As a sleep consultant and midwife, I get welcomed into a lot of homes and have the privilege of seeing so many cute nurseries, so I created this baby checklist to help new parents avoid buying a million different gadgets that they just don’t need (or simply don’t have space for).
Being a mum in this day and age can often be filled with judgement and pressure but on the flip side, there are some bloody awesome things that have been designed to make ‘mum-ing’ so much easier. Can you imagine whizzing out the door in your activewear for your morning chai latte, with almond milk in a recyclable cup and trying to push one of those god almighty big old fashioned pushchairs through the busy cafe door or even up the hill!
We are lucky to have the technology and super cool products we have today and I have seen, used, loved and disliked different products over the years so here it is, my very own baby checklist for you. Enjoy!
Nursery & Sleeping
- Cot and mattress (should meet safety standards).
- Cot Sheet fitted and flat (to tuck them in) x 2 sets.
- Blinds to black out the bedroom (especially from 6 weeks onwards).
- Video Monitor (doesn’t have to be fancy and expensive, as long as it has the range far enough that you can take it throughout your entire house).
- Night-light so you can see enough for feeds and nappy changes (some have room temp on them) or it can just be a normal lamp with a low wattage bulb).
- Swaddles for sleeping x 2 – ergo cocoons are amazing and L’il Fraser wraps are great especially for first 8 – 12 weeks.
- White noise machine or download an app with rain (to block out disturbing household noise and help your baby to sleep).
- Small storage baskets for baby things x 2 (one for the bathroom and one for changing area).
- Muslin cloths are great for feeding, spills and burp cloths but not great for swaddling as they don’t keep bubs secure when they wriggle.
- Carrier x 1(hug-a-bub / baby Bjorn / ergo).
- Nappies – buy in bulk, lots of cheapish but good options available.
- Blanket or large mat for tummy/mat time (activity gym for first 8 weeks if you want to use one but not necessary).
- Wipes (non-scented) & Nappy bags for no 2’s (to stop the house smelling).
- Changing area (you don’t necessarily need a big changing table) but it should include a changing mat, basket with nappies, cream, wipes, a little toy for them to hold so they lie still and nappy bags (for dirty nappies).
- Onesies x 5-10 Bonds wonder suits (especially for sleeping in or cold weather).
- And/Or Easy change outfits (for nappy changes with poppers under crutch).
- Singlets or short sleeve vests that clip under crutch x 5-10.
- Baby bath (or just use the kitchen sink!).
- 2 x towels (these don’t need to be baby specific but should be soft and not too scratchy).
- Water thermometer (if you aren’t confident with judging water temperature).
- Soft flannels for washing x 2.
- Nut oils are beautiful and can be used daily – no need for specific moisturisers unless nut allergy present. Otherwise, buy organic moisturiser with no nasties or use specific medical prescription cream.
Doesn’t need to be a specific ‘nappy bag’ as long as it’s big enough, has different compartments/pockets and easy to carry or hang from a pram.
(Gorgeous Nursery Pic – Instagram @sonsandfolk)
- Spare change of clothes x 2
- Burp cloths (muslins) x 2
- Nappies x 4
- Snacks for you (eg nuts) in a little container or a muesli bar
- Bottle of water
- Fold out change mat
- Sunblock / nappy cream / other medical supplies
- Purse with cash ($20 for emergencies like coffee)
- Car seat
- Pram (I love the 3 wheelers personally)
- Bouncer – Baby Bjorn is a popular brand
First aid box (to keep up high)
- Panadol and Nurofen (specific for different ages so please check dosage)
- A good thermometer
- Baby nail clippers
- Teething powder
Also, have medical advice / leaflet i.e. signs of an unwell baby, normal temperatures for a baby / when to call the GP and GP number accessible for babysitters/carers.
- Comfortable feeding chair for the nursery
- A diary to write notes / keep a journal
- A loose nighty/pjs, breastfeeding tops, bras, comfy day clothes
- Nipple cream, breast pads, cold gel pads.
And lastly, 10 things you DON’T NEED to put on your baby checklist
- Wipe warmer.
- Cot bumper – not safe.
- Baby socks can be annoying as they come off so easily and get lost – if it’s cold, onesies are easiest, if it’s really cold you can even put girls woollen tights underneath trousers to keep those legs nice and toasty (even on boys!) I did this a lot with kids in winter months living in London.
- Baby food maker – a stick blender is absolutely sufficient for whizzing baby purees.
- Formula measurer (personally I don’t think they’re safe or necessary).
- Bottle warmer (a thermos can be useful).
- Cot mobiles (If the room is dark they don’t see these)
- Breathing monitors for the cot – unless you have a baby with respiratory or other health issues.
- A white noise machine or gadget that turns off after 20 minutes (defeats the whole point!) or a Lula doll.
- A light machine that projects lights on the ceiling.
Links to recommended products on the baby checklist
Ergococoon baby swaddle https://www.ergopouch.com.au
L’il Fraser wrap https://www.lilfrasercollection.com.au
Ergo baby carrier https://www.ergobaby.com.au
Hug a bub carrier https://www.hugabub.com
Baby Bjorn carrier and bouncer https://www.babybjorn.com.au