By the time you realize your baby will soon turn a year old. But what all do you need in that period of time. A baby needs to be clothed and fed, needs a proper place to sleep and an easy and a safe way to get from one place to another. Not to forget the most basic thing the love and affection of the parents and for a few extras which will make your and the baby’s life more fun and comfortable.
Providing proper clothing
Look for soft, comfortable and durable clothes for daily wear. These clothes costs a little more than the other well made clothes but the parents prefer to buy these clothes irrespective of the price tag it carries. This type of clothing will not harm the baby’s skin which is sensitive to harsh fabric and rough closures. If you consider high quality clothing then you don’t have to buy more of it as the durability of the cloth can withstand the harsh wash cycle and can last for longer and most importantly the size. Babies grow at a rapid speed you won’t believe how quickly they grow out of the clothes. Always buy clothes few weeks older than the baby’s actual size.
Romper and Onesie: Place your baby in one of these and you are done with the dressing. These one piece outfits will help in easy changing. Look for jumpers which will snap down in the front and till the bottom for easy diaper changing. Denim overalls also make sense for the crawling babies. Check the snaps that don’t open too often otherwise it gets frustrating to resnap the pants over and over again. Buy the clothes which have a bottom opening for easy diaper changing.
Shirt: Buy cotton T-shirts and turtlenecks with snaps at the neck so that they can easily slip over the baby’s head. Look for innerwear like undershirts to provide an extra layer of warmth to the baby. Most of the parents prefer the one piece style which has an opening at the crotch.
Pull-on Pants and Leggings: Separate outfits allow you to change only the piece which gets dirty rather than pulling the whole dress and putting on a complete new outfit. Stretchy material fits best over the baby’s big belly.
Cardigans and Sweatshirts: Small kids hate to put on clothes from their head through small neck. Find the sweaters with buttons or zippers. Look for bigger sizes and sweaters with loose armholes.
Fleece Jackets: Fleece is an efficient way to keep your baby warm. It is not as thick as those snow jackets and provides the same comfort and warmth to the baby. It comes in variety of styles from one piece suit to jackets for older children. Hooded jackets are best for this age.
Hats and Mittens: You will need a broad edge hat for summers and warm hat which covers the ears in winters. Look for a hat which can be tied near the chin so that it does not fall over. Mittens and gloves are mandate for your little one to keep his hands warm. It comes like a bag which can be tied near the wrist and easy to put on.
Socks and Booties: Socks are a must to have. Make sure you have a lot of pairs of socks for both indoors and outdoors. Booties are for the outdoor; make sure that the booties are tightly held so that they cannot be easily kicked off.
Shoes: In the first year of the baby it is not so important to have shoes. The baby might not be able to walk properly with the shoes on. Most of the pediatricians do not recommend shoes during the first year as this might hinder babies walk and interfere with development. When you feel it’s the right time to buy the shoes then go to a store which are specialized in baby’s footwear. They will recommend you the right kind of shoes which are comfortable for the baby and provides enough space for growth. It’s advisable that until the baby becomes a strong walker you can stick with socks and booties with a non-slippery bottom.
Taking the baby out
Stroller: You will need a stroller to take your baby out to a grocery store or around the neighborhood. There are lots of choices to make while selecting a stroller, you can prefer a stroller where the baby can recline and have a nap, or if you want an extra storage space, or you will be climbing lots of stairs. Look all for all the needs and decide on a stroller.
Car Seat: According to the U.S federal law a car seat is a must. Find a car seat which is well padded and can be easily moved in and out of the car and is easily washable.
Serving of Food
When your baby is ready for solid food at around 6 months of age then you might require few more basic supplies like:
Highchair: It is not so important to have a standalone highchair but if you own one then cleaning will be much easier. If not, then a chair or seat that hooks on a counter or a table will work just fine. When you are out somewhere then the car seat will do the work.
Plastic Splat Mat: This will help in easy cleanup when your baby is having food. Keep this under the baby while he is eating to catch up whatever falls down.
Plastic Sippy Cups: Cups which comes with lids and a spout for easy drinking are best for the babies. If it comes with handles then it becomes easier for them to hold it. Moreover they don’t get spilled over when kicked or knocked off.
Plastic Bowl: Use a plastic bowl initially for your baby preferably with a suction cap at the bottom of the bowl so that your baby doesn’t spill over the food while eating.
Rubber Spoons: A spoon with a rubber tip is smooth on the babies’ gums and small enough to fit into the little mouth.
Bottles: Newborn usually needs 4 ounce bottles but as your baby grows older they tend to drink larger amount of water so you might need 8 ounce bottles. You would require same number of nipples as the bottles.
Bibs: You get lot of designs in the baby bibs. Some can be easily slipped over the head and some can be fastened around the neck. We recommend you the bibs with long sleeves. This might look funny but it will keep your baby’s clothes clean. A plastic bib with pockets is also good to catch the falling food.
Crib and Mattress: If you are planning not to get a crib for the baby and decide to share the bed with the baby during the nights still you would require a safe place for the baby to sleep during the day time. A sturdy crib with slats that aren’t too wide and a firm mattress is needed for older babies.
Bedding: A couple of fitted sheets associated with a fleece blanket will help the baby stay warm and have a good night sleep. A pillow is not required and not recommended by the pediatricians because of its association with sudden infant death syndrome. Though not a necessity, but bumpers are useful when the baby becomes more energetic. It can also act as a cushion for his head and keeps the arms and legs away from getting stuck in the crib railings.
Fleece Blanket Sleepers: Once the baby starts sleeping in the nights and rolls over then one piece sleepers will be the best option for him so that they will not kick off the blanket.
Keeping the baby Safe and Secure
No sooner your baby starts to roll over, crawl or creep around you need to make your house childproof. Long before the baby starts crawling keep all the hazardous items out of the reach of the baby. Keep medication, cleaning products, vitamins, makeup away from the baby’s reach.
Safety Gates: Use safety gates if you have stairs. Use those hinged like gates on the top and the bottom of the stairs. You might also want to use the gates at the other part of the house where you want to protect that area from the baby.
Plastic Outlet Protectors: Baby’s tend to get attracted towards the half exposed outlets very easily. Keep the covered and away from the reach of the baby.
Cupboard and Drawer Latches: Use of a latch to open the door; lock up all the knives and other kitchen items and other bathroom items. Use a toilet lock to keep the baby and the toys out of the toilet. It comes with a latch on top and requires a press button to open them. Remember the babies might drown in as little as two inches of water.