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Hospital Bag Checklist

We try and makes things as easy as possible for all expectant mums.  Here is a comprehensive, all you will ever need hospital bag check-list.  Leave comments for us if you think we should add anything.  We love hearing from you. This is a list for a 5 night stay.  Reduce accordingly for a shorter stay.

Hospital Bag

Buying a pram?

There is a lot of choice in the pram department.  Here are the top 10 things to look for when buying a pram.

  1. Big basket – Benefit: you can be out for extended periods of time going shopping or just in the park without having to carry anything. 
  2. 1 piece pram solution is possible from birth up – Benefit: You don’t need extra money or car boot space for a pram and bassinet.
  3. Easy close – Benefit simple, one handed closing is best; and a saviour when you have baby in one hand.
  4. Good suspension – Benefit: comfortable, stable ride for baby.
  5. Lightweight – Benefit:  easy to get in and out of the car, up stairs etc…
  6. Adjustable/extendible handle (for height) – Benefit: no one is hunched over while out for a walk – comfort.
  7. 3 point turning – Benefit:  easy to get in and out of tight spaces
  8. Accessories pack – Benefit: easy to fit to the pram rain/sun canopies, coffee holder are just useful.
  9. Ability to add second child at a later date (optional) – this one is really up to you!
  10. Reversible handles/bassinet/seat (optional) – Benefit: you can look at baby directly while you are out walking.

PS. Don’t forget to make sure it complies with all safety standards and fits in your car.

Images courtesy of Baby Jogger and Bumbleride

Images courtesy of Baby Jogger and Bumbleride

Baby Essentials Checklist - Feeding Baby

The feeding cycle is changing constantly and you will need to add and subtract from your "feeding collection" as you move through each phase. There is certainly one things that will or should last you for a while and that is a good nursing chair and pillow.  They are expensive, but getting the right one will be worth it.

From Left to Right:
1. Joya Rocker;
2. Aden & Anais Bibs;
3. Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair;

4. 201 Organic Baby Purees Book;  
5. Lansinoh Nipple Cream;
6. Grow Diana Dream Breast Pump

Baby Essentials Checklist Feeding Baby

Baby Essentials Checklist - Bathing Baby

We believe less is more in the bathing area.  Skin is sensitive and needs gentle care.  Here are some of our bathing essentials.

  1.  Gaia Organic Sleeptime Bath And Massage Oil;

  2. Eco Lavender Essential Oil for a calming before bedtime - just a  few drops should do it;

  3. Boon Naked Collapsible Bathtub if space is an issue or if you have a surface on which to put a bath. Otherwise go with something on a stand; 

  4. Boon Bath Toy Storage And Toys;

  5. Little Bamboo Hooded Towel;

  6. Kuu Konjac Natural Sponge

Baby Essentials Checklist Bathing Baby

Baby Essentials Checklist - Linen for the nursery

It is very easy to buy too much linen. Maybe because there is so much beautiful linen available or because you think more than what you actually need. My suggestion:

  • have three or four fitted sheets to make sure that you have enough for night time clean ups 
  • have two or three swaddles (or sleep sacks) 
  • have one pram blanket
  • have one indoor blanket
  • and have either a small plain blankie (eg Little Giraffe) or one that is a toy/blankie combo (eg Apple Park)

 

Baby Essentials Checklist Linen for the nursery

Baby Essentials Checklist - Sleep space

There are lots of products to choose from for the nursery sleep space.  The Nursery Bird sleep essentials are:

  1. Oricom Babysense2 Baby Monitor And Sensor Pads;

  2. Nook Pebble Pure Mattress;

  3. A Clean And Serene Colour Palette For The Sleeping Area;

  4. Bednest Bassinet;

  5. Love To Dream Swaddle;

  6. Nook Organic Cotton Cot Sheet 

Baby Essentials Checklist Baby Sleep Space

Baby Essentials Checklist - Play Spaces

Play spaces are an important part of the nursery set up.  They are developmental areas for baby, and they also help mum have free hands every now and again.   Arrange play time as part of your daily routine and have multiple play areas with different toys.

Play areas should be flexible - to change with bubs as they grow and develop.  

Here are just some essential items for your baby play spaces.

  1. Musical Pillow Pals Range;

  2. Well Organised Play Space With Different Areas For Different Activities;

  3. Nuna Leaf Bouncer;

  4. Tiny Love Pram Toy Jittering Jay;

  5. Wooden Baby Gym Frog Toni;

  6. Nook Lilypad Playmat

Baby Essentials Checklist - Play spaces

Baby Essentials Checklist - Baby Clothes

If you are able to resist all of the gorgeous baby outfits than you are better than me. I went a bit overboard with clothes - and blankets! And in addition to all the things I bought, friends also passed on their beautiful things.  All that I can say is when everyone says to you, "they grow out of everything so quickly," they are being absolutely honest. Blink and the moment for that gorgeous dress is gone!  So, below is an baby clothes essentials checklist. Of course, I wouldn't dare spoil the fun of the cute outfits, I am just putting out what you need as a base.  

  1. Kimono Bodysuits Are The Best (Example Is Mama Maternity); they are so easy to get on and off a tiny little baby;
  2. Leggings, Cardigans And Long Sleep Tops Are Your Best Friends (Pure Baby);
  3. Earthwise Laundry Detergent for a environmentally, non-toxic washing options;
  4. Two-Way Zipper Body Suits Are Best (Example Is Pure Baby);
  5. Newborn Mitten from Pure Baby are so soft;
  6. Hats – Newborn Hat for the first month (Pure Baby shown), Hunt And Gather Winter Beanie, Sun Hat from Pure Baby
Baby Essentials Checklist Baby Clothes

Baby Essentials Checklist - Nappy Changing Station

This is a new series on baby nursery essentials.  It can be used a baby essentials checklist.  We are starting the series with the nappy change area.

When we had our little girl, we decided on a change table.  There are so many more options for changing trays these days and I would go that way next time around.  They are especially great if space is in short supply.  

For products that spend a lot of time on or near the baby's skin we suggest a non-toxic solution.

  1. Weleda Nappy Change Cream;
  2. Eco Originals Biodegradable Disposable Nappies;
  3. Bambeco Bamboo Wipes;
  4. Change Tray For A Dresser Instead Of Buying A Change Table;
  5. Diaper Caddy;
  6. Ubbi Diaper Pail (so HOT!!)
Baby Essentials Checklist Nappy Changing