For every new mom, figuring out your “baby supplies” situation is a big deal. With a newborn or toddler around, it is highly important that you remain well-stocked all the time, and have everything that your baby might need on hand.
Now, this can get pretty expensive, and if you compromise on a couple of items that’s okay! But, there are some products that you should never cheap out on.
Want to know what they are?
Keep reading as we list out all the baby products that you should never skimp out on, and always buy the best of.
- Baby Food
This goes without saying, but when you’re buying baby food, it is crucial to always be conscious of the brand, ingredients, shelf-life, and processing. If your child is now consuming semi-solid food, and you’re turning to packaged baby food, it is best to make sure that it’s all organic and has only the best ingredients. They shouldn’t have too many preservatives, so a long shelf-life isn’t necessarily a good deal. Now, buying all organic and branded could be a bit hefty on the pocket, but it is a sacrifice that you must be willing to make.
If you think you have an estimate of how many diapers you may need, trust me, you don’t. You’d be surprised to know how many pairs of diapers a baby can go through. Good quality, absorbent diapers that can last a long while and prevent odors and leakage are a must. Stay away from cheap, flimsy diapers that will create more of a mess rather than reducing them. Most branded diapers are made with soft, comfortable materials and have cooling features that reduce rashes and discomfort. While buying diapers, you might be faced with the Huggies vs Pampers debate, so make sure that you do some research on both brands so that you buy one that suits you best.
- Feeding Bottle
Feeding bottles should always be made with good-quality plastic, that can last tons of washes without getting damaged. The bottle nipple should be antibacterial and antimicrobial and should be made with soft, flexible yet durable materials to handle constant biting and chewing. Of course, they should be dishwasher safe as well. One of the main risks associated with feeding bottles is that they could start to develop mold or damage over time due to the constant wetness and saliva, which is a greater risk if they’re not made of high-quality materials, so never skimp out on feeding bottles.
- Car Seats
Once your child is grown enough to sit on a car seat, you should always buy the best of the best car seats. Safety is a non-negotiable thing and having a sturdy car-seat that fits the interiors of your vehicle perfectly is a must. Did you know that even car seats have expiration dates, beyond which the safety features become less effective and the product may not be as effective as it was once? I’m sure that’s a risk that you wouldn’t want to take right? While they are expensive, you should never do anything that may put the safety of your child in jeopardy. Always go for branded car-seats that have passed all crash-safety standards and have advanced warranties and product guarantees.
Similar to car seats, baby strollers are another important product which you can never play around with. Regardless of whether you have a vehicle or not, strollers are always in use and they have to be not only safe but durable and shock-resistant as well. On top of that, the stroller needs to have plenty of features that will make your baby feel comfortable enough to rest while traveling, and keep them safe from bad weather, whether that’s harsh sunlight or rain. Always go for branded strollers that come with plenty of safety features and additional perks like an extended warranty, product guarantees, and more.
If you plan to breastfeed, which most mothers tend to do, a good breast pump is crucial. This doesn’t necessarily classify as a “baby product” but it is still important to talk about. Even if you don’t need to store milk, pumping can relieve pressure and reduce enforcement, which can occur when your baby isn’t feeding as fast or as much. A good pump should be comfortable, with a proper suction that doesn’t hurt but still gets the job done efficiently. On top of that it should be portable and easy to carry around, and as noiseless as possible, especially if you’ll be pumping in workplaces.