What an exciting time for you, as you finally get to bring your little bub home for the first time.
While it is super exciting, it can also be very stressful, due to all the preparations that must be made.
Don't panic though, you can absolutely get away with a few bare essentials for the first little while.
If you have the following ready, you will be good to go:
1. A crib
Naturally, you will need to have a nice new crib for your baby. Make sure you have a few fitted sheets also, just in case there is a little accident (or two).
2. Car seat
If you want to bring your new little bub anywhere, you will need a safe and comfortable car seat for them.
This one seems obvious, but it is crucial. You will need a number of blankets for your little one, as their body temperatures can change quite quickly.
4. Nice pyjamas (for you)
Let's face facts, you will probably spend the majority of your first few weeks at home, exhausted and excited. We suggest you stock your wardrobe with comfortable and pretty pyjamas, because you will have visitors, and jeans are overrated.
5. Bath supplies
You will need to bathe your baby at least twice a week, and also 'top and tail' them on a daily basis. Make sure you are prepared with baby bath wash, cloths and lovely soft towels.
6. Changing supplies
You will need a massive supply of nappies (indifferent sizes, because those babes grow pretty fast), sensitive wipes, cream to prevent nappy rash and baby powder.
7. A few little outfits
It is important to recognise that your baby will grow at a rapid rate, so don't feel pressured into spending a fortune on pricey little outfits. Make sure you have a good few baby grows, and bibs - after that you shouldn't worry.
For the baby, and for you. Stock your fridge before you go to the hospital with enough food to get you through your first few days and weeks of motherhood. If you are planning to bottle feed, make sure you stock up on formula and bottles.
Most importantly - enjoy it, being a mum is an incredible journey.