Newborn Checklist for First Time Expectant Mothers.

One of the most thrilling and exhausting periods I have experienced within my pregnancy isn’t the countless hours spent planning Baby O’Chunky’s nursery. Only to redesign it and rearrange in for the millionth time during my endless nesting phase. If you are anything like me, the most thrilling and exhausting period within our pregnancies will be the days/weeks spent strolling up and down baby aisles and falling in love with tiny pieces of clothing and debating with ourselves as to why we need another slightly impractical and fluffy blanket.

Having previously experienced a miscarriage, I was slowly coming to terms with the reality of not only being pregnant and the harshness of near endless morning sickness that lasted all day when my second trimester appeared on the horizon. With the new trimester, I found this time to be pretty daunting as an expecting mum because I had no idea where to start when it came to buying clothes, how many nappies does a newborn need (I may have stated I thought a total of 6 boxes of newborn nappies would last a while… I may have been laughed at) and what community support I needed and wanted during this pregnancy.

There have been plenty of times where I’ve woken up in the middle of the night, snuck into the baby’s nursey to double and triple check the amount of clothing I have as well as the endless supply of nappies I’ve got stocked in our walk in wardrobe. I know if I am experiencing endless moments like these alongside the nightmares of being told by my half-dressed baby that I’m doing a horrendous job as a new parent (this is a common pregnancy nightmare, Lois has stated), I wanted to write a newborn checklist for other expecting parents.

Not only to lessen your stress and concern levels. But also, to bring awareness that whatever you are currently feeling or will be feeling, I have also experienced the same emotions and thoughts as well as other women surrounding you. Because at the end of the day, I don’t want you to feel as if it’s you versing the world. With this in mind, let’s grab the nearest shopping trolley alongside your partner/husband’s credit card and start shopping….

On a little side note: any sizes mentioned are predominantly Australian based and if you live internationally, I would recommend following your sizing charts for clothing and nappies.

Clothing

  • 10 various sized onesies (sizes 0000 through to 00)
  • 7-10 stretch and grows (sizes 000 through to 00)
  • 10 pairs of socks (as these can also be used as mittens)
  • 2-3 newborn hats
  • 3-6 newborn outfits (one for going home from the hospital)
  • 10-15 singlets
  • 1-4 swaddles or sleeping sacks
  • Cardigans or jumpers (particularly if you live in a colder region or having a winter baby)

Feeding

  • 10+ burp cloths
  • A few muslin cloths (can be used for swaddling and chuck cloths as well)
  • Bottles
  • Bottle brush
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Bottle steriliser tablets (if your steriliser states it uses tablets)
  • Formula
  • Breast bump (Madela breast pumps have a terrific name and are often highly recommended by Mums)
  • Breast milk storage bags
  • Bibs
  • Breast pads
  • 3-5 Nursing bras (I’ve personally gone up one or two cups sizes in preparation of breastfeeding)
  • Nipple balm (breastmilk is a free alternative to buying anything or Lasinoh nipple cream is highly recommended)
  • Water bottle & snacks (for Mum)

Diapers

  • Disposable or re-washable diapers (put this down as a baby shower gift and start stocking up)
  • Wipes
  • Diaper bag
  • Rash Cream (I would recommend Bepanthen as it contains lanolin)
  • Changing Pad (you can purchase disposable ones for public amenities)
  • Diaper bin and liners
  • Disposable nappy bags

Health

  • Baby nail clippers
  • Baby hair brush (can be used to remove cradle cap with coconut oil or olive oil)
  • Thermometer
  • Bonjela (stock this up as Baby will need it when s/he is teething)
  • Gripe water (to relieve baby gas and colic)

Bathing

  • 2-3 towels
  • 5-7 wash cloths (buy some more if you plan on using them as rewashable diaper wipes)
  • Baby body wash (you can opt to buy non-organic or organic body wash)
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Moisturising lotion
  • Baby bath tub (or your laundry/kitchen sink will be a free alternative)

Travel

  • Car seat (I would recommend one that has a high safety rating and get it professionally installed or checked by your fire/police department)
  • Stroller
  • Stroller covers for any type of weather
  • Portable Crib

Nursery

  • Baby crib & mattress
  • Bassinette & mattress
  • Chest of draws/dresser (if you have minimal storage options like I do)
  • 2-3 bassinette sheets
  • 1-3 bassinette mattress protectors
  • 3-5 crib sheets (these are normally fitted, which makes life easier)
  • 1-3 crib mattress protectors
  • 3-5 blankets (think about weather standards and if it snows where you live)
  • Play mat
  • Swing/bouncer
  • Educational age appropriate play toys
  • Educational books (these can be reserved for when baby is slightly older)
  • White noise machine or app (helps soothe babies to sleep)
  • Change table
  • diaper bin & diaper bags (you can always buy a standard bin and empty it each day)

Hopefully this list has been helpful to any of my expectant Mama’s reading this and your stress levels have reduced slightly. Don’t worry about the shopping on your own because like me, you’ll have someone frothy at the mouth to come with you and pour over those cute little onesies and moan in delight at the softness and thickness of those gorgeous blankets you’ve been eyeing.

If I have forgotten anything vital or you have a product recommendation that I must try out than be sure to leave it down below in the comments section. As I look forward to reading and replying to your comments, Dearest Reader. 

Lots of love, 

Eliza. 

 

 

|Picture uploaded with permission from Little W, of her daughter. 

2 thoughts on “Newborn Checklist for First Time Expectant Mothers.

  1. excellent description and choice range of products. In the event of cradle cap developing DO NOT EVER peel off from the scalp but gently wiping with CLEAN fingers or a gentle cloth using Olive Oil or water, will help. Nursing pads are a essential, homemade ones can be done using multiple layers of washed, cleaned hankerchiefs or small face cloths sewn together or in case of emergency. If using natural cloth nappies, make sure they are removed of any soiling BEFORE soaking the recommended time frame and washing. I would also suggest at least 3 dozen (36) cloth nappies as a minim um, also always use a barrier cream to prevent nappy rash forming. Lastly – give your child (weather permitting) some time free of clothing and let their skin air daily.

    Big Hugs Loisxxx

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