Baby boy sits on cream rug playing with pom-poms wearing blue stripey top and blue printed dungarees.

Bibs To Bottles:
The Baby Feeding Checklist

We absolutely adore newborn tots, but we also know they’re not all cuteness and cuddles – they’re hard work too! Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’re going to need to stock up on nursing clothing and feeding accessories. This way, you’re prepared for everything your little one might throw your way (literally!).

Welcoming a new life into the world is a joyful moment, but it can also be overwhelming, even for those already familiar with the process. Whether you’re a first-time parent or an experienced hand, we’ve created a checklist to help guide you through the baby feeding basics.

1. Baby Bottle Boom

To stay one step ahead of your baby’s feeding schedule always have an extra baby bottle prepared. Your bundle of joy will need feeding 5-10 times per day in the first six months, so it’s a good idea to stock up on at least 10 bottles and bottle nipples to ensure you’re never caught short. Our top tip is to trial two or more bottle types to get an idea of your baby’s preference. Just like us, they have their favourites too!

If you’re a first-time parent, our bottle-feeding starter kits will help you navigate through their first year. With bottles of varying sizes, you can match your little one’s feeding needs as they grow and develop. You can also keep their bottles clean and bacteria-free using bottle brushes and sterilisers.

Woman stands in kitchen sterilising baby bottles holding baby boy in her arms.
Selection of blue dolphin printed baby bottles and matching dummy.

2. Do I Need A Manual And Electric Breast Pump?

If you’ve chosen to breastfeed your baby, it can be challenging to find a comfortable and convenient place to feed on-the-go. For a smooth feeding experience no matter your location, invest in a breast pump.

When deciding between a manual or an electric breast pump, there are benefits to both. Thanks to their cordless design, manual breast pumps are ideal for portable use. To put your feet up and enjoy some downtime, pick a double electric breast pump instead. Remember, there’s no wrong option – it all comes down to your personal preference!

For maximum comfort while breastfeeding, try using a nipple shield. You can also use a feeding pillow to give newborns and babies more support while breastfeeding.

3. Dress Up And Dress Down Nursing Clothes

Add some style to your post-maternity wardrobe with a timeless black midi dress and an on-trend floral blouse. For an outfit that’s perfect for cuddles, pick out a pair of comfy joggers and a soft tee from our range of nursing clothes.

Don’t forget that your cup size can fluctuate in the months after giving birth – particularly if you’re breastfeeding your little one. To stay supported throughout this period, explore our nursing bras, from lovely lace bras and non-wired bras to comfort bras. You can also try our multipack maternity bras in different cup sizes to ensure you’ve got plenty of choice in the months after giving birth.

Woman poses sitting on floor wearing maternity leopard print cold shoulder nursing midi dress.
The Aristocats Marie pink and white bunting.

4. Essential Baby Feeding Accessories

There’s no hiding it – babies are professional mess-makers! Minimise washing and protect your favourite jumpers at feeding time with baby bibs and muslin squares. Designed to be super-absorbent, muslin squares can double up as a cleaning cloth for surface spillages. Mix-and-match with printed bibs, polka dot muslin cloths and Disney styles to find the perfect pick for you and your child.

5. Preparing For Their Next Steps

It won’t be long before your little one is ready to move onto semi-solids and claiming their own seat at the dinner table – they grow up so fast! Prepare for the toddler years with chewy soothers and teethers and trainer cups, as well as a safe and sturdy high chair.

You can also get them excited about mealtimes by picking out fun mini cutlery sets and Disney feeding accessories.

Pink heart print high chair with pink and blue bunting in the background.

For more newborn tips and inspiration, discover how to pick nursery items and how to build your baby’s first wardrobe.