Ola my lovely people,
Hoping that you are having a pleasant week.
Now, I know you must be wondering why I am doing a post on baby and mummy essentials, and I also know you want to read through this post in the hopes of reading a line that says, ‘I am pregnant’ well, sorry to disappoint you but I am not yet expecting a child. I am still a newly wed – well I still tend to think so, so am still enjoying my marriage and having a baby is a future thought for now. That being said and justified, I have decided to share this post because in less than an year, I got to be an aunty thrice. Wuhuu! Also, having attended several baby showers and shopping around for baby clothes, I have learnt so many other things about babies and I felt like it is only prudent enough to share my new found knowledge with you guys. So here we go:
Clothing: (Hats and mittens, Socks or booties, vests, cardigans, bodysuits and shawls) New mothers to be, let us first start with a confession please. Y’all get so mesmerized with infant clothes and you quickly rush to buy all the cute baby clothes that the store can offer. I know most of you are guilty of that but I am here to tell you to slightly tone down your shopping fever. Infant clothes are so adorable especially from 0 to 2 months but most babies over grow these clothes very fast and you will find that your child ends up wearing an outfit once. To avoid this, try buying various sizes so that your money is well spent and for your baby to wear the outfits several times before they out grow them.
Diapering: (Changing bag, diapers, wipes, changing mat/table, diaper rash cream, baby powder) I am sure most mums-to-be have been advised about these essentials but I am here to remind you on how important it is to have all these items in your changing bag. Can you imagine how stressful and annoying it can be for you, when you realize that you failed to pack some of these essentials? Yah! it is not funny. So, always have a checklist every time you are planning on leaving the house or better yet form a habit of placing all these essentials in the bag and use them from the bag and return them back into the bag.
Bath time: (Infant basin, soft hooded towels, baby sponge/ cotton wool, shampoo, oil and lotions, flannels) I personally love how baby stuff smell, especially the shampoos and oils, so fresh and clean. As for shampoos, you will learn which one is favorable to your baby’s skin so do not jump in too quickly to buy different brands. If one does not work try another or go for hypo-allergic products. Do you know you can substitute a baby sponge with cotton wool? well you can. I learnt this from my sister and it works just as good as a baby sponge/cloth.
NB: Never leave your baby unattended in the bath tub or basin and if you are a new mum and you have no idea on how to bathe your child or you are scared, get someone to help you and learn fast. Also learn to bathe your child in the shortest time possible because some newborn babies hate being bathed and they cry a lot so do it as fast as you can. With time, they will start enjoying the water and they will want to stay in the tub longer.
Feeding: (Nursing/ feeding pillow, breastfeeding accessories, muslin squares, bottles, formula, sterilizing equipment, bottle brushes, breast pump, breast milk bags, bibs, sippy cups, baby spoons – preferable plastic ones, bowls and plastic spills mats) Before I get into the details, the one rule I will emphasize here, especially on this sub-topic is, ‘hygiene’. Hygiene must be maintained throughout to avoid contamination of baby food.
• Nursing/feeding pillow: Specially designed to support your baby while you’re nursing or bottle-feeding, these items can help you avoid straining your shoulders or neck during feeding sessions. If you underwent cesarean section, then you definitely need a nursing pillow to avoid straining your back or resting your baby on your healing wound.
• Breastfeeding accessories: Lanolin ointment or our local Arimis cow oil is a must-have as it helps relieve sore nipples. Hot/Cold gel packs that fit inside your bra can soothe swollen or sore breasts. It’s normal for your breasts to leak while you’re nursing, and disposable breast pads will keep you and your shirts nice and dry. Thank me later for this tip 😉
• Muslin Squares: These simple cloths have endless purposes from catching spit-up to wiping up other baby fluids. Mothers please make sure you use a muslin square for the first few months when carrying your baby and also make sure you have an extra one for guests that want to carry your baby.
Health/Hygiene Kit: It is important to groom your baby just because they deserve too. The kit usually contains a digital thermometer, soft-bristled baby brush, Bulb syringe which is used to clear your baby’s stuffy nose and a baby nail scissors or clippers. I have been a victim of being pinched so hard by my nephews with their nails, so always trim your baby’s nails often to avoid them pinching peoples skins and picking up germs which easily irritates their skin.
Car seat: Safety is key for your baby. Always make sure that your baby is traveling in their car seat and it is well strapped. Remember that if you hold your baby in your arms while traveling, then your putting them at great risk of suffering a bad accident just because they are not well protected. So even if they are crying, put them in their car seat and have someone next to them to entertain them or give them their toys to play with. Safety is key ladies and gentlemen.
That’s it guys. Kindly share with me on the comments section of other tips and essentials that I might have forgotten or missed out on this post. I hope I have been helpful.
I dedicate this post to my model Zayne and his mummy for participating hugely in creating these beautiful images and sharing information that has contributed hugely into writing this post. Thank you for allowing me to share your experience with other mums. I also want to dedicate this post to the newest mum in town Mrs. Abysergy Brenda Mgassa and her son Kian.
Photography by Archie May of I am Photography.