 cloth diapers and waterproof diaper covers or a box of disposable diapers. You may need to use as many as 10–12 diapers per day.
How do I prepare for an emergency?
Prepare for an emergency by:
- Knowing how to get to the nearest hospital.
- Listing the phone numbers of your baby’s health care providers near your home phone and in your cell phone.
How do I prepare my family?
- Decide how to handle visitors.
you have other children:
- Talk with them about the baby coming home. Ask them how they feel about it.
- Read a book together about being a new big brother or sister.
- Find ways to let them help you prepare for the new baby.
- Have someone ready to care for them while you are in the hospital.