Posts Tagged ‘cot’

Boxes for Scottish newborn babies

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

For over 80 years the government of Finland have given a maternity kit containing around 80 items useful for babies, to expectant Finnish mothers. The gift has been designed so the box itself can be used as a cot for newborns, and the maternity kit has been credited with cutting infant mortality rates and raising life chances.

Inspired by these Scandinavian baby boxes, in October 2016 Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister, announced that similar boxes would be gifted to Mums in Scotland. The project started on the 1st of January 2017, and the first mums in the pilot areas of Clackmannanshire and Orkney have received their boxes.

The box contains a play mat, a changing mat, a digital thermometer, a fleece jacket, several babygrows, a hooded bath towel, a reusable nappy and liners, a baby book and an organic sponge. As with the Nordic scheme, the boxes are suitable for a baby to sleep in and contain cot sheets, a mattress and a blanket. A Scots dialect poem entitled “Welcome Wee One” by national poet Jackie Kay is also included. You know what I’m going to say… it’s a great idea, but if they had only thought to add in a Baby Feed Wheel, it would be pretty much perfect!

Scottish Baby Box

 

What do I need to buy for a new baby?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

As a first time Mum-to-be it’s difficult deciding what sort of baby items you will need when baby is born, and how much you should buy! Baby essentially needs something to wear, nappies, somewhere to sleep,  something to eat , and something to go out and about with.

To Wear-

Vests

Sleepsuits

Hat (summer or winter depending when baby is due!)

Cardigan

Gorgeous as they are to buy, I would avoid buying  fancy outfits before baby is born- you may well get a lot as presents, and it’s more fun buying them when you know (for sure!) whether baby is a boy or girl, and what size he/she is!

Nappies

Newborn nappies (disposable or ‘real’ cloth nappies)

Wipes, cotton wool or reusable wipes.

Change mat

newborn essentials

Somewhere for baby to sleep-

Moses Basket or bedside cot

Sheets

Sleeping bags

Something to eat-

Baby Feed Wheel to keep note of baby’s feed times

If formula feeding, or planning to express – bottles and a steriliser (or plastic tub and sterilising tablets to start with)

If breastfeeding- breastfeeding pillow, Pads, breastfeeding bra.

Breast pumps can often be borrowed from sure start centres if required (and to see how you get on with it)

Muslin squares (useful in many ways!)

Something to go out and about in-

A car seat (if you have a car)

A sling and/or pram or buggy

Change bag

For you-

Maternity pads

Biiig underwear (I didn’t like disposable knickers and bought a lot of very cheap undies in a big size)

Arnica Witch hazel

Lansinoh nipple cream

A stock of food that is easy to reheat

Different babies like different things (playmats, baby nest, bouncers etc) so either try to borrow from a friend (even short term to give it a try and see if it’s a purchase you’d like to make) or buy secondhand. Personally- I liked my changing table, (saved back ache!), baby bath (one with a little plug at the bottom for easy emptying), moses basket (Chiglet was a small baby and we used it for ages),  nappy wrapper (although I know opinion on these is divided!) and baby monitor.

Now, it’s been rather a while since I’ve been  buying baby equipment, so what do you think to my list? About right or wide of the mark?