Whether you’re expecting or your baby has already arrived, you’ll need to stock up on baby supplies. The best way to make sure you have everything you need is to create a checklist of baby must-haves. This list will help you keep track of what you need and ensure that you’re prepared for your new arrival.
To help kick-start your list, and give you some inspo, here are 10 must-haves for your new baby that we highly recommend!
A crib or Moses Basket is a necessity for any new baby. They provide a safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep and make a lovely addition to any nursery.
Moses baskets have the advantage of being portable, so they’re great for travelling or moving around the house. Cribs are larger and can be used for longer, but they can be more expensive. Choosing between a Moses basket and a crib is ultimately a personal preference.
A car seat is an absolute must if you’re planning on taking your baby out and about. It’s important to choose a seat that’s suitable for your baby’s age, weight and height. There are a variety of car seats on the market, so it’s worth doing some research to find one that will work best for you and your family.
You’ll need plenty of baby clothes to keep your little one comfortable and stylish. There are a few essential items that you’ll need, such as bodysuits, sleepsuits, tops, bottoms and socks. You might also want to consider buying some outfits for special occasions, like christenings or family gatherings.
You’ll go through a lot of nappies, so it’s important to stock up. There are a variety of nappy brands and types available, so you can experiment to find the ones that work best for your baby. You might also want to consider using reusable nappies, which are becoming increasingly popular.
Baby wipes are essential for keeping your baby clean and comfortable. They’re also handy for cleaning up spills and messes. Look for a brand that’s gentle on your baby’s skin and free from harmful chemicals.
A changing mat is a must-have for any new parent. It provides a clean and comfortable place to change your baby’s nappy and can be easily wiped down. Check for padding and a waterproof surface to prevent leaks and spills and if you’re putting it on a high surface choose a mat with high sides.
If you’re planning on breastfeeding, a breast pump can be a useful tool. It allows you to express milk so that someone else can feed your baby when you’re not around. Your choice will be a personal one and it might help to discuss this with your midwife or health visitor.
You’ll need to sterilise your baby’s bottles and feeding equipment, so a bottle steriliser is an essential piece of kit. There are electric and microwave sterilisers available which both have their own advantages. Choose the one that best suits your needs and make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Taking your baby out and about with you will require a pram or stroller. There are many different types available, so it’s worth doing some research to find one that’s suitable for your needs. You might also want to consider buying a travel system, which includes a car seat, to make getting around easier.
The final item on our list of baby must-haves is a mobile for their crib. Mobiles are a great way to entertain your baby and help them get to sleep. There are many different designs available, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your little one.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start when you’re preparing for your new arrival. Of course, every family is different, so you’ll need to tailor your list to your own specific needs and requirements.
What items would you add to our list of baby must-haves? Let us know in the comments below.