Baby Essentials List - What do I need for a baby?


When I was pregnant with my first child I remember feeling so overwhelmed and just thinking 'What do I need for a baby?' which is what has prompted me to write this baby essentials list. This list has everything you could need for a newborn baby, obviously there are extra products and items out there for sale but hopefully this list will give you a good place to start.
  • Moses basket or crib with mattress
  • Car seat
  • Pram
  • Cot and mattress (you could go straight to using this and not buy a moses or crib)
  • Baby bath
  • Change mat
  • Baby bathing products
  • Cotton wool
  • Nappies
  • Wet wipes
  • Extra sheets for bedding
  • Change bag
  • Baby towels (you could use ordinary if you wanted to)
  • Baby clothing
  • Blankets
  • Muslin cloths LOTS
  • Nappy cream
  • Bouncer chair
Feeding wise it will depend how you are feeding which items you may or may not need so I will add them all to the list but pick accordingly to your feeding method.
  • Baby bottles 
  • Steriliser 
  • Bottle brush
  • Formula
  • Breast pump
I feel like baby clothing should be a list of its own so here goes, bear in mind the season that your baby will be born in when choosing which of these items you will need.
  • Sleep suits x5 minimum
  • Vests x5 minimum
  • Cardigans x3
  • Baby hats x2
  • Snow suit
  • Socks
  • Any outfits you feel you would like
And for mum, these items would make great additions to your hospital bag and for at home.
  • Maternity pads
  • Breast pads
  • Nursing bra (if nursing)
  • Nursing tops (if nursing) 
  • Lip balm - gas and air can make your lips dry
Making this list has also made me realise that we have nothing at all so far for baby no4!!! A pretty scary prospect as we need to buy a new car as well but we will get there :-)


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