It’s one of the biggest industries in the world, especially targeting first time parents! The list seems endless and the variety of products and brands too. We thought we would simplify it for you, adding a few of our favourite brands.
Cot – choose a cot with an adjustable base. Initially you will use the highest setting and as your baby becomes more mobile you will need to lower the base. Products to consider are cots that transition into toddler beds like Stokke, Anha and Bunny and Clyde. Great value for money is the Sniglar Ikea cot. You could also choose to use a camping cot instead.
Blankets – two bigger thicker blankets for night time and colder climates (I would advise to rather invest in two good quality blankets rather than buying a duvet set and inner), 2 – 4 lighter receiving blankets.
Compactum/Changing table, a compactum changing mat and two covers.
Baby bath – note that if you have a big enough sink this will do just fine for a tiny baby.
3 Face cloths and 2-4 hooded towels.
Rocking chair or arm chair for comfortable feeding.
Feeding pillow – these are a great help when breastfeeding and can later be used for tummy time and to prop your baby up for play time.
Baby monitor – A straight forward monitor and sensor pad will cost you around R1600 and if you opt for a video monitor system you will probably pay around R1200 on top of that.
8 Towel nappies which you can use as burp cloths or on your compactum changing mat.
Vests (about 10) – depending on the season sleeveless or long sleeves. The vests from Woolworths are great and affordable.
When it comes to clothing, separates are often more convenient as you can mix and match tops with different bottoms. 6 – 8 tops and 6 – 8 bottoms. 4 -6 babygrows / onesies.
2 – 4 Jerseys / Jackets depending on the season.
6 – 8 Pairs of socks
We recommend you get a feel for you little one before buying too much. Once you have settled into your new role as mama (at around 4 months) you will enjoy going out and shopping for items for your baby.
Rear-facing car seat
Baby wrap carrier – these are great to have with a newborn, but not a necessity. Noo Noo Pie has a wide range of colours available. When your baby is older you might opt for a carrier instead.
Doedoe / Taglet – these are great for babies to form a sleep association with.
Diaper bag – there are so many diaper bags on the market. Choosing a bag that doubles as a handbag and that can be used later as a travel bag is probably the best option and most cost effective. Check out our Diaper Bag Double Ups.
Steriliser – electric or microwave
Bottles – Fancypants is a local company who are the sole agents for Cherub Baby. Cherub Baby has a full range of glass baby bottles to suit you and your baby. They come in a variety of colours, sizes and functions that are perfect for feeding baby from newborn until they move on to cups. This is really a great product to invest in, especially for first time parents!
Breast pump – If you are going to breast feed a pump is a necessity. Medela is the best of its kind. You can only start expressing once your milk supply has stabilised – so don’t rush to buy your breast pump as they are expensive. First be sure that breastfeeding is your long term goal.
Baby laundry detergent – Woolworths has a great Earth Friendly Baby Laundry Liquid.
Hair brush – BamBam has beautiful wooden sets with a brush and comb.
Manicure set – make sure the set includes a small scissor which works well for young babies.
Wet Wipes – Pigeon wipes are good value for money and are available in value packs from Baby City.
Barrier cream – Bepanthan is great and versatile. We also love Oh Lief’s Natural Olive Bum Balm, its slightly greasy nature makes it great for cleaning newborn bums.
Aqueous cream – it is better to bath your newborn with baby aqueous cream as you can apply it before the bath and just rinse it off. It is mild and moisturising. As they get older a head to toe wash is very convenient. We reviewed Beaucience’s Baby Head to Toe Wash – here.
Baby powder, cotton buds, cotton wool swabs