With Black Friday sales upon us, here are our recommendations for products which are on a new born starting kit list, from our favourite brands (includes affiliate links)
- Crib: We would recommend buying a crib with wheels, which will allow you to move it to any room in the house
- Mattress: hard. There is also an option of a 2 sided mattress, hard from one side for an infant and softer on the another side for a toddler.
- Waterproof, breathable cover for the mattress (or buy a mattress which already has a waterproof surface and washable cover)
- Changing table and changing mat plus protection for the mat. If you don’t have space for a new piece of furniture, you can easily buy just a mat with a cover and put it on the bed when changing the baby, or you can purchase a small foldable changing table.
Changing mat, 20% off
- Crib bumpers – be aware of SIDS danger (optional)
- Sheets: at least 3 – 4
- Swaddle wrap/sleeping bag: 2-3 (warm or light depending on the season), blanket (no pillow, in the beginning)
Swaddle wrap, 20% off
- Breathing monitor – to help with SIDS prevention. For some people, this is optional, but for most, it is a necessity.
- Pacifiers (optional)
- White noise machine (optional)
- Baby monitor (sound or video)
- Nest (optional)
- Foam positioners (optional)
BREASTFEEDING and FEEDING:
- Breast pump – manual or electric. Even if you are breastfeeding full time, pumping helps create a larger supply of milk, so a pump is handy.
- Baby bottles – I recommend having at least one at home, even if you breastfeed. Be prepared for any situation.
- A small package of formula milk. It is a good idea to be prepared, in case your baby suddenly stops wanting breastmilk.
- A phone number for a lactation advisor – always good to know who to call when problems occur.
- Scales for infants – to weight the baby and track their weight gain.
- Breastfeeding pillow (optional)- you can also use an ordinary pillow
- Sterilizer (optional)- you can also sterilize the bottles in boiling water, but it saves time to have sterilizer if you use bottles
- Bottle warmer (optional)- it is not completely necessary but more of a convenient tool to have.
- Diapers – it is up to each person, whether they choose cloth or disposable diapers
- Bucket with lid for disposable diapers
- Wipes or textile sheets (tissues) which are dipped into water
- Bum ointment
- Square cotton diapers – they are useful for everything from drooling, to using as a pad when changing, or wiping after a bath
- Disposable changing pads – when traveling or on the go
Changing mat, ideal on the go, 20% off
OUTSIDE and TRAVELLING:
- Stroller – the choice of the stroller is determined by your lifestyle and terrain.
- Infant car seat (usually up to 18 months): There are two options to consider when buying a stroller and car seat – you can buy a stroller and car seat separately or a 3 in 1 travel system – that means bassinet, sporty seat (for a bigger, sitting baby), and a car seat, which can be used with the same frame. It’s also good to have a waterproof cover for the stroller, for when it’s raining. Depending on the size of your car, house or lift you use, choosing a foldable stroller, can be very convenient.
Changing bag – bag with clips, which can be clicked to the stroller, Includes travel changing mat, 20% off
Down footmuff for winter : 30% off
- Clip for pacifier
Baby carrier: 20% off, practical if you quickly want to “pop out” of the house and don’t want to pack the whole stroller or when traveling to places with many steps or hills.
- Cup holder for stroller – for coffee lovers
HYGIENE, COSMETICS, HEALTH:
- Bathtub – The classic one or the one with a bump at the bottom, which holds the baby in a half-sitting position so you don’t need to hold their head.
- Soft towels
- Baby soap, or oil – you can only bath the baby in clean water at the beginning
- Baby oil or cream for body
- Nail scissors (with a round top)
- 60% Alcohol and small gauze swabs or sterile squares – to treat the navel
- Rectal Pipe – when a baby is little and suffers with colic
- Mucus suction device – for a vacuum cleaner or manual (manual is needed for trips)
- Essential medicine – ask your pediatrician which essential medicine to buy. It’s good to have at least something for fever at home. You will probably also need some drops against gas, probiotic drops to help digestion and vitamin D drops.
- Hairbrush (for when the baby has hair)
- Cotton buds for babies
- For when they start teething, an age-appropriate toothbrush
- Thermometer for bath water (optional)
Baby grooming kit: 20% off
- 10 overalls (one piece), ideally footed (for winter baby all of them with long sleeves, for summer baby with short sleeves or a combination) the most practical ones have a zipper at the front
- 8 baby grows or bodysuits (short or long sleeves, depending on the season) ideally with buttons at the front, not over the neck
- 6 pairs of trousers, ideally footed or rompers
- 6 pairs of socks
- 4 pairs of cotton gloves (for winter baby plus 2 warmer pairs)
- 2 light cotton caps (for a winter baby also 2 warm caps)
- for a winter baby, 1 warm outdoor puffer bundler/snowsuit
- 2 -3 sweaters or sweatshirts
Fleece lined jumpsuit, 30% off
Pack of 3 onesies, 30% off
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