I am almost half way through this pregnancy and it's time to start thinking about making some preparations at home. I've only bought one baby blanket and have only a few treasures from when Otis was an infant including a couple of mobiles and grasping materials. So we are really starting anew! I've made a list of the newborn essentials we need, just for the newborn phase. I'll start with these as they will be used first and are really needed. I will pick up the other bits and pieces as we go along. I also really wanted to publish this as what we source and set up for a Montessori newborn is a little different to conventional thinking, we have no crib and there are a few extra considerations such as mobiles and a topponcino. So this is my shopping list and hopefully, we will have it all in place before the baby arrives!
- Car seat/capsule
- Clothes - bodysuits, socks, tops, singlets, bottoms.
- Baby Blankets/Wraps
- Cloth Nappies - with Otis we used disposables for the first week or so until we settled into some sort of routine then started with cloth, I plan to do the same this time around.
- Baby Carrier - I love the Ergo but didn't find it useful for the newborn phase (even with the newborn insert), but we will definitely use the Egro once the baby can hold their head up.
- Moses Basket/Bassinette/Infant Sleeper - I don't know what we will do here, still looking at options (pictured is the Organic Snuggle Bed).
- Changing Mat - also need wipes, bucket for the nappies.
- Movement Mat - also need a movable playmat or lambswool.
- Munari Mobile - or other black and while mobile.
- Black and White Images.
- Baby Massage Oil.
Please tell me if you think I have missed something. There are a lot of items we might pick up but I don't consider essential such as a baby bath. Also, there is no pram on this list. Some Montessori families use a pram, if not overused I don't have anything against them but we rarely used our pram with Otis so we will skip it this time and see how it works out.
If you are interested in setting up a Montessori nursery you can read my post, Montessori Infant Room Newborn (Birth to Three Months) - An Overview. If you are looking for books to read on this age I recommend The Joyful Child and Understanding the Human Being.