As birth draws closer, you need to be prepared not just in terms of labour, but also for afterwards, and having a baby checklist of the things you will need will help you. These lists should be made before the baby is born so that you will be completely ready for your newborn baby.
To give you a general idea, we have prepared several lists of baby necessities for both you and your little one.
Below is a list of items to have ready in your bag when you go to the hospital. This is an essential checklist that you should prepare a week or two before you are expected to go into labour to prevent a huge scramble before you have to leave:
Breast pads and nipple cream, if you plan on breastfeeding
Dressing gown and/or sweater – many hospitals provide nightgowns, and it’s better to use these at the beginning when you are bleeding heavily. However, you may still feel more comfortable and warm with your own dressing gown on top.
Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Some loose change, but not too much cash.
Some reading material for while you are on the ward
A non-perishable snack and bottle of drink
Newborn Essentials Checklist
Coming home from the hospital, your home needs to ready to greet the newborn. Here’s a list of baby needs that you should have in for as soon as you and the baby arrive:
A cot or crib, with at least three sets of sheets and blankets
Baby wet wipes
Baby lotion and cream
Baby shampoo and soap
At least two sets of baby clothes
A changing mat or table
A soft towel for baby
A baby bath if you can, although that can wait as at the beginning you will probably be topping and tailing anyway
A baby hat
If it’s the winter, an effective means of heating the baby’s room
If you are bottle-feeding, formula, bottles, and sterilisation equipment
If this is your first baby, you will need to get most baby equipment from scratch, whether new or second hand. If not, ふんわりルームブラ then you probably have some of them already.