Now that you know you're having a newborn baby girl, it's time to start preparing for her arrival! This blog post will provide advice on caring for a newborn and what you'll need in the coming months.
The first few weeks after your baby is born are crucial for establishing good habits, so make sure you're prepared with everything you need before she arrives. We'll go over everything from setting up a nursery to breastfeeding tips. Congratulations on your upcoming daughter - we can't wait to meet her!
Shopping List for Newborns
Assuming you're starting from scratch, the following are newborn essentials that you'll need to purchase:
- Crib and mattress. You'll also need crib sheets, a mattress protector, and a newborn-sized comforter or blanket.
- Changing table or dresser with a changing pad. You'll also need diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, and a few changes of clothes.
- Stroller and car seat. The car seat is for obvious reasons, but the stroller will come in handy when you want to take walks or go to the grocery store once she becomes 6-8 weeks old.
- If you'll be breastfeeding, you'll need a few extra items like a nursing pillow, breast pump, and nursing bras. You may also want to invest in a breast milk storage system if you plan on pumping and storing milk for later use. Formula-feeding parents will need to purchase newborn formula and bottles.
- High chair and bibs for when your baby starts eating solid food.
- Bulb syringe for suctioning mucus from the baby's nose. These are useful if your baby gets sick. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to use them safely!
- Baby monitor. If you want to make sure your baby is sleeping soundly and safely, a baby monitor is a newborn essential.
- Bathtub, newborn bath products, hooded towels, and washcloths. It is SO much easier and safer to clean your baby in a newborn bathtub than in a sink or a full-size bath.
- A few other newborn essentials can include a humidifier, white noise machine, burp cloths, and swaddle blankets.
These are just the basics - as your baby grows, you'll find that you need (or want) other things like a swing set, a bouncer, etc.
Newborn Care Tips
Now that you have an idea of what newborn essentials you'll need to purchase, let's move on to some tips for caring for your newborn
You might be wondering how on earth you're going to care for a tiny human being. Don't worry, we've got you covered with our top tips for taking care of your newborn baby girl:
- Get plenty of rest when your baby sleeps so you can be well-rested and prepared for when she's awake. Get as much quality rest as you can in the days and weeks before she's due; you're going to need it!
- Breastfeed or bottle feed your baby on demand, about every two to three hours. Be sure to keep your breasts moisturized, as they can easily become chafed after breastfeeding.
- Burp your baby after feedings to help with gas and spit-up. Signs of trapped gas in your baby can include crying, arching their back, curling their legs up, and clenching their fists.
- Keep your newborn's diaper clean and dry to prevent diaper rash. Change her diaper every two to three hours, or as needed. Try to change her diapers at least six to eight times per day.
- Be sure to hold, cuddle, and talk to your baby often. Make sure she gets all of the affection she needs, as this is a critical phase in emotional development.
- Respond quickly to your baby's cues, such as crying or fussing. Check to see if they need their diaper changed, if they need to be burped, if they're irritated by sounds or sensations, or if they're just tired.
- Create a safe sleep environment for your baby by using a firm mattress, removing pillows and stuffed animals, and keeping the crib away from windows and cords. Check out this guide for best practices for setting up the crib as safely as possible.
- Inspect your baby's mouth for thrush (a yeast infection) and talk to your doctor if you see any signs. Thrush can show up as a yellowish, white growth on your baby's tongue and top of the throat.
- Watch for jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and contact your doctor if you notice any signs. This could indicate that the baby isn't getting enough vitamins and minerals, so it would be a good idea to ask your doctor about supplements and dietary changes.
Caring for a newborn baby girl can be overwhelming at first, but you'll quickly get into a routine and develop a special bond with your little one. These tips will help you through those first few weeks and beyond!
Building your Newborn's Nursery
Once you have all of the newborn essentials, it's time to start thinking about her nursery. If you're short on space, you can use a bassinet or crib that doubles as a changing table.
If you have a little more room to work with, you can create a cozy newborn nursery complete with all of the furniture and accessories you need.
Here are some nursery ideas to get you started:
- A comfy rocking chair or glider for feeding and cuddling. You'll thank yourself later for this one!
- A dresser for storing clothes and linens, if you haven't already gotten one.
- A nightlight to help you (and the baby monitor) to see in the dark when you'll be taking care of her late at night.
- Blackout curtains or shades to keep the light out when the baby is sleeping during the day (or if you live in an area with lots of traffic or light pollution).
Now that you know what you'll need for your newborn baby girl, it's time to start getting everything ready for her arrival! Congratulations again - she's going to be here before you know it!
Clothes are one of the most important things to check off on your newborn shopping list, so make sure you've got everything you need to keep your daughter comfy! Here at Squid Socks, we offer options that will make sure their socks are comfortable and accounted for in their most formative years.