New parents should prepare before a baby arrives to make the transition easier. Consulting with doctors can answer questions about equipment needed, feeding, and other basic newborn care.
- A car seat must meet federal specifications for safety. Check the date stamped on the seat to ensure that the seat has not expired.
- A crib or bassinette must also meet federal safety standards. Any slats present on the unit must not be more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
- Newborns often use between eight and 10 diapers a day (either cloth or disposable).
Before the baby arrives, parents should learn how to use the car seat. Installing it into a vehicle can be confusing, but local law enforcement will usually provide assistance with this process.
New parents can also benefit by taking a class in newborn care or breastfeeding. Doctors may have information about classes offered through a local clinic.