Planning for a new baby is such an exciting time, but it can also be quite overwhelming. It may seem like there are millions of things to buy, and as all the costs start adding up, you might be left wondering: do we really need all this stuff? To keep it simple, we’ve put together the ultimate checklist of essentials to help you set up the perfect nursery and get you and bub off to the best start possible.
For the first few months, your newborn will likely be sleeping in their own safe space in your room (as recommended by SIDS guidelines1), but you still might like to have their cot ready from day one so it’s checked off your list. As well as one that fits in with the design and colour scheme of your nursery (for all those cute pics you’ll be taking), you should also choose a cot that’s safe, the right size for you and easy to use. Although it may seem like a very long way down the track, consider one that can be converted into a toddler bed when the time comes.
Mattress and mattress protector
Ensure you buy a cot mattress that fits correctly into the cot you have purchased otherwise it could be a safety risk (it’s usually best to buy the one that your cot manufacturer recommends). Having a spare for when one is in the wash and a waterproof mattress protector is useful for any little accidents – it will make it easier to clean and help your mattress last longer, too. While we’re on the topic on what goes in the cot, it’s best to avoid cot bumpers and pillows – they may look adorable, but they can be hazardous to little babies.
You’re going to be spending a LOT of time changing your bub, so a change table or changing kit atop a chest of drawers that’s at a comfy height is a good buy. One where you can have easy access to your stash of nappies, wipes and nappy rash cream (either in a drawer, caddy or on a shelf) is handy, too. A changing mat on a bed or the floor might be all you need, but keep in mind you could be changing nappies up to 10 times a day (yes, really!) so you don’t want to be bending over too much, particularly if you’ve had a C-section.
Towels and wipes
Any parent will tell you – you’ll need wipes, wipes and lots of wipes! Don’t be afraid to bulk buy as they will definitely get used (and buying in bulk will likely save you money). Curash baby wipes are super thick, soft and strong so they can cope with any mess, and they’re also dermatologically tested to gently cleanse your bub’s skin while also protecting against nappy rash. If your little one has sensitive skin, opt for fragrance free or water-based wipes. A bundle of small square towels or muslin squares are also super handy – use them as burping cloths, for wiping up any spills or for adding an extra layer on your change table.
Baby Powder for Nappy Rash
>With 25% zinc oxide, Curash specially formulated Anti-Rash Baby Powder helps soothe, heal and prevent nappy rash. The soft, fine powder absorbs moisture quickly and is easy to apply to all those tricky baby skin folds. An effective barrier against wetness and irritation, as well as helping prevent chafing.
Always read the label. Follow directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.
A fun mobile and toys
Newborns are wriggly little things so hanging a fun mobile above the change table can keep them occupied while you’re wrangling with their nappy. Think colourful and sparkly! A rattle or squeaky toy you can stash in a drawer of the change table is useful to have on hand for distraction, too.
When your bub is all pink and fresh out of the bath is a great time to apply a nourishing layer of lotion to help protect their skin from dryness and irritation, so ensure you have some moisturiser stacked in your change table. Curash Sorbolene Cream, enriched with aloe vera, vitamin E and sweet almond oil, comes in a handy pump pack so it prevents contamination (as you’re not dipping your hand into a pot and introducing germs2) and you can easily apply it with one hand. Bonus!
A (really) comfy chair
We won’t sugar coat it – you likely have a lot of long nights in this nursery, and when you’re trying to settle your little one in the small hours of the morning, a comfy armchair to sink into will be a blessing. And preferably one with a cushy headrest and footrest in case you find yourself drifting off. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll want one with wide, padded armrests where you can sit and hold bub comfortably. A stain-resistant, easy to clean fabric is also a plus.
At least one spare set of cot sheets and mattress protector will come in handy in case there are any midnight accidents and you don’t have time to do a load of laundry.
A night light
Create a soft, warm glow in your baby’s nursery with a dim lamp or night light that you can use to find your way in the dark without disturbing bub. And for during the day, blackout blinds or heavy curtains are useful for limiting natural light that can interrupt valuable sleep.