Pregnancy Gear 101: Guide to Essential Pregnancy Gear
If you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant, make sure you are equipped with the right pregnancy gear.
Pregnancy Gear: Third Trimester
Many future moms are superstitious and don't believe in buying anything for
baby until they give birth. Still, Bertens recommends that you make an
exception and purchase a car seat well before your due date. By law, you can't
leave the hospital with your baby unless you have an infant car seat.
You will also need a crib, bassinet, pack-and-play, or some other designated
place for the baby to sleep, even if that's in bed with you. If you are
superstitious, have a crib picked out and paid for in advance and call
the store to have it delivered once you do.
Finally, your pregnancy gear should include a few essential items to have
when you come home from the hospital with your newborn:
- Diapers. If you plan to use a diaper service, make arrangements ahead
of time, or purchase disposable newborn diapers. You will also need diaper
wipes and a safe, comfortable place to change your baby's diapers.
- Baby clothing. Purchase and launder some newborn clothes and other items
including blankets, booties, hats, towels, and washcloths.
- A feeding plan: breast or bottle? If you plan to breastfeed your
baby, you don't need any equipment. If you plan to bottle feed, you will need
to purchase formula and bottles, which should be sterilized.