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Newborn checklist

Bridget McNulty
All you need to know, what to do, to buy and to read to get yourself ready for the arrival of your new baby.

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You’ve brought your beautiful newborn baby home… Now what? Here’s everything you need to know about what to do in the next three months (till your baby is officially no longer a newborn), what you need to buy, and all the relevant articles you’ll want to read. Although it might seem overwhelming now, we’re all in this together – you’ll be just fine.

To Do

  • Take good care of yourself – rest and eat well, and don’t be shy to ask for help while you recover from childbirth.
  • Check that your baby has been added to your medical aid.
  • Become a pro at changing nappies (you can’t avoid this one!)
  • Learn how to breastfeed.
  • Chat to your partner about putting aside some time in the day when you’re each “off-duty” so you can relax without worrying.
  • Find out how to make bath time fuss-free for you and your baby.
  • Figure out how to burp your baby like a pro.
  • Start looking for a nice nanny or babysitter, either for when you go back to work or for when you need a few hours off.
  • Find a babysitter you trust or a relative to look after your baby so you can go out for the evening with your partner.
  • Put together a bag of spare things you need when you go out with your baby – this saves you having to pack and re-pack the same bag.
  • Make sure your baby gets regular tummy time every day.
  • Make a list of what needs to be baby-proofed in your home.
  • Make sure you have everything you need for your baby’s nursery.
  • Put a mirror in your nursery so your baby can look at their reflection.
  • Have a look at slings for your baby – it may be a new favourite place to nap.
  • Decide if you are going to use a dummy.
  • Find a baby bottle with a teat that your baby likes.
  • Buy your baby a bib if they’re drooling a lot on their clothes (or yours!)
  • Book (and go to) your six-week appointments for check-ups and immunisations.
  • Take your baby for a walk around the block to get some fresh air and gentle exercise.
  • Keep doing your pelvic floor exercises.
  • Sign up to a gentle postnatal exercise class.
  • Do some lunges or sit ups in front of your baby – tone up and entertain all in one.
  • As much as possible, try to eat a balanced diet.
  • Book (and go to) your baby’s 10-week immunisations.
  • Trim your baby’s nails.
  • Arrange your baby’s 14-week immunisation appointment.

To Buy

  • A Moses basket: Gro Baby.
  • A Crib Linen Set (duvet cover and inner, pillow case and inner, crib bumpers, cell blankets, baby quilt): Nocturnal Affair, Tom and Bella.                                        
  • One cot (standard or king size).
  • One travel cot: Baby Bjorn does a really nice one.
  • One camp cot: Chelino.
  • One cot net.
  • Baby head positioner: Clevahead Support, Baby Sense.
  • One foam mattress.
  • One compactum/chest of drawers.
  • One night light: Giimmo and the Gro Company have nice ones.
  • One carrycot: Chelino.
  • Cell blankets.
  • Swaddling blankets.                               
  • A white noise machine.
  • A waterproof mattress pad.
  • A changing table.
  • One large nappy bag (waterproof and lined): take a look at our Nappies Buying Guide.
  • Nappy bins: Angelcare.
  • Nappy bin refills: Angelcare.
  • Two nappy buckets.
  • Nappy sterilising powder.
  • One sterilising unit.
  • Sterilising liquid (bottle/pack).
  • Sterilising surface spray.
  • Changing table/pad.
  • Changing mat (often comes with your nappy bag).
  • Thousands of nappies: we have found Pampers to be the best disposable option and Bambino Mio to be the best reusable option.
Bath time:
  • One baby bath: Karibu, Hoppop.
  • One bath support.
  • A bath thermometer: The Yellow Duck from Dream Baby is a fun one. 
  • A towelling bath helper (from birth).
  • One bath changing mat.
  • Two face cloths.
  • One brush and comb set. 
  • One health and grooming kit (including baby scissors, nasal spray, baby thermometer etc.).  
  • Baby powder: Dr Hauschka Body Silk Powder is a luxury option. 
  • Baby oil.
  • Baby jelly.
  • Baby shampoo: We love Pure Beginnings.
  • Baby wash: Pure Beginnings.
  • Baby aqueous cream: Oh-lief.
  • Baby conditioner.
  • Cotton buds.
  • Baby soap.
  • Gripe water: Colic Calm.
  • One dinky feeder/medicine dropper.
  • Baby fabric softener/detergent: Bambino Mio.
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