The Best Newborn Essentials Guide- Preparing For Baby

 

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Third trimester is here!   Hurray!  And now it's time to start getting ready for the baby.   So I'm here to help.  I created the following, The Best Newborn Essentials Guide to help you prepare and get organized for your baby while keeping them healthy.

 It's good to keep in mind that what we place on our skin  is absorbed  into our bloodstream within seconds.  And  babies  put everything in their mouths to chew and suck therefore swallowing whatever is in and on the material.   We need to protect our little ones from as many toxins as possible.  Babies and children are more susceptible to toxins (1)(2) because their organs are still growing and maturing.  So it's best to invest in their health by buying safer and healthier products for them.

Newborn babies really need very little. 

"A newborn baby has only three demands.  Warmth in the arms of its mother.  Food from her breasts.  Security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three." — Grantly Dick-Reed (Grantly Dick-Read was a British obstetrician and a leading advocate of natural childbirth)


Lets get organized! 

Here's what you'll need for your new bundle of joy...


Clothing

Baby clothes come in different sizes:

  •  preemie

  • newborn

  • 3 months

  • 6 months

  • 9 months

  • 12 months

What size should you buy?  You won’t really know how big your baby will be until the day it is born.  So it’s a good idea to have both newborn and 3 month sizes handy.  Babies usually weigh 10 - 12 pounds when they are 1- 2 months old.  Some babies are born big.  Some of my moms have had 9 pounders! 

You'll want to focus on buying baby clothes that are soft, breathable, roomy and comfortable.  Newborn skin is very sensitive. It’s a good idea to buy 100% organic cotton and here is a blog on why.  Top 10 Reasons To Buy Organic Cotton Clothing, Bedding, And Toys For Your Baby.  But if 100% organic cotton is out of your price range, the next best thing is to buy 100% cotton

Avoid clothing that has dangling strings, tassels, and ribbons because these are choking hazards.

 

First Wardrobe 

  • 4 - 7 one piece, stretchy (terry-cloth) sleepers.  They have snaps or zippers down the front and all the way down to the leg. The benefit is that it will allow you to change your baby's clothes easily without pulling things over his/her head. Make sure whatever you buy opens easily at the bottom for diaper changes. (New moms swear by the ones with zippers!)

  • 4 - 7 undershirts or onesies (mix of short  sleeve and long  sleeve (kimono style) and make sure they have plenty of room in the neck)

  • 3 - 5 pairs of leggings or pull up pants (look for stretchy waistbands)

  • 5 nightgowns (for use until the umbilical cord falls off)

  • 2 - 4  newborn hats - make sure they are stretchy

  • 4 - 8 pairs of socks or booties (to wear with nightgowns and outfits)

  • 2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his/her sweet face

  • 2 - 4 receiving blankets 

  • Burp cloths (cloth diapers work best and get a bunch cause babies spit up  a lot)  


As Baby Grows 

  • 4 rompers (snap at the crotch) 

  • 2 washable bibs

  • 4 outfits for dressing up (optional)


Seasonal Clothes

  • 2 hats: sun hat, lightweight with brim and a heavier ear covering hat for colder weather

  • 2 cardigans or jackets for cold weather

  • Bunting bag with attached mitts or snowsuit for cold weather

  • 2 blankets, weight according to season 

Should you wash your baby's clothes before he/she is born?  YES.  And remember that you   and your partner will be holding your baby A LOT so you'll want to wash your clothes too, with non toxic, fragrance free,  laundry detergent.   Watch out for the dryer sheet....they are often loaded with fragrances. 

Good brands of laundry detergent for infants and family:

  • Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder

  • Biokleen Laundry Liquid

  • Eco Me Laundry Detergent

  • Seventh Generation Ultra Power Plus Free & Clear (great for whole family) This is what we use. 

  • Molly Sud's Cloth Diaper Laundry Powder

  • Fit Organic Baby Laundry Detergent

  • Honest Laundry Detergent 

Environmental Working Group (EWG) just put out a Products For Baby Rating List. Least toxic to most toxic that you may want to checkout. Click here


Organic Clothing Brands 


Diaper Needs 

Here is a fun little baby fact...An average baby will go through approximately 2,700 diapers a year. WOW! That's a lot of piss and poop! 

Whether you use cloth or disposable or something in between (some diapers use a reusable cover with a disposable lining), your baby will probably go through 10 to 12 diapers a day at first, so plan accordingly.   Cloth Diapers vs. Disposables: How and what to choose?    

  • 1 - 2 package of disposable diapers (newborn size) .  Eco Diaper brands moms like are  Honest Co.,   Seventh Generation,  Earth's Best Tender Care Diapers, Bamboo Diapers.  For a comparison of diapers click here.   Make sure to shop around for best prices.  Diapers add up. 

  • 3 dozen cloth diapers (I suggest a diaper service if you plan on using cloth diapers.)  Here is a link comparing the different cloth diaper brands.  Here's another comparison.  Great info on the different types and how to use cloth diapers.

  • Diaper pin, velcro or clips if using cloth diapers  

  • 5 - 7 waterproof diaper covers or consider all in one diapers

  • Dirty diaper pail - diapers get stinky!!!

  • Cotton balls, cotton swabs  

  • Baby wipes (My favorite baby wipes are Water Wipes they are 99.9%water and 0.1% fruit extract.  Other wipes I like are Seventh Generation, Honest Company, Nutra Care Baby Wipes and  Earth’s Best Brands.  For a complete list of the safest baby wipes click  here

***  Newborn baby's  skin is super sensitive.  For the first few weeks don’t use baby wipes.  Buy a roll of very soft paper towels and cut into squares, have a bowl and a thermos with warm water by the changing table to clean baby with or use a washcloth (Charlie Banana) and warm water.  Make sure to wash clothes in HOT water.  

Homemade recipes from Healthy Child Healthy World


HOMEMADE BABY WIPES – BASIC

  • Soft roll of paper towels (cut in half to make short rolls)

  • 1/8 -1/4 cup castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s Unsented Baby Mild Castille Liquid Soap)

  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup vegetable oil (ex. olive, almond, apricot, etc)

  • 2 cups lukewarm water

  • 1 plastic or glass container that the roll will fit in

Cut roll in half and remove center cardboard. In container, mix liquid ingredients, and place half of roll in container, cut side down. Place on lid, seal tightly and tip upside down. To use, pull out from center.

 

NATURAL HERBAL HEALING WIPES
(from Pennie Mills, LMT)

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups distilled water

  • 1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel (keep ingredients simple and pure)

  • 1 tablespoon Calendula oil

  • 2 teaspoon castille soap - (Dr. Bronner’s Unsented Baby Mild Castille Liquid Soap)

  • 2 to 3 drops tea tree oil (6 months and older)

  • 2 to 3 drops lavender oil (6 months and older)

Mix solution together and repeat the steps for the “basic” baby wipes.

Calendula – Calendula is moisturizing and is known to help heal rashes, burns, scrapes and other skin irritations.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera gel is used for treating burns and rashes as well as moisturizing.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and is also a wonderful antiseptic oil.
Lavender – The aroma of lavender can help relax and ease tensions. It also helps promote healing of the skin.


Supplies for breastfeeding


Supplies for formula feeding

  • Formula (be sure to check expiration date and note the lot number in case of recalls).  Consider buying organic formula like Baby’s Only Organic Formula (it says it’s for toddlers but it's okay for babies).  Also check out Holle or Hipp formula from Germany.  But beware because it can take up to a month to get Holle or Hipp Formula so plan ahead. 

  • Newborns usually start with the 4-ounce size, but you'll need some 8-ounce bottles as your child begins to drink larger amounts. You'll also need at least as many nipples as bottles (Silicone nipples are preferable and they come in different flow patterns.)  Consider using glass bottles. This is the safest way to go because there is no plastic use, and there has been some recent questions about even BPA free plastic's safety.  Glass bottle brands - Coddlelife,  Born Free, Evenflo Classic Glass, Dr Brown’s, Lifefactory Glass, Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle,  AVENT Natural Glass Bottle.  Want to compare them?  Here is some info on glass bottles  Evenflo Classic Glass, Lifefactory Glass and Dr. Browns Glass, and one stainless, the Pura Kiki

  • Bottle brush - These are handy for thoroughly scrubbing small parts and crevices in bottles, bottle parts, and nipples.

  • Nipple Brush - for washing nipples

  • Insulated bottle holder for diaper bag


Bedding Supplies

Please check out our blog on  7 Easy Tips on How to Create an Eco Friendly Nursery

Some places to buy organic bedding Organic Bedding: 

Restoration Hardware
Pottery Barn Organic Cotton Bedding
Naturepedic
Healthy Child
Land Of Nod
Gardenia Valley


Bathtime


Baby Equipment


Baby soothers, toys and entertainment

  • Pacifiers: Some babies love them, some don't. You don't have to use a pacifier but for some parents and babies, these soothers are an essential item.  Babies love to suck.  -  Natursutten Natural Rubber Pacifier, Orthodontic

  • Books - Newborns love black and white books. 

  • Toys - Non toxic is best because babies like to suck, bite and chew on them.  Stay away from toxic plastic toys especially made in China.  Here are some good examples of fun non toxic toys. 

Place to buy toys -    Amazon Green Baby Toy Section   and    Baby Green Thumb


Toiletries and Medical Supplies (for the first couple of months)


My must have baby, breastfeeding  and postpartum books:

For a full list of book that I recommend click here.


Resources:

1. BODY BURDEN: THE POLLUTION IN NEWBORNS

2.  EPA - Protecting Children's Environmental Health in Region 8

The Baby Book by  W. Sears, M.D., M.  Sears,RN, R. Sears, M.D., J. Sears, M.D. , Little Brown Co. New York , NY, 2003 Second Edition

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