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PART 1: PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH AND THE NEWBORN

MAKING PREPARATIONS

You have to prepare for bringing your newborn home long before the delivery. Besides making preparations to deal with her requirements, also take the time to prepare the rest of the family for the new member. 

Take special care to make your older child ready to welcome a new brother or sister. (See Sibling Rivalry in the chapter on CARE OF THE NEWBORN.)

Also make sure that you involve your husband preparations; husbands may worry that new babies will usurp their place in their wives’ attention.


Buying For Your Baby
When buying equipment for your newborn, consider what you already have —either passed down from your older child or received from relatives and friends. 

Also, always choose cotton over synthetic fabrics for your baby’s clothes.

• Nappies or diapers: 

2 dozen cotton square nappies,
2 dozen cotton triangular nappies 
and one box of disposable diapers

• Plastic panties: 

4

• Diaper bag: 

1, for keeping clean diapers

• Bucket (plastic with lid): 

1, for used diapers

• Diaper pins: 

1 dozen with safety lock arrangement 

• Macintoshes (big): 

2

• Macintoshes
(small, encased in towelling cloth): 

6

• Turkish towels : 2

2

• Bath towel with a hood: 

1

• Baby bath-tub (thick plastic):

1*

• Booties: 

4 pairs

• Cotton vests: 

4

• Frocks (with front

4

• Frocks or jhablas with sleeves: 

4

• Blankets (cotton/woollen): 

2

• Sweater: 

1

• Caps: 

2

• Cotton (absorbent): 

1 packet

• Alcohol or spirit : 1 small bottle

1 small bottle

• Wrap cover: 

2

• Mosquito net: 

1

• Mat cover: 

1

• Small bedsheets for bottom: 

6

• Small bedsheets for cover: 

6

• Baby quilt : 1

1

• Blunt scissors or clippers for nails: 

1

• Baby hair brush: 

1

• Car seat:

* May not always be needed.

‡ To buy only if a proper one is available.

Moses basket
Moses basket

You will notice that this list does not include special baby soaps, talcum powder (or baby powder), ear buds, shampoo, cream and baby lotion. Any non-smelling bath soap is adequate. Baby powder, cream, shampoo and lotion are not required. Talcum powder and ear buds, in fact, can be harmful (see sections on Skin Conditions and Earache, Ear Infections And Deafness respectively in THE A-Z OF CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES).

Don’t buy a baby cot if the baby will sleep with you, though a carrycot (Moses basket) is usually useful. If you are expecting twins, make the necessary arrangements for bringing home two babies instead of the usual one.




 




7 March, 2016

 
Part 1
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Planning A Baby
Pregnancy
Making Preparations
Labour and Delivery
Management of the Newborn
Normal Variations in a Newborn
Care of the Newborn
Holistic Bonding
 
Guide to Child Care
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4 Keeping Your Child Healthy
5 Keeping Your Child Happy
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