What you will need for your baby?
Bringing your baby home will be a moving time for anyone. From bedding, clothes and car seats, here are few tips on what you should keep ready for your baby at home.
1. Baby clothes
Babies grow very rapidly. All you need for the first few weeks are sufficient clothes to make sure that your baby will be clean and warm. Clothes need to be comfy and easy to get on and off.
You’ll probably need:
- three tops
- a couple of cotton hats
- six jumpsuits (all-in-ones) for the day
- a few pairs of socks
- two nightdresses or jumpsuits will also do for the night
- two cardigans or jackets (for winter) – wool or cotton rather than nylon, and light rather than heavy
- three cotton rugs (for winter) or muslin wraps (for summer)
- a sun hat for going out if it’s hot or the sun is bright (take care to keep your baby out of direct sunlight).
2. Washing your baby’s clothes
If you use a washing machine to wash your cloths, don’t use washing powders with bio-powders or fabric conditioner, since they might bother your baby’s skin. Always wash clothes thoroughly.
For initial few months, you’ll need a baby bed, a carry cot or a Moses basket. Your baby needs to sleep somewhere that’s harmless, warm and not too far from you.If you are borrowing a baby bed or a cot, or using one that has been already used by another child, you should ideally buy a new mattress for it. If you can’t do this, use the cot mattress you have, as long as it is firm, flat, fits the cot properly with no gaps in between, is clean and waterproof.
4. Cot safety
Your baby will spend many hours in a cot, so make sure it is safe.
The baby cot needs to meet the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2172:2003
The mattress must be secure, with no space for the baby’s head to get stuck.
The bars must be securely fixed, smooth, and the distance between each bar should be not less than 25mm (1 inch) and not more than 60mm (2.5 inches.
The cot should be strong.
Do not leave soft toys in the cot
The moving parts should work properly and not allow baby’s finger or clothing to get trapped.
Cot bumpers are not advisable because babies can heat up or get tangled in the fastenings.
Never leave anything with ties, such as clothes, in the cot because it might get caught around your baby’s neck.
5. Out and about
Spend some time looking at what’s available for getting around with your baby. Think about what will suit you best before you make a choice, and ask other mums what they’ve found useful. Before buying a stroller or a pram, check that:
There is a five-point harness that goes around the baby’s waist, over their shoulders and between their legs
the brakes are in good working order and there are at least one or more parking brakes
the handles are at the right height for pushing
the frame is strong, with easy steering and has a strong and secure footrest
look for the Australian Standards label or ask the retailer if the model you are interested in meets the mandatory Australian Safety Standard AS/NZS 2088.
6. Baby carriers
Baby carriers are soft padded carriers that are connected with straps and let you to carry your baby in front of you. Most babies like being carried like this because they’re close to you and they also feel warm. The backside of the carrier must be high enough to comfort your baby’s head. Check that the buckles and straps of the carriers are secure. Your baby should be able to move their head, arms and legs freely.
Strollers are suitable for young babies only, if they have fully relaxing seats so that the baby can lie flat. Wait until your baby can sit straight up properly before using another type of stroller. Also, remember to check the stroller’s weight if you opt public transport as you might have to lift it onto trains or buses.
Be cautious while running with a stroller unless it meets Australian standards for that type of movement and relies on an ideal running surface.
Prams give your baby a lot of space to sit and lie restfully, but they take up a lot of space and are challenging to use on public transport. If you have a car, look for a pram that can be disassembled easily. Get into the habit of always using the safety tackle – your child can fall out unless they’re strapped in firmly. Be careful while running with a pram unless it meets Australian standards and the surface chosen is completely safe.