Preparing for Baby - Products for Newborns - 3 Months
By Heather Corley, About.com Guide
- What Should I Buy for My New Baby?
- Setting Up Baby's Nursery
- Feeding Your New Baby
- Diapering and Diaper Bags
- Car Seats
- Strollers and Baby Carriers
- Soothing and Entertaining Your New Baby
- Baby Clothes
- Buying Baby Gifts
- Products for Parents
What Should I Buy for My New Baby?
For the first few months of your baby's life, you can skate by with the bare essentials or go hog wild and buy the entire stock of your local baby boutique. Most new parents fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, depending on their budget, the space available for baby's nursery and their lifestyle in general.
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Setting Up Baby's Nursery
Choosing furniture and decor for your baby's nursery is a lot of fun, and there has never been a bigger selection of nursery gear to match any parent's style than there is right now. Here's how to choose the key items you need to set up your baby's nursery space.
- Before You Buy a Baby Crib
- How to Choose Crib Bedding for Baby's Nursery
- Before You Buy a Diaper Changing Table
- Choosing the Best Baby Monitor for Your Home
- Is Your Antique Crib Safe?
- Crib Bumper Pads May Not Be Safe for Baby
- Choosing a Rocking Chair or Glider for Baby's Nursery
Feeding Your New Baby
Before you purchase any baby feeding supplies, you'll need to decide whether you want to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby. While some feeding products can be used with either method, many products are better suited for one specific feeding method or may not be needed at all.
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- Top Double Electric Breast Pumps
- Top Breastfeeding Support Pillows
- Baby Bottles Buying Guide
Diapering and Diaper Bags
Babies require lots of diaper changes, right from the start. The biggest choice here is whether you'll use cloth diapers or disposables. You'll also need to set up a place to keep diaper changing supplies so you have what you need when you're changing a wiggly baby.
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- Poll: Which Disposable Diaper is Best?
- Before You Buy a Diaper Pail
- Before You Buy a Diaper Changing Table
- Choosing a Wet Pail or Dry Pail for Cloth Diapers
- Budget Diapering: Used Cloth Diapers
- Before You Buy a Diaper Bag
- Top Compact Diaper and Wipes Cases
- Guy-Friendly Diaper Bags
- Baby Sherpa Diaper Backpack Review
Perhaps the most important thing you'll buy for your baby is a car seat. It's one of the few baby products that is required by law throughout the U.S., so you will likely need to show that you have a car seat just to bring your baby home from the hospital. Car seat safety advocates estimate that at least four our of five car seats are used incorrectly in some way, and car seats can't always function properly when misused, so be sure to learn how to use the car seat you select for your baby.
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- Before You Buy an Infant Car Seat
- Top Infant Car Seats
- How Long Should My Baby Be Rear-Facing?
- Common Car Seat Errors
- Winter Coats Compromise Car Seat Safety
- Do I Have to Buy an Infant Car Seat for my Newborn?
- Are Used Car Seats Safe for my Baby?
- Do Car Seats Expire?
- Can I Install a Car Seat with LATCH and a Seat Belt?
- Should I Buy a Custom Car Seat Cover?
- State by State Car Seat Laws
Strollers and Baby Carriers
For the first few weeks, you will probably want to hold your baby constantly. As baby gets bigger, though, your arms will get tired. Strollers and baby carriers give you options for keeping your baby close while giving your arms a little break.
- All About Baby Strollers
- Before You Buy a Travel System
- Top Reversible Strollers
- Top Strollers Under $250
- Top Three-Wheel Strollers
- Baby Carrier Styles - Which One is Best for Me?
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Soothing and Entertaining Your New Baby
Secret time - sometimes babies cry. Never fear, though, because there are plenty of products that can help you soothe a fussy baby. While new babies don't require much for entertainment, you may want to have a few small toys on hand to bring out for fussy times.
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- Top Play Gyms and Play Mats for Babies
- Top Toys and Gifts for Infants
Those sweet, tiny baby clothes will probably start calling your name about the time you find out you're expecting. Babies don't really need a huge wardrobe, but that doesn't stop most parents from buying several special outfits for their new baby.
- Choosing a Special Coming Home Outfit for Baby
- Before You Buy Baby Clothes
- Caring for Baby Clothes
- Great Online Baby Clothes Stores
- Before You Buy a Winter Coat or Snowsuit for Baby
Buying Baby Gifts
Family and friends may want to celebrate the arrival of a new baby with gifts. If you're looking for a baby gift for a newborn, here are some suggestions for fun or useful gifts.
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Products for Parents
Why should baby have all the fun? Baby products manufacturers now realize that parents want products that fit with their lifestyle and fashion preferences, so you can have some baby-related gear that you're happy to use.