Setting up for a new baby: the essential items you may have overlooked
The first few months of having a new baby about can be hectic. Here are 20 essential items that you may have overlooked when preparing for the new arrival.
Newborn babies can go through up to 12 nappies every day. When you start to consider the cost of nappy changes over the years it makes sense to consider buying in bulk. They are also the main item that will have you running back and forth to the shops most often, so finding a cost-effective online delivery method for your nappies will save you a heap of stressful time in traffic with a small baby.
BabiesRUs have bulk disposable nappies available for delivery, starting from $18.99.
More environmentally friendly options like these Tooshies organic nappies from Chemist Warehouse end up costing around 40 cents each.
For Australian-made disposable nappies that are fully compostable, check out subscriptions and products from Tasmanian small business Eenee or Ecoriginals from Byron Bay. You can also buy fully compostable nappy bags for when you’re out and about or travelling and need to dispose of used nappies easily.
If you’re keen to use non-disposable nappy options, Australian companies Cushie Tushies and Bubblebubs make a range of modern cloth nappies that are a bigger initial investment but could save you thousands in the long term.
For a nappy that also helps fund essential aid work with mothers and children all over the world, you can get nappies and wipes for around 40 cents per nappy with thankyou.
Grooming and bathing
Baby nail scissors: Believe it or not, little nails can be sharper than you expect, and babies often scratch themselves unexpectedly particularly during sleep. This baby nail-care set ($10.49) is made especially for little hands and will ensure a scratch-less sleep for all.
Shower chair: New parents will often tell you how tough it can be to get time to take a shower in the early months. So, if you’re looking for a solution to that, consider accessories like these bath chairs. They make showering together a breeze and will ensure you’re not leaning over a bath in the early months.
Bath toys: Bathing can be something babies really love, but if they need a little encouragement, simple bath toys like this that suit the youngest of bathers can help.
Bottle cleaning: If you’re using a baby bottle of any description you’ll need bottle brushes. Most baby bottles these days clearly and proudly state their BPA-free status. However, there are many alternatives to plastic baby bottles altogether, including these glass and stainless steel options.
Thermometer: Babies cry for all kinds of reasons, and getting to know what each distress call really means can be a difficult task. However, you’ll get to know the tears of a sick baby versus a tired or hungry baby pretty fast. A good thermometer is something you’ll use for years. Choose one that takes an accurate (digital) reading very quickly, even if your little one is wriggling and crying. Ear thermometers are easy to use and administer, and they’re super-fast, taking a reading in just one second.
It can seem like a huge task to prepare yourself for a new baby. Having items delivered to your door will make the whole process far more enjoyable.
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