YOUR ESSENTIAL BABY PLANNER
Prepare for bub’s first six months with this comprehensive checklist
A checklist covering the first six months
Sure, it can be loads of fun dressing up bub as your adorable mini-me, but you’ll need to cover the baby basics as well. Here’s what you’ll need.
Six jumpsuits (summer or winter style) Six pairs of socks/bootees
Two pairs of scratch mittens
When you’re breastfeeding, make it a special time for you and your little one with these pieces.
Breast pads Maternity bra Nursing top
Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand and you’ll be prepared for any situation that may arise.
Emergency contact numbers (GP, nearest hospital, 24-hour medical services)
Guide to administering first aid Book on childhood illnesses Thermometer
Sunscreen and lip protection Children’s insect repellent
Soothing lotion for insect bites and stings
Baby paracetamol (on doctor’s advice only) Antifungal cream
Decorating your baby’s room is a great opportunity to indulge your inner interior designer – but what items will you actually need?
Cot, ideally with drop-down sides for easy lifting
Firm, clean mattress in good condition Two waterproof mattress protectors Two sheet sets
Cotton cellular blankets
Chest of drawers
Two safe sleeping bags (Red Nose guidelines recommend these as alternatives to blankets)
Change table and mat
Comfortable feeding chair
Small table (next to feeding chair for tissues, snacks, etc)
Hanging nappy stacker
Portable baby rocker/seat
Hanging wardrobe organiser
Toy box with slow-closing safety hinge and air gap
CDs and player or smartphone dock Play gym
Wall borders and stickers
Bathing is a fantastic opportunity for both mums and dads to bond with their babies. Make sure everything you need is within reach before you start.
Non-slip bath mat
Baby wash and shampoo Cotton-wool balls or pads Four face washers Two soft towels Clean nappy Nappy-rash cream Sorbolene cream
Bath stand Bath thermometer Bath toys Hooded towel Baby hairbrush
Massage oil (vegetable based)
Newborns can go through up to 10 nappies a day, so go for comfort and absorbency. Consider quality, cost and performance.
Changing mat or table Disinfectant (for cleaning the mat) Hand sanitiser
Bin/nappy tub with sealable lid
FOR CLOTH NAPPIES, YOU’LL NEED
20-24 modern cloth nappies or 24-30 traditional cloth squares and fasteners
Two buckets with tight-fitting lids Nappy-soaking solution
Plastic nappy covers
Small squirt bottle (for hosing cloth nappy contents into the toilet)
Nikki Phillips in the maternity and nursing wear range at www. jeanswest.com.au Infacol Wind Drops, 30ml $10.59 Bubba Organics, May Gibbs range, from $24.95 Cocalo knitted plush Owl, $19.95
Mater Baby Wash, 500ml, $13.99