Preparing For A Baby - Your Checklist
Preparing for a baby is one of the most exciting life events that you are likely to experience. As you prepare for your new baby there are a number of aspects to consider and a fair few things that you need to buy. It is important to make sure your home is baby ready and safe for your newborn. For first time parents it can sometimes feel a little bit overwhelming.
We have put together this short guide and checklist to help you plan and prepare ready to welcome your new baby into your home. Follow this guide to make sure that your home is comfortable for both mum and baby.
The six main areas to consider when planning for baby are:
1. Clothes for the baby
2. The nursery
3. Where the baby will sleep
4. Where the baby will eat
5. Taking your baby in the car
6. Medical supplies
Clothes For Your Baby
When you are choosing clothes for your baby it does help if you know in advance whether it is going to be a boy or a girl. However it’s not strictly necessary. If you have opted not to find out the sex of the baby before the birth you can always opt for neutral colours which can work on either a boy or a girl. For very little babies they will spend a lot of time in jumpsuits anyway.
Often expectant parents will throw a baby shower where friends and family will bring gifts, and this can help keep the costs down if you ask people to give practical things like clothes and dummies.
If cost is a significant factor for you another possibility is to ask other new mums for hand-me-downs. Babies grow very quickly, so it is not uncommon for parents to have baby clothes which were hardly. Some even have baby clothes that were never used! You can also look on ebay for good deals on baby clothes.
The nursery will be your baby’s main environment, so you will want to make it as pleasant as possible. Again here it helps to know the sex of the baby in advance. Here are 5 ideas to inspire you.
1. If you are having a girl, and you like ‘girly’ why not opt for a traditional candy pink nursery with white curtains and white accessories. You can write your baby’s name high on the wall in big, colourful letters.
2. How about a Thomas the Tank Engine theme for a boy.
3. A Teddy Bear’s Picnic theme is always fun for both sexes.
4. A theme based on The Water Babies means you could use a lot of calming blues and even decorate the lower part of the walls like a river bed using reed and bubble stickers. You can do the same for an ‘ocean floor’ scene.
5. Olive and neutral tones provide a tasteful, understated and relaxing environment for both mum and baby. You can then decorate using natural wooden toys and a beautiful baby mobile.
Sleeping Arrangements For Your Baby
Most people tend to put babies in a cot or crib without really thinking about it, however a better solution for your baby is a baby hammock. Babies like to be swaddled, because it reminds them of being in the womb, it makes them feel safe and secure. In a crib they can feel ‘lost’ with all the space. Similarly babies like gentle movement as this also reminds them of being in the womb. A baby hammock provides a gentle, rocking movement that helps your baby to relax and sleep soundly.
Baby hammocks are portable meaning that you can take it with you wherever you are in the house and keep an eye on your newborn.
You can see our range of baby hammocks HERE.
Where Your Baby Will Eat
When your baby is really small you will be holding her/him while you breast or bottle feed. However as your baby begins to grow it will soon be time for a high chair.
Hair chairs some in a range of shapes, sizes and materials. Wooden ones look great and can be a little uncomfortable for your baby, so if you do go for a wooden one, make sure to choose one with some padding on the seat. Also babies are known for being incredibly messy eaters, so ideally choose a highchair that is easy to wipe down.
You can buy a high chair from Argos, John Lewis, Mothercare and many other stockists.
Taking Your Baby In The Car
Sooner or later the time will come for baby’s first trip in the car! This is a big moment and if you can create a relaxed experience it will set the tone for future car journeys. It’s vital that you have a baby car seat which adheres to current safety standards in the UK. Never take your baby in the car on your lap, it is very unsafe and it is illegal.
You can get a baby carseat from Halfords, Argos, Mothercare and even boots.com have their own range. They can also be found a many other stockists. Baby car seats are designed based around your child’s age and weight, so you can talk to the Shop Assistant to find the appropriate one for your baby. Also be sure to follow the fitting instructions very carefully, as a car seat is only safe when fitted properly. A well fitted baby seat is a legal requirement for taking your baby in the car.
Once you get going on your car journey, your baby will likely drop off, they enjoy the movement of the car and it sends them to sleep. You can also play nursery rhymes and baby songs on the car stereo if you want to.
Medical Supplies For Your Baby
Here is a list of everything you need to have handy in terms of medical supplies for your baby:
1. Calpol medicine.
2. A digital thermometer.
3. Calamine lotion for insect bites and scratches.
4. Antibacterial/antiseptic cream to prevent infection.
5. Barrier cream like Sudocrem or Zinc and Castor Oil cream (for nappy rash).
6. Sunblock or a very high factor suncream made for babies.
7. A regular first aid kit (including tweezers, scissors, plasters and gauze/bandages).
8. Baby (non aspirin) pain reliever (your pharmacy can advise you on this).
9. List of emergency numbers to hand (ideally kept in the first aid kit or by the phone).
10. First aid manual for babies & children.
11. Washcloths or mild baby wipes.
12. Baby shampoo and mild liquid soap or baby wash.
Also if you happen to live in a house with stairs, as your baby begins to crawl it is a good idea to get a stair gate.