What should you have on hand in terms of clothes, diapers, and other items when your little bundle of joy arrives? If you’re looking forward to welcoming your new baby to the world during fall, you’ll want to ensure you have everything you need before fall rolls around. Here are some things every baby born in the fall needs to get off to the best start possible.
A wipe warmer is great for cold weather and during those first few days when baby’s skin is extra sensitive. This is one item that isn’t a necessity but we find very useful in winter. A warm wipe makes wiping more comfortable for baby, which means he won’t cry as much during changes. Plus, with fewer tears, you may even be able to enjoy that moment just a little bit more!
Sleep sack and warm swaddles
It may seem counterintuitive, but babies are not bundles of joy when they sleep in hot temperatures. The average room temperature should be kept between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 degrees Celsius). A baby that’s dressed too warmly won’t be able to regulate his or her body temperature well, which can make falling asleep that much more difficult. Keep your newborn bundled up in breathable swaddle blankets. Once baby no longer wants to be swaddled, you may need to use cotton sleep sacks and other clothing that will keep him warm at night when temperatures drop.
Because your body heat will be one of the best ways to keep baby warm during fall and winter, especially since they love falling asleep on mama’s chest — you’ll want to invest in a comfortable newborn baby carrier. Make sure that it supports your baby’s head and neck. A few factors to consider are breathability, weight distribution, and insulation. Breathable carriers allow airflow which helps keep your little one warm while also preventing overheating and sweating in warmer months. Baby carriers come in handy when baby needs extra love and you need an extra set of hands.
Make sure your diaper bag is made with a weather-resistant material. Diaper bags are often subjected to harsh weather when they’re carried outside of home, and you want to make sure that it can withstand both rain and snow without getting damaged. Even if you don’t plan on using your diaper bag in inclement weather, choosing one made with durable material will help ensure that it lasts for years to come. In addition, look for some added features. For example these canvas diaper bags such as an insulated pocket for bottles or wet diapers and a wipe-clean interior surface to keep messes from seeping into other pockets where items might get lost.
If you’re expecting your bundle of joy in the fall, don’t forget to protect baby from the elements. A stroller cover is necessary to protect baby from harsh weather, and can also act as a good way to keep them warm in windy weather. They come in all shapes and sizes so you can choose one that suits your fancy—some are water-proof and have peek-through windows for easy peeking at your infant, while others snap on for secure protection from wind and rain. If you are planning on going with an infant car seat that attaches directly to your stroller (as opposed to an attachment), be sure it will work with any cover you purchase.
Fall and winter wardrobe
While shopping for a fall baby, it’s important to take into account where you live. If you have mild fall and winter weather, you can probably get away with minimal layering items. But if you live in colder climates, then your baby is going to need several coats, booties, hats, and gloves before heading outside. Don’t forget to invest in some warmer wardrobe pieces yourself. Lands’ End’s Winter Coats will keep you warm on your fall walks with baby. After all, baby will need to start exploring places outside of the home, and what better way to do that than with a morning walk right after breakfast?
Feeding supplies and accessories
Bottle warmers are a must during cold weather and are a great way to ensure your baby’s bottle is just how he or she likes it—warm and cozy. Portable accessories such as the Baby’s Brew allow you to heat up bottles no matter where you’re at. Other gadgets such as the Baby Brizza allow you to have every bottle at the perfect temperature with every serving. Just like adults enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate or hot tea during cold weather, babies should also enjoy their bottles warm in the freezing temperatures.
Create an ideal space in your home with these fall baby essentials. Think of it as getting ready for your fall baby! It will be here before you know it, and soon enough you’ll need to learn how to pick up after a toddler.