I still remember the beautiful sensation that I experienced when the doctor handed me my twins as soon as I regained consciousness after the C-section – it was surreal to see that two babies who are been part of me for the last 9 months were now independent entities ready to take on the world. The snuggled cosily on my chest and seemed to feel reassured by the familiar smell. I held them close and for that moment nothing mattered – the pain, the extreme fatigue, the anxiety, nothing bothered me as I soaked in that experience.
Those moments remained etched in my memory for ever, but I can say the same thing about the next 3-4 months. Looking back everything seems like a blur – the constant workload, the sleeplessness and moving around like a zombie through the day, hoping for that moment when both would be sleeping so that I could grab a shut eye.
It is for this reason I would suggest that parents do all the purchases for this phase of life in advance so that you can be as productive and effective as a parent and as an individual.
First let us take a quick look at the big milestones you can expect in the first four months.(source WebMD.com)
|Gross Motor Skills||Fine Motor||Language/
|1 month||Baby starts moving head from side to side||Baby is able to grip strongly||Stares at hands and fingers||Follow along with eyes|
|2 months||Holds head and neck up briefly while on tummy||Opens and closes hands||Begins to play with fingers||Smiles responsively|
|3 months||Reaches and grabs at objects||Grips objects in hands||Coos||Imitates you when you stick out your tongue|
|4 months||Pushes up on arms when lying on tummy||Grabs objects — and gets them!||Laughs out loud||Enjoys play and may cry when playing stops|
The key skills that you need to look for are
- Eye Contact (6-8 weeks)
- Social Smile (6-8 weeks)
- Cooing (Around 8 weeks)
- Babbling (3-4 Months)
While it is easy to get overwhelmed by the burden of all the things you need to buy to get prepared, in reality it isn’t that difficult. There is only a limited set of items that you absolutely need and once you get that covered, you will feel much better about yourselves.
Below is a comprehensive list of categories and related products that you need for the first four months of your kids’ life.
- Cradles/Bassinets, Bedding
- Cribs, Crib Mattresses, Bedding
- Changing Tables
- Baby Clothing
- Breast Pumps, Accessories, Milk Storage
- Formula, Bottles, Accessories
- Bath & Skin
- Soaps & Shampoo
- Tubs & accessories
- Diapers, Wipes, Creams. Accessories
- Diaper bags
- Car Seats
- Baby Carriers