When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had a sort of a handy list created with me about the products that I needed, rather must have, for her. Now, when we research about products, I am sure what we search for are top 10 must-have baby items – but what about specific to India?
During my research, half of the items on the beautiful must-have lists were not available in India. So, rather than sulking, I thought why not create a list of items that I actually used and would love to be gifted to when expecting a baby.
Here are the top 5 baby must-have items for the Indian baby:
- Muslin wrapping cloths – Though I used old sarees of my grandma, I saw similar soft variety in Mothercare. They are expensive granted, but better to invest in quality products once than waiting for an allergy to pop up on your loved one.
- Baby carrier/stroller – Invest in either of the two, I prefer the carrier. Let me tell you why. I have a really expensive stroller biting the dust in some corner of my balcony, while my loved one is busy clinging on to me. So, invest in one for times when you must travel alone and do not have anyone to lug them around.
- Nursing pillow – I got mine from Mom & me, even when everyone was telling me it was a waste of money. Yes, strapping it on is cumbersome, but do not waste your money on boppy pillows. If someone says do not invest in it, please tell them to sit in an upright position holding the baby for just 20 mins and they will be humming the same tune about the pillow
- Highchair – I cannot explain in words how important this one little investment is. I bought mine from fisher price. It was expensive, but let me tell you at 2 years my daughter will not eat a morsel without climbing in her highchair. SO, dinner table manners, hell ya to the high chair.
- Crib and mattress – Ok, I have one from mom & me and yes it takes discipline to make them sleep in the crib with the ungodly hours at which they wake up in the initial months, but it is a good investment. If you are not tight on space, get one and try to use it in later months, when they try to push you out of your very own bed.
This might not be exhaustive, but these are like the must-have ultimate list. Other things such as diapers, napkins, and bottles are pretty obvious and have therefore not made it to the list. So, keep these in mind when asking for gifts from your loved ones.