Getting used to the idea that you have a baby is tough enough, bringing the baby home to your usual environment will require some adjustments that you will have to make.
Here is a list of a few things that will make life with a newborn baby easier;
A crib- Getting the baby to learn to sleep on their own as early as possible will be a joy to both the parents and the baby, ( Also so that you do not have to worry about pushing the baby off the bed by mistake.) Good sleeping habits are important for your baby's physical and emotional well-being. If you'd want your baby near you at night you can put a crib next to your bed or get a 4 in 1 crib. You can get them here
If you will use a crib. You will need a mackintosh that fits on top of the fitted sheet. Babies don't need pillows, crib bumpers, or fluffy comforters. These can even pose a danger of suffocation leading to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, SIDS. The same goes for stuffed animals left in the bed.
Diapers- plan for 70 to 90 diaper changes a week to start out, and then around 50 changes a week after six weeks. You can get them here
Wipes - It's important to clean baby skin after changing their diapers to get rid of irritants that may cause rash. You can get them at here
Cotton wooland aflask of hot water ( to warm the cotton wool) - some moms prefer to use cotton wool and warm water to clean babies instead of using wipes as some babies tend to have sensitive skin that can react with some of the wipes' ingredients. You can get them here:
Closed lid bucket - to dispose of soiled diapers as this prevents the bad odor from spreading and it is hygienic.
Ointment or cream - We think Arimis works just fine, or any other non-scented petroleum jelly. Buy the big one, or multiple packs as you'll need them more often.The small ones come in handy when you are travelling. You can get oil and cream here
Night Light - to change the baby in the dark without turning on the bright light). It also creates a dreamlike atmosphere for your bedroom. You can get that here.
Clothing - It's a good idea to start with at least six "onesies" (undershirts that snap at the bottom), three to four infant gowns with a drawstring at the bottom, three receiving blankets large enough to swaddle the baby, a sweater and cap, and three to four pairs of socks or booties. Some parents like to buy several sleepers (stretch suits) that zip up the front. Sleeping bags are available here:
For bath time, you'll need some kind of baby tub. For tiny babies, you can get tubs with a sponge insert or those that are sloped with a foam pad inside.
You'll also need a few terrycloth bath towels and washcloths, baby soap and/or tearless shampoo for bath time.
A Baby Care Set- that includes a thermometer, nasal aspirator, a brush and comb, and round-tip nail clippers or scissors to make your journey with your newborn easy. You can get it here
For feeding, you'll need some burp cloths and bibs to prevent the baby from soiling themselves with food spills. A bottle brush and dishwasher basket can be very useful for cleaning bottle feeding essentials. You can get them here
Breastfeeding mothers usually appreciate having a breast pump to express milk when you have to be away from the baby or if your breasts become engorged when baby isn't ready to feed. You can get various options here
Yes, Lactation Cookies and Lactation Snacks work. Lactation cookies are supposed to work almost immediately however, it will depend on the individual and the recipe of the Bakers. Lactacare Kenya and Toto Touch, our suppliers, do an excellent job.
Sucking comes naturally for babies. Some babies suck their thumb or fingers. Others like to suck on a pacifier. A pacifier, also known as a binky, soother, teether or dodie is a rubber, plastic or silicone nipple given to an infant to suckle upon.
Colic is the period of significant distress in a healthy well-fed child signified by episodes of crying more than three hours a day for more than three days a week. Symptoms of colic usually start from when the baby is around six weeks of age in most babies and reduce significantly when they are about three to four months.