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Newborn Checklist

This week I will finally sort everything I need to have ready for the baby’s arrival.

Yes, it’s still a little early but I’m a planner (*cough* and something of an organisational control freak) at heart, so I think I’ll feel more settled once I know everything is sorted and in order. That way whenever he or she arrives, I won’t need to panic or wonder if I’ve forgotten something (which naturally I will do anyway).

I wasn’t really planning to write a blog post on this, but I’ve gotten so many questions about it that I thought I may as well share our checklist. Just a quick mini-post for all the other expectant mums out there. I’ll also keep adding to the BABY section of the Shop page as I go along.

So here we go…

Clothing

  • Several natural fibre onesies and body suits – Merino is great for regulating body temp and feels lovely. Cotton is also perfect. (Check out these in the sale &/or get multi-packs like these.)
  • A few elasticated night gowns (like this) – Great for changing nappies in the night so you don’t need to wriggle them out of a onesie!
  • A few pairs of socks
  • A pair scratch mittens
  • A cotton hat
  • A kitted hat (winter babies)
  • A couple of jumpers/cardigans (I must admit to particularly enjoying knitwear shopping!)A snowsuit – for winter babies, obviously
  • Blankets (one for home, one for pram, one for luck!)
  • Sleeping sack
Don’t go crazy buying too many “newborn” outfits as they’ll grow out of them so quickly. Go simple for the first couple of weeks and save the fancy stuff for 0-3m and beyond.
Feeding
I’m planning on breastfeeding so helpfully already have the main equipment on hand! There are a few useful accessories though…
  • Lots of bibs
  • Lots of muslin cloths (also good for swaddling and I’ve found so many pretty ones it’s hard to stop buying them!)
  • Nursing pillow (my pregnancy pillow doubles up as this)
  • Nursing bras (buy one size up from your current pregnancy size)
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple balm
  • Breast pump (rent from hospital, don’t buy)
  • Bottles & milk storage bags
  • Haakaa manual pump (great for collecting milk from other boob while baby feeds, rather than wasting it! Yet to meet a mum who doesn’t swear by this.)
Changing 
  • Changing mat
  • Couple boxes of newborn nappies (again don’t go crazy and buy hundreds until you know how big baby is and see how fast they grow, you can always get more!)
  • Nappy bin – I hear this one is brilliant
  • Nappy cream
  • Baby wipes
  • Cotton pads
Bathing
  • Bath support or mini tub (I’m yet to find a non-hideous option, I bought this)
  • Water thermometer
  • Few soft washcloths
  • Two sponges
  • Baby cleanser
  • Baby towels
  • Hooded baby towel (mostly for the cuteness!)
  • Baby moisturiser
  • Soft baby hairbrush
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer (in ear is best)
  • Decongester
*Optional extra, I was given this probiotic baby skincare range and it’s so lovely. Perfect gift for new mum or baby.
Travel
  • Pram – One that reclines so baby can lay flat
  • Car seat – From my research this seems to be the safest on the market, and it’s on sale!
  • Car seat dock (if needed)
  • Car seat rain cover
  • Soft baby carrier – Make sure it’s ergonomic and suitable for newborns
  • Baby sling
  • Nappy bag
  • Fold + Go changing kit
  • Moses basket + sheets
Then of course there’s everything for the nursery… which I’m going to make a start on next week, so I’ll share how I get on and the pieces I’ve chosen.
Any other bits & bobs I’ve forgotten please let me know and I’ll add them to the list!
Now I have to go and explain to Custard that the car seat isn’t actually for him…

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