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Gather These Items And Have Them Ready For Your Newborn Baby

Millennials are having babies later in life. In fact, 2019 marked the very first year that there were more new moms in their 30s than in their 20s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Whatever age you plan to welcome your first bundle of joy, the fact remains that some of us have very little experience with babies prior to holding our newborn child in our arms.

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Put Your Baby's Comfort First: Think About Grooming And Bedding Needs

If you haven't heard already, there are some sobering facts for new parents. One of the messiest realities (literally) is that babies need their diapers changed an average of 10 times per day--or 70 times per week! Don't worry. Biology prepares us for these realities and releases a cocktail of feel-good hormones, like oxytocin, to help you bond with your baby and get through most diapers with relative ease. You do need to make sure you are prepared, however. Here is what you need to do:

  • Stock up on these items for your baby's nursery and diaper bag: diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, changing pads or paper diaper changing liners, at least one extra change of clothes, odor-containing diaper disposal bags, and cotton balls. During the first few weeks of your baby's life, the What to Expect foundation recommends cleaning your baby after changing their dirty diaper with a sterile, slightly damp cotton ball. In the nursery, you may want to invest in a diaper bin or bucket with a lid and a tight seal.
  • For bathtime and grooming, purchase baby oil, baby bath soap, baby shampoo, Vaseline, a soft baby brush, a baby bath, a lightweight plastic cup, soft washcloths, and hooded baby towels. Whenever possible, opt for safety! Remember that portable baby bathtubs manufactured after 2017 include new safety features, making them the preferred option. Similarly, consider purchasing a soft, collapsible plastic cup for rinsing. That way, if you drop the cup--new parents are tired and new babies are squirmy!--or your infant grabs it, there are no accidents or injuries. Your baby needs a bath in mild water two to three times per week. Just two or three inches of water in the bath is more than enough, and make sure to test the temperature with a thermometer.
  • Finally, it's time for your tot to go to sleep! The good news is that newborn babies sleep fully 16 hours per day, even if it doesn't always quite feel like it. Equip the nursery with lightweight sheets for babies; these may include fitted crib sheets and/or waterproof bedding. Even if you choose the best quality cloth or disposable diapers, occasional leaks are bound to happen! That means baby-safe, waterproof bedding is a must to keep your baby's crib intact and odor-free.

Nursing And Feeding Essentials

With diapers, baby oil, baby shampoo, and waterproof bedding purchased, you may think you have all you need. Think again! Babies are a big responsibility.

Don't forget nursing pillows, nursing pads, nursing tops, breastmilk storage bags, and a soft cloth to clean your baby's face after feeding if you plan to breastfeed. If you choose not to, have bottles, extra bottle nipples, and bottle brushes handy. Keep in mind that breastfeeding does not always go off without a hitch. Have bottles and formula ready just in case you end up needing them, even if you plan to breastfeed most of the time.

Formula-feeding can feed babies two or three ounces at a time. Babies may breastfeed for a total of 20 to 30 minutes per feeding. Generally speaking, doctors recommend feeding babies as often as they seem hungry--or as often as they cry--during the newborn stages.

Having a newborn is not as straightforward as you might think. Be kind to yourself, and patient with your partner. Put together a hospital bag well before the baby is born, and have cribs and waterproof bedding set up and ready to go several months in advance.

Top 6 Things You Need to Check When Buying Bed Sheets for Your Newborn Baby

 

Here are some important things to consider when buying baby sheets for your newborn.  For mothers, it is always a challenge to bring up a young baby in the changing environmental conditions. Extreme weather has become a monster to many newborn babies and mothers have to work hard to make sure that their babies are always protected.

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What to Consider When Selecting Crib Sheets

crib sheetsChoosing crib sheets might not seem like a task you need to do a lot of thinking about, but when it comes down to it, your baby's skin health and quality of sleep will likely be affected by the type of fitted sheets for baby beds you select. If you want to make a conscious, safe decision on sheets for your child, make sure you consider the following things before you buy.

Material

Different materials will affect your child in different ways. For example, if you want hypoallergenic crib sheets, a material like cotton might be your best choice. But if you're shopping on a tight budget and your child doesn't have any allergy issues, a cotton/polyester blend may be a better choice. Flannel sheets are best for the winter months, as they provide the most warmth. That being said, make sure you're working with high-quality flannel. Any low-quality flannel sheets will likely pill and present a choking hazard for your baby.

Extras

Beware of extra materials included with fitted baby sheets! Things like bumpers, blankets, pillows, or toys present suffocation hazards to infants. When in doubt, go for the "sheets only" package. Not only will this help eliminate risk for your child, it will likely guarantee better quality.

Fitted or Loose?

Fitted sheets for your baby's crib are always the safest way to go. Just as extra blankets, pillows, and trinkets can present hazards, so too can loose sheets. The better your crib sheets fit, the safer your child will be.

Multiple Sheets

Babies are messy. Whether there's an accident in the bed or your sheets are looking a little dingy, it's always good to have a spare fitted sheet on hand. So when you're out looking for fitted baby sheets, make sure you're picking up more than one! Better safe than sorry.

Pattern

If you want 400 thread count sheets, they'll be soft and light. But if you hate the pattern, then what's the point of a high thread count? You'll be looking at these baby sheets in your nursery for quite a while -- better make sure you like the pattern! When in doubt, a gender-neutral, multicolored pattern is great.

Choosing sheets for your baby's crib can be exciting. Just make sure you consider a few of these things before you make an impulse purchase.

Embrace Spring Cleaning Early With BSensible Sheets

By the time winter starts showing signs of closing, most of us are pretty anxious to open some windows, clear out the dust bunnies, and have a fresh and clean home once again. Of course, we keep things in order during the winter, but spring cleaning is necessary to take things up an extra notch. One way to do this is to get some new waterproof sheets from BSensible.

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