16 Jun Chronicle Counsel: Deliver Bundles of Joy
When Bub arrives – there’s sure to be a MOUNTAIN of items you think you need. The bassinet, and bedding the change table, all of the cute teeny-tiny outfits. Then there’s nappies – disposable or cloth? Not to mention toys and safety gadgets.
It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin! The NSW Government continues to Deliver Bundles of Joy -and provide a gift to new parents that really will help with those first few weeks.
Parents of more than 4,000 newborns across the Central Coast have received a Baby Bundle from the NSW Government, valued at over $300.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said since the Baby Bundleinitiative began in January 2019, a total of 4,190 babies had been born at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals.
“The Baby Bundle is filled with products and helpful goodies to support the health and development of newborns,” Mr Crouch said.
“It contains a sleeping bag, play and change mats, muslin wrap, a mercury-free bath thermometer, baby toothbrush, breast pads, first aid kit, board books, face cloth, baby wipes, hand sanitiser and barrier cream along with a selection of NSW Health printed resources that complement the Blue Book.
“This helps to make sure parents are receiving important information and supplies during what can be a happy but confusing time.
“Parents receive the Baby Bundle before being discharged from hospital, or alternatively once they register their child with NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages.”
The Baby Bundle is part of the NSW Government’s $157 million parenting package, which includes more midwives and family health nurses, investment in testing and treatments for children’s diseases, and practical and emotional support to parents.
Over 200,000 NSW families across NSW have benefited from a Baby Bundle of essential items given to them on the birth of their child since 1 January 2019.
For more information, go to: www.health.nsw.gov.au/kidsfamilies/MCFhealth/maternity/Pages/baby-bundle.aspx.