Planning for baby

Going from two salaries to one and the costs of baby items can be daunting, but you can keep within budget.
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04.Buying checklist


  • Cot 
  • Pram or stroller 
  • Child car restraint 
  • Nappies— a packet of small-size disposables to get you started; or three dozen cloth nappies.
  • Bucket with a secure lid. Two buckets if you’re using cloth nappies; one if you’re using disposables
  • Six to eight singlets, size 000
  • Six to eight all-in-ones (jumpsuits) and/or nighties, size 000 - you may need some in size 0000 for the first few weeks.
  • Two long-sleeved tops or jackets for cool days
  • Soft sunhat for summer, warm hat for winter
  • Two pairs small socks
  • Bibs
  • Bottles and teats; bottle brush; and sterilising equipment. You’ll need six bottles if you’re bottle feeding, while breastfed babies might need a bottle or two for water or expressed milk
  • Bedding as appropriate (sheets, blankets and mattress protector)
  • Three or more bunny rugs or muslin wraps
  • Soft towel and face washer; baby soap or wash; cottonwool balls; sorbolene and glycerine cream (for cleaning and moisturising); soft hairbrush; round-tipped nail scissors
  • Thermometer


  • Baby carrier
  • Baby bath
  • Baby sleeping bag
  • Change table (for more information see change tables review and compare
  • Highchair (after about 5 months—for more information see high chairs review and compare)
  • Bouncer or rocker
  • Breast pump
  • Breast pads—four pairs of reusable pads or one pack of disposables
  • Baby bag for outings
  • Safety equipment such as gates, child-resistant locks and catches, stove guard and door knob covers
  • Cottonwool squares or wipes; baby wipes; zinc-based cream (for preventing and treating nappy rash); petroleum jelly


  • Bassinet or cradle for first few months
  • Baby monitor
  • Portable cot (for more information see portable cots review and compare)
  • Portable highchair
  • Day clothes—a special outfit or two for when baby’s on display — although you’ll probably get some as presents
  • Playpen (for more information see playpens review and compare)
  • Toys and other amusements
  • Dummy
  • Olive oil for massage or moisturising

Not recommended

  • Baby walkers
  • Cot bumpers
  • Quilts, doonas, duvets and pillows are not recommended for the first year
  • U-shaped pillows are not recommended for the first two years
  • Baby fruit juices and snacks

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