Bringing your newborn home for the first time is like opening a new chapter in life’s most precious story. It’s a journey filled with absolute joy, wonder, and a few sleepless nights. The baby product market can be a maze of options, each promising to make parenting easier. But, as seasoned parents will tell you, *there’s no need to go out and buy it all*! There are the essentials, then there are the nice to haves (plus, there’s also a lot of why would you bother as well!)*.
We’re here to simplify it for you – with a list of the essential items you’ll want to make sure you have – everything you need to navigate this beautiful adventure.
Baby Feeding Essentials
Bottles: Whether you plan to breastfeed or not, having a few baby bottles on hand can be a lifesaver. It provides flexibility and convenience for feeding.
Burp Cloths: These handy cloths are perfect for catching spills during feeding time, saving you from changing your baby’s outfit constantly.
Nipple Shields and Nipple Cream: For breastfeeding mothers, these items can provide relief from sore or cracked nipples and make breastfeeding more comfortable.
Breastfeeding Bras and Tops: Comfortable nursing bras and tops make breastfeeding more convenient and discreet when you’re out and about.
Baby Sleep Essentials
Safe Sleep Space: Create a safe and comfortable sleep environment for your baby, whether it’s a Moses basket, bassinet, or crib. Safety should always come first. For more information on safe sleeping, visit the Plunket website here.
Bedding: Ensure your baby’s bedding includes fitted sheets and blankets, ideally with some merino or woollen blankets to keep baby nice and warm. Having a few sets on hand can help you manage inevitable spills and messes.
Swaddles: Swaddling can help soothe and comfort your baby during sleep, providing a snug and secure feeling.
Baby Health & Skincare Essentials
Nail Clippers: Trim your baby’s delicate nails to prevent accidental scratches.
Soft Hair Brush: A soft brush helps keep your baby’s hair clean and well-groomed, and can help reduce/care for cradle cap.
Thermometer: This is a must have! A reliable thermometer is essential for monitoring your baby’s temperature in case of illness.
First Aid Kit: A basic first aid kit should include essentials like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and infant pain relievers.
Baby Oil: Gentle baby oil can be used for massages and moisturising your baby’s skin.
Baby Changing Essentials
Nappies: Depending on your preference, you can choose between disposable or reusable nappies. Stock up on them because you’ll go through many!
Baby Wipes: Your baby’s sensitive skin deserves the utmost care and attention, which is why choosing the right wipes is essential. Look for baby wipes that are free from harsh chemicals, such as parabens, alcohol, and fragrances. Our Purely Baby range of baby wipes are perfect for your baby’s delicate skin.
Nappy Rash Cream: Prevent and treat diaper rash with a quality nappy rash cream.
Nappy Bags: These convenient disposable nappy bags help you dispose of dirty diapers discreetly.
Changing Mats: Changing mats give you and your baby a clean and comfortable surface for nappy changes, whether you’re at home or on the go.
Baby Bathing Supplies
Baby-Friendly Soap: Use a mild and gentle soap specifically formulated for a baby’s sensitive skin during bath time.
Baby Shampoo: Tear-free baby shampoo keeps your baby’s hair clean without causing discomfort.
Baby Face & Body Wash: A gentle, hypoallergenic wash designed for your baby’s face and body.
Baby Bathtub: A dedicated baby bathtub or a bath seat for your regular bathtub makes bath time safe and enjoyable.
Towels and Washcloths: Soft and absorbent towels and washcloths are essential for keeping your baby warm and dry after bath time.
Equipped with these essential items, you’re well-prepared to embark on the beautiful journey of parenthood. Remember, every baby is unique, so trust your instincts and enjoy every moment with your precious little one. Parenthood is an incredible adventure, and these essentials are here to support you every step of the way.