Hey, Yes I'm 16 and I'm 8 months pregnant. What does a baby really need?
From: Latrice, Shreveport, LA
The truth is, a baby doesn't need much at first, especially if you are breast feeding which, by the way, is one of the best gifts you can give your child because it helps keep him or her healthy and it helps you develop a wonderful bond with your infant. Once you get the hang of it, it's also a whole lot easier than dealing with formula.
You also need a place for the baby to sleep. Something small works best in the beginning, a bassinet, or a cradle, because babies feel safer when they feel contained; it's one reason why knowing how to swaddle a baby (see below, for receiving blankets) is important.
If you are going to take the baby in a car, you need an infant car seat. This could be your single most expensive purchase. Avoid used car seats (you don't know if the seat has been in an accident) and be sure to get professional help in learning how to use it properly.
As far as clothes go, in the beginning, you need:
* Three or four receiving blankets, the kind you can swaddle your baby in;
* Newborn diapers, either disposable or cloth;
* Six to 8- onesies (those little one piece-outfits that have snaps between the legs);
* 4 to 6 pairs of infant socks;
* baby cap or hat.
* Infant sleep wear, including sheets and infant blanket.
As far as baby toys, the best toy for infants is you -- your face, your voice, your skin. Infants are very sensory oriented, they love to hold your fingers and and they love to look at you, especially when you talk to them and make expressive faces.
As you can see, my list is relatively small and won't cost a fortune. Sure, you can add to this list and get pretty extensive, but for basics, this should do it.
Am I forgetting some necessities? What can't you live without, all you new moms out there?
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