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Newborn Essentials Checklist

Taking your brand new baby home for the first time can be daunting. Having everything organised and ready to go will put your mind at rest so you can focus on bonding with your bundle of joy. Your precious little one deserves the best start possible, so ensuring you have all the essentials ready for them is vital – something which can also be an overwhelming process. To make things a little easier, here is a list of newborn must-haves to check off your list.

 Nursery Furniture

A cosy, functional bedroom or nursery will consist of a cot or cot bed, changing station and any storage you may need. Depending on the size of your nursery, you could opt for multifunctional furniture. For example, a cot and changing table combo is highly convenient for nighttime changes and will save space. Many changing units feature drawers and shelves for storing nappies, clothing and toiletries. 

Once you’ve purchased your nursery furniture, you can start thinking about smaller essentials such as baby monitors, mobiles and toy storage baskets. Consider buying several cotton fitted sheets and comforter blankets to help regulate your baby’s temperature while they sleep. Organic cotton is breathable, durable and kind to your baby’s delicate skin. You may want to include a newborn sleeping bag to keep them warm and snug on cold nights. 

Changing Essentials

Some of the most obvious items on your list will be nappies and wipes – for the next year or so, you’ll be changing a lot of nappies. Whether you opt for disposable or reusable, ensure you have plenty to be getting on with, along with nappy bags, nappy cream and cotton washcloths. 

A practical changing bag will be vital whenever you leave the house with your little one. Select one with multiple compartments with easy access to all of your baby’s essentials to make changing them whilst out and about a breeze. 

Bathtime Products

You may choose to purchase an infant bathtub or bathe your baby in a clean sink – whichever you opt for, inserting a non-slip bath mat will keep your baby steady while you get them clean. Use a soft, cotton washcloth to gently wipe over your baby’s skin and a rinsing cup may help you wash their hair. You can begin using a mild, non-perfumed body wash from around 4-6 weeks. 

Don’t forget the toys! Bathtime can be stressful for some babies – non-toxic, enrichment toys will help them become accustomed to your routine by distracting them, making bathtime fun! Some bath toys can harbour harmful bacteria and fungi, so ensure you purchase anti-mould bath toys from reputable manufacturers.

Clothing

Through messy nappies, spitting up, and mucky mealtimes, your baby will go through multiple clothing changes a day. Ensure you have newborn clothes a-plenty in a range of sizes to account for your rapidly growing little one. Consider at least 4-8 sets of onesies, babygrows, pyjamas, t-shirts, trousers, jumpers and rompers. Your baby’s clothing should be good quality, easy to wash and quick-drying. Similar to bedsheets, opt for soft, breathable organic clothing that will allow air to circulate, vital for healthy skin and temperature regulation. 

Feeding Essentials

If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll need a few good-quality nursing bras, breast pads and possibly a breast pump. If you’re opting for bottle feeding, ensure you have at least 8-10 bottles with teats and bottle caps, along with cleaning equipment and formula if required. Bottle feeding items can often be purchased as sets, complete with a steriliser.

Feeding time can get awfully messy – stock up with bibs and muslin cloths, and keep the baby wipes handy. You may wish to purchase a nursing cover to provide privacy for you and your baby during public feeds. 

Outdoor Items

For all of your outdoor adventures, a robust, practical pram is a must. Choose a model of pram that aligns with your lifestyle as closely as possible. For example, if you travel frequently, a lightweight, convertible stroller with detaching bassinet will enable you to get from A to B hassle-free. 

Convertible car seats will see your baby through from birth to toddlerhood, saving you from having to buy several separate models over time. Above all, a car seat should be safe, comfortable and user-friendly – consider weighing up your options by reading online reviews to find the best model for you and your family. 

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