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The Newborn Checklist For Parents To Be

From bibs and bodysuits to bedding and bottle sterilisers, shopping for your newborn can seem non-stop! With so much choice, working out what you really need for those first six months is far from easy.

Whether you’re a first-time parent or you’ve done it all before, our newborn checklist will have you covered. Featuring top picks for baby feeding, changing and sleeping, our guide will make stocking up on newborn baby essentials a breeze.

What Do I Need For A Newborn Baby?

The amount of kit you need for a newborn baby can be surprising. We know it’s easy to get distracted by adorable baby clothes and tiny socks (so cute!), but safety and travel items are just as important. Luckily, our newborn checklist will help you discover everything you and your baby need – all without breaking the bank!

1. Must-Have Muslin Squares ✔

Muslin squares are the hero item many parents can’t do without. Perfect for protecting clothes during winding and mopping up feeding spills, muslin cloths are a lifesaver during your baby’s first months.

Make sure you always have a clean cloth at the ready by stocking up on at least a dozen. You’ll be surprised how many you get through! As your baby grows, you can also minimise mess with an adjustable bib.

Giraffe Pop Over Bibs 3 Pack.
Tommee Tippee Breast & Bottle Feeding Essentials Kit.

2. Breastfeeding & Bottle-Feeding Essentials ✔

Feeding time is the top event in your little one’s calendar. Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, the right feeding supplies can help make the experience as fuss-free as possible.

For maximum comfort while breastfeeding, invest in supportive nursing pillows and nursing bras.

You can also use baby bottles and breast-pumps to let both parents feed and bond with the baby – and give mums a well-deserved break!

When the feed is over and the little ones hopefully asleep, keep feeding equipment safe and hygienic with bottle sterilisers and bottle brushes.

MAM Manual Breast Pump.
Kinder Valley Palm Moses Basket.

3. Good-Quality Baby Bedding ✔

Famously hard to come by once your little one arrives, sleep is the golden word for new parents. While we can’t guarantee that you or your newborn will get a full night’s rest, we can help you create a safe and supportive sleeping set-up.

To encourage sweet dreams, start by choosing a comfortable cot or Moses basket. Next, make sure your baby’s mattress is flat before adding a waterproof cover and baby bedding. Finish with a cute baby sleeping bag to keep even the most active sleepers snug as a bug. Check out our Nursery Furniture Buying Guide for more useful tips and tricks.

4. Key Changing Items ✔

Nappy changing might not be your favourite activity, but you’re bound to get plenty of practice! Our top picks for a smooth baby changing experience include changing mats, nappies, wipes and nappy disposal systems.

For seamless changing on the go, invest in a lightweight changing bag. Make a statement with polka dot prints or opt for stylish grey designs perfect for both baby boys and baby girls.

Grey Polka Dot Baby Changing Backpack.
Angelcare AC527 Baby Movement Monitor with Video.

5. Safety Staples ✔

A baby monitor can help put your mind at ease during those all-important naptimes. From audio-only designs to monitors with video, temperature and night light features, there’s no shortage of options to suit every family.

6. Travel Basics ✔

Travelling with your newborn can be daunting at first – especially with so many items to remember! Thankfully, it doesn’t take long to become a pro at picking the right travel accessories.

Popping out for a city walk? A lightweight stroller will be your best bet. Moving from the car to the shops? A travel system will give you the flexibility you need day-in, day-out. What about nights away from home? A travel cot and travel bag will keep your little one happy on the move.

Graco Evo Stroller With Apron & Raincover Red Leopard.
Billie Faiers Grey Star Dungarees Bodysuit and Bootees Outfit.

7. Cotton Baby Clothes ✔

The part of the checklist we’ve all been waiting for: baby clothes! For everyday staples you’ll be reaching for on repeat, stock up on cotton all-in-ones, bodysuits and vests in a variety of long-sleeve and short-sleeve designs.

Little ones can also get ready for snuggles with soft and huggable clothing, from knitted jumpers and slogan tops to stretchy leggings. Unisex baby clothing and accessories are ideal if you’re keeping your baby’s gender a surprise.

Don’t miss our Newborn and Hospital Checklist for more newborn baby inspiration.