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Bringing your baby home for the first time is an exhilarating and emotional experience. It's a moment you've been waiting for, but it can also be a tad overwhelming. Don't worry – with a bit of preparation, you'll be ready to make your baby's first night at home cosy and calm. Here’s your ultimate checklist to ensure you have everything you need for this special occasion.

1. A Cosy Moses Basket

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A Moses basket is an ideal first bed for your baby, providing a snug and secure environment. Look for a basket with a sturdy structure, comfortable padding, and breathable materials like all those you can find on our website. Make sure it has a firm mattress that fits snugly and a fitted sheet that’s easy to remove and wash.

2. Soft, Breathable Bedding

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Your baby's delicate skin needs the gentlest touch. Choose soft, breathable bedding made from natural fibres like cotton or bamboo. These materials are not only gentle on your baby’s skin but also help regulate their body temperature, ensuring they stay comfortable throughout the night.

3. Suitable Sleepwear

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Dress your baby in a light, breathable onesie or sleepsuit appropriate for the season. In summer, opt for short sleeves and lightweight fabrics. In winter, choose long sleeves and consider layering with a sleeping bag or swaddle blanket for extra warmth.

4. Nappies and Changing Supplies

Keep a supply of nappies, wipes, and nappy cream within easy reach. You’ll be changing nappies frequently, so having a changing station set up nearby with a changing mat will save you from unnecessary trips during the night. A nappy bin with a lid can help keep any unpleasant odours at bay.

5. Feeding Essentials

Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, having everything you need close at hand will make night-time feeds easier. For breastfeeding, ensure you have comfortable nursing bras and breast pads. If you’re bottle-feeding, prepare sterilised bottles, formula, and a bottle warmer if needed as well as muslins.

6. Comfortable Chair or Rocker

A comfortable chair or rocking chair is a lifesaver for those middle-of-the-night feeds or soothing sessions. Choose something with good support that allows you to cradle your baby comfortably.

7. Night Light

A soft, dimmable night light creates a calming atmosphere and allows you to see what you’re doing without fully waking your baby. Look for one with a warm glow rather than harsh, bright light.

8. Baby Monitor

A baby monitor provides peace of mind, allowing you to keep an ear out for your little one while they sleep. Choose a monitor with clear audio, and consider one with video capabilities for added reassurance.

9. Gentle Soothers

Sometimes, your baby might need a little extra comfort. Keep a couple of dummies (pacifiers) on hand, and consider having a soft, comforting blanket or a favourite stuffed toy nearby – just ensure it's safe for newborns.

10. First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit for your baby can be handy for minor mishaps. Include essentials like a digital thermometer, baby nail clippers, and infant pain relief (paracetamol) appropriate for newborns.

11. White Noise Machine

A white noise machine can help soothe your baby to sleep by mimicking the sounds they heard in the womb. It can also help mask household noises that might disturb their sleep. You can also set up an Alexa in the room and ask it to play white noise.

12. Keep Essentials Within Reach

Having a bedside caddy or organiser for all your night-time essentials can make life a lot easier. Keep nappies, wipes, a water bottle, and snacks for yourself within arm's reach.

Final Thoughts

Preparing for your baby’s first night at home doesn’t have to be daunting. With a bit of planning and the right essentials, you can create a peaceful, comforting environment for your newborn. Remember, the key is to keep things simple and focus on creating a safe, cosy space where your baby can rest and you can bond.

Your baby’s first night at home is a precious milestone. Embrace it with confidence, and enjoy every moment of this beautiful journey.

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