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.
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.
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.
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!).
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!
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.
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.