Baby Check List What do I need to buy for my newborn?
Sleeping Time You have probably decided which pram to buy. Now it's time to decide where your little princess or your little king will sleep. For the first few months, you'll need a crib, a carry cot or a Moses basket (a light, portable bassinet). Your baby needs to sleep somewhere that's safe, warm and not too far from you.
Moses baskets are light bassinets, easily portable due to carry handles and light weight. There are two different types of basket stands: Standing and Rocking.
Bassinets can be used as they come, or mounted on special stands.
The stands are usually universal, are easily portable and can be folded for extra storage. Use these for the first few months, as your baby needs to sleep somewhere that's safe, warm and not too far from you.
Cot or Cotbed
A cot or cotbed? There are many similarities between the two, but there’s a key difference that sets them apart – longevity.
A cot is suitable from birth to approximately 2 years, a cotbed may be used from birth to about 5 years.
A cotbed has removable sides and end panel so it can convert to a short, low bed for a toddler. Larger than a cot, but smaller than a single bed, a cotbed requires a mattress and bedding designed specifically for it.
Cotbeds also have adjustable heights, which makes it safer and easier for you to put the baby inside the bed. When the baby grows you can lower the height.
If space is an issue for you though, a cotbed may not be suitable.
Quilt bumpers, or bumper sets, usually come in a bedding set of four which include the bumper, quilt, fleece blanket and bed sheets.
These bedding sets are easily fit into your cot/ cotbed as their size is universal. They are usually made from 50% cotton or 100% polyester, come in different themes and designs to fit your nursery, and are machine washable.
A cot liner reduces the risk of suffocation and prevents limbs from getting stuck between cot bars.
Sheets and Blankets
Blankets will keep your little one wrapped up warm and snug. Some blankets are designed to fit pushchairs, as well as moses baskets, therefore it's every parent's must have item. In most cases they are machine washable.
Flat sheets usually come included with crib/cot-in-a-box sets.
Baby Monitors, in most cases, consist of two units: one which is placed near by your baby, and the one you keep with yourself. There are also three of types of monitors: audio, video and sensory.
Sensory monitors detect your baby’s movements and breathing. An alarm will sound if no movement is detected within a short period of time.
Video monitors act as a camera which you can see through on your portable receiver. It's advisable to look for a monitor that has a double channel feature to prevent interference.
Audio monitors are the cheapest solutions and act as walkie-talkies. Some audio monitors allow to talk to your baby with a talk-back facility.
Baby Bouncers are versatile, relatively inexpensive piece of baby equipment that your baby can enjoy from day one. It's especially helpful in the early days as a safe place to lay your newborn while you grab a bite to eat or take a shower – just bring the lightweight seat into the bathroom.
Bouncers are battery driven, however there are a few models that provide plug-in coord option. For safety, usually they provide a three-point harness to keep your baby from falling out. A five-point harness, which includes over-the-shoulder straps, is even safer. For best safety results, look for a frame that it is wide and sturdy. As an extra, bouncers provide a toy bars, mobiles and mp3 players.
Drawers are necessary to keep your baby equipment, clothes or anything related stored and organised. Are easy to assemble, and are usually traditionally styled while coming in many colour schemes to fit your nursery.
Lights ups and Mobiles
Light ups & mobiles. Light ups are used when you want to create a tranquil environment for your little one at bedtime. Most light ups provide a calming display projected at your room, and a peaceful selection of sounds help relax and soothe baby to sleep.
Mobiles are attached to your cot or cot-bed railings of any kind by using a plastic arm. Most of them are made using the caroussel principle. Your baby can entertain him/her by rotating the colourful toys around while they emit sounds.