Find everything you need for your newborn with our must-have essentials guide

Newborn Essentials: Everything You Need Before Your Baby Arrives

Preparing to welcome your little one into the world is an exciting (and nerve-racking) time for many parents to be. While you probably can’t wait to cuddle your newborn for the first time, there’s plenty to prepare before they arrive. From buying baby clothes and changing bags to stocking up on feeding accessories and toys, it can often feel like there’s too little time and too much to do!

Luckily, we’ve created a newborn checklist to ensure you have everything your little one needs. Split into four easy-to-follow sections, our guide is the perfect way to prepare for parenthood.

Sleeping
Basics

It’s no secret that the first few months of being a parent don’t include much sleep. For this reason, you’re going to want to maximise the chances of your child (and you!) enjoying a peaceful night. This means creating a comfortable and supportive sleeping setup should be a top priority.

Transition your baby into a cot to ensure a peaceful night's sleep

Keep baby safe and sound in a rocking Moses basket

While a Moses basket is a safe and secure option for newborns, babies between three to six months can be moved into a cot for extra space.

However you choose to arrange their nursery, be sure to include a baby monitor for peace of mind while your child rests.

Feeding
Must-Haves

Feeding time can be a lovely bonding experience between you and your baby. To help make it as fuss-free as possible, be sure to have a handful of bottles and muslin cloths at the ready, but don’t forget to consider your own comfort as well. If you’ve chosen to breastfeed, a good-quality breast pump and a couple of nursing bras are must-have items.

Make feeding time easy with these bright blue bottles

Changing
Essentials

Changing your child’s first nappy is a rite of passage every new parent has to go through. To ensure that you’re well prepared for the challenge, you’re going to need a few essentials (and lots of determination!).

Throwing away nappies and wipes is easy with this disposal system

This pink polka dot changing bag is perfect for carrying baby essentials

As well as nappies and wipes, a nappy disposal system is key to fast and efficient changing, while a spacious changing bag will be a lifesaver when you take your baby out and about. Alongside holding changing accessories, you can also slot some snacks in there as well.

When it comes to changing, the number one rule to remember is practice makes perfect!

Newborn Baby
Clothes

Since friends and family members will probably gift you plenty of adorable baby outfits, it’s a good idea to stick to everyday basics when you’re stocking up on newborn clothes.

At the top of your list should be bodysuits and all in ones – and lots of them! You’ll be surprised at how many little ones can go through on a day-to-day basis.

This pack of three grey short-sleeved bodysuits come in a range of patterns for a fun finish

Keep them snug and sound with this pack of three long-sleeved bodysuits

If you’re keeping the gender of your baby a surprise, we recommend opting for unisex baby clothes. Not only will you be guaranteed to use them, but they’re a good investment for any more children you might have later down the line.

We also have a fantastic travel range to ensure stress-free trips with your newborn, including car seats, prams and pushchairs, as well as travel cots.