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    I would only buy the necessities I think OP - only those things you absolutely must have when a baby is born. That said, I have no idea what I'd really do, that's just a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Probably a breastpump, some singlets, nappies, onsies and a moses basket. Seems almost cruel to make you keep the baby thirty days before adoption
    I am surprised a social worker hasn't spoken to you about your options once the baby is born. You don't have to take the bubby home with you, it can be placed with a short term carer that is usually experienced with situations like you have posted.

    I also wouldn't buy anything either, not until you have made a decision about what you are going to do.

    Would you be placing the baby with a government adoption agency or a community/church run agency?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokeybear View Post
    Surely there would be the option of fostering the baby OP, I think you would bond with the baby in those 30 days which would be just more agony for you.

    I have been following your story and I am so glad you are reaching out for support.

    I'm in awe of your bravery and courage.
    There is the option of immediate foster care, I was not sure about going that way because of the strain on the system as it is. I'd be like a temporary foster carer myself, less handling of the newborn and less strain on overworked foster carers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onionskin View Post
    I am surprised a social worker hasn't spoken to you about your options once the baby is born. You don't have to take the bubby home with you, it can be placed with a short term carer that is usually experienced with situations like you have posted.

    I also wouldn't buy anything either, not until you have made a decision about what you are going to do.

    Would you be placing the baby with a government adoption agency or a community/church run agency?
    It would be done through Department of Communities, seems like the best way of doing it with all the checks they do. I know checks can sometimes mean very little, but it's the best on offer at the moment.

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    Maybe you could buy one of those in the bed bassinet type things. They are small so not as bulky as a portacot. Bub would be alright in it for a few months. If you decide to keep bub you'll still have time to buy a cot.

    ETA: Like this - http://www.productreview.com.au/p/th...e-sleeper.html Big W sells them.


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    I would go the portacot option with bassinet and change table that comes included with it. Perhaps look on ebay for one. I'd get a few wondersuits, singlets and little jumpsuits. Could you reach out to salvos/lifeline places like that who could donate some items?
    2 boxes of nappies should see you through the 30 days too.

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    I think what you have listed should be fine, I would search local fb groups, markets, eBay etc. Try and buy second hand (most things are pretty much new anyway because they are used for such a short time).
    Maybe a pram if you plan on going anywhere?
    I probably wouldn't bother with cloth nappies and just stick to disposables?

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    Sorry, I misread your post.

    What you've listed sounds okay...I probably wouldn't get cloth nappies, just disposables for now.

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    I'm not 100% on this, but I know in SA they are extremely forceful about placing/adopting out indigenous children to indigenous families only. This means that the process can take an extremely long time, so fostering might be an option worth considering.

    I also would wait before buying anything. Frankly I don't think it should be your responsibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsharvey View Post
    I'm not 100% on this, but I know in SA they are extremely forceful about placing/adopting out indigenous children to indigenous families only. This means that the process can take an extremely long time, so fostering might be an option worth considering.

    I also would wait before buying anything. Frankly I don't think it should be your responsibility.
    You are right, the baby is going to be Aboriginal but we live near a few Indigenous communities so that might make it easier?


 

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