Newborn baby checklist
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Your newborn checklist: what does a new baby need?

Congratulations! You’re expecting a baby!

Your due date is drawing ever closer, and you have lists as long as your arm of things to do and things to buy for your new baby. But what do you really need? What’s essential? What’s a nice to have? What’s just going to sit in its box and never get used…

Well, first off, this is your baby. Your baby to bring up as you wish, so if you have the means, and it makes you feel better to Buy. All. The. Things. then go right ahead, you’re only going to have this little one once, don’t let anyone stop you. BUT, if your means are more limited, or you just want to be sure you’re not going to fill your home with unnecessary clutter, then read on for my thoughts on what your essentials really are for a newborn (hint: it’s actually not too much!).

  1. A safe place to sleep

    Whether this is a cot, a crib, a moses basket, the world really is your oyster! So many options across a wide range of budgets. Essentially your baby needs a safe sleeping surface, which consists of a new firm, flat, waterproof mattress (plus sheet and blankets/sleeping bags of an appropriate size/tog rating). All sleep your baby has for at least the first 6 months of your baby’s life should be supervised (ie. they should be in the same room as you at all times), so you might also wish to consider something safe for your baby to sleep in in your living area too. You can read more safe sleeping tips guidance at The Lullaby Trust.

  2. Car travel

    If you are planning to travel with your baby in a car, then you will need a car seat for them to travel in. Again, there are an overwhelming number of car seats on the market, so do your research! The safest option for a newborn is usually a capsule car seat, that can be lifted in and out of the car with a handle. It’s worth looking at what testing each car seat you’re considering has undergone to help you determine how safe it is. You should only use a car seat where you know the full history and can ensure it’s never been in an accident (even accidents at very low speeds can cause damage not visible to the naked eye). Rear facing car seats are proven to be five times safer, and it is recommended that your child therefore stays rear facing for as long as possible (to a minimum age of 4), so it’s worth doing your research ahead of time.

  3. Travel by foot

    Again a whole host of options for you here. You could get a pram or travel system, or you could choose to babywear (safely, following the TICKS guidance), or have both available. Whichever you choose, again there are a wide variety of options to suit your budget. If you choose a pram or travel system, then ensure there is a lie flat option suitable for newborns. Babywearing is wonderful for easing baby through the fourth trimester period (and well beyond!), and provides you with a hands-free cuddle. Sling libraries are a great way to ‘try before you buy’, whilst also obtaining expert advice.

  4. Clothes

    It’s so easy to get swept away and buy more clothes than you need for your baby. Remember your newborn has never worn clothes, and so soft, comfortable, cosy options are ideal. It’s difficult to predict exactly what size your baby will be at birth, nor how quickly they will grow, so whilst the temptation is there to buy lots in one size, it can be worth stocking up on some essentials (sleepsuits, vests, cardigans), and seeing what else you need (and in what sizes) once your little one is here. If you are buying sizes ahead of time, then also think ahead to what season it might be once your baby will be big enough to wear them (no use having load of light summer options, if your baby is predicted to hit that size in the middle of winter!)

  5. Bathing

    There’s no rush to bath your newborn (top and tailing them is perfectly sufficient at first), but when you do decide to bath them, then it’s worth having a think about how you might do this easily and safely. You could get a standard baby bath, a bath with inbuilt sling, bath seat, bath reducer, inflatable bath or even decide to share the big bath together. You must ensure that your little one is never left unattended in water, that you follow the max fill guides and always check the temperature of the water (with a thermometer or your elbow) before you place baby in.

  6. Consumables (or reusables!)

    Your baby will be sure to get through many, many nappy changes over the first few weeks and months of their life. You could use disposable nappies and wipes/cotton wool (again, worth not bulk buying too many nappies in the same size, in case your baby doesn’t get through them all before moving up a size), or you may opt to use reusable/washables nappies and/or wipes, for eco or cost purposes (you can check out The Nappy Lady for a bit more info, or your local nappy library).

  7. White noise

    To recreate that womb-like environment for your little one, then white noise can be magic! You can, of course, buy a whole forest of soft-toy farm and woodland creatures, but you’ll do equally well (if not better) with just a free white noise app on an old phone/tablet, or a white noise machine.

Of course there are many many other nice-to-haves, semi-useful, vaguely handy things you can buy, but they’re my top tips for your main essentials for the first few weeks – attend to your babe’s major needs, and as you all ease your way through the fog of those early days, you’ll feel thankful that you’re not falling over a pile of teeny, tiny baby shoes that’ll never get worn!


Learn more about classes including Daisy Parent and Daisy Birthing

An antenatal class being taught online
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Can you do antenatal classes online?

At the start of 2020 it would’ve been inconceivable just how much our lives would need to, and manage to, pivot. How could we communicate with friends, family, near strangers effectively and meaningfully via video calls? Would it work? Would we have the patience to make it work? And yet, work it absolutely has!

Roll things back to early 2020 and all antenatal classes were running in-person, in a venue you’d travel a little, or a long, way to.

Week one you’d meet with a group of strangers, and over the weeks these strangers would become friends – you’d laugh together, wince together, share your worries, ask questions and grow together as a group.

You’d have turned up maybe a little nervous, or anxious, but excited and eager for all that was to come, and would’ve been empowered by what you’d learnt.

When classes had to switch to online delivery, we all wondered which of these elements we’d be able to keep, which would fall by the wayside… and thankfully none of them did!

Time for a bit of myth busting?

  1. I wanted to do antenatal classes to meet a new group of friends, I won’t be able to do that online.

    FALSE.

    Everyone is in the same position and everyone else still wants to make new friends too (that support network is such a wonderful thing to have!). All our classes still run live, in real time (no pre-recorded content here!), over Zoom – we can still interact, talk, ask all the questions, and form the basis for those friendships. As standard you also get your own private WhatsApp group, to carry forward those in-class discussions. Some truly magical, meaningful and wonderful friendships have been forged over the last 12 months.

  2. Everything is so uncertain right now, it’s probably not worth doing any classes.

    FALSE.

    Even if you’ve given birth before, this is the only time you’ll birth _this_ baby, and if this is your first baby, there’s so much to know, so it’s no less important now to become prepared, informed and empowered for labour, birth and caring for your new baby once they’re here, than it would’ve been a year ago. No content whatsoever has been cut from classes following the move to online delivery, so all the information you would’ve ordinarily received you will still get.

  3. I won’t have everything I need at home for classes, so I won’t be able to join in.

    FALSE.

    Mostly you just need yourself (and your birth partner, depending upon the class you book). When there are some practical elements in the baby care weeks of Daisy Parent you’ll be able to easily improvise with things you’ll already have for baby. Other than this, you just need a device to dial in to the class, and a pen and paper (you can even join in wearing PJs, no judgement here!)

So, attend antenatal classes online and you will still be able to interact in a live environment, find your tribe and support network, and build lasting and wonderful friendships.

Attend antenatal classes online and you will still receive ALL the same information, no content will be cut from our classes or courses, so most importantly you are going to feel ready, and fully informed about labour, birth and caring for your little one once they arrive. All at the same time as benefitting from your own home comforts, no requirement to travel, no reliance upon someone else making tea and coffee as you like (I am an anxious hot drink maker under pressure!), and the knowledge that you’re not missing out on anything at all.

Therefore if you were to ask me “can you do antenatal classes online?”, I would say “you betcha, you’ll love them!”


Learn more about classes including Daisy Parent and Daisy Birthing

 

Kayleigh Burton | Antenatal Teacher
/ The Daisy Foundation with Kayleigh Burton

Welcome to Daisy Garforth, Selby & Tadcaster

Kayleigh Burton offers antenatal classes, birthing classes, baby classes and postnatal classes in the East Leeds and Selby area. Choose from classes including baby preparation workshops, infant feeding/breastfeeding workshops, baby massage, baby yoga and postnatal relaxation.

Expectant and new parents come to Kayleigh’s antenatal and baby classes from across the Leeds, York, Selby and Tadcaster area, including Garforth, Kippax, Sherburn, Hillam, Monk Fryston, Knottingley, South Milford, Hambleton and more.

Kayleigh shares her time between caring for her own young family, and building up this wonderfully supportive community of Daisy mamas. Her baby and antenatal classes offer you the full continuity of care and support, from those early weeks of pregnancy all the way through to a cruising baby!

Details of all classes can be found lower down this page. If you need any more information at all, please email Kayleigh-Burton@TheDaisyFoundation.com. You can also read reviews from other ladies and couples and follow me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Antenatal Classes and Birthing Classes:

Daisy Parent – A comprehensive workshop series for expectant parents designed to ensure you have all the education, tools and support you could need as you prepare confidently for birth and the early days of caring for your new baby. Our comprehensive Daisy Parent format draws on elements of active birth, parentcraft and traditional antenatal classes.  We cover everything from birth plans to massage in labour, informed choice to packing hospital bags and feeding your baby to changing their nappy.

Daisy Birthing – A weekly yoga-based antenatal class for pregnant ladies to help you enjoy pregnancy, stay mobile, learn about your changing body and prepare for a confident birth. Our Active Antenatal method draws on elements of active birth, pregnancy yoga, hypnobirthing and antenatal education. Suitable from 14 weeks pregnant.

Active Birth Workshop – A workshop for pregnant ladies and their birth partners that covers active birth, stages of labour, working with gravity to support your baby’s birth, massage for labour, to help inform your own individual choices. We give you both the space to prepare as a team and confidently plan for your baby’s birthing day.

Baby Classes:

Daisy Baby Tinies – A weekly postnatal class for mum and baby to help you learn how to use baby massage and movement to aid calming, soothing and connection with your baby. Covering everything from easing infant ailments, aiding their development, adapting to your postnatal body and easing in to your new role among friends.

Daisy Baby Wrigglers – A weekly class for mum and baby to help you learn how to use a variety of tools such as baby massage, baby yoga, rhythm, rhyme, story and baby sensory experiences to aid your baby’s development, your connection and have fun together! Ideal for babies aged from around 4 months up to 11 months.

Postnatal Classes:

Daisy Mama – a weekly class for mums to help you relax, recharge, heal and calm both your body and mind, supporting you as you navigate this new phase of your life.