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Checklist - preparing to bring baby home

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Clothing

5 mins to read Dec 13, 2017
  • Bodyvests (6–8).
  • Babygrows (8–10).
  • Jerseys (3–4).
  • Beanies (2–3)
  • Dribble bibs (4–6).
  • Socks/Booties (3–5).

Make sure you wash all clothes beforehand using a non-biological detergent.

Toiletries

  • Unscented aqueous cream.
  • Baby shampoo.
  • Baby oil.
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby bath lotion.
  • Protective bum cream.
  • Baby soap.
  • Baby powder.
  • Baby lotion tissues.
  • Cotton balls – bulk or
  • Cotton buds and surgical spirits for cord care.
  • Muslin cloth.
  • Maternity pads (3 packs).
  • Breast pads (3 boxes).
  • Grooming – baby nail scissors/clippers.
  • Soft hair brush.
  • Medicine dropper.
  • Nasal aspirator.
  • Thermometer.
  • Linen Savers.
  • Scratch mitts.

Changing nappies

  • Disposables per day (8–10).
  • Antibacterial nappy sacks or
  • Nappy disposal dustbin.
  • Towelling nappies (40).
  • Disposable liners (200) or
  • Washable liners (3 boxes).
  • Safety pins/Snappi’s (12).
  • Bucket with lid (2).
  • Sterilising solution.
  • Scrub brush.

Bath time

  • Baby bath.
  • Hooded towels (3-4).
  • Bath aid to support baby.
  • Bath thermometer.
  • Bath aid to support baby.

Sleep time

  • Cot/Camp cot.
  • Breathe-ease mattress.
  • Fitted healthtex sheets (2-3).
  • Cotton stretch wrappers (4-6).
  • Cotton cellular blankets (2-3).
  • Receiving/fleece blankets (3-4).
  • Cot lift wedge.
  • Back and side wedge.

Travelling

  • Travel system (± pram/birth to 9 kg car seat).
  • Nappy bag (back pack/shoulder bag).
  • Baby pouch or sling.
  • Sun visors for car and pram.
  • Disposable bags for dirty nappies.

Bedroom

  • Chest of drawers (± 900mm high).
  • After-birth mattress.
  • Shelf (optional but useful).
  • Nappy stacker (optional).
  • Mosquito net.
  • Boppy cushion (to support baby during feeding and lie on during the day).
  • Monitor.
  • Comfortable chair for feeding baby.
  • Dustbin
  • Laundry bin

Feeding time

Requirements will depend on your choice of feeding. Consult your healthcare
professional for advice.