Getting ready for the arrival of your baby is one of the most enjoyable things about pregnancy. And one of the few things you can control in the process! Here is a handy checklist of basic essentials you’ll need to have ready before the birth, as well as some ‘nice-to-have’ items for your baby shower wish list.
- 6 bodysuits These fasten between the legs and keep baby warm as they don’t ride up and leave tummies bare.
- 6 cotton singlets
- 4 grow suits These all-in-one suits fasten down the inside leg and can be worn day or night.
- 4 pairs socks/booties
- 2-3 cardigans Large enough to accommodate a couple of layers underneath.
- 3 pairs of trousers
- 3 pairs of scratch mittens
- 1 warm hat and 1 wide brimmed sun hat
- Nursing bras
- Breast pads For leaking milk in between feeds. You can buy disposable pads or reusable versions (often made from wool or cotton), which can be popped into the washing machine.
- Nipple Cream
- 2-3 burping cloths Muslin cloths to pop over your shoulder while burping baby, or to wipe away any spills during feeding.
- Baby bath You can also use a large plastic tub.
- Soft washcloths Little muslin squares are ideal – consider two colours, one for use on head and face and the other for body and bottom.
- Soft towels Hooded versions are ideal for keeping baby’s head warm while you get them dried and dressed.
- Baby toiletries Look for gentle products that are formulated especially for the delicate skin of babies.
- Cotton buds For cleaning around umbilical cords as they heal.
- Hair brush Baby versions have very soft bristles.
- Nail clippers
Nice to have
- Bath support These reclining seats keep baby secure and save you having to hold their full weight during bath time.
- Nappies Stockpile newborn size
- Change mat or change tableBear in mind you will be changing A LOT of nappies and could be sore post-birth in the first few weeks. A change table takes pressure off your lower back and can be a handy storage spot for nappies, towels etc.
- Barrier cream To help prevent or heal nappy rash.
- Baby bottom balm/moisturiser
- Bassinet or cot New or secondhand cots and bassinets must comply with current safety standards – check before you buy.
- Mattress Ideally buy this new as you know it is clean and ready to use.
- Mattress protector or woollen underlay
- Fitted sheets At least 2 sets so you have a spare on hand for any incidents.
- Blankets Different thicknesses and ideally woollen as they breathe better.
Nice to have
- Stretchy merino wrap Wonderful for newborn swaddling and helping to regulate baby’s body temperature.
- Sleep bag Buy in cotton or wool – these keep baby warm at night without the bother of blankets coming off and help regulate body temperature. Some newborn versions are available but most cater to 3 months upwards.
Out and about
Car seatYou will need one for bringing baby home. You can buy new or hire one through Plunket. Do not buy secondhand as you cannot be sure it will protect baby adequately in the event of a collision.
- Car window shade
- Pram/push chair There is a huge variety available. Ensure it will fit easily into your car when folded down.
- Nappy bag
Nice to have
- Carrier/slingIdeal for when you don’t want the bother of a push chair or need your hands free.
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