How Much Stuff Does One Little Baby Need?
When we pore over the Bible looking for parenting advice, there isn’t much there when it comes to buying everything a baby needs. We can’t find a master guide of necessities or instructions on picking out the perfect “coming home” outfit. However, the Bible does offer this tidbit to help us prepare.
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. 1 Corinthians 12:33
Focus on the must-haves and organizing the stuff so the baby enters a home of peace, rather than disorder.
When you are thinking about furniture your baby will need, keep it simple. You don’t have to go quite as simple as Moses’s reed basket or Jesus’s manger, but you don’t need the most expensive pieces. Your child needs a place to sleep and a changing table. That changing table is really to help mom and dad not kill their backs during all those diapering sessions. If you want to look ahead, book shelves and toy boxes will be needed down the road.
Most parents can divide their baby clothes into two sections, clothes for everyday and nicer clothes for going out or having company. The nicer clothes are the expensive ones. You don’t need many outfits, and people LOVE giving them at showers. When buying, stick to the simple everyday sleepwear and comfortable onesies.
As for organization, you need a place to hang or fold outfits, a place for everyday wear and pajamas, and a place to put dirty clothes. That dirty pile adds up quickly!
Diapers are another great shower gift! Find a storage area for diapers that are too big. You will need them before you know it, but you don’t want to trip over boxes of size 4s when your little one is only a size 1.
Find a place to store the open pack. You want diapers and wipes within an arm’s reach of junior when you are changing him. Stepping away while he is on the changing table could be dangerous. Most changing tables offer storage space or shelves. There are also diaper storage units available in the baby section of stores, but a cute basket is really all you need.
Dads, I understand that you may not be off work for 6-8 weeks. You may not change as many diapers, do as many feedings, or get up as often in the middle of the night, but you need to know the system.
When mom-to-be organizes, help! She may not be physically able to bend and lift like she once could. Also make your own suggestions. Chances are mom will welcome them. Finally, you need to know where the pajamas are just as much as mom does!
Remember, babies are meant to be treasured and loved. The stuff is just stuff!
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