Buying Checklist for My Baby.

Date Posted:11 December 2017 

Buying for baby: What you really need

It's tempting to think that when your baby is born you need all sorts of complicated and expensive equipment. You need very little but of course, you may want to buy a few special items. Our checklist below should give you an idea of what you will need before your baby is born - anything else is a nice extra and can probably wait till after your baby is born. 

  • Nappies. As newborn babies will need their nappies changed 10-12 times a day, buy enough nappies to keep you going for at least the first few days or so. If you are planning to use cloth nappies, it is recommended that you have at least two days’ worth of nappies so that there is time for washing and drying in between. If you plan to wash less often, you may need more. It's a good idea to have at least one packet of disposables handy too.


  • Baby wipes or cotton wool, for nappy changing.



  • Sleepsuits. Three or four Babygro’s or all-in-one sleepsuits will be very handy. Small babies tend to live in these in their first few months and really don't need to wear anything else, apart from a singlet underneath in winter months, or a cardigan over the top if it is very cold.


  • Baby singlets/body suits. At least three or four singlets, also known as body suits, are essential, with envelope necks and poppers underneath. These can be worn under all-in-ones, or when the weather is very hot, a baby vest may be all your baby needs to wear.
  • One or two blankets to wrap your baby in. Many mums also recommend wraps or muslin cloths for wrapping, draping over a shoulder or a pram.


  • One or two cardigans to provide an extra layer.


  • An all-in-one warm suit with poppers beneath the legs is useful if your baby is born in winter.



  • mattress which fits the bassinette, Moses basket, or cot. 
  • Cot sheets and cellular cotton blankets, or a bottom sheet and a baby sleeping bag.


  • baby bath (or you can use a clean sink or a washing up bowl), or a newborn bath support.


  • A couple of small towels and some mild baby bath.
  • A properly fitted rear-facing car seat, if your baby will be travelling by car.


  • pram, pushchair or buggy that is suitable for newborn babies (with a lie-flat position). You may prefer to use a sling or baby carrier, or have both available.


  • Nursing bras and cloths or breast pads if you are breastfeeding.
  • Bottles, teats, bottle brushes and some sterilising method, if you are bottle feeding.



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