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Basic essentials to prepare for from 3-12 months of baby’s life

After around 8-12 weeks of giving birth, most new mothers and fathers start to feel a little more used to their new life with a newborn. The baby may begin sleeping a little longer during this period as well and so there is a little more opportunity for more rest and possibly some shopping/preparation for the next stage of the baby’s growth.

4-6months:

Clothes:

  • Around 10 sets of clothes to wear in the day (ie. short sleeved 1-piece rompers (my faves as it is the simplest) OR short-sleeved tops + shorts). You can roughly gauge how quickly your baby is growing by then, but I’m guessing half of these can be 6-9m sized while the other another half can be 9-12m sized.
  • Around 6-8 sets of clothes to wear in the night (ie. footed pajamas OR long-sleeved rompers + footed pants/long pants + socks). You can roughly gauge how quickly your baby is growing by then, but I’m guessing half of these can be 6-9m sized while the other another half can be 9-12m sized.
  • Around 10 cloth bibs. I like those which have a waterproof layer behind so the baby’s drool cannot soak through the bib onto the clothes.
  • Around 5-10 sets of socks/booties

Other essential items:

  • Sufficient diapers of the appropriate size.
  • Sufficient baby wipes, nappy rash cream, baby moisturizer, baby soap, etc

Other optional items I find super useful:

  • 2 pairs of drool/suck pads if you use a carrier often
  • 1-2 teethers which can be placed in the fridge too be cooled
  • A playmat so they can lie/do tummy time/sit on a padded area besides their cot which may be too soft
  • Any type of toy which the baby can stare at dangling over/in front of him (eg. cot mobile, activity gyms, etc)
  • Any type of toy which the baby can put into his mouth safely, ie. easy to clean and not a choking hazard.

7-12months:

Clothes:

  • Around 10 sets of clothes to wear in the day (ie. short sleeved 1-piece rompers (my faves as it is the simplest) OR short-sleeved tops + shorts). You can roughly gauge how quickly your baby is growing by then, but I’m guessing half of these can be 9-12m sized while the other another half can be 12-18m sized.
  • Around 6-8 sets of clothes to wear in the night (ie. footed pajamas OR long-sleeved rompers + footed pants/long pants + socks). You can roughly gauge how quickly your baby is growing by then, but I’m guessing half of these can be 9-12m sized while the other another half can be 12-18m sized.
  • Around 5-10 sets of socks

Other essential items:

  • 1-2 waterproof bibs to use during feeding of solids.
  • At least 2 plastic feeding spoons.
  • If you are planning to do traditional weaning, a blender or food processor.
  • Once your baby is able to walk supported or unsupported, a pair of pre-walkers.
  • Sufficient variety and quantify of foods to introduce your baby to in the appropriate sequences.
  • Sufficient diapers of the appropriate size.
  • Sufficient baby wipes, nappy rash cream, baby moisturizer, baby soap, etc

Other optional items I find super useful:

  • A large enough playpen and/or baby safety gates to keep your baby confined within a safe space.
  • A walker and/or exersaucer to allow your baby to practice taking some steps or even have the freedom to roam
  • If you are planning to do traditional weaning, 2-4 freezer trays with covers and soft bottoms.
  • A pram to suit your lifestyle is useful by this age as they can sit well and are also getting quite heavy.

For what the essentials are before the first 3 months of baby’s life, please see this other post.

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