If you are newly expecting, congratulations! You must be wondering when to start buying baby stuff, and how much baby stuff you really need for your growing family.
Having a baby can be so overwhelming. You must have so many questions if this is your first time through.
We want to help you through the process of shopping for your baby and helping you determine what stuff you need and when to start buying baby stuff.
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When Can You Start Buying Baby Stuff
It’s so exciting to find out you are pregnant and you might have the itch to start running off to the store, making your Amazon registry and telling all your friends and family that they should start saving up to help you buy all the things you need for your little one.
But before you go and get super excited, you should wait until you are around 13 weeks pregnant before making any purchases for your baby.
The risk for miscarriage is high in the first trimester and it decreases as the trimesters go on.
It is not recommended to start telling anyone about your pregnancy until you get the 13-week mark as well. So once you reveal to your friends and family what is going on, then you can start to purchase your baby stuff.
This isn’t a must follow rule, you can start purchasing baby things when you find out you are pregnant.
We get it, it’s such an exciting time and waiting is SO HARD!
Just keep in mind the risks of miscarriage before the 13 week mark.
Once you hit that 13-week mark, you should go out and purchase a baby glider, because it will be very handy to have during your pregnancy, and is also one of the more expensive items on your baby list so it’s best to get it out of the way.
Buying Baby Stuff Early
Many cultures believe it is not a good idea to purchase ANY baby items until the baby is born. In fact, many cultures don’t even bother gifting anything to the mother if the baby has not been born yet.
The reason being is the risks of miscarriage. Imagine having a baby shower and receiving all these wonderful baby things and then losing your baby before they come into the world?
The heartbreak is lifechanging. You can never go back from that.
If you feel like it is bad luck to purchase baby items before the birth, then you can avoid doing so. It’s not unheard of thats for sure.
The only thing we can tell you is that you should go with your gut. If you feel like purchasing baby items the moment you find out about your pregnancy, you can do so.
Purchasing Baby Items Too Late
Technically you can’t purchase baby items too late.
After the baby is born, you can send your significant other out to purchase all the baby items you may need for that day / week / month.
In fact, purchasing baby items as you go can help you decrease the amount of money you spend on your little one.
You may find out that you don’t actually need a baby bath because you are comfortable bathing your baby in the sink or in the bath with you.
You may find out that you don’t need a baby swing because your baby is ok with sleeping on their own.
While there are some items that you must purchase right away, they can be purchased the day of birth or the day you come home from the hospital.
Here are the bare minimum essentials we recommend you purchasing for your little one.
- Car Seat (Cannot leave the hospital without this)
- Receiving Blankets
- Bath (Tub, cloths, lotion and soap)
- Thermometer, Tylenol
- Nail Clippers, Hairbrush
- Diapers (cloth or disposable) and wipes!
- Playpen (in place of crib and bassinet)
You can purchase your car seat in the last few weeks of pregnancy if you wish to wait, or you can purchase it before leaving the hospital. You will not be able to leave the hospital without a car seat.
Purchasing Baby Stuff: Things To Consider
If you are finding out the gneder or having a baby shower you may want to consider these things:
- If you are finding out the gender, then you may want to hold off purchasing certain baby items such as clothes and nursery-themed items.
- If you are not finding out the gender there are a lot of gender-neutral nursery ideas out there. Remember that your baby can wear any colour clothing, so if you purchase many blue items and you happen to have a girl, your baby can still wear these clothes.
- If you have a baby shower you may want to wait and see what your friends and family purchase for you so you don’t spend your own money on these things.
- Your baby shower should be around the 30-week mark, so it’s a long time to wait for baby things if you’re not so patient like many mothers, our writers included.
- If there is something you really really need for your baby, then you should go ahead and make that purchase. If you happen to get another version of it, that’s ok. You can return it.
- You can have your baby shower after the baby is born as well, there is no hard and fast rule about having a baby shower before the birth.
When To Start Buying Stuff: Early Pregnancy
Not really for the baby, but for you, there are some things you should purchase for your pregnancy.
- Prenatal Vitamins
- Morning Sickness Products
- Pregnancy Journal
- Bump Milestone Stickers
- Postpartum pyjamas for comfort
Other than those items, you really don’t need much else for early pregnancy.
If you are pregnant now, you should probably read Pregnancy Hacks For Expecting Moms.
When To Start Buying Baby Stuff: Diapers!
You might be curious as to how many diapers do you need and when you should purchase them.
You may be given diapers at your baby shower. Many people choose to buy newborn and size 1 diaper for new moms. You might also be receiving a few gift cards from stores that sell diapers, so you don’t need to stock up on too many diapers before birth.
The thing about diapers is, you don’t know the size of your baby so you don’t know how many diapers you will need. While there are some great information charts out there to use as guidelines, you may find yourself frustrated with purchasing too many diapers in a certain size because your little one is growing faster than the chart suggested.
At the very least you should have 1 pack of newborn diapers and 1 pack of size 1 diapers on hand.
You should also purchase baby wipes before the birth, or as soon as the baby is born.
Here is a guide on the best baby wipes. They are all different, so it is worth a read. You don’t want to waste money on wipes that break often and leave you with poop on your hands.
You may want to take a look at the storage in your nursery, or your bedroom if you’re not using a nursery and figure out how much space you have to store all the baby things and extra diapers.
Storing baby stuff before the baby arrives is actually a challenge. Most of the baby items are bulky and oddly shaped, so it’s difficult to stack in a closet.
When To Start Buying Baby Stuff: Furniture!
Setting up the nursery is so much fun, so when should you start buying all th items for your nursery?
We recommend waiting to start on the nursery until you find out the gender of your baby. If you aren’t finding out the gender, then you can choose a neutral color theme.
We do recommend not starting on the nursery before the 13-week mark, as exciting as it all is. You can start planning the nursery before that point though.
You do not need to have the nursery set up before the baby arrives, but it might make your life easier to have it all ready to go for the birth.
Stocking Up On Baby Clothes
Baby clothes are so cute!
That being said, we do not recommend purchasing too many baby clothes at first. You may receive many clothing pieces during your baby shower and your baby may have an abundance of newborn clothing on hand.
Your friends and family might also have hand me downs to give to you, so you should wait and see if anyone offers clothing before spending money on it.
Many Facebook marketplace groups and Kijiji also have many bulk second hand clothing lots which they sell for reasonable prices.
You will also find out how often your baby needs a change after the birth of your little one.
If you have a baby with bad reflux, you may need to purchase more outfits than usual. Your laundry may also be a daily practice if you have fewer clothes and a really messy baby.
On the other hand, you may have a baby who doesn’t need a change very often, and then you will be stuck with a closet full of brand new baby clothes that your little one didn’t get a chance to wear.
So, When do You Start Buying Baby Stuff?
Start purchasing baby items between 13-30 weeks of your pregnancy. You may want to wait to purchase baby items until you know the gender of your baby, and until your baby shower is finished to avoid having too many duplicates. Nursery furniture can be purchased after the 13-week mark and diapers and clothing will most likely be gifted at your baby shower. Don’t buy too many diapers in too many sizes to void wasting money. You will require a car seat before the baby is born so you can leave the hospital with your newborn, which you can purchase when the baby is born, or a few weeks before the expected birth.
Tips For Shopping For Baby Stuff
Do Your Research
Baby gear can be very expensive or very cheap, very useful or useless for your needs/ Before you find out which baby gear you need and which model suits you best, you’ll want to look around for the best baby products one by one. You’ll want to do some comparison shopping and ask your friend and family for advice on baby products.
Check Your Previously Loved Baby Gadgets
It’s not a problem to purchase baby gear and gadgets second-hand, but you should do a check on the items before accepting or purchasing your second-hand items. The gear might be safe, but it could also be on a recall list or is no longer safe by today’s safety standards. Search your baby items on Consumer Product Safety Commission for the latest information.
Research Baby Carriers and Wraps
You may be thinking that you won’t be wearing your baby when you go out for walks but baby carriers are more valuable than just walking outside. Baby carriers and wraps are often used inside the home to help calm the baby while leaving the parents hands free to look after other children or finish stuff up inside the home. A front carrier is also really easy to use when you are out shopping, and saves you from having a bulky car seat sitting in the shopping cart taking up a lot of room.
Here are some baby carrier resources for you to look into:
Some Items Can Be Purchased Later
When you thinking about buying stuff for your new baby, you may want to throw everything onto your baby registry list, and that’s totally fine. Just don’t be stressed out about purchasing everything you need for the first year before the baby is born.
Baby proofing items, high chairs, bouncy centers and baby toys can be purchased later on, as you need them. High chairs aren’t really needed for 4-6 months after birth and bouncers aren’t safe for babies who can’t hold their head up yet, so you can save space in your home and purchase these items later on.
When thinking about a stroller for your little one, you may want to purchase a few different kinds because you got all excited from researching strollers… but hold off on that.
Purchase one stroller, we recommend a travel system, before the birth of your baby and then you can go ahead andpurchase the strollers are you need after the birth.
You may not feel like jogging after birth for a few months, so a jogging stroller may not be required. Babies don’t need to be in an umbrella stroller until 6 months at the earliest, so there is no need to purchase one before birth.
What You Should Not Buy For Baby Until After Birth
You don’t know what your baby is really going to need after birth beyond the essential items, so there are a few things you can totally skip out on.
There are even items on the market that are a simple waste of money, completely useless and you simply don’t need them for your little one.
Crib Bumpers: These are dangerous and should not be used on a baby crib. YES, they do look beautiful, but they are not needed and can suffocate your little one.
Baby Formula: You may end up breastfeeding or formula feeding your baby. Doesn’t matter which choice you go for, honestly, fed is best. The reason you shouldn’t purchase formula before the baby arrives is that you don’t know if the baby will be ok with the type of formula you chose. Their little tummies are so sensitive and they may need a specific type of formula o stay healthy.
Newborn Baby Shoes: There is no need for this. Newborn babies do not walk. While newborn baby shoes are pretty and sweet, they are useless and probably uncomfortable for your little one.
More Information On Baby Items You May Want To Know
- How To Have A Baby On A Budget (Checklist)
- Best Burp Cloths Worth Buying
- The Best Cribs for Baby
- The Ultimate Newborn Baby Registry Checklist (Printable Guide)
- Baby Monitor Reviews 2021
- The Best Swaddles For Newborn Babies
- Essential Baby Sleep Products To Help You Get A Good Nights Sleep (Even With A Newborn)
- Best Glider For Nursing
- How Many Baby Bottles Do You Need? (New Parent Guide)
- Guide To Choosing The Best Bassinet 2021
- The Best Baby Swing For Soothing Baby In 2021
- Best Non-toxic Pacifiers For Your Baby
- Best Baby Towels
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