‘Baby Bundles’ Gifted To Ease Burden On New Parents

An $150 bundle of care for your new bundle of joy.

Mothers of newborns in New South Wales will be offered a “lifesaving” hamper of items to help ease parenting pressures amid mounting costs of living.

The state government announced the “baby bundles”, valued at $150, on Sunday as part of a $157 million parenting package that will be handed down by Treasurer Dominic Perrottet at this week’s state budget.

Almost 1400 nurses, doctors and health workers will  be employed in state hospitals as part of the funding boost that the treasurer and Premier Gladys Berejiklian said will bring the 2018-19 health budget to $23 billion.

New parents will be offered 'baby bundles' from January next year. Image: AAP

“We’ve worked hard as a government to make money more available for health,” Premier Berejiklian told reporters on Sunday at Westmead Children's Hospital. 

The extra 950 nurses and midwives, 300 doctors and 120 allied health workers will be in hospitals and health services across the state.

The hampers, setting back the government $7.6 million,  will include “essential and everyday care items” such as a baby-safe sleeping bag, room thermometer, wipes and nappies .

Premier Berejiklian said important educational booklets would encourage parents to consume vital health messages, such as how to manage post-natal depression.

“We are there for NSW families, right from the very beginning, providing significant support during one of life’s most exciting journeys,” she said.

“The Baby Bundle will not only help reduce some of the initial costs faced by new parents and caregivers when purchasing basic items for their baby, but will also support positive health and development outcomes for babies and their family.”

It’s a government incentive that is yet to be offered in other states, Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies said on Sunday.

“Anything really that helps, it’s quite an expensive ordeal having a child,” mother Lorne Brockie told Ten News.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the $157m parenting package in Sydney on Sunday. Image: AAP

“There’s a lot to think about as well so the less you have to organise around this time, the better.”

But others have argued with mounting living pressures, the money could have better been spent elsewhere.

Other measures in the parenting package will see a $1.1 million investment into perinatal mental health teams and funds to expand screening of the life-threatening disease, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.

Additional nurses across the state will also expand postnatal visits while five additional family care centres will be set up in support families in rural areas.