You think you’ve bought all you’ve needed to buy then suddenly you realize you’ve forgotten the cot…. This might sound funny but I actually know of someone this has happened to and she had to go shopping for a cot on the day of her and her baby’s release from the hospital! Here is a list of things you need for your baby so as not to be caught unaware.
- Soothing music
- Birth plan
- Comfortable T-shirt
- Massage oil
- Camera or video camera
- Something to read
- Snacks and drinks
- 2 or 3 pairs of pajamas. The night-shirt should button up at the top to make breastfeeding easier.
- 2 Feeding-bra’s
- Nipple-cream (Lansinoh is the best)
- Hair brush
- Soap and shampoo
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Nail clippers (to make sure your nails are short so as not to scratch your baby)
- 2 Packs maternity sanitary pads
- Camera and video-recorder
- Change of clothes for when you leave the hospital.
- 3 changes of clothes, vests, socks, mittens and beanies
- A small pack of newborn size diapers
- Bum cream
- Shampoo, body-wash, moisturizer and cotton-wool
- 2 Receiving blankets
- 2 Fleece blankets
- Surgical spirits to clean the umbilical cord
- Bottles and formula if you are going to bottle-feed.
Remind the person who is fetching you to bring the car-seat and Baby-on-Board sign along.
- Change table
- Cot and cot mattress
- Set of drawers or cupboard to store your baby’s clothes. Drawers work best.
- Chair to feed in. Rocking chair is ideal.
- Baby monitor
- Nappy holder on a hanger, such as this one, is very useful.
- Cot bumper
- 3 Fitted sheets
- 4 Receiving blankets
- 4 Fleece blankets
- 2 Duvets (for really cold weather or going out, make sure you keep a close eye on them when using a duvet as they can be quite dangerous.)
- A wedge if they are to sleep on their side but a rolled up blanket works best.
- A pillow is not necessary until they are much older but if you want get to “breath-easy” baby pillows.
- Soothing music or white-sound incase your baby won’t settle
Bathing and grooming:
- Baby bath and stand
- 4 Hooded Towels
- Baby shampoo. Elizabeth Anne’s is the best because it does not cause cradle cap.
- Body wash. Using a lavender scented one will have calming effects.
- Moisturizing lotion. Using a lavender scented one will have calming effects.
- “Johnson and Johnson’s” lavender moisturizing oil gel I found to be wonderful as it is great for massage and keeping baby warm after a bath. It heats up and really helped to put my baby to sleep.
- Cotton wool
- Safety ear-buds (these prevent you from going into the ear canal)
- Baby safety nail-clippers or nail-scissors
- Soft bristled hair-brush as brushing the scalp prevents cradle-cap.
- 2 Big Packs of newborn sized diapers. (Pampers are the best and have the best fit)
- Wet-wipes (they use plenty). The best are the one’s that are not in the canisters but rather in the refillable packs.
- Wet-wipes container that can be refilled
- Bum-cream (they use plenty of this too)
- A small sized garbage bin with a lid to dispose nappies in.
- Nappy sacks. Scented ones are great.
Clothing (for size newborn and 1-3 months):
- 8 vests (the reason you need so many is because of “accidents”)
- 6 baby-grows
- 6 outfits
- 6 beanies
- 3 jerseys or jackets
- 2 super-warm fleece baby grows
- 3 pairs of mittens (socks also work great as mittens!)
- 3 pairs of socks
- 2 pairs of booties
- 6 bibs
- Car seat
- Nappy bag with portable change mat
- Baby carrier, “kanga-carriers” are lovely because they keep your hands free and give your back support.
- Insect net
- Rain-proof breathable pram cover.
- First-Aid kit specially for babies.
- Baby-on-Board sign for your car
Fun, stimulation and soothing:
- Cot musical mobile
- Pram/Car-seat mobile
- Baby bouncer that vibrates
- Musical night-light
- Play mat
- 4 Feeding bra’s
- 2 Bottles
- 2 Nipple-like teats
- 6 Bottles
- 6 Teats (the orthodontic type are best)
- Sterilizing equipment
- And of course the formula of your choice
Soothers: the orthodontic type are the best. You need about 3.
Medicines (these are good to have from day 1):
- Gripe-water (non-alcoholic) for winds, acid-reflux, heartburn and colic.
- Ponado or Calpol syrup for fevers or pain (it’s especially handy to give before and after they go for their immunizations)
- Arnica oil – this is also very helpful for the swelling and bruising when they get their immunizations.
- Saline drops and aspirator incase they get a stuffy nose as this interferes with their feeding.
- Syringes – this is the easiest way to feed medicine to a baby.
- Bactroban or a similar anti-bacterial cream
Remember: Do NOT administer medicines without consulting a doctor or healthcare professional first!