Guide to Newborn Essentials Sleeping You’ll need somewhere safe for your baby to sleep. Unless you’re planning to co-sleep you’ll need a cot (cost-effective as they’ll be able to use until they’re 2+) or a bassinet (which they’ll grow out of sooner – meaning you’ll need a cot down the track – but is more convenient while they are young).
Cot (or bassinet) Mattress Fitted sheet (consider buying two or more, it is useful to have a spare) Fitted waterproof mattress protector (protect your mattress from poo explosions) Swaddles or muslin wraps or blankets (consider two or more) Make sure you’re familiar with the SIDS Safe Sleeping Guidelines before you shop – otherwise you might spend money on something that may put your baby at risk. Plus check out our Cot Safety Checklist.
Changing / bathing You don’t absolutely need a baby bath or change table. You can bath a baby in the regular bath tub (or even the sink) and you can change a baby’s nappy on the floor or a bed. But both items are useful and will make things a bit easier on your back! Towel (baby towels are thin and often have hoods, consider buying two) Face washers
Nappies (if you’re using disposables just buy one large ‘newborn’ park to start with, in case your baby grows out of them fast) Terry cloth nappies/muslin squares (useful to have a few on hand as spew rags, or to put under baby on the change table.) Nappy wipes or cotton wool balls Baby bath (one with a plug is easier to empty) Change mat or change table)
Protect your new baby’s skin by only bathing every second day or so with just warm water (or a mild, non-soap based cleanser if required). Check out our Change table Safety Checklist and our guide to buying cloth nappies.
Going out with a newborn Your newborn is required by law to be in a baby capsule or rear-facing car seat while travelling in a car. It’s a good idea to have one professionally installed a few weeks before your due date. Make sure you are familiar with your state’s car child restraint laws. You might also want to invest in a good quality pram. Look for one that reclines flat for a newborn but can be converted into a stroller for a toddler. Many families however prefer to use a baby carrier for new babies and perhaps a cheaper stroller for older babies and toddlers. Baby capsule/rear-facing car seat Baby carrier and/or pram (look for one that reclines flat for a newborn) Nappy bag (to carry spare nappies, cloths, wipes, clothes etc when out)
Check out our Nappy Bag packing checklist to see exactly what you need to pack for a trip out of the house with a new baby! And make sure you read the Pram Safety Checklist.
Dressing and baby clothes There is no need to buy many clothes before baby arrives. Just have a few necessities on hand, then go shopping once you know what size and sex your baby is. Otherwise you could end up with a heap of cute outfits that never see the light of day. Also, it pays to be practical. Sure little baby jeans and T-shirts are cute but they aren’t comfortable and you won’t get much use out of them, especially in the smaller sizes. Keep in mind that people may buy clothes as gifts too. Also check to see if your maternity hospital has a list of what they’d like you to bring in for your baby – this is often a good guide as well. We’ve said 5 of most items here so you’re prepared for baby messes and to have a few in the wash. 52 Shopping Magazine, Issue 5
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