Explore our summer checklist for newborns

Their First Summer:
The Newborn Checklist

Your baby’s first summer is a special time for the whole family. Whether you’re taking them to the beach, enjoying trips to the local park or exploring your garden, there are lots of fun and exciting pastimes to introduce your child to.

But, with each new season comes new challenges you need to prepare for. And, for the summer months, that means stocking up on travel essentials, feeding accessories and comfy newborn clothes. Check out our top baby picks below:

1. Colourful Changing Bags

The summer provides plenty of opportunities to let your little one discover nature. But, while family walks and beach days are fantastic for creating precious memories for you all to share, you’ll also need to plan for surprise nappy emergencies.

This pink and grey chevron patterned baby changing mat is soft, comfortable and stylish

This grey changing bag from My Babiie by Billie Faiers provides you with plenty of space to store all your baby's necessities

One item that you won’t be able to live without is a changing bag. Useful for holding everything from changing pads and bottles to nappies, hand sanitiser and snacks, making sure you have a good-quality changing bag will be a lifesaver when you’re on the move.

To make your changing bag easy to spot in a packed park, pick one with a jazzy pattern or print. From adorable animal styles to polka dots and classic Disney designs, we have plenty of choice when you and your baby are on the go.

2. Warm-Weather Accessories

While we all need to take care when spending a long time in the sun, newborn skin is more sensitive than most. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to take extra precautions during warmer weather. As well as keeping their pram in the shade whenever possible, be sure to stock up on protective accessories and clothing.

These hats come in white with pink polka dots and green with pink flamingos

Keep little ones mess-free with this 3 pack of bibs, coming in an assortment of designs and colours

To help keep the sun off their face, we recommend a sun hat with full coverage like one of our bucket hats. Long-sleeved but loose clothing is also great for keeping your baby cool and comfortable when you’re out and about.

3. Fuss-Free Feeding

From garden parties and park trips to family walks, summer is full of adventures outside of the house. This means that being well equipped for feeding on the go is key.

Mop up everyday messes with this pack of 3 muslin squares

This MAM East Start bottle is the ideal choice for an easy switch between breast and bottle

For fuss-free feeds wherever you are, it’s worth investing in some baby bottles, breast pumps and muslin squares. A comfy nursing bra is also useful to make the experience as smooth as possible for you and your child.

4. Beautiful Baby Clothes

Picking out beautiful baby clothes for your newborn is one of the most enjoyable parts of shopping. While it’s easy to get carried away choosing outfits and dresses for special occasions, stocking up on everyday essentials like bodysuits can be even more important.

Make day to day dressing a breeze with this top and leggings outfit with cute bears on the top

Welcome a new arrival into the family with this pure cotton grey bodysuit

For the summer months, choose lightweight bodysuits with easy-to-access shoulder poppers. Not only do they make a great base layer, but the fastenings mean they’re super quick to put on.

Another top tip is to choose unisex clothing and accessories. This way, you’ll be able to re-use items for any new arrivals later down the line or pass them on to friends.

Transform your little one’s nursery into a haven for sleep and play with our fantastic-value nursery collections. From baby bedding and blankets to furniture and accessories, we have plenty of sweet options you’re sure to love.