Preparing to Foster

Stocking up: essential items for foster care

Ahead of your foster child’s arrival, having certain items readily available can make all the difference.

These essentials will help you provide a warm and comfortable environment for your new family member from the moment they arrive.

In this article, we’ll offer a list of some important items to stock up on.


Children grow quickly, so having a range of sizes on hand is crucial.

Stock up on basic items like shirts, pants, pyjamas and socks. Consider including a few outfits that are a size or two larger to accommodate growth spurts.


Personal hygiene items are a must-have. Gather age-appropriate toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and other products. Don’t forget essential items like nappies or pull-ups if you’re fostering an infant or toddler.

Comfort items

Transitioning to a new home can be unsettling for a child. Provide comfort by offering soft teddies, blankets or other familiar objects they can get cosy with during this adjustment period.

Snacks and drinks

It can be a good idea to keep a supply of child-friendly snacks and drinks on hand. Familiar favourites can help a child feel more at home.

Toys and books

Toys and books can be excellent sources of entertainment and distraction during the initial settling-in period. Choose items that are age-appropriate and encourage creative play or learning.

These essential items can help you to create a welcoming and nurturing environment for your foster child. If you’re unsure about how to prepare your home for a foster child, and would like some more advice, get in touch with the friendly team at Beacon Fostering today.