Jewish people (me being one of them) are not supposed to have baby showers. In fact, we are not supposed to buy anything for the baby before he/she is born. We are not even supposed to decorate the nursery.
No fun, I know.
I think it’s a “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” thing. Literally. And although I have never been a very religious person, I do not want to mess with anybody upstairs when it comes to giving birth.
I didn’t have a baby shower with my first and I am not planning on having one with my second. If people want to send gifts, they can send them after the baby arrives.
Since this is my second child, we already own most of everything we need but with my first it was a different story. I remember at some point in my third trimester having a near panic attack that I would be bringing a baby home without a single onesie or diaper and then briefly considered storming Buy Buy Baby and purchasing everything in sight.
A good friend calmed me down by making a list of the only things I would absolutely need on Day One. I gave the list to my mom and she assured me that all those purchases would be waiting for me by the time I came home from the hospital.
Turns out newborn babies don’t need all that much. And there is plenty of time, once the baby arrives, to receive gifts and then reassess what else you need to buy.
Forget the fancy newborn outfits, forget unnecessary items like a wipes warmer, and forget a high chair that you won’t need until Month 6. Below are 20 bare essentials for first time parents and in my experience, the only things you absolutely need to have on Day One.
If I am forgetting something, please let me know in the comment section!
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