Small round ended nail scissors Baby hairbrush
Baby soap or pure toilet soap (transparent), or a tube of baby bathing jelly which does not irritate the eyes.
Shampoo that does not sting the eyes
Breast pads if you are going to breast feed (21)
Large roll of cotton wool Box of tissues
Two face cloths for washing. You can make them from a double thickness of muslin which is soft and does not accumulate soap residue. Mark the cloths to keep them separate, one for the face and one for the rest of the body.
From this short list you can see that a baby needs only a few essential toiletries.
There are other optional items that are useful and nice to have.
Baby powder: Use a good quality brand that has been specially formulated for babies since harmful additives and lack of sterilisation can make some talcum powders unsuitable. Use sparingly in the creases of the babys skin and never shake out a cloud of powder that could be inhaled.
Baby lotion: Useful for cleaning the creases in the babys skin and for moisturising dry skin, and for wiping the babys bottom between nappy changes.
Cotton buds: Useful for getting to hard to reach areas or dabbing on medication. Never stick a cotton bud into babys nose or ear, as the mucous membrane is extremely delicate and can easily be broken leaving a site for germs to enter.
Small bottle surgical spirits for use if the cord has not dried up completely.
Eye dropper or miniature feeder (Dinky] for administering drops or medicine.
Large jar of petroleum jelly for use as a barrier cream against nappy rash. However the jelly itself can cause a rash so do not use routinely unless there are no ill-effects. Do not use if you are using one-way nappy liners as it clogs the holes and prevents moisture passing through.
Bath oil: Makes skin feel soft, but can be irritating or drying because of the mineral oil content. Use sparingly, if at all.
Sundries. A very fine mesh strainer for milk: One that fits into the top of the bottle is ideal. Sterilise in chemical steriliser or scrub and pour boiling water through it if it cannot be boiled.
A graduated measuring jug for making up formula.
Bottle warmers are unnecessary and can encourage the growth of bacteria if the milk is allowed to stand in them for long periods.
A plastic toolholder in the form of a rectangular box with a handle is ideal for storing toiletries. The sides are high enough to support bottles properly and the handle makes for easy carrying. It is available in bright plastic from hardware stores.
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