13 Things You'll Need For A Newborn Baby Starter Kit
When you are expecting your baby bundle to arrive, there is nothing more exciting than stocking up on all the essential bits and pieces that they will need.
We're not talking moses baskets and buggies - you know you have them! - we're talking clothes, toiletries, nappies, bibs, blankets - all the little things that stock up the shelves and fill the drawers of that brand new wardrobe that you bought for your new arrival.
Here is our checklist - and FYI this is also a really nice gift basket to give someone at a baby shower too!
Newborn nappies are ridiculously tiny and cute, which helps you get over them taking up your house because you need loads of them!
2. Wipes, tissues and cotton wool
Parents will need all of the above to wipe bums, spills and tears of joy.
3. Vests and onesies
Babies need to stay snug so grab a two-week supply of 'newborn' sized ones and then swiftly progress to the 0-3 month version. Babies grow so fast.
Because they generally are designed to say very cute things and because you need them to gently wipe delicate chins.
5. Muslin cloths
Great to have over mam or dad's shoulder when winding the baby in case of spit-ups. Also great for chucking to the floor when the spit-up misses your shoulder and ends up on your nice carpet.
6. Nappy cream
Whichever one you choose, you totally need this. Your baby and their little bum might not suffer any major nappy rash while they're tiny, but the comforting layer of cream when they've had a wee during the night will prevent them from too much discomfort. This won't go to waste when they're a bit older and do start getting bad nappy rash so keep it handy.
7. Body wash and creams
Bath time with a new baby is great fun. Put some drops of a gentle wash into tepid water and give them a nice massage with sensitive skin cream afterwards. So cosy.
8. Baby blanket
Wrapping your baby in a blanket will feel like a second-nature activity as you scoop them up to bring them from the sitting room to the kitchen or to answer the front door.
9. Anti-colic remedy
Not all babies will have problems with colic but if your baby does, have some anti-colic medicine nearby. Check in with your pharmacist for their recommendation.
We have an infra-red hand-held thermometer in our house which is really sturdy and big enough not to have gone missing for the last five years! It takes temperature from the forehead but a digital thermometer can be used rectally or under the armpit.
11. Anti-bacterial hand wash
Using this to keep hands clean is good policy for you before and after changing your baby's bum, and for any visitors who are coming to visit your baby when they are small. It doesn't need to last for longer than a couple of months that you ask people to wash their hands before holding the baby - especially curious kids - the main thing is not to feel awkward about it. It's your baby!
12. A baby toy
A little rattle or colourful toy to hang from the baby's pram hood or cot is so nice to have, and if you're like the rest of the sentimental population, you will probably hold onto it as a keepsake forever.
13. A cool hat
Keep that tiny head warm with a cute cotton hat. The list of potential purchases for your son or daughter is literally endless so gather up as many as you can.
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