YOUR ES­SEN­TIAL BABY PLAN­NER

Pre­pare for bub’s first six months with this com­pre­hen­sive check­list

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A check­list cov­er­ing the first six months

CLOTHES

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.

Must-haves

Six sin­glets

Six jump­suits (sum­mer or win­ter style) Six pairs of socks/bootees

One sun­hat

Two bean­ies

Four cardi­gans

Two pairs of scratch mit­tens

FEED­ING

When you’re breast­feed­ing, make it a spe­cial time for you and your lit­tle one with these pieces.

Must-haves

Breast pads Ma­ter­nity bra Nurs­ing top

FIRST AID

Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand and you’ll be pre­pared for any sit­u­a­tion that may arise.

Must-haves

Emer­gency con­tact numbers (GP, near­est hos­pi­tal, 24-hour med­i­cal ser­vices)

Guide to ad­min­is­ter­ing first aid Book on child­hood ill­nesses Ther­mome­ter

An­ti­sep­tic lo­tion

Band-Aids

Sun­screen and lip pro­tec­tion Chil­dren’s in­sect re­pel­lent

Op­tional

Ice pack

Sooth­ing lo­tion for in­sect bites and stings

Baby parac­eta­mol (on doc­tor’s ad­vice only) An­ti­fun­gal cream

THE NURS­ERY

Dec­o­rat­ing your baby’s room is a great op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge your in­ner in­te­rior de­signer – but what items will you ac­tu­ally need?

Must-haves

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

Muslin wraps

Two safe sleep­ing bags (Red Nose guide­lines rec­om­mend these as al­ter­na­tives to blan­kets)

Op­tional

Bassinet

Shelves

Change ta­ble and mat

Com­fort­able feed­ing chair

Cot/cra­dle un­der­lay

Small ta­ble (next to feed­ing chair for tis­sues, snacks, etc)

Baby mon­i­tor

Night light

Breast­feed­ing pil­low

Room ther­mome­ter

Hang­ing nappy stacker

Por­ta­ble baby rocker/seat

Hang­ing wardrobe or­gan­iser

Mos­quito net

Mo­bile

Toys

Toy box with slow-clos­ing safety hinge and air gap

CDs and player or smart­phone dock Play gym

Wall borders and stick­ers

BATH TIME

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.

Must-haves

Baby bath

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

Nail scis­sors

Op­tional

Bath stand Bath ther­mome­ter Bath toys Hooded towel Baby hair­brush

Mas­sage oil (veg­etable based)

NAP­PIES

New­borns can go through up to 10 nap­pies a day, so go for com­fort and ab­sorbency. Con­sider qual­ity, cost and per­for­mance.

Must-haves

Dis­pos­able nap­pies

Baby wipes

Nappy-rash cream

Chang­ing mat or ta­ble Dis­in­fec­tant (for clean­ing the mat) Hand sani­tiser

Cot­ton-wool balls

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

Op­tional

Plas­tic nappy cov­ers

Nappy lin­ers

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

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