I remember when I was pregnant with Emmet I would obsessively look for lists that had everything I would possibly need and couldn't find just one that had everything. I'm the kind of person that likes to have every little detail planned and prepared and obsessively does so until it is just right! I made spreadsheets to keep track of what we had and what we still needed and constantly checked on them and shopped online for the best products out there in our price range. I'm not kidding.
I'm no expert, but I am a mom that has kept a child alive for one year and in doing so I have bought products and tried them out and have at least a general idea of what a person might need during the first year. I decided to make up a full list of what we liked and used that is full of links to the actual products. None of these are affiliate links or sponsored in any way! We just really liked them. I also am offering a free printable checklist with pretty watercolor paintings. Now you can check things off of your list too! And you don't even have to make the list. Read more below.
There are a lot of different phases of feeding in the first year! I find it so amazing that Emmet has gone from eating 100% breast milk from my body to eating any food that Dave and I eat all in just one year. You can stock up for each stage all at once or buy as you phase up, whatever works best for you!
Getting Emmet dressed has been one of my favorite things over the past year! I loved getting out each new size of clothes and getting him dressed each day. We dressed Emmet in a pretty even mixture of large companies and small handmade shops, we liked the balance of supporting small business and saving money in our bank accounts, but you can do whatever you are most comfortable with! Our favorite places to find clothes are; Target, Old Navy, Carters, Gap, H&M, Thred Up (for finding secondhand clothes), Childhood Clothing, Candy Kirby Designs, Lola and Stella. The amount you need in each size really depends on how often you do laundry and how messy your baby is. But I found that this was a good starting point
Just like feeding, we went through lots of stages with bathing too! We started out washing Emmet in the laundry room sink using his little baby tub, then once he started sitting up I just got in the bathtub with him! He would play with his toys and as soon as he started sitting confidently on his own and getting up and down I stopped getting in with him and started sitting next to the tub instead.
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