What You Need for the First Four Months

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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/

Cognitive

Social
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

  1. Eye Contact (6-8 weeks)
  2. Social Smile (6-8 weeks)
  3. Cooing (Around 8 weeks)
  4. 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.

1.Nursery Necessities

  • Cradles/Bassinets, Bedding
  • Cribs, Crib Mattresses, Bedding
  • Dressers
  • Changing Tables
  • Gliders/Rockers
  1. Baby Clothing

 

  1. Feeding
  • Breast Pumps, Accessories, Milk Storage
  • Formula, Bottles, Accessories

 

  1. Bath & Skin
  • Soaps & Shampoo
  • Creams
  • Tubs & accessories
  1. Diapering
  • Diapers, Wipes, Creams. Accessories
  • Diaper bags
  1. Gear
  • Car Seats
  • Strollers
  • Swings
  • Baby Carriers

My goal will be to provide you vetted recommendations for each of these product categories based on my experience, research and discussions with friends and on online forums. While you may or may not buy what I recommend, you will definitely benefit from the objective criteria that I have used, it will allow you to cut through the noise and simplify your decision making process.

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