Having a baby is a life-changing event often characterized by joy and excitement. It can also be quite a whirlwind experience, as you must entertain a constant stream of physicians, nurses and well-wishers in the first few days after your newborn’s arrival. A mere 48 hours later, many parents are sent home with their newborns; therefore, it’s important that you prepare your home for your baby’s arrival. Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center can help new parents make sure that they’re ready to take their new addition home. Also, the following tips offer some helpful advice regarding the supplies that all parents should have stocked before their baby is born.
- Car Safety Seat. Purchase a car safety seat that is size-appropriate for your newborn and correctly installed in your vehicle.
- Crib. If you borrow a crib from a friend or family member, make sure that it has no lead paint or vanish sealant on it. All cribs sold after 1989 already adhere to these guidelines. Also, do not use a crib whose slats are more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
- Diapers. Regardless of whether you use disposable or cloth diapers, plan on going through at least 70 per week.
- Clothing. You will need at least six to eight onesies, sleepers, and socks. If your baby is born during the winter months, or you live in a cooler climate, you may also need to invest in a few heavier pieces of clothing.
- Supplies. To keep your newborn warm, you should have a minimum of four to six receiving blankets. You should also stock an ample supply of soft washcloths and towels. Furthermore, new parents should be prepared with a handful of helpful products such as petroleum jelly, rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, infant nail clippers, a rectal thermometer, and a suction bulb for stuffy noses.
Are you preparing your home for a new baby? Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers soon-to-be and new parents comprehensive newborn services, including childbirth and breastfeeding classes. To learn more about our maternity hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700.