Whether it will be your first, second, or tenth child, it always pays to be prepared when it comes to having a baby. As well as being prepared for the actual event itself, you will need to be prepared for bringing the baby home also. Luckily, most people have around 9 months to prepare for this, so don’t worry too much and check out below for a quick summary of some of what you will need when you bring your baby home for the first time.
• Baby clothes: As a minimum you will probably need around 6 all-in-one suits for both day and night, socks or booties, two cardigans or sweaters, four vests, a blanket, and a couple of hats (one for cold weather and one for warm).
• Baby bedding: In terms of bedding, for the first few months you will need a cot and baby cot sheets as well as some kind of portable bassinet and bassinet sheet. You will also need a firm mattress that fits snugly in the cot and a light blanket or cradle sheet.
• Baby carrier: Sometimes called a sling these can be very useful for carrying your baby in front of you. They may not be essential, but are certainly helpful when you want to keep your hands free.
• Pram/Pushchair: Unless you are built like Arnold Schwarzenegger you are going to need pushchair or pram of some kind. There are many styles to choose from but remember that pushchairs are only suitable for babies if they have fully reclining seats. Prams give your baby much more space to move around, but they are also heavier and bulkier in themselves making them more harder to manoeuvre.
• Baby car seat: It’s best to have a rear-facing baby car seat on the back seat (or the front as long as there is no airbag fitted). Also make sure that it fits properly. Many baby car seat providers will actually install it for you or give you sound advice to ensure maximum safety.
• Minor medical supplies: Being prepared is the key to bringing a new baby home and it’s a good idea to get stocked up on some basic baby medical supplies such as tweezers, scissors, nail clippers, saline solution, plasters, and ice packs. You should also always keep some hydrocortisone cream, petroleum jelly and a good working thermometer somewhere safe too.
There are various other items that you will need such as milk formula and bottles (if not breastfeeding); burp cloths; a mountain of diapers, wipes and diaper cream; a bunch of headache tablets and earplugs for yourself, and lots more. But, these are the basics that should see you through the start. Other stuff you will find you will accumulate as you go along and soon you will have enough baby cot sheets Australia and a cradle sheet for every baby on the street!