Preparing for Baby – Click here for a list of suggested items?

Sleep

  • Bassinet or pepi-pod or moses basket or cot (1)
  • Firm, fitting mattress (1)
  • Mattress protector (1)
  • Cotton sheets (2 sets)
  • Cotton or woollen blankets (not polar fleece) (2)

Out and About

  • Capsule/car seat (1) – DO NOT leave baby asleep in car seat for more than 1 hr at a time.
  • Nappy bag (any type of bag will do)
  • Pram/pushchair (baby must be able to lie flat) (1)
  • Wind/rain/sun cover (1)

Accessories

  • Changing mat (1)
  • Wet wipes (one for nappy bag/one for home) (2)
  • Cotton or Marino wraps (2)
  • Muslin cloths (2)
  • Polar fleece blanket for pram (not bed) (1)
  • Thermometer (1)

Clothes

  • Woolen singlets (whether it’s summer or winter, a newborn still requires the warmth) (2-3)
  • Woolen beanie (1)
  • Cotton beanie (1)
  • Sun hat (1)
  • Cotton singlets (2-3)
  • Nightie – cotton (2)
  • Onesie/stretch ‘n’ grow (2-3)
  • Cardigan/jumper (2)
  • Socks – cotton (2-3)

Don’t purchase too many newborn clothes for baby, as they will grow out of them so quickly.  The important thing is to keep your new baby warm both at home and when going out into the weather.

For mum

  • Sanitary pads (maternity) (2-3 packs)
  • Breast pads disposable (1-2 packs)
  • Old big underwear! (4-5 pairs of cheap)
  • Breast feeding top (anything with buttons down front) (1-2)
  • Maternity Bra (1-2)
  • A lavalava can also be comfortable