has anyone got a list needed for a newborn
there are some online but want tomake sure i have covered everything
hi mrsp2010, someone else put up this list a few weeks ago and it's really good, has all areas covered including what you'll need, what the new arrival needs, what to bring to hospital etc:
Labour Bag: (make sure it’s not too big)
1. Hospital file and notes
2. Birth plan if you have one
3. 2 Loose Nightdress
6. For baby: vest, babygro, nappy, hat, cardigan
8. Tens Machine
9. Hair bobbins
Toothpaste & Toothbrush
Evian Face Spray
12. Face wipes
15. Magazines & Music.
16. Notebook & Pen
3. Energy bars
For your Partner:
Change of top & deodorant
Change for parking meter & vending machine
For Hospital Stay:
1. 4 light front opening nightie or PJs (opinions differ (nighties more comfy if having a Caesarean)
3. Dressing gown
4. Disposable pants
5. Big knickers
6. 2 packets of maternity sanitary pads (Bastos Vieges seem the most recommended)
7. Nursing bras
8. Breast pads
1. 2 Bath towels
2. 2 hand towels
3. Flip flops
4. Body wash
5. Shampoo/ Conditioner
6. Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
7. Cleanser/ Toner
9. Cotton wool
11. Lip balm
14. Hair bobbin
Hairdryer (good for drying stitches too)
16. Lansinoh cream
17. Arnica (homeopathic healing super for stitches/piles/internal healing)
18. Tea tree oil
19. Witch hazel (great to use on sanitary towels for soothing stitches)
20. Ear plugs
21. Bran/ fruit/ linseeds etc. to minimise constipation
1. Money for phone card, newspaper etc….
2. Mobile phone and charger
3. Note book and pen
1. Babygros/Sleepsuits (9-12)
2. Vests (9-12)
3. 1 Cardigan
4. Scratch mitts & Socks & Hat
5. Cellular blanket
1. Nappies (a pack of 28 – plenty but have a spare pack at home!)
2. Cotton Wool packs (not hosp rolls)
3. Barrier cream (Silcock’s base)
4. 2 soft towels for bathing
5. Baby sponge
6. Baby wash
7. Blanket & Muslin squares
1. Loose Jeans/Trousers (unfortunately Maternity)
3. Shoes & Socks
1. Cellular blanket
2. Car seat
3. Going home outfit
4. Snow suit (If its cold)
When you are home
1. Cot – can be used from birth
2. Cot Mattress
3. Crib/ Moses Basket
4. Crib/ Moses Basket Mattress
5. Travel Cot - for during the day and visiting people. Have not got this yet as he uses the carrycot all the time but he will be soon grown out of it so will have to get it. My friend used a travel cot for all his day sleeps instead of carrycot from birth.
6. Monitor - I use one that has the portable parent side, so when baby is having a sleep I can move around the house and have the unit clipped onto me
7. Grobags - can use from 7lb
8. Safababy Sleeper
9. Thermometre (Gro Egg)
For moses basket: 2 fitted sheets
For pram: 2 fitted sheets (turned out they were the same size as the moses basket ones). Some people use pillow cases.
For cot : 2 or 3 fitted sheets.
For travel cot: 2 normal sheets - sheets are actually far too big for it!
1-2 cellular blankets
Fleece blankets are great for the pram and the car seat.
Cot sheets are also useful to put under baby's head in moses basket/cot/pram
1. Muslin Cloths
3. Powder Formula
4. Bottles. We have 6 of the 4 oz and 6 of the 9oz bottles
5. Bottle Brush
6. Teat brush
7. Electric Bottle warmer/Bottle insulator
8. Breast Pads – whether you BF or not you need these
9. Breast Pump – if you breastfeed (BF)
10. Bags for freezing milk if you express
11. Nursing Bras (get measured at 38 weeks)
12. Nursing Pillow - handy
13. Feeding Chair – essential if you breast feed
14. High chair for when they are a little older
1. Changing Unit –one that has a bath and lots of storage is handy
2. Changing mat
3. cot top changer for upstairs on top of you chest of drawers for night-time if you don’t have a changing unit.
5. Nappy changing cream – they all recommend Vaseline and that you shouldn’t use it much - only about once per day
6. Cotton Wool – best way to keep from getting nappy rash is simply use cotton wool and water for changing – wipes are drying, but handy if you are out and about
7. Bowl for water
8. Changing Bag with changing mat inside – most of them have this
9. Talcum Powder alternative – I use a cornflower based one which has no talc as talc is not recommended for babies
10. Nappy Bags – handy when away from home for disposal of the bad ones in particular
11. Towel for under baby on changing unit
Changing bag to include:
1. Baby Bath
2. Top and Tail Bowl
3. Baby Body Wash – public health nurse recommended Silcock’s Base for washing baby after a month or two, but to just use plain water for first while
4. Baby Shampoo – not essential
5. Face sponge – not used on bottom
6. Baby soft-bristled hair brush
7. Towels – one for him/her to lie on while you dry them and one to dry them with
8. Face Cloths - for putting on baby’s chest in bath – makes them feel warmer and calm
9. Bath thermometer
Play: - nothing essential here but chair and floor gym are handy
1. Floor gym
3. Rattlers and other baby toys
4. Baby chair - this is mine and it's great:
1. Travel system/Buggy
2. Car Seat
3. Sun shade for car window
4. sling or baby carrier
2. Bulb syringe for suctioning mucous
3. Eye Dropper/Medicine Spoon
4. Gripe Water/Infacol - apparently GW is no longer available in ROI. Get in UK/NI.
6. Calpol – from 2 months
8. Saline Nose Drops
9. Baby Vaporub / Karvol (both only suitable after 3 months)
10. Nail Scissors
1. Baby Gros/Sleepsuits, 0-3 months and newbirn. 8-10 of these. Newborn ones are best in the early days unless baby is big. The sizes of them vary hugely from shop to shop. During the day my boy wears a short sleeve vest with babygro and also at night in the early days. Now he wears just a long sleeve vest under his grobag at night.
2. Scratch mittens – 1/2. If baby will tolerate them.
3. Vests – 6/8. H&M do wraparound vests which are much handier than the ones that go on over the head
4. Bibs – Cotton backed ones for small babies – M&S ones are nice, Dunnes ones go baubled after one wash. You won’t need these for maybe 2/3 months if you use muslins for feeding. Plastic-backed ones are better when weaning.
5. Snow Suit – 1
6. Cardigans/Jackets – 1/2. I hardly ever used these and never used a cardi as house is warm. Mainly used snowsuit for outdoors, though jacket is handier if weather is not too cold.
7. Socks – you won’t need socks if baby is wearing babygro. Only needed for when baby wears outfits
8. Hat –1/2 - most jackets/snowsuits have hoods anyway.
9. Blankets – cellular. It is nice to swaddle baby in the first few weeks as they can get frightened by their arms flailing around - they don’t recognize them as their own arms! After that we used the Grobags (baby sleeping bags) cos they are so safe – no danger of wriggling under blankets.
10. Don’t bother buying (m)any outfits as you will get loads – dungarees are way better than trousers/jeans for babies as they have no waistband to dig in to their tummies
Things you will need for yourself:
1. Arnica tablets - start taking during labour or after birth depending on your midwife – helps with the internal healing
2. Tea tree oil. If you have stitches &/piles after labour, the best thing you can do for yourself is have a bath with tea tree oil twice a day. It is so cleansing and soothing even if you have no stitches/piles.
3. Lavender oil for bath. Nice combined with tea tree.
4. Special cushion to sit on if you have stitches, like a rubber inflatable ring or your feeding cushion.
5. Heavy duty sanitary pads – you will need lots of these but don’t stock up in advance until you see if you have stitches because if you do, please get the cotton Dr. Whites, as the plastic ones like Always irritate them.
6. Breast pads – whether or not you BF you will need these
7. Lansinoh cream – for cracked nipples if you BF
8. You will sweat buckets after giving birth so bring a good deodorant!
9. Big bottle of witch hazel. Lash it on the pads every time you change one.
Before you go into hospital:
1. Know how to use your car seat & pram/buggy properly.
2. Have some non-maternity loose/comfy clothes ready for when you get home.
3. Cot/crib made up.
4. Make a few curries, lasagnas, and freeze. You would want to be ultra-organised to have this done in advance…
5. Have a coming home bag packed for partner to bring in with an outfit for you and baby.
6. You might find your feet swell up after you give birth even if you had no swelling in pregnancy, so bring loose fitting slippers and shoes for going home.
i want one
i didnt want to look but just thought id add it in there in case u want it.
thats the list i worked off too when i was expecting DD.
u might want a small mirror in your labour bag. i had a long pushing phase and they said u are making progress and were looking for a small mirror to show me
oh wow thank you so much!
That's an aaaawwwful lot of stuff, better start getting myself organised
Oh my God
I'd put a towel and flip flops into labour bag too as showers are so helpful when labouring.
Also replace tea tree oil with witch hazel. If you get stitches they'll most likely be disolvable and the tea tree oil dissolves them which you don't want, so witch hazel won't and will do same job. Also add in lavender oil to soothe the area (I had a small sports water bottle - kids size - with a few drops of each in it and would squirt the area after each toilet trip)
you might think of some salt as well for hospital bag. My mom brought some in for me so I could put them in bath and really helped healing after stitches
Also, instead of maternity pants and big knickers, I was given advice to get the Tena Incontinence disposable knickers and they were so unbelievably comfortable. I worried about the sticky side of the pads sticking to areas that they shouldn't!!!
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Ha ha, my sentiments exactly!
Also snow suit, I had DS in November, and I could not get the snow suit to work with the car seat it was just too big and went down over his head. It was a 0-3 and he was 7.5pounds so he wasn't small. You couldn't pull the hood back either because it was behind his neck so I just used cardigans and little hoodie jackets! I never used the snow suit in the end.
Some of the things on the lists aren't essential so just pick and choose what you think you'll need/use.
I definitely second having the going home bag packed, I laid stuff out on the bed, but I think it was too confusing for DH he ended up bringing extra stuff 'cos he wasn't sure
I also sent him in to buy a cardigan 'cos the one my SIL gave was too small, it was too much for him though, he eventually went to the dearest shop in the town to get it, because apparently Dunnes didn't have them! I know I had seen them before I went in, so it was just my luck that I hadn't bought it! Let that be a lesson to me, in future I have everything planned better or bought myself.
That's a great list littlemama - although I'm scared looking at it and I've already been there!
A few things on it that I wouldn't bother with, disposable knickers - they are so uncomfortable. I found I had to buy looser knickers near the end anyway, so I just got loads of cheap ones and kept throwing them out each time in the hospital. By the time I was going home the flow had lightened and I wasn't using the big green pads then.
I had lovely comfy / cushioned maternity pads from mother care, they had wings and sticky back. When they ran out I switched to Tesco brand ones and they were also great - without wings though. Oh great tip about the incontinence knickers, I seen a woman with a pack of these in the hospital and thought it was a great idea. I'd love to open one out and see one before I bought it though