Published on November 27th, 2018 | by Balanced Family
Starting a Family the Right Way
Starting a family is a decision that requires commitment, dedication, and most of all, acceptance of a forever different lifestyle. There are many factors that come into play when figuring out the best time to begin this new chapter in life.
Money is crucial for successfully raising a child. The necessary products to care for a newborn baby will add up before the blink of an eye, but that’s a huge aspect in the decision-making process of starting a family.
Where do babies spend the majority of the first year of their lives? That’s right, in their crib sleeping about every one to three hours during the day. Have you thought about the linen requirements for your future newborn yet? If not, or if you just feel completely lost about which products are best for your baby out of the thousands of different versions there are of baby products out there, I can help you out.
Since a newborn baby spends the majority of days in his crib sleeping, 10.5 to 18 hours per day to be exact, choosing the right baby sheets are vital. Newborn sheets are different from adult sheets. Newborn sheets and baby sheets follow the same criteria, since an older infant is just as delicate as a newborn for the most part. Here are some tips on which sheets to provide your baby with:
-Hypoallergenic crib sheets: These are vital for babies since certain materials and scents can irritate their skin, or some may even be allergic to them. Hypoallergenic generally means non-scented and made out of 100% cotton when it comes to linen.
-Waterproof crib sheets: Baby sheets need to be waterproof, because there’s a high chance his or her diaper will leak at least once, or when you put him down for a nap one morning, you might accidentally knock your fresh glass of orange juice into the crib…just what a parent of a newborn needs after spending two hours trying to get the baby to stop crying!
-Mattress protector: Mattress protectors are one of the best inventions. They pretty much go hand-in-hand with the reasoning for having waterproof sheets. They protect the mattress from stains and accidents that could harbor bacteria, which could then get the baby severely sick. They also save the hassle of trying to wash a whole mattress, since all you need to do is take the mattress protector off and throw it in the wash!
A baby is hard work, but they bring more joy than frustration in the end. Every great thing in life requires a time of hard work and second-guessing whether the decision was right or not, but this population wouldn’t be so large if babies were too much to handle!
The number one most important aspect to think about before starting a family is whether or not you can afford to give your baby the safest care possible. If not, it’s probably a good idea to hold off until you can save up some more. Babies are more than cuteness, and their health and safety all starts at day one from the products you purchase to care for them.