Caring For Your Baby

Caring for your baby can seem a bit daunting, but once you are used to handling your baby, it can be really enjoyable! 

The thing is, you know a lot already.  From all sorts of experiences and skills you have there is lots that you can use and adapt to help you care for your baby and partner in your now expanded family.

Baby Clothes and Tips
  • Babies generally need to wear a vest and a babygro, with perhaps a cardigan if temperatures are cool. Wrapping baby securely in a cotton wrap eg 1 x meter square of cotton fabric, folded into a triangle, helps to “package” baby for easy and safe handling in the early days.
  • 6 - 8 Babygros
    • Front openings with popper closures are easiest to manage
  • Vests
    • With roomy neck openings and popper closures
  • Cardigans
    • Soft yarns with button closures
  • Baby blankets
    • Thin are best as you can use more than one if baby is cold and then remove a layer as necessary.  Flannel 1 meter squares work very well and can be used as cot sheets too.
  • Nappies- disposable or cotton
    • Correct size, depending on baby’s weight
  • Cotton balls
    • For nappy changes, use with water
  • Baby wipes
    • Gentle type for sensitive baby skin, handy for nappy changes when on the go
  • Baby jacket and Baby hat
    • Be careful hats don’t fall down over baby’s face to obstruct breathing.

You will need about 6 to 8 babygros for baby to start with; remember baby clothes are popular gifts and baby grows quickly so will soon need larger sizes.  Think about your means of laundering baby clothes, for instance, if you are planning to tumble dry baby’s clothes, they can be washed and reused more quickly so choosing tumble dryable items would be best.  If you are intending to air dry clothes, they may take longer to dry and so you may need more items to allow for this.

Top tip:

Check out how to do and undo the poppers on babygros and other baby clothes.  This will be really helpful when you are dressing your baby in those early days.

For dressing baby, arms in first and then legs.

For undressing, legs out first, then arms.


Hand washing is one of the key ways to make sure you and your baby stay healthy and well.  Make sure you wash your hands well with soap and water before handling or feeding your baby, cleaning baby's cord or preparing food.  Always wash your hands after using the bathroom yourself and baby nappy changes.  Before you eat or cook, wash your hands well.