When it came to preparing for a new baby, I felt like I was thrown in at the deep end. We were in the middle of planning our move to Canada, but my husband’s job was still in England. Pregnant with twins and living between two countries, I was grateful to manage the present, let alone not having much time to plan for the future.
I never had a baby shower, nor did I plan an elaborate nursery. I just bought 2 pack 'n plays and called it a day! When it came to clothing the twins, I kept it very simple. As you can imagine, two newborns required MULTIPLE outfit changes a day, so I didn’t have time to worry about matching sets and coordinating pieces. Although, I always think that if I ever had another baby, perhaps I'd be more prepared and less tired and that I’d have more time to dress my baby in fancy outfits...or maybe not!
If you’re looking to stock up on the bare essentials before the arrival of your baby, here's my list of must-haves. Carter's | OshKosh was one of my favourite clothing stores when my twins were babies – so I’ll be using items from their online store to show you what you need.
1. 8 onesies - These can be either long or short sleeve, depending on the time of year your baby is born. These are easy to put on and form the foundation of any outfit. They can be worn alone or layered with pants/skirts/sweaters etc.
2. 8 sleepers/one-piece pajamas – Some parents love the snap-button ones, while others find the zippered ones to be a time-saver. My twins spent a LOT of time in these as they were a no-brainer, all-in-one outfit!
3. 4 pants/skirts - These can be layered with the onesies as needed. Soft cotton with elastic waistbands are the most comfy and easy to slip on and off.
4. 6 pairs of socks/booties - Colourful socks complete any outfit and add some warmth when outdoors. Also, teeny baby socks are THE cutest.
5. A hat - Either a sun hat with a brim or a warm winter hat, depending on the season.
6. 4 dress up outfits – Have these on hand for when you want baby to look extra cute....but also know that it’s very likely that your baby will end up back in her onesie!
7. 8 Bibs – One of the most common causes of stains on baby clothing is from food. Bibs will help protect clothing and are also handy for dabbing away dribbles and wiping mouths after feeding.
8. Assorted Weather Related Cover-Ups – Whether it’s a light cotton cardigan to full-on snowsuits, stock up according to the time of year.
9. 1-2 Hooded Towels – The hood design makes it easy to bundle up baby after bath time so she doesn't feel the cold too much.
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Do you have any essentials to add to my list? If so - please leave your suggestions in the comments!