Ideally you should choose health care for your baby [a pediatrician or other caregiver] before your due date so that you have someone to turn to right after birth, if necessary. During late pregnancy, ask for recommendations from friends, other…
Published October 30, 2007 by
Your initial supply list will look something like the one below. We’ve noted the reasons for some items, and we’ve also listed other items parents frequently assume they’ll need, along with our reasons for not having them on hand.
A word or two about bathing. Newborn infants do not appreciate baths because of the abrupt temperature change. It’s important to keep newborns warm and secure during bathing; sponge baths given under a baby blanket or towel are best for the first month.
You don’t really need to go out and buy a special tub for your baby. You can use the kitchen sink. However, specially designed baby bathtubs have slanted support areas for the baby that is covered with non-slip foam pads. These may be more comfortable. Their disadvantage is that they’re difficult to move once they’re filled, but if you can place the tub next to the sink on the counter, it won’t be a problem. Many times you can find these included in a baby bath gift basket, this is nice because everything you need for bathing baby is right there.
When buying a baby bathtub, look for one with smooth rounded edges. Don’t buy one with all sponge cushioning, since the sponge part can be torn off or eaten. Make sure the support area is a non-slip surface and check to see if the tub is sturdy and will hold its shape when full. It will be a plus to find a tub that has recessed water channels on the sides so you can bathe the baby without immersing him.