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Layette List from a Natural Mum-To-Be

If you're confused about what you need to buy for your baby, you're in good company.

Michelle is an Early Childcare Teacher with many years of experience caring for children from just a few months to 4 years old. She and her husband are expecting their first baby later this year and, due to her wealth of knowledge and clear ideas around parenting, we were curious to see what her layette list looked like.

When we asked, one of the first things she said was "I've been looking at all the options and have found there are so many choices out there it's almost confusing!" No doubt this is how most parents feel when they first hit the baby shops!

About Michelle's Plans

birth announcement
Natural Mama
In her work Michelle enjoys following natural caregiving philosophies and loves natural baby products.
A Surprise
She and her husband have chosen not to find out the gender of their baby. "Everyone is so annoyed", she laughs, clearly unphased by any pressure.
No Paraphernalia
She understands that a lot of items are unnecessary and she's been shocked at the amount of baby "paraphernalia" that a lot of people buy.
Gifts
Michelle's been fortunate to have family hand down a lot of the larger baby items so she already has a bassinet, cot, buggy, stroller, car seat and travel cot. She's also mindful of not buying too many things before the baby shower.

Michelle's Layette List

Clothing

Michelle is keen to dress her baby in all natural fibres and is generally shopping for the essentials.

  • Onesies - short sleeved and long sleeved
  • Socks
  • Booties
  • Hats
  • Pants
  • Tops
  • Woollen jumpers.

Linens

Organic muslin wraps

Again, Michelle is shopping for natural fibres and has some good staple items in her list.

Changing

Like most modern parents, Michelle is going for the convenience of disposable nappies and will be stocking up before baby arrives.

  • Nappies
  • Dr Singh's nappy cream (Natural nappy cream made by a local man in New Plymouth)
  • Change mat - Michelle is used to the convenience of her workplace change area, where everything is laid out on a bench. She's planning to replicate that set-up at home with a mat on a lovely small old wooden table where she can also lay out her nappies, creams and wipes for easy access.
  • Nappy bin
  • Wipes.

Feeding

Michelle is planning to breast feed and setting herself up for maximum comfort when feeding.

  • Feeding chair - She has found a second hand one online
  • Tri pillow - she has bought a standard one rather than one advertised especially for feeding
  • Paw paw cream
  • Nursing pads.

Bathing & Grooming

Baby bath
  • Baby bath - she has no particular specs around this but we'll be helping her out with that purchase ;-)
  • Baby brush
  • Nail clippers
  • Bath toys
  • Natural shampoo
  • Thermometer.

Play

  • Wooden toys
  • Rattles
  • Books
  • Playmat
  • Wooden play gym
  • Cuddly toys
  • Comforter.

Travel

Michelle already has a pram, car seat and travel cot and she'll also be getting:

  • A Moby wrap as she wants to keep baby close and as naturally comfortable as possible
  • Nappy bag - she's keen to find one that looks more like a large purse than a nappy bag.

Extras

Impressively, Michelle has only one item on her list that doesn't fit the main categories and that's a basic baby monitor. There won't be any regret purchases in this list!

She's added that she's adamant she won't be using any baby bouncers or swings and wants to hold her baby in the early stages of eating solids before moving to a high chair. She plans to use BPA free plastic utensils only before moving on to metal cutlery, ceramic plates and glass cups.

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