Be baby ready
Before baby arrives, make sure you have everything you need. Even the things you didn’t think of.
After months and months of waiting, your baby will finally be introduced to the outside world. Mommy-hood really kicks in when you suddenly realize that  there is so much you still need!

Here are some things that you may or may not have thought of:
  • Mommy pads – these you can buy from just about any Ackermans or Dischem – buy loads because you will be bleeding for at least 6 weeks if you have had a natural birth.
  • Bags of coarse salt – salt baths are essential for healing, especially if you have stitches (salt water helps the stitches dissolve). Take as many salt water baths as you can fit into a day – trust me – it will only do you good. And no, it doesn’t burn!
  • Comfy pants – be sure to have at least 2 pairs of dark, comfy pants that will be your basic outfit for the first 6 weeks. A soft material is essential because you will be doing a lot of sitting with your new bundle of joy (during ALL those feeding times). Dark is important in case you leak, which can easily happen as the bleeding is quite heavy in the first 2 – 3 weeks.
  • Bum cream - The best kept secret in the world with regard to bum creams is milking cream from Lionel Vet supplies (021 930 7193). I’ve tried every cream there is – bepanthan, the bum cream etc - and milking cream works an absolute charm! Luke has never had as much as a red bum since I’ve been using it. Also, it is only R30 for a huge tub!
  • Karvol drops and rub – if baby has a cold (particularly in the first 3 months when they are too young to get any medication), put the Karvol drops on a cloth and hang it in the corner of his cot. It will help to open up his nose and chest. The rub is quite mild (compared to Vicks) so rub on the soles on his feet, on his chest and on the bridge of his nose while he sleeps.
  • Nappy bags – an absolute must have! The best ones I’ve found are made by Coo-ey and cost about R18 for a box of 100. They have easy tie handles and a fresh baby powder scent.
  • Good baby wipes – another good saver buy – Toys R us sell their own wet wipes simply called Baby Wipes @ R38 for 2 packs of 80. They are soft, with just the right level of moisture, lightly scented with aloe vera. These wipes are also fabulous for removing mommy’s make up.
  • Toweling nappies – These can be bought  quite cheapily and always come in handy. You can never buy too many, so stock up! Even if you’re using disposable nappies, these are great for mopping up ‘spills’ and for catching those after feed burps.
  • Receiving blankets – once again – can never have too many! Read here on how to swaddle your baby. He needs to feel warm and secure otherwise he won’t sleep well, so wrap him up nice and warm and he’ll soon be sleeping right through the night.
  • Breast pads – buy boxes of these to ensure you don’t run out and don’t forget to put some in when you go sleep at night otherwise you will be waking up with a wet sticky top in the morning . Guaranteed!
  • Good breast pump – be sure to pump your breasts before you go to bed at night particularly once baby stops his early morning feed.
  • A comfy chair for feeding - Be sure to have a comfy spot for those early morning feeds. My favourite spot was a single chair next to the fish tank. The chair was narrow enough so I could rest the arm that Luke was cradled in, on the arm rest and the light from the fish tank was enough so I could see what I was doing but not enough to completely wake Luke up at 2am. He is now an avid lover of the fishies in the tank.
  • Mommy undies – I found the most comfortable and easy to use feeding bras were those that looked almost like a sports bra. Ackermans has quite a large variety of underwear including panties. These panties look like they are made out of gauze so they are soft and stretchy and fit from the mid thigh to just under your breasts. They are super comfy and great  for those first few weeks.
  • Bath chair - Definitely buy a bath chair for baby.  It’s just a metal frame work covered in toweling material. Your baby will feel secure and you won’t break your back everytime you bath him.
  • Night light – if baby’s cot is going to be in your room at first, buy a night light because I can guarantee that with every little noise he makes you are going to jump out of bed to check if he is ok. Use a night light to give a soft light in the room rather than switching on a main light each time.
  • Wash basket – when you and baby are alone at home and you need to go have a bath – put him in the wash basket. Bizarre sounding I know but Luke loved it. I had one of those low, long baskets and big a big fluffy blanket inside and he would lie there quite contently while I was busy. As he’s got older, He still loved to sit in his ‘boat’ and drink his bottle or play with his toys.
Of course all these things are from personal experience that I’ve had and had to work out. If it works for you and your baby then do it! Don’t be afraid to experiment and  test the waters with your new bundle of joy.

What are your new baby secrets that you’d like to share?


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