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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 - 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

Themed Nursery Ideas

Thinking of a themed nursery? Here’s some of our favourites to get your creative juices flowing.

  1. A woodland theme can be a beautiful way to teach bubs about animals. There are plenty of accessories to make it easy to do – choose beautiful art, animal lamps, wall stickers and toys.  Bring it life with colours that match the theme – nature is mighty colourful so you have a lot to choose from.
  2.  Take inspiration from the sea and create a brilliant nursery with star fish, the blue of the ocean, playful seals and dolphins, the waves and sand.  Surf culture is another way to go and equally fun.
  3. Africa never ceases to amaze me.  How amazing it would be to go on a safari.  One day….  In the meantime, it makes a beautiful theme for a baby’s room.  Vivid colours and earthy tones both work; amazing animals in the room through decals, toys and lights bring the theme to life.
  4. Carnival theme?  Where do I start????  For something different bring the big top to life with an amazing ceiling and add some smaller cues throughout the room, like toys. Colour is bold and bright.
  5. Bring the world to your baby – use your own travel photos, wall stickers, travel inspired toys and books to bring your World Traveller nursery theme to life.
Carnival

Carnival

Carnival

Carnival

Ocean / Nautical

Ocean / Nautical

Ocean / Nautical

Ocean / Nautical

Safari

Safari

World Traveller

World Traveller

Ocean / Surf

Ocean / Surf

Woodland

Woodland

Safari

Safari

World Traveller

World Traveller

Image source: Pinterest

Setting up a baby nursery. Great ideas for a simple nursery

Simple is not boring.  Far from it.  For me simple means very serene, uncluttered, considered and frankly quite difficult to achieve.

But when you get it right, it is magic!

Here are the basics to keep in mind:

  1. Generally a simple nursery will be light in colour with a few pops of colour
  2. The furniture is interesting. It is the focal point of the room.
  3. Accessories are kept to a minimum but provide an accent or a little story for the room.  A few interesting pieces of art or wall decoration and a rug is all you need.
  4. A simple room will not be afraid of lots of empty spaces.

Below are some of our favourites.

Transient
Transient
Transient
Transient
Transient
Transient

Baby Bathtime

When you have a baby that doesn't mind a bath,  it is gold.  It is such a special time.  

Boon

In all honesty I was frightened of washing my little girl when she was a newborn. She was just so fragile.  I was convinced that I was going to break her. But, like the midwife told me, they are pretty resilient.  And as time went on baby bathtime became one of my favourite things to do with her.  One of our favourite things to do.

There are so many different options for baths these days, you can choose whatever suits your space - there is the traditional white tub, the fold away, the in sink, the bucket variety, the blow up.  I mean they have one for every situation, regardless of space.  And it you have a bath you can put them onto a seat or simply hold them if it's comfortable for you.  There are also stands to place the baths onto if you have the floor space, or fold away varieties if you don't.  

Baby bathtime equipment

Be realistic about the space you have and the existing set up.  Test what will be the most comfortable for you - use a clothes hamper or bucket to physically move it around. As long as baby is warm and safe there are no other rules. (Well, you back is important as well, so consider your own physical well being!)

Consider where you want to bathe the baby i.e. in which room and then decided on the set up.  Some people choose to bathe in the bedroom and keep the baby in the one temperature and in the same place; others are on the dining room table, and others in the bathroom. No rules.

Based on the above decision, the rest will fall into place:

  • the type of bath you need
  • which seat fits the bath you get
  • which stand fits the bath your get (if required)

As time goes on you will be tempted to get the bath seat which locks a seated baby into place, which we do not see as a necessity.  Once baby can sit don't lock them it - it's part of the joy of the bath.

Our rule - keep it simple. As baby gets older they will want more things in the bath but at the beginning it will be pretty basic.

In the bath we prefer organic products - you don't need a lot and it lasts for ages so invest in something good. We have a few posts on skincare and babycare that you can check out for more product specific information.

  • baby bath and/or lavender oil
  • baby wash and shampoo
  • organic sponge or  face washer

The face washer is a must.  When baby first arrives, it may feel strange in the bath and may not like it.  Aside from remaining very calm and enjoying the experience yourself, you can put a warm face washer on the baby's tummy during the bath so that he is covered. He will feel comfort and warmth and hopefully enjoy the experience.  Personally, I did this for at least for the 3 or 4 months.   

The other must is a hooded towel. It makes it so easy to get bubs rugged up after the bath.  If you are handy with a sewing machine there are lots of tutorials on Pinterest or you could simply buy one.  Whichever option go for a larger towel.  They grow quickly and if you buy a good one you want it to last a while.

As baby gets older you will want to introduce toys - don't go for anything with holes in the bottom that can develop fungus. (Or if you do, replace it often). And go for non-toxic toys such as Boon.  It's worth the extra penny. They last for a long time.  And they look great.  Their bath toy holders are very cute.

 

Baby bathtime safety first

  • NEVER leave baby unattended in a bath
  • Don’t leave water in buckets or baths 
  • Use a nonslip mat in the bath and around the bath
  • NEVER poor water into a bath while baby is inside
  • Always make sure the bath is on a stable surface
  • Make sure you have everything in arms reach – bathing products and towels primarily

Setting up a vintage inspired nursery

Do you love the retro look but not sure how to do it successfully in a nursery?

As with anything in the nursery, you don't want to overdo it.  

Filling the room with a few key pieces will give you a look that is unique, charming and hopefully  serene. (Remember serene is always the number 1 priority.)

Here is our top 10 tips for a vintage inspired nursery.

 

1. Can you really go past an Incy Interiors cot?


2.A few accessories go a long way - check out the mirror and the ottoman


3. Wall colour helps bring the look together

4. Wallpaper screams vintage

5. Using old furniture in a new way - this cabinet becomes a change table with great storage

6. A signature piece in a bold colour

7. An old classic piece that is the centrepiece of the room needs only simple accessories to create a spectacular room

8. Attention to detail - linens and bedding can really bring the look together

9. Simple and streamlined - every piece is so carefully selected to both tie in seamlessly abut also not overpower. You have to be very committed to getting this right - or it could go very wrong.

10. One watch out - if you are planning on using real "old" furniture, make sure that it meets today's stringent guidelines. They exist for a reason. 

Need help setting up your ideal nursery?

Give The Nursery Bird a call.

Tips and bits… Saving for the nest

If you are planning on taking maternity leave and need to prepare for a long period of time on one salary, start your savings plan early. 

Keep your plan updated – the money you have saved, need to save and any other new expenses.  Keep it updated so that you can keep track of your progress.  Check out our budgeting tips.

  • Be clear in the products that you want – make a list and stick to it and don’t rush to buy from the first store. Shop around.
  • Keep track of your preferred suppliers for sales and random discounting to make some savings.  Sign up for newsletters which will give you updates on sales.
  • Put all key items on layby as soon as possible so that you can start paying      them off while you are still working, and also makes it easier for the baby shower and family gifting.  If waiting for sales, put the money away into your savings ot mortgage offset account.
  • Do not buy a lot of clothes for baby – only buy enough for the first couple of months (which is pretty much what you will need to pack for the hospital).  There is no guarantee what size your baby will come (or flavour) and you don’t want to spend money unnecessarily.  Ask for vouchers to your favourite stores as pressies so that you can splurge once baby arrives.
  • Research online – for everything. Toiletries, baby products and of course all big purchases.  Most stores have an online presence with ranges and prices all detailed.  Use the list of products which you require to methodically go through the key stores to get an understanding of prices and what you like. 
  • Set benchmark prices in all of your lists and you will then have them with you      as go through stores later.   You will find that there will be 2 or 3 stores that you will keep coming back to as having the most of what you want and at the price you are happy to pay.
  • You can save a bundle by buying through some online retailers.  And of course keep an eye out for sales!!!
  • Mid-year / End-year sales are gold.  They are regular and chances are you will be pregnant in one of the two that happen every year. Know what you are willing to spend – make sure things are itemised in your budget list and then when the sales hit get out there and save.
  • If retailers have online stores, and a registration process, they may also      have a wish list system.  If they do – use it. Keep a list of things that you want, and then if they go on sale you can snap them up.
  • Pin everything – create a board on Pinterest and you will be able to keep      track of all the baby things that you love – there will be a lot!
  • You will be at home a lot – using a lot of appliances.  Make sure that the appliances you have are efficient, as it could cost a lot to run old, inefficient appliances.  Remember that a lot of retailers now offer interest free terms for extended periods, so you can be slowly paying it off before you go on maternity leave.
  • Stockpile any baby and adult toiletries while you are working. 

 

    And if that all seems to hard - call The Nursery Bird.  It's what we do best! 

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    Tips & bits... High chair do’s and don'ts

    High chairs are prime real estate guzzlers.  They are located in the heart of your home, and are used for one of the most important tasks you have to do.  Take your time, be realistic, and make sure what you get is not a safety hazard – either for you as a tripping hazard or for baby.

    Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

    Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

    • Understand the room that you have – where will it be and what is the available space? Use a measuring tape to understand what size chair you can fit.
    • Width of the chair - be careful you can be tripping over them if they are too      wide. Not ideal with hot food or baby in hands.
    • Simple is best – lots of cavities and indents are difficult to clean – and when      baby starts eating solids and then self-feeding – there is a lot to clean.
    • Check that everything is easily cleaned – detachable, machine washable or easy to wipe
    • Check the safety – baby’s wriggle and squirm – can they get out or tip the chair.
    • Make sure it has a good harness that will work when baby is small and quite      placid as well as older, bigger and wanting to stand up in it.
    • Check that is has an insert to support small babies, but removable once baby is larger
    • Make sure the back is high enough to give the baby good support
    • If you do not have a lot of space, consider the seat options available:
    1. Independent seats (with high backs e.g. Mamas and Papas and Bumbo seats) that can either stand alone or be attached to an adult chair
    2. Chair attachments that cannot stand on their own but that are very compact (check and follow age recommendations)
    3. Child seat that converts to a standard chair as your child grows

     

       

      Tips & bits... Mattress selection

      cot mattress

      Everyone always says buying a great mattress is a great investment in you.  We should spend a lot of time sleeping. And good back support, comfort and “snug” all make for a great night sleep.  So for a baby - whose bones and spine are developing, who spends most of the day and night on her back; and who spends most hours of the day and night sleeping – can you imagine how important it is to get a great mattress?

      This is one area that you don’t want to be cutting corners. And you certainly don’t want pre-loved.   

      There are three basic types of mattresses – inner spring, foam and natural.  Natural can also be organic but not necessarily.

      There is more and more being written about the dangers lurking in mattresses, particularly frightening for babies.  Inner spring and foam mattresses are synthetic and can be made from petrochemicals and formaldehyde which are at best irritants to skin and allergy causing at worst carcinogens and responsible for immune dysfunction. The off gassing produced by these mattresses is not ideal for babies developing immune and nervous systems.

      Natural mattresses are most commonly made of latex. (Make sure its natural latex not synthetic.) And some mattresses use coconut coir.  If you are going to the effort and expense of buying a natural mattress, make sure that the cover you use on it is organic.  Cotton is one the most pesticide laden crops (2nd I believe, after coffee) and off gassing occurs even after washing. 

      Do your research and buy as well as you can. If inner spring is the best that you can afford, invest in an organic cover and bed sheets. At least that way there is a safe barrier between the mattress and your baby.

      Here are some basic things to look out for when buying a mattress:

      • Must be firm – this is one of the most important factors when choosing a mattress. 
      • Must fits to the cots edges – product safety Australia regulates (maximum 20 mm from any cot side or end when centred on the mattress base; 40 mm when the mattress is pushed to one side or end.)
      • Buy new - bacteria, mites and mould are a danger with old mattresses. 
      • Sturdy edges - to minimise chance of child getting trapped between bed and mattress
      • Hypo-allergenic - Any allergies in family – e.g. to wool or latext?
      • Check for breathability – particularly in hotter climates
      • Weight – foam is lighter and therefore easier to change in the middle of the night.  Make sure that what you buy you can easily move around
      • How many coils – generally more coils may mean more support (but not always).  The quality of the coils is also important.  (Consumerreports.org define "About 135 to 150 is a good midrange.")  Check for firmness – this is the absolute key.
      • Price – foam is generally cheaper – but think about this.  Your child will be spending a lot of time on this particular purchase.  A lot of time when the back and the body is developing and growing. This is not the purchase to save on. You don’t need the most expensive, but you need good quality from a reliable company.  And this is one purchase you want to look at carefully.
      • With inner spring mattresses consumerreports.org warn that beware of the insulator pads (which keep the coils in) – “the lowest-quality insulator pads are made from woven polyester.” Coir fibre, hard felt and fibre-wrap pads are best.
      • Always get a protective cover  - water resistant or waterproof – make sure it is a firm fit to the mattress and buy organic if you can which means it will be water resistant not water proof.

      As with anything to do with our babies, we want to do the best we can within our means.  I wish I could buy top of the range all of the time, but that simply is not my reality and I am sure I am not alone.  So my objective with any purchase is to get the  best that my money can buy and find ways to make it better in ways that is within my reach.

      And the other thing to keep in mind is that you can always put some money aside - plan for it - if it's a big purchase.  Baby won't need a cot mattress for a while, if you have a bassinet, giving you some extra time to put away a little bit of money.