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It’s a good idea to start shopping early and pick up things as you go. You’ll have a lot more energy and you can keep an eye out for bargains.

Nappies

Struggling to decide between disposable and washable nappies? The truth is there’s no clear winner between the two. It’s more about what works for both you and your baby. Below are some things to consider about both:

Disposable Nappies

  • Will save you time
  • Easily available
  • Less laundry
  • Easier to put on and take off
  • More absorbent and less likely to leak
  • Not environmentally friendly
  • Continual purchasing.

If using disposable nappies, only buy one or two packets prior to your baby’s birth. This way, once your baby is born, you’ll know the correct size to buy.

Washable Cloth Nappies

  • Slightly cheaper to use, taking into account the cost of washing
  • More time-consuming considering all the washing
  • More difficult to use when you’re out and about.

If using cloth nappies, you may need:

  • 2-5 dozen cloth nappies
  • Nappy liners (disposable or cloth)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Plastic bags for soiled nappies
  • Nappy bucket.

Nappy Services

There are cloth nappy services that deliver freshly washed nappies to your house each week. They’ll also take away the dirty ones, which is a bonus! Check local listings to find a service near to you.

Changing

Things to consider:

  • Barrier cream
  • Wipes
  • Nappies
  • Nappy bin.

Changing Surface

  • You don’t necessarily need a change table, but you do need a clean and stable surface which you can then place a blanket or a change pad on
  • Change tables do have the benefit of usually being a height where you won’t need to bend your back to change baby. However, this can also be a disadvantage as your baby could wriggle off when you’re not watching. If using a change table, please ensure you have a hand on your baby at all times
  • The choice is up to you.

Bathing

Things to consider:

  • A baby bath (however you can use an adult bath or large sink)
  • Face towels
  • Mild baby soaps or shampoos
  • Hooded towels, to keep their head warm after bathing.

Sleeping

Cots

When it comes to baby beds, cots are a popular choice. If you’re going to purchase a cot, here are some things to consider:

  • Ensure that it meets current safety standards. This goes for second-hand cots as well
  • Look for a cot with a railing that can be lowered, so you can easily put your baby into bed. Check that this adjustable railing works properly. That is, that it rolls smoothly and quietly, but latches on securely when raised.

Bassinets

  • Another popular choice for newborn beds, however, can be easily skipped as they can only be used for the first four months
  • They do have benefits, as they’re usually easy to transport around from room-to-room and some can even be folded to take in the car. They are also often the same height as a bed, allowing you to set them beside you when you sleep at night.

Bedding:

  • A firm mattress approved by current safety standards
  • A thin blanket
  • Fitted sheets
  • Waterproof pads to protect the mattress
  • DO NOT use pillows or sleep positioners as they are not safe for babies increasing the risk of suffocation.

Outings

Prams, strollers, carriers… there are a lot of choices out there. So take some time to look at what’s available and think about what would suit you. It’s also worth asking other mums what they’ve found useful.

Things to consider:

  • Stroller or pram
  • Baby carrier or sling
  • Nappy bag.

Car Seat

It’s worth getting a car seat well before your due date, so you’ve got the chance to fit it before your baby comes. There are many different car seats available, the right one will depend on your baby’s weight, size and age.

For our guide, see Car Seats.

Clothes

All you need for the first few weeks are enough clothes to make sure your baby is warm and clean. You can always get more as you figure out what you need.

Some suggestions:

  • Onesies and rompers
  • Two piece outfits
  • Sleeping bags
  • Jumpers
  • Hats or beanies
  • Booties or socks
  • Bibs.

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