When I was pregnant, I did a lot of research and scoured through lots of lists. Now that my baby is born, I have a better idea of the items which are absolutely necessary, nice-to-have, and those which are more like a want than a need.
*Nice to Have:
I bought a pre-loved one and was skeptical about using it because guidelines recommend that babies sleep on a flat surface but Elise slept SO WELL in the CocoonaBaby. It can only be used for a few months though.
Preparing for Baby’s Room
Preparing for Baby Bathing
Jeju wet wipes for the budget conscious, or Pigeon.
- Baby bath tub
Use one with a bath sling such as the Fisher Price Sling ‘n’ Seat or Summer Infant Baby Bather so you don’t have to handle a wriggly baby with one arm.
- Bath towel
Mothercare hooded bath towels have been very useful in drying her up after her bath.
- Baby soap/shampoo/lotion
Mustela, Baby Gaia, California baby and Cetaphil Baby are widely used brands that are gentle on baby’s skin.
- Cotton buds
- Baby oil
Preparing for Feeding Baby
- Milk bottles
She is 1 month old but drinks expressed breast milk from Tommee Tippee, Medela Calma, Avent and Pigeon when she is not latched on. Pigeon has the softest teat but Calma doesn’t seem to produce as many air bubbles. It’s not the easiest teat to suck from, though.
- Bottle scrub brush
- Warmer Hot water in a bowl does the same in a shorter time.
I’m using a UV steriliser which also dries and stores my equipment.
I have a Fisher Price one with adjustable recline, but a basic one from IKEA does the job.
Bringing Baby Out
- Play gyms/Play matsGood for tummy time.
Mine’s an Aprica Karoon which I have yet to use as I’m always babywearing.
- Baby carrier
I use ring slings from Moms in Mind. I also have a Pognae baby carrier.
Lamaze infant toys are popular for infant stimulation.
- Diaper bag
Any large, study and roomy bag will do.
- Changing mat
- Nursing cover
- Breast Pump
I’m using Spectra 9+ and it’s light and portable with good suction. Both Spectra and Medela produce quality pumps.
- Breast milk bags / bottles
Jaco Perfection/Boots for mummies on a budget.
- Hands-free Bra
To hold your pump so you have both hands free to do something other than stare at your pump. I use one from Simple Wishes, but some women just cut two holes in their sports bra.
- Maternity Dress/ Pyjamas with front opening for breast feeding
- Nipple Cream
Lansinoh or Medela Purelan contains lanolin which soothes sore nipples. I have emu oil which is very moisturising.
- Cotton balls
- Breast pads
Didn’t use these.
- Disposable panties
- Sanitary pads
I used Kotex 42cm night pads