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What do you actually need for a baby?

Mar 05, 2019

If you’re expecting a baby and you’re someone who likes to feel organised… you’re going to love this list of things to get ready before your baby arrives. I’ve tried to keep this list as simple as possible so you don’t enter the land of overwhelm.

Put simply, babies just need to be fed, kept warm and dry and to be cuddled, a lot. But there are some things that will make the transition to parenthood feel a little smoother.

13 things to get ready before your baby arrives

  1. Clothes for baby: You’ll probably be able to get a lot of hand-me-downs from friends or family. Part of the fun of ‘nesting’ is washing and folding all those cute onesies.
  2. Wraps: Muslin cloths are super handy. They can be used to swaddle your baby, provide an extra layer of warmth or even mop up baby vomit.
  3. Nappies/Diapers: There are lots of options. You can get cloth, disposable and even compostable. Some parents choose to do ‘elimination communication’ (read more here) where they learn their babys’ cues from a young age and they use significantly less nappies/diapers. You may also like to get a barrier cream to help prevent rashes. You’ll probably want a nappy/diaper bag for when you’re out and about.
  4. Baby wipes or re-usable washcloths: For cleaning your baby. I like water wipes 
  5. Baby car seat: You don’t want to be worrying about this one so buy early and get it installed well before your baby is due. You can opt for a car seat or convertible baby capsule.
  6. Baby carrier: Newborns love to be held. They will usually sleep longer and be more settled if they are close to you. A baby carrier is great for soothing your baby and it allows you to be hands-free so you can still get things done if you want to.
  7. Somewhere for the baby to sleep or nap: Even if you choose to co-sleep, somewhere safe like a cot/crib or basket/bassinet for day naps will help give you peace of mind
  8. Feeding supplies: Depending on how you intend to feed your baby, you may need some feeding supplies like a breast pump, bottles or formula. Breastfeeding mamas will probably want nursing bras and nursing pads and a natural nipple cream.
  9. A comfy chair: You’ll be spending hours every day feeding your baby. It’s worth investing in a comfortable chair.
  10. Change table: this is not essential but it can make changing nappies/diapers easier. You can use it to store your nappies/wipes/ change of clothes etc. Or you can just use a foam change mat with sides and use it on your bed.
  11. Baby bath tub: Again this is a non-essential as you could just use the sink or take baby in the bath with you.
  12. Do some childbirth education: To help you feel more confident going into labor, it’s a good idea to do some childbirth education. You can cover the stages of labor, breathing techniques and also be sure to do some preparation for after your baby arrives. Great news! The Map to Birth & Beyond online childbirth course is opening for enrolment on April 10th. This 4 week online course is for people who want to feel more calm and confident about birth and also create a path to a more peaceful postpartum.
  13. Make a birth plan: Boost your confidence by knowing what to expect and define what you want for your birth. I have a free checklist that covers practical tips and natural suggestions for the three stages of labor. To download it, just enter your name and email below or head here 

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