Before the big day comes, give yourself some peace of mind and consider running through a newborn baby checklist. By preparing everything your baby needs for the hospital in advance, you’ll ensure your overnight stays and your little one’s first few days are as comfortable and carefree as they can possibly be.
Keep all your nappies folded and in one place for convenience and to save space.
You’ll go through more changes than you might expect, which is why a nappy bag and nappies make the top of our newborn checklist. Make sure you pack plenty to cover any eventuality.
Wipes are a handy all-purpose product to have at the ready whether for mum or baby. Make sure you pack these with your nappy bag or hospital bag in an easy to reach pocket or place.
If things get a little messy after birth, a little bit of baby wash can help with a quick sponge down and a return to feeling fresh and clean.
Cotton Wool Balls
Cotton wool balls are gentle on your baby’s skin and perfect for use with water or baby wash. They can help get into your baby’s skinfolds and ensure no spots are missed – an important item to add to your newborn checklist.
While the hospital will provide you with some swaddling and wraps, there is sentimental value in bringing your own blanket for your newborn baby.
Bunny Rugs / Wraps
Bunny rugs and wraps can provide extra warmth for the trip between hospital and home. They are particularly useful where wind chill can be a major factor in the temperature.
Making it onto the summer baby checklist, singlets provide a nice, light layer of extra coverage for your newborn and are easy to put on and take off.
Bodysuits or onesies provide the perfect all-round level of coverage for temperate weather and can be used with a blanket or wrap on the first trip home.
Gro-suits & Nighties
With their quilted padding, Gro-suits help to protect your baby in colder weather, while nighties provide easy access to nappy changes without removing protection to your baby’s upper body.
Hat or Beanie
With your baby’s head taking up so much of their body’s surface area, it’s no wonder so much heat is lost through that region. In colder weather you can help regulate your baby’s body temperature through the use of a hat or beanie, a high priority on a winter baby checklist.
Socks & Booties
Socks or booties add an extra dimension of protection to your baby’s extremities by keeping their feet warm from the cold.
More likely to be exposed than their feet are your baby’s hands. In particularly cold weather, mittens can help protect your little one from the cold, while doubling as a layer between their little fingernails and their face.
Rounding out our newborn baby checklist is an absolute must: a baby capsule for your newborn – properly fitted to Australian guidelines – that will help make the transition between hospital, car and home as smooth and safe as possible.