Checklist for a Newborn Baby In Kenya
Being pregnant with your first born is an involving process which can turn out to be stressful if you fail to prepare a checklist for newborn baby in Kenya. A checklist forms an important guide on what you will require to welcome your unborn.
It is not surprising to find a woman in a maternity ward ready to deliver but she doesn’t have all the essentials because she overlooked some items such as diapers. Why should you sit back and wait for that last minute to start looking for these essentials? Do not let yourself be caught up in such a scenario, invest in a newborn baby checklist for your own peace on mind.
What should be in a checklist for Newborn Baby in Kenya?
Your checklist should include the following items;
Clothing –when buying your baby’s clothes take into consideration that they will grow in size within the first few months so don’t over concentrate on buying tiny clothes.
Your clothing pack should include;.
- sleep sacks
- dress clothes
- a good number of pairs of socks hats – one for warmth and one for shade
- accessories – such as shoes, hair decor,
- mild laundry detergent
Bathing and Grooming – for convenience and health purpose invest in a different set of bathing and grooming items from the one that you already have.
Your list should include;
- a baby tub
- baby bathing sponge
- baby washcloths
- A baby towel
- baby lotion
- baby brush
- infant nail clippers
Diapering – if you want to keep your baby comfortable and free from rashes that result when you use clothe napkins use diapers.
Many modern Kenyan women would say that no newborn checklist is complete without baby diapers!
Your list here should include;
- wet wipes
- diaper rash remedy
- diaper disposal or diaper pail with liners
- cloth diapers
- diaper pins
Feeding – It is recommended to breastfeed a baby exclusively for the first six months. However, there are mothers who for some reason may not be able to breastfeed their babies exclusively so they are forced to supplement with formula. In this case buy a good number of feeding bottles, bottle brush, sterilization bags.
Also invest in
- breastfeeding pillow
- breast pump
- nursing pads
- nursing bras
Additional must have in a checklist for a newborn baby in Kenya
Sleeping – many newborn babies are known to spend about 18 out of every 24 hours sleeping. It thus requires every mother to provide them with a safe and comfortable sleeping place. This list requires you to have;
- a sleeping place with a mattress
- mattress pads
- well fitted sheets
Health – No one is guaranteed that their child will never become ill, so be prepared by having the following items on hand:
- nasal aspirator/bulb syringe
- petroleum jelly
- digital thermometer
- methylated spirit for umbilical cord care
- saline nasal spray
It is also advisable to have contact of a pediatrician, who you can contact in case your baby falls ill.
This checklist should form a basis for you to start your shopping. Remember do not get carried while doing your initial shopping, the baby has a long way to go. Trust me you will shop every few months as they out grow their clothes pretty fast.
Remember taking good care of your baby’s health is the best insurance policy for your newborn baby in Kenya!