We have already been over all of the exciting things that you get to buy before the baby comes…the crib, the pram, the teeny tiny clothes, the cute toys, the adorable wall stickers…now we get to talk about all the basics that you should have.
Here is a list of unexciting things that you should buy for yourself and for the baby.
Maternity pads..get the biggest bad boys you can find.
Regular pads…maternity pads are ginormous and with any luck after a day or two things will have settled down enough for you to make the switch to a regular pad.
Breast pads…be prepared to be fifty percent covered in pads for about a month after you give birth.
Nursing bras or better yet nursing tank tops…don’t expect anything remotely sexy as these are truly the work horses of lingerie.
Lansinoh cream…this does wonders for cracked nipples and it is also good for chapped lips!
Underwear…when I was pregnant everyone told me to buy black underwear…instead of doing that I would suggest going through your underwear drawer, picking out all the pairs that are only a step away from the bin, wearing those for the first month or so and and then throwing them out and buying yourself some new skivvies.
A bag of salt…if you deliver vaginally your lady bits are sore and a salt water bath makes them feel a lot better and if you deliver via Caesarean section I imagine your abdomen is sore and a salt water bath makes it feel a lot better.
Normacol Natural Fibre…as mentioned above your lady bits or your abdominal bits are sore…you do not want to be constipated and these granules are great as they are not a laxative and therefore will not make your baby poop more than they already are.
For your baby:
Paw Paw ointment…you can use it on anything and everything from nappy rash to cradle cap.
A few things for a baby first aid kit…a thermometer, some baby saline nose drops, Children’s Panadol Colourfree Baby Drops.
I would also buy a humidifier…at some point in the first year you will need it and to save driving to every chemist in the city with a sick child in tow you might as well get one before the baby is born.
So, take this list to Big W, fill up your cart and ignore the weird looks from the cashier.
Is there anything I have forgotten?
What item did you think was crucial in that first month?