Babies are cute and adorable – soft bundles of joy that everybody falls in love with. Until they become cute little sleep hijackers that keep moms up late at night leaving them with swollen eyes in the morning.
Before the arrival of the baby, working on getting supplies ready is a way to ensure that you remain relaxed and avoid unnecessary spending.
After the baby’s arrival, there are times when moms have to maintain physical contact/ hold their babies all night since the smallest effort made to drop them would yield a great deal of crying.
While this may be very baffling, the moms involved go through so much stress and end up feeling tired all the time and even look haggard sometimes.
Similarly, stressed moms spend so much while relaxed moms spend way less, bringing us to the question “what do babies really need?” So we have compiled some things that babies absolutely need, let’s take a look:
1. Quality Baby Supplies
Of course, we are going to start out with supplies that babies need. All essential baby supplies can be found as a part of Baby wardrobe essentials, Baby feeding essentials, Baby bath essentials, Baby health essentials, Baby nursery essentials, or Baby diapering essentials.
While all of these may cost very much, there is a way to cut down on baby spending. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you wouldn’t get all the things that you need. It just means that there are actually smart ways to get them that wouldn’t involve spending too much, especially if you are on a tight budget.
Get the right supplies for your baby, and you just might save yourself a whole lot of stress that your baby can cause you because of uncomfortable essentials like diapers.
2. Love and Care
Which this is definitely a necessity, given as a mother, you already love your child so much, you still need to show it. Babies shown love and care tend to be a lot more relaxed than babies that do not experience a lot of this.
Even though you might think that your baby is really young and cannot tell much, babies are a lot more intuitive than we give them credit for.
Studies show that love and care helps faster bonding which is necessary for
When your baby’s cry wakes you up at night, tone down on the frustration that you are feeling and force yourself to relax. Your baby can actually feel when you are relaxed and this would lull him/ her back to sleep a lot faster than your cooing could.
3. Great Feeding
This is one of the most important things that babies really need. In order to grow right and healthy, your baby requires good food. Depending on whether you want to breastfeed or use formula, you would need to build up your support system.
If you are feeding with formula, you would need supplies ranging from bottles (glass or BPA-free plastic) with tight-fitting lids, bottle sterilizer, nipples, bottle/nipple brush, burp cloths, and nursing pillow. In case you are breastfeeding, you would need a breast pump and milk storage bags.
Aside from your baby’s food, if you are finding it difficult to relax, then you should take a look at what you eat. There are certain foods that you should not consume at night. This is because they would invariably keep you up at night, preventing you from sleeping well.
4. Maximum Attention
Although babies cannot communicate using words, there are other ways with which they pass messages across unconsciously.
However, in order for you to notice and correctly interpret, you need to pay close attention to your baby. Research has also shown that giving your child positive attention is an essential foundation for learning and growing.
Understand your baby’s sleeping pattern, note the times that he loves to be fed, as well as when he doesn’t want to be left alone. Once you understand your baby, you can easily predict if there is anything wrong and this can be very relaxing.
Knowing that you do not have to stress too much over your baby. In fact, this allows you to spend quality time with your spouse as taking care of a baby can take a toll on a relationship.
5. A Place to Sleep
A study has shown that where your baby sleeps is very essential to his survival. A firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet is essential to prevent entrapment and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) as well as prevent suffocation.
Therefore, you should pay very close attention when setting up your baby’s crib. In addition to this, you should take note of the crib location. You should go with a bright and cheery room with natural ventilation and bright colors for the walls.
During the first few months, you would have to set the crib up close to your bed so you can monitor your baby a lot closer.