In the last trimester you should try and relax instead of running last-minute errands. Once you have contacted us and we have submitted your claim for UIF benefits you need to consider what to buy for the arrival of your newborn.
We have listed as what we see as essentials based on our own experience with Hannah.
When buying the clothes for the first 3 months consider the climate you live and the season. If you give birth in winter in Gauteng you will need more warm clothes than if you live in KZN. Remember a baby can't communicate whether he is too cold or too hot.
At least eight all-in-one suits will be very handy. Small babies tend to live in these during their first few months and really don't need to wear anything else, apart from a vest underneath in winter and a cardigan over the top if it is cold.
At least six vests, also known as body suits, with envelope necks and poppers underneath. These can be worn under all-in-ones, or on their own if it’s hot. Short and long-sleeved versions are available for different times of the year.
One or two cardigans to provide an extra layer of clothing.
If it is winter, your baby may need a coat or all-in-one suit. If you spend a lot of time in the car, choose one that is not too thick, otherwise there's a risk your baby will get too hot.
You will need loads and loads of nappies. Your newborn will need his nappies changed 10 times to 12 times a day, so buy enough to keep you going for at least the first two weeks.
You will also need nappy sacks and wet wipes (or cotton wool).
We would also recommend a dirty nappy bin with a decent closing mechanism to keep the smell in.
If you're breastfeeding, you will need nursing bras and breast pads.
Bottles, teats, bottle brushes, and a steriliser or some other sterilising method are vital if you are bottle-feeding. Cotton bibs can be useful, too.
The easiest and cheapest version is a microwave steriliser - they do the trick just fine.
What do I need for my baby's bedding?
A Moses basket, crib, or cot.
If your baby is going straight into a cot, you will need sheets and cellular blankets, or a fitted bottom sheet and a baby sleeping bag. If your baby is going to have a Moses basket or crib, you will need three sheets or four sheets, and several pram-size blankets.
A mattress that fits the Moses basket or cot.
A lightweight, cotton jersey or cotton wrap is useful to make your baby feel secure without overheating during the early weeks.
A baby bath can be useful, but they do take up a lot of room if space is limited. A newborn bath support will hold your baby safely in the main bath and is much cheaper, but might give you real bad back pain. A bath with stand or a bath on top of the compactum might be easier.
Baby towels are useful, but not essential. Babies are just as cosy wrapped in a small bath towel.
A mild, liquid baby cleanser or bath emollient to protect your baby's delicate skin, cotton flannels and/or cotton wool..
Many hospitals won't allow you to leave the hospital if you don't have a car seat.
Sun blinds for your car are essential in our climate. We recommend window socks are they cover the entire window.
For newborn babies (and up to 18 months) a rear-facing car seat is essential.
A pram, pushchair, or buggy that lies flat, so is suitable for newborn babies. A sun shade is useful, but you can substitute those with a towel or blanket.
Consider a travel system which includes a pram/pushchar/car seat. You can interchange the different models onto the same base.
There is a good chance you will use the travel system for up to 3 years so it's really worth it to buy a sturdy model, which is easy to handle and fold away.
A changing bag is essential for holding all the bits and pieces you now need to take with you whenever you leave the house. Choose a bag with a changing mat and space for wet wipes, lots of nappies and your baby's bottle (if you're bottle-feeding). If you're very organised, you may prefer a bag with lots of compartments. Otherwise, choose a simpler style, as you can end up wasting a lot of time looking for that vital, but buried, item! MediClinics provide you with a complimentary changing bag full of goodies.
Muslin squares have a multitude of uses. Don't leave home without them! As well as protecting your clothes from the inevitable baby sick and mopping up dribbles, they provide a soft surface to rest your baby's head on.