Preparing for Childbirth III - Essential C Babieshecklist for Babies

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Sometimes I get the chance to talk to my friends or acquaintances that are pregnant for the first time, and I have noticed it is quite common for most of them not to know the essentials they need to get prepared for the arrival of their baby. Especially as there are a lot of well-meaning advice from people who tell them they need a whole lot of stuff, they will probably never get to use. To help our pregnant readers and soon-to-be pregnant readers, we have compiled a checklist of essential items for the first three months (by the time baby is three months, you will know what you need or don’t need) spread over different categories

Essential Checklist for Babies

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Hospital

Let us start with the hospital list and move on from there. Please note that the hospital list may differ depending on the hospital used, but here is a generic list of things you might need

  • 4 bodysuits
  • 2 sleepsuits
  • Receiving blanket or shawls
  • Hats, socks and mittens
  • Baby bath set (towel, soap, sponge, powder, lotion, etc.)
  • Methylated spirit and cotton wool
  • Diaper

Bathing/Changing

  • Infant tub and scoop bowl
  • 4 washcloths
  • Four soft hooded towels
  • Baby soap
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby lotion/cream
  • Baby hairbrush/comb
  • One box of newborn size diapers (don't buy too many before baby is born as children grow quickly)
  • Diaper bag and changing pad
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby barrier cream (shea butter is probably the best)
  • Disposable wipes

Clothes

  • 12 bodysuits (short and long sleeve)
  • 6 sleepsuits
  • 2-4 pairs of outing clothes (you don’t need too much outing clothes since baby might not go out much in the first three months)
  • Five newborn hats
  • Eight pairs of socks/booties
  • Four pairs of hand mittens

You could buy more or less of these clothes depending on your washing schedule.

Sleeping

  • Co-Sleeping
  • Two waterproof pads (to place under baby)
  • Blankets
  • Crib sleeping
  • Crib and crib mattress
  • Two waterproof mattress covers
  • Four crib sheets
  • 2 blankets

Blankets

  • Three large cotton blankets
  • Six receiving blankets
  • 2 shawls

Feeding

  • Breastfeeding
  • 12 bibs
  • Muslin squares
  • Breast Pump (Manual/Electric)
  • Milk storage containers
  • Formula feeding
  • 12 bibs
  • Muslin squares
  • 8-12 bottles with teats
  • Cup and spoon
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Formula of choice
  • Thermal flask and bottle carrier
  • Sterilizing set

 Health/Safety

  • Baby thermometer
  • Baby nail cutter or scissors
  • Mucus Extractor

Mum

  • Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple ointment (or you could just use shea butter)
  • Sanitary pads
  • Disposable pants

Others

Some of these are not essential, but you could buy them if they are still within your budget

  • Wrapper and Oja or Baby carrier
  • Baby net bed
  • Baby wardrobe or anything you can keep your baby’s items in
  • Infant car seat (if you have a car, you need this) and car sun shade
  • Baby hanger
  • Baby monitor