There is a lot that goes into prepping for your baby’s arrival. Between all the clothes, toys, and nursery essentials, the list can get incredibly overwhelming. To help you break it down, let’s go over a timeline to determine when you should start to think about shopping for baby stuff.
Factors To Consider
Before you start buying things, there are a few factors that may influence the purchases you make. Consider your budget, how much space you have, and how long until the baby is expected to arrive. Additionally, if you plan on having a baby shower and a registry, you can limit your purchases—you never know what you might receive as a gift! Furthermore, if the gender of your baby will affect what you buy, you may want to wait until you know their gender or consider picking out gender-neutral items.
First Trimester: the Research Phase
During the first trimester of your pregnancy, try to research items, make lists of what you need, and brainstorm your nursery theme. Use this phase to determine which essentials you need and identify the best products for you and your baby. This way, even if you don’t start shopping until late, you will make informed purchases.
Second Trimester: Buy the Big-Ticket Items
During your second trimester, you want to start snagging those deals! This means grabbing big-ticket items like a crib, changing table, and other nursery furniture. Now is also the time to start prepping the nursery, as well as fixing up and decluttering your home. The closer you get to your baby’s arrival, the less heavy lifting you’ll want to do, and you certainly don’t want to wait until after they’re born.
Third Trimester: Stock Up on Essentials
Your third trimester should be about finishing the nursery, rounding out your baby’s wardrobe, and finalizing any other big projects you want to get done before your baby arrives. Your other job is to start stocking up on those essentials and non-expiry consumables. That means diapers, baby wipes, bottles, lotions, pacifiers, and other items that newborns tend to go through quickly.
Remember—buying for Baby also means buying for you! At this stage, you can start investing in items that will keep you comfortable, such as maternity wear, pillows, belly support bands, and other essential maternity items.
Furthermore, even though your baby shower and registry are likely complete at this point, you can still keep an eye out for good deals. It’s also a good time to return and exchange any items you don’t want or need.
In truth, there is no solid answer on how soon you should start thinking about shopping for baby stuff. Every pregnancy is different, and so is every parent. However, this guide can be a useful timeline to help you stay organized and reduce stress in the process.
If you’re ready to put the bow on things and are eagerly awaiting your baby’s arrival, Ryan & Rose has all the adorable essentials you need. From cute pacifier clips, teethers, mats, and more, we have what you need to make their first day home perfect.