Tips for Baby’s First Year

I can’t believe tomorrow, my daughter will be one year old. Looking back at this wonderful year and looking at all of her ‘stuff’, there are a couple of things we could have done without.

Don’t get me wrong – everything is greatly appreciated. But if you are a new or expecting parent and are wondering what you need to get, I have a list of some things that might save you some money in the long run. Everyone is different, so I’ll post my ‘can-do-withouts’ and my reason for them and you can decide if you still want it or not. Here’s my list:

Bed skirt, bumper, pillow, quilt – all we used for her in the beginning was the fitted sheet and bed skirt, but if I could do it over, I wouldn’t have bought the skirt. She also had a baby sleep sac. It’s kind of like a fleece sleeping bag that she wears (she puts her arms through it) and it zips up in the front. This way there is no chance of it going over her head and suffocating her. She also has a favorite knit blanket that covered her in her stroller.

Books – don’t feel like you need to rush out and get your newborn books at full price. Have a couple of meaningful ones around that you can read in the morning and at night, then build your library through gifts and when you see them on sale. My daughter only started to be interested in flipping the pages of books two weeks ago so you have time to start her literary collection.

Toys – until your child is between 4 – 6 months old, they sleep, eat and need to be changed. Having the occasional toy, stuffed animal, rattle is good, but until they show interest, don’t buy out the toy store. Your friends and family will want to get your angel something nice and the best gifts to ask for are the toys and stuffed animals (it’s fun for them to pick out and you usually can’t go wrong with a toy as a gift). Remember, during the first year, your child’s favorite thing to play with is YOU!

Tip 1 – Don’t buy too much of the necessities to ‘stock up’ when baby first arrives (unless of course a bad storm is on the way…). Buy enough to try everything out first. We stocked up on baby bottles, and it turned out that Baby Bird got gas pains in her stomach when she was smaller so we needed better bottles that removed the gas before she drank. By the time she grew out of those pains and was ready to drink from those first bottles, they were too small.

The same went for baby shampoo (of all things) we bought 2 bottles thinking we needed to keep our angel clean. Well, she has excema and if we use it all over her body and hair, she scratches and breaks out. So here we are one year later and we have 1 full bottle and 1/2 of the second one still left as we use the smallest amount.

Tip 2 – If you know someone who has baby items like swings, jumpers and exersaucers, ask to try them out for a week or two before buying it. Friends of ours just loaned us a Jolly Jumper and she used it for a few weeks, then she would rather crawl around. We are giving the jumper back and for three weeks of amusement, we aren’t out the $70.

Realize that every baby is different. This is an exciting time for you and I know the urge of wanting to get everything just right. I hope you found some useful tips in here.

Please leave a comment below to help out.

What baby items could you do without in the first year? Please also post your reasons for why you could do without it (why did you not need it).

What tips do you have for parents of children in their first year?

Also for new parents, please check out my post for Expecting and New Parent Freebies in Canada, there is a lot of great information there.

Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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