It can be an expensive business, this baby-rearing lark, so it pays to know what you should spend your money on. You need to spend your money on all the essential checklist for a newborn. You can easily get an Essential baby List for a newborn.
From clothing and cots to pushchairs and baby car seats, here’s everything you need on your list. Plus, you can note everything from below and make a checklist.
Babies need stuff and a litle bit more as compared to us. But while you’ll want to prepare for your newborn baby as much as possible, it can be tricky to know what you need.
After scouring diffrent forums and speaking to parents, we have drawn up a handy checklist which will help you out of all. Here are the newborn baby essentials that you literily need.
Sleepsuits, bodysuits, vests and newborn baby grows
- Cotton is the most suitable fabric for a baby’s sensitive skin.
- Consider a handful of daywear outfits or baby romper suits (baby rompers) for a varied baby apparel.
Coat/jacket and cardigans
- One coat or warm jacket.
- Two cardigans.
Snow suit or shawl
- If you give birth during the autumn or winter months, one of these is a must.
Car seat (if you own a car)
- Needs to be rear-facing.
- Choose a group 0 or group 0+ car seat as these are designed for babies aged 0-12 and 0-15 months.
- Once you’ve given birth, hospitals won’t let you leave if you have a car but not a baby car seat.
Baby socks or booties
- Depending on laundry frequency (nothing beats life with a newborn, does it?), buy five to 10 pairs of socks or booties.
Nursing bras and breast pads (if breastfeeding)
- Maternity bras will offer comfort and support if you’re breastfeeding.
- Breast pads are useful for absorbing those unwanted milk leaks.
- A good nipple cream can help to relieve cracked or sore nipples.
Bottles, accessories and formula (if not breastfeeding)
- Five to 10 feeding bottles will do depending on your needs.
- Start with four-ounce bottles and stack up on teats with varying flow speeds.
- Choose between ready-to-use, liquid concentrate and powdered formula.
- Accessories include a bottle brush to clean off any dried milk.
- Bottles and feeding equipment should be sterilised, so buy either an electric steam steriliser, a microwave steam steriliser or a cold water steriliser.
Hat and mittens
- Mittens will also stop nails from scratching sensitive skin.
- Stock up on the best nappies before your baby is born. You’ll never have too many, we promise.
- Choose a brand that meets your needs – make sure the nappies are suitable for newborns and leave the umbilical cord stump uncovered.
- Think about eco-friendly or reusable nappies and nappies designed for sensitive skin.
Wet wipes or reusable cloths and ointment or cream
- Because no one likes a post-nappy changing rash.
- Go for wipes that are scent-free to prevent irritation.
Muslin squares, flannels, burp cloths or receiving blankets
- While bibs may not be that useful until your baby is a few months older (and they will be useful, we guarantee it), absorbent muslins, flannels and receiving blankets, which can also be used in place of burp cloths, will be a lifesaver, especially during feeds.
- Separate flannels can also be used for bath time.
- Buy about a dozen cloths to start with – you can always buy more. You’ll only need a couple of receiving blankets though.