What Items Do I Need For A Baby?
When you fall pregnant it is the most exciting time in your life however it can also be the most expensive time in your life. I have put together a checklist of baby items that you will need for when the baby is born in the hope that you only get the items that you immediately need to help save money in the beginning stages. This checklist is also a great idea for baby showers. Let your loved ones pick something off the nursery checklist to buy for your baby shower gift. That way you get exactly what you need for the baby.
Nursery Check List
Cot – Make sure it meets Australian Standards
Cot Mattress – Make sure it meets Australian Standards
Cot Sheets – Flannel or Cotton
Cot Mattress Protector
Change Table – with at least two shelves to put things on
Change Table Mat
Change Table Mat Cover
Nappies – 4 boxes of newborn disposable nappies to start with
Wipes – Large box, refills, and a travel pack
Baby bath wash, shampoo, powder etc
Nappy Bag – a large one with plenty of room. Refer to the blog ‘What’s in your nappy bag”
Pram – you may want to consider one with an infant attachment if having children close in age
Baby Wear – sling or pouch. Refer to blog “Baby Wearing” by Midwife Alinta
Nappy Rash Cream
Breast Pads – for leaking breasts while breastfeeding
Maternity Pads– 2 or 3 packs for the first 6 weeks after birth
High Chair – for later down the track (5-6 months)
Food Containers – for when they start solids
Play Mat – for stimulation and play time
Dummies – not recommended until breastfeeding is established i.e 4-6weeks of age
Bottles – if formulat feeding or giving baby expressed breast milk by the bottle
Breast Pump – maual, automatic or hire – to express for comfort when your milk comes in around day 3-5. To express and store for when you go back to work or need a baby sitter
Nappy Bucket – to put dirty nappies in to prevent normal rubbish bin in the kitchen from smelling
Car Seat – fitted correctly
Bibs – in case your baby is a dribbler. Also needed once solids are started
Feeding/Rocking Chair – not a necessity, depends where you choose to breastfeed your baby
A Baby Routine & Milestone App – we recommend The Baby Diaries Plus to keep all of baby’s feed, sleep and nappy routine, plus photos, dates & time of milestones. It also lets you share the information if someone else is caring for baby while you are out.
Hope this helps.
(This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional. All information is written from the experience and knowledge of the person writing the post).