Things You Need Before Baby Arrives!!

Posted by Catherine Daly on


We’ve narrowed it down to 8 items that are must haves before the Big Day.

1. Child car-restraint

The Standard is one of the world’s strictest, and all available car restraints meet it. You’ll need a rear-facing restraint to start with (from newborn to 9 kgs), which must be correctly installed.
What to look for:

  • Easy to install and use
  • Compatible with many vehicle types
  • Good range of harness adjustment

Safety tip: Always use the recommended restraint for your child’s age and weight. Don’t change the restraint style too early.

2. Cot or Moses Basket

Moses Baskets are quickly outgrown, but many parents find them useful because of their mobility. Ensure it fits properly on the stand and that the wheels if there are wheels are lockable.

Cots are more than beds. They’re a place where your baby will sleep, play – and, eventually, climb out of. What to look for:

Cots are more than beds. They’re a place where your baby will sleep, play – and, eventually, climb out of. What to look for:

  • Sturdy, quality materials, a smooth finish
  • Check for loose screws, sharp corners, knots in the wood, cracks, splinters
  • Mattress must be firm and tight-fitting, with no gaps
  • Childproof locking device, with clearly distinct locked and unlocked modes.

3. Changing table (Not a Neccessity)

Babies go through at least 10 nappies a day, so you need to feel comfortable, without bending, and with everything you need to hand. Available styles range from sturdy permanent ones to light fold-up ones.

  • Choose one with convenient shelves, storage for baby clothes and a washable pad.
  • Ensure collapsible frames are firmly locked before use. Many babies are injured rolling off change tables. 

Look for a model that has:

  • Strap-on restraints
  • Roll-off protection: raised sides or rails

Safety tip: Never leave a baby unattended on a table, even to grab something from across the room or answer a phone. Always take them with you.

4. Bedding

Small babies need very little in the way of bedding. Use sheets and blankets that can be tucked-in tightly. Choose fitted sheets and lightweight blankets in cotton.

5. Stroller

Strollers range from sports models to classic carriages, but the basic types are:

  • Pram with Buggy – a pram/stroller combo
  • Umbrella strollers that fold up easily
  • Layback strollers – drop-down back rests
  • 3-wheeler strollers
  • Doubles: side-by-side or front-to-back.

What’s best for you? Ask yourself:

  • Are there lots of footpaths and steps where I live? Will it negotiate supermarket aisles? Will I take it jogging or walking?
  • Will it fit in the car boot easily? Does it fold up easily for getting on the bus?


6. Baby bath

Yes, you can wash your baby at the kitchen sink, but many first-time mothers find that modern feature-laden baby baths give them more confidence when handling a slippery baby. These come with safety nets, supports, temperature gauges and so on, to help a mum through the first months.

7. Monitor & night-light

On the baby unit, look for:

  • Mains and battery operation
  • Night light if you need one

On the parent unit, look for:

  • Belt-clip, mains and battery operation
  • Volume control
  • Light display to indicate sound levels

8. Baby clothes & accessories

  • 6 nighties or jumpsuits, 4 tops, 6 singlets or body suits 
  • Hand mitts, socks/booties,
  • Lightweight cotton wraps in muslin or flannelette. 
  • Nappies: 2-3 dozen cloth or disposables (60-80 per week)
  • 2 soft towels, 4 burping towels
  • Nappy-changing products: cotton balls, sudocream, baby wipes
  • Bottles, teats, sterilising kit.




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