What do I need to take care of my baby? What equipment is really necessary?

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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.

Cleaning baby

  • 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)

Baby care

  • 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!

Changing baby

  • 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

Feeding baby

  • 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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