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52 – Great Expectations

The time to prepare for “homecoming” is throughout your pregnancy.

A Baby has

Real Needs

• Crib • Portable crib • Baby recliner/carrier • Blankets • Bottle warmer

• Bottles and formula (if you do not plan on breastfeeding) • Changing table

• Cleaning soaps for gentle skin

• Cotton swabs for cleaning ears and nose • Diaper bucket and bag • Disposable diapers • Front carrier • Infant car seat

• Oil, lotion, soap, vaseline, baby towels and wash cloths • Outer clothing

• Rattles and playthings that aid small muscle and large muscle development as well as sensory stimulation • Baby thermometer • Stroller

Here is a practical list of needs you may want to consider:

Specialty and department stores have a complete array of items you may need – and many you may not “need,” but desire. Also check the baby section of your drug store for items you may fnd convenient. If you have any doubts about what you will need, just get together with 3 or 4 mothers. Hours later, you will have a long list. Take care of the list while you still feel like getting out and shopping or visiting friends.

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