Decorating a nursery for your new baby is one of the most enjoyable pre-baby tasks. It’s an exciting way to daydream about what the future might look like once your baby arrives. You can pick up most things you need in Cayman’s baby and furniture stores. There’s also a booming second hand market – via friends passing things on, thrift stores or forums like Ecaytrade.com and Hope of Cayman Buy & Sell on Facebook. Things on these sites can go quickly though, so you’ll need to move fast to snap up a bargain!
All cribs sold in the US and UK meet established US and EU safety standards, so you can trust that all cribs from these places are safe. Mattresses should be firm, flat and covered in waterproof material (or a waterproof cover). There should be no more than two fingers-width of gap between the mattress and the edge of the crib. You will also probably need a bassinet or portable Moses basket for the first 3-6 months. For safety reasons, mattresses should always be bought new.
Available at Tomlinson Furniture, Bedside Manor, The Baby Shoppe, Baby Express.
Stock up on plenty of bodysuits and sleepsuits before your baby arrives. Five to seven cotton onesies, socks and scratch mittens are also essential. So are a couple of hats to help newborns retain body heat, and a few sun hats. You will also need some lightweight sleepsacks or cellular blankets for bedtime. As well as buying newborn basics, it’s a good idea to buy some 0-3 months sizes too.
Available at Atlantic Kids, Tomlinson Furniture, Valu-Med Pharmacy, Baby Express, The Baby Shoppe, Bedside Manor.
A changing table is invaluable. Not only does it give you an easily-sanitised, standing height area to change your baby, but it also provides essential storage space for nappies, wipes and other baby necessities. A well-padded and wipe-clean or washable surface is key. Tables with straps are recommended.
Available at Tomlinson Furniture, The Baby Shoppe.
Whilst a chair specifically designed for breastfeeding is a nice-to-have rather than a need-to-have, it is definitely advisable to have a comfy armchair of some sort in your baby’s room for those sleepy night-time feeds. Perfect for storytime snuggles too!
Available at Tomlinson Furniture, The Baby Shoppe. Ashley Furniture.
An essential piece of equipment for any new parent. A baby monitor allows you to keep an ear out (or an eye on) your little one when you’re not in the room. Video monitors aren’t essential, but can provide welcome reassurance in the early months.
Available at Valu-Med Pharmacy, The Baby Shoppe.
One of the most important purchases you’ll make. It’s really important that the car seat is installed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Children should be rear-facing until 24 months, and it is best to buy new car seats rather than second hand. Make sure the car seat is fitted – and you know how to get it in and out of the car – several weeks before your due date, just in case!
Available at The Baby Shoppe, Baby Express.
SHIPPING TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS
Occasionally you might need to get some items shipped to Cayman. Although shipping costs can seem reasonable, it is the duty rate that usually pushes the cost up; the vast majority of baby items are charged 22% duty on arrival in Cayman. Small cargo shipping services are often the best option. The shipper will give you an address in Miami to have your items delivered to.
They will then be shipped to Cayman on their weekly sailing. If you are ordering a number of items, they will hold them in Miami for up to 30 days so you can ship everything together. On arrival in Cayman, the shipper will clear the shipment through Customs for you and let you know when you can collect it. They can even deliver it to your home for an additional charge.
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