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When it’s time to bring your baby home, Huggies is here to lend a hand during those first few weeks. We’ve put together everything you need to make you and your baby feel right at home.


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The Baby Care Products You Really Need

From the super-small scissors to the baby-friendly sunscreen, here's what you'll want to have on hand when you bring your bundle home.

Part of the fun of getting ready for your baby’s arrival is shopping for all the little things you’ll need. There are those super-tiny socks and petite pom-pom caps, adorable onesies and too-cute burping cloths, tiny undershirts and (of course) diapers by the bagful. But don’t stop there. Being prepared for baby means you’ll need to stock up on a few baby care products, too.

What should you fill your shopping cart with? Happily, not much. When it comes to your baby’s grooming needs, less is best. Forget the fragrant lotions, shampoos and soaps. Once you get a whiff of that sweet new-baby scent, you’ll realize there’s no need to mask it. A gentle baby wash will do for now. And while you’ll want to have some diaper-changing supplies at the ready, definitely don’t overstock your changing table until you know what works best on your baby’s tender bottom. Lastly, you’ll want to add a few basic infant medical supplies to your shopping list. After all, you really don’t want to be making 2 a.m. drugstore runs the first time your little one gets sick.

Here are the baby-care essentials to have on hand when your brand-new bundle arrives.

Baby Grooming Gotta-Gets

Cotton balls.
For the first few weeks, a cotton ball dipped in plain water is the gentlest way to clean your newborn’s tender tush. But that’s not the only reason to keep a bag of sterile cotton balls around. They’re also terrific to wipe those beautiful baby-blue (or brown or gray) eyes.

Baby oil.
Your doctor may suggest baby oil as a way of getting rid of cradle cap — a crusty (but harmless) scalp condition. Baby oil on a cotton ball is also a gentle method to wipe away a particularly sticky poop from your baby’s skin.

Baby wipes.
After a few weeks of cotton-ball-and-plain-water cleanups, your baby will graduate to diaper wipes. Look for the hypoallergenic ones that are alcohol- and fragrance-free. Wipes are also great for hand washing on the go and for cleaning up leaky diaper spills and spit-up on clothes.

Baby bath liquid or soap.
When it comes to baby soap, the shorter the ingredients list, the better — look for labels without too many additives and fragrances. Or ask the pediatrician to recommend a brand.

Baby shampoo.
A tear-free formula’s the best, since infants don’t always keep their eyes tightly closed when they’re being bathed.

Skincare ointments.
It’s best to get the pediatrician’s recommendation — at least to start. Then you can experiment to find the cream that works best for your baby.

Petroleum jelly.
Slathering a bit of jelly on the thermometer to lubricate it before you take your baby’s temperature rectally will make the experience easier all around.

Baby nail clippers or scissors.
Wielding a pair of scissors near those teeny-tiny fingers is daunting enough, so you want the right-sized tools — not the adult kind, which are larger and sharper. Look for a pair with rounded tips.

A wide-toothed baby-sized comb and a soft baby brush.
If your baby is a baldie, these hair-styling tools will stay in the drawer for a couple of months (at least!). If your baby is a little fuzz-head, use the comb to detangle wet hair.

Baby Medicine Must-Haves

A digital thermometer.
Most digital thermometers are fast, accurate and inexpensive, so any brand will do (and you could decide whether to take your infant’s temperature rectally or under the armpit).

A nasal aspirator.
Your stuffed-up sweetie can’t use tissues yet, so you’ll be using this baby care product (shaped like a mini turkey baster) to clear congestion. Squeeze the bulb first, then insert the tip into your infant’s teeny nostril and release it to collect mucus.

Liquid pain reliever for infants.
Babies over 12 weeks of age can take only liquid acetaminophen to bring down a fever(the one exception is when a baby has a fever caused by immunization and he or she is 8 weeks or older). When your baby hits six months old, you can also use ibuprofen. (Remember, children under the age of 16 should never take aspirin unless advised to by a doctor.) The liquid pain reliever you buy should come with a calibrated medicine dropper to be sure you give the right dose.

A rehydrating fluid for infants
to be used at your doctor’s say if your baby has diarrhea or is sick and isn’t taking enough fluids.

Rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes.
You’ll want a bottle or box on hand to sterilize the thermometer.

Hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion.
You’ll want a stash for rashes and itchy bug bites.

Baby-friendly sunscreen.
A floppy hat goes only so far in protecting your baby’s sensitive skin from the sun, so apply sunscreen to areas that can’t easily be covered with clothes (yes, even on a baby younger than 6 months).

Remember to keep these and all grooming and medical supplies on a high shelf or bin so your little one won’t be tempted to grab and mouth them once mobile (your tot will be crawling and cruising sooner than you think!).

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