Friday, August 19, 2011

Baby Nursery Checklist

Well it's almost time for us to get organised and get the baby nursery all ready for the bubba! I suppose this list is mostly to serve as my own personal checklist. I am also listing some smaller items people can get us for when we have a Baby Shower - but that's not until November - so okay this is extreme forward planning but helps me get in the right planning frame of mind...

Speaking of Baby Shower, I really want to throw a "Not a Baby Shower BBQ" instead - so the men can come too and hubby can be fully involved in the excitement and anticipation of our first child. Now all I need is for our backyard to be fixed and decking in place so we can actually host that BBQ. Plan B - perhaps a BBQ somewhere in a park.. although that takes away the more intimate environment of hosting it at home. Ohh we shall see!

So here a list of things I believe is all sorted i.e. given to us, about to be given by family / friends:
  • Bassinet (family hand-me-down)
  • Cot (family hand-me-down)
  • Portable Cot (gift)
  • Baby clothes (from various people - gifted and borrowed)
  • Car seat / capsule (borrowed)
  • Play mat
  • Nappy bag (I am the queen of bags of all sizes so I'm sure one of my many bags can be used for this purpose!)
Here's a list of larger items we plan to purchase:
  • Pram (we have our eye on the Baby Jogger City Select.. it's on sale now only $599 reduced from $929 at (Update: Decided we don't need a $600 pram... will hold off purchasing pram until we actually need it)
  • Change Table that's also a Bath (Update: Purchased)
  • Chest of Drawers (eBay)  (Update: Purchased)
  • High Chair (not required yet - probably will look at eBay)
Some smaller items we can hold off before purchasing in case people give them to us:
  • Baby Monitor (one of those digital ones with audio and movement sensor - also tells temperature of the room, and has a night light, would be handy! Like this one)
  • Baby Carrier for hubby, Cloth Sling for me (would be weird for Enoch to carry the baby around wrapped in a delicate, elegant piece of cloth don't you think?) 
  • Various accessories for Baby Jogger City Select - e.g. Car Seat Adaptor / Bassinet kit / Rain Canopy, etc. Full list of accessories available here. (Update: No need for these accessories anymore since we've changed our mind with regards to this particular model of pram!)
  • Additional baby clothes, singlets, socks, etc - ever growing baby could always use more clothes I suppose!
  • Toys
Daily Essentials:
  • Nappies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Baby powder
  • Breast Pumps (?? I have noooo idea how things would go breast feeding wise, but I still think a pump is a good idea so Enoch can get up in the middle of the night and feed the baby instead!)
  • Baby towels and facewashers
  • Spew rag
  • Baby bottles
  • Dummies
  • Bibs- for much later
  • Miscellaneous solid food eating tools - for much later
Hhmmm... I think that's about it. Am I missing anything???


  1. - breast pads (protect the bra from wetting)
    - the walking chair thingy (great comes feeding time when bub is about 6 months+)
    - Teething tools!! Have heaps of them!! Crucial otherwise bub will cry on and on and on...
    - Soap friendly shower stuff (ie. QV, other - seek Nurse/Doctor advise) Important as bubs develop skin allergy in the early stage.

    For a nice to have..get a rocking big chair - pseudo feeding chair for you & entertainment chair for Enoch when bub doesn't need anymore feeding

    That's all i can think for now. My nephew just turned one & i'm learning heaps! ;)

  2. It makes me glad to see baby carriers getting the love they deserve! Most people seem to think that using one is lazy or something, but I think they'd change their tune if they ever had to actually carry a baby around all day at the zoo or something.