Being a first-time mom, it is quite a daunting task to figure out “what to buy” and “what the baby needs”. Although some of them were impulsive buys, most of them were based on my extensive research on the internet. I’m glad that I purchased some of these and we use it even now. Some are purposeless and I wish someone told me before I bought them.
Breast Pump: Sleep deprivation, back pain, immovable body parts, and a baby crying for reasons unknown. Why do you want to add to the misery with a breast pump? I got this as my lactation specialist recommended it. Regret buying it. Feeding should happen organically, it’s a beautiful bonding time between baby and the mother. If you can survive comments like “you don’t have enough milk” and “baby is not latching well”, avoid splurging on this.
Sterilizer: Quite fancy and over the top. Also consumes a lot of space in the kitchen. A medium sized vessel with boiling water will kill all the germs and those feeding bottles will work just fine.
Stroller: Definite yes. Especially for airport transits, frequent mall visits and long strolls in the park. But most of the time I end up carrying the baby on one arm and all the shopping bags in the stroller. Still it’s a win-win.
Car seat: Definite yes for long road trips. Safe and comfortable. If you can manage to buckle up your little ones for short city rides through bumpy Indian roads, bravo! you are already a super mom.
Baby Carrier: Maybe I purchased a wrong brand. I regret buying this. It was very uncomfortable for her and she just refuses to be tucked in. Take your little one along when you shop for this and decide whether to invest or not.
C-shaped pregnancy pillow: Absolute Yes. This was my holy grail throughout the pregnancy and I used it for more than 6 months after she was born. Excellent support for your back, especially when you are advised to sleep on your side. I also used it as a makeshift feeding pillow for first few months.
Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym: At 2 months they will entertain themselves will the colorful hanging toys. At 12 months, they will play with the piano. Worth every penny.
Skin Care Products: I have been using Sebamed and Aveeno baby washes, shampoos and lotions. They have been a staple since her birth.
Sleeping suit: For babies who refuse to be swaddled like mine, sleeping suits or footed rompers will keep them warm.
Disposable/ Reusable Breast Pads: No. Proved completely useless as they slide everywhere.