Labor and baby birth Necessary equipment
Having your first baby can be quite scary at first. He does not come with a user manual! Here is a list of basic equipment you will need to take care of your new-born baby: all the essentials necessary to clean, feed, change baby and even the basic pharmacy for common baby ailments.
- 1 mini-tub, possibly vertical (looks like a bucket) or a chair to use in your own bathtub
- 1 changing mat (to lay on the changing table)
- 2 changing mat fitted covers
- 1 diaper bin (with a sealed lid, otherwise it is better to throw them immediately in the outside container)
- 12 linen towels: useful for everything (to dry your baby's bottom as well as to protect your clothing from regurgitation, also very practical to use in bed under the baby's head)
- Optional 1 balance: to follow the weight gain (especially if baby is breastfed)
- 1 small soft hairbrush
- 3-4 small cotton towels
- 1 pair of small nail scissors with rounded tip
- 1 mild baby shampoo
- 1 cleansing gel without soap
- 1 cleansing milk or lotion
The basic pharmacy
- 1 thermometer
- 1 baby nose cleaner (sucking the snot out)
- 1 box of saline solution in single doses (for nose and eyes)
- 1 infant paracetamol syrup (preferably with pipette)
- 1 infant ibuprofen syrup (preferably with pipette)
Warning: always check carefully from what age a medicine can be given to your child!
- 1 package of diapers for infants (size adapted to the baby weight, start with new-born size)
- 1 pack of wipes (if you plan to use them)
- Alternatively, a pack of cotton wools and a large bowl (if you plan to clean your baby's bottom with water rather than wipes)
- 1 tube of cream to treat red bottoms (such as Bépantène)
- 1 tube of emollient and protective fat cream (such as Vaseline).
Caution: It is recommended to avoid using talc powder on an infant
- 6-8 bottles (1-2 only if you plan to breastfeed)
- 1 sterilizer
- 1 bottle brush to thoroughly clean the bottles
- 1 bottle warmer (it is recommended not to use the microwave because of the risk of burns)
Warning: ALWAYS test the temperature of the milk on your forearm before giving it to your baby!
- 1 breast pump to express your milk if you are breastfeeding (very handy for 1/ having a stock of milk, 2/ involving daddy for example by giving a bottle at night instead of breastfeeding... mummy can rest and 3/ stimulating milk production)
Warning: the breast pump should also be sterilized!
On the move
- 1 car seat (Maxi-Cosi for example)
- 1 diaper bag with foldable changing mat in plastic (to change baby whatever level of hygiene the support has...)
- 1 pushchair ideally choose a stroller that can be scalable from lying completely flat, or alternatively one on which you can attach the Maxi-Cosi (however lying down is the optimal transport position for baby’s fragile spine)
That’s it, you’re all set to welcome baby.
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