Recently, we spoke about what you should bring when packing for your interstate adoption — particularly when it comes to items for your new son or daughter. But, there is no right or wrong way to go about this. Each and every adoptive parent is different. While some may prefer to take everything for “just in case,” others may wait and purchase all needed items once they arrive in their child’s birth state. Whichever path you choose, it’s completely up to you.
The same goes for preparing your house for your new baby’s arrival. You may wonder what essentials are needed for your newborn. Don’t worry. Adoption Choices of Colorado is more than happy to assist you with that. Following is our non-exhaustive checklist for baby items to consider as you are awaiting the call of your child’s delivery date.
In the Nursery
- Crib – ensuring that you have a sturdy and safe place for your baby to sleep is very important. Make sure that you carefully research as much as you can, and read any and all consumer reviews on models that stick out to you. Here is a list of the best baby cribs for 2019.
- Rocking Chair – also known as “nursery gliders,” safety and comfort is also crucial when searching for the perfect rocking chair. Not only for your baby, but also for you, as you will be spending a fair amount of time in it. Out of the numerous choices available, here are the models that were voted best nursing chairs of 2019.
- Bassinet – because newborns need, on average, 16 hours of sleep a day, you’ll want to be sure that you’re getting a suitable sleeping place for them. Finding the perfect bassinet will ensure that they get the rest they need. Check out these fourteen options to help you find the best bassinet choice.
- Diapers – your son or daughter will be wearing a diaper every morning, noon and night for the first several years of their life. You’ll be changing them frequently, too. Comfort and effective saturation is key. Diaper rash or chafing is never fun to deal with, so here are our recommendations for diapers.
- Diaper Station / Changing Table – along the same line, you’ll want to make sure that you have an appropriate changing table option on your checklist for baby items. Especially considering both you and your baby will be spending a good amount of time there. Make sure that you find one where you can easily organize and access everything you’ll need for each of your visits.
- Baby Monitor – with the advance of technology, adoptive parents are now able to download an app to install a baby monitor on their phones. If this appeals to you, double-check that you have a compatible model with the available options on the Apple Store. However, if you would prefer a different approach, there are many good choices via cameras that include a two-communication so your baby can hear you.
- Pacifiers & Pacifier Clips – most babies love to suck on things. Having pacifiers around can give them something safe to suck on, and may provide comfort if they get fussy. Many adoptive parents are also purchasing pacifier clips to secure to their baby’s clothing, reducing the risk of it dropping on the floor or getting lost. You can find both items at stores such as Target, Walmart or Amazon.
In the Bathtub
- Baby Tub – to prevent any harm coming to your son or daughter during bath time, it’s essential for you to have an anti-slip surface that allows your baby to move about safely. These can be found at stores such as Walmart, Amazon and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
- Baby Toiletries – bath time, of course, wouldn’t be complete without a supply of baby-safe soap, shampoo or lotion. Here are the best baby shampoo and body wash options to make sure your baby’s little fingers, toes and hair get squeaky clean.
- Towels & Washcloths – softness is crucial with this baby item. Because baby skin is sensitive, you don’t want to use anything too rough or coarse. So make sure you find the perfect one!
- Sterile Nail Clippers – just like with your own nails, baby’s nails should be maintained properly for healthy growth and development. Always be sure to frequently clean the clippers, though, to keep them sterile and reduce the risk of infection.
In the Kitchen
When it comes to feeding your son or daughter, some adoptive parents may choose to breastfeed their babies instead of using bottles, nipples and formula. However, the items noted below are still good to have on your checklist for baby items, and can be found at your local convenience stores or online. Make sure you discuss the best feeding option with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
- Bottle Nipples
On the Road
- Blanket, Wrap or Carrier – three popular items to secure your baby in the car are: swaddle blankets, a Moby Wrap or an Ergo Carrier. Each have their own pros and cons, and is up to you with what you feel is best for you and your baby.
- Microwave sterilizing bags – on the go and need to keep your breast pump clean? Research and stock up on these micro-steam bags from Medela.
- Sanitizing wipes – and speaking of keeping things clean, don’t forget to have along sanitizing wipes for any toys, pacifiers or other items that may fall to the floor during the road trip. This will reduce the risk of infection to your baby.
- Car Seat – there are specific car seats that are designed for infants. Each one meets government standards and ensures the comfort and safety of your precious cargo. To learn more, check out this resource.
Checklist for Baby Items
Because baby items can add up quickly, remember that you can request as many of the above, and other things not listed, as you want at your adoption baby shower. Gift registries are a popular way to do this. Friends and family are always willing and more than happy to bless you with baby toys, clothes, etc.
If there are any additional items that you feel are important, and don’t see in our non-exhaustive inventory — let us know! Leave a comment letting us know if you find this resource helpful, or what ways we can further help you prepare for your adoption journey.
Adoption Choices of Colorado
For more information on adoption please contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. We can be reached via our website or phone 303-670-4401.
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About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.