8. Baby Grooming Kit
Baby needs a grooming kit with special, tiny-sized, safety nail clippers, a nasal aspirator (which may be used to clear baby’s nostrils of snot, and we also had one on hand to remove spit-up episodes caused by acid reflux). Most kits will also include a toothbrush you may slip over your finger to clean baby’s gums after feedings — and make certain that a baby thermometer rounds out the baby care paraphernalia so you may check baby’s temperature and determine whether he has a fever when he is ill or after receiving immunizations.
9. A Breast Pump
If you’re planning on nursing your baby, you’ll definitely want to purchase a breast pump. Determine whether you need a breast pump on a minimal basis, or if you need a hospital grade pump to pump your breast milk frequently or exclusively. Breast pumps are great to have on hand for many reasons: if your partner or a sibling would like to bottle feed baby your breast milk, or need to do so in your absence, if you need to increase your milk supply, if you need to relieve engorgement (but to do this, you must only pump a tiny bit of milk) or clogged ducts, etc.
Ok, I’ll admit it. I didn’t know what a “layette” was when I was pregnant for the first time. But alas, it’s simply a collection of clothing for a newborn, which obviously, your baby will need! Consider taking a casual layette to the hospital too. We are doing so the second time around because we weren’t fond of the hospital issued garb our first baby had to wear! Start your baby’s wardrobe off with organic cotton hats, onesies, swaddling blankets, safety mittens, booties and pajamas to welcome her into the world in style and comfort.