Newborn Checklist: What Do You Need?

Nine months of pregnancy, may feel like a long time but it will go faster than you think and our newborn checklist will help you get an idea of what you might need to get or organise for when baby arrives so you are all organised.

There’s a lot to do when prepping for your baby’s arrival. Some expectant mothers buy their newborn essentials early on to avoid shopping when they’re heavily pregnant, while others wait until the last minute. Some are even caught out by an early delivery. Whether you’re super organised or doing a last-minute dash, this list will help you find everything you need to welcome your newborn.

Whether you choose the disposables or the reusable cloth kind, nappies are must-haves for the first 2-3 years of a baby’s life. Remember to pack some in your hospital bag and have a few different sizes waiting at home – you never know how big your baby will be. You can buy disposable nappies from most supermarkets and cloth nappies can be found online at most retailers these days, or specialist shops, or even small businesses who make reusable products. It’s also good to be armed with some basics for dealing with common newborn and baby issues like nappy rash.


Baby clothes
You’ll need lots of baby clothes that are comfy and practical. Essential items include onesies with wide head openings, undersuits, pyjamas, a baby sleeping bag, jumpers or cardigans, socks and booties, hats, no-scratch mittens and a fleece suit for colder weather.


Your baby will need somewhere to sleep, such as a cot, cradle or Moses basket. This should have a flat, firm mattress but no pillow. Washable mattress pads and multiple fitted sheets are a must for dealing with vomit and spit-up – both of which are common in the early days.You should avoid using loose blankets, as these can pose a suffocation risk. Safe sleep is something all newborn parents should be aware of and you can read the right advice on how to make your baby’s sleeping space safe, here, to help you make the right and safe choices for your baby.


Whether you breast or bottle feed your infant, there are some essentials you can’t get by without. One is a breast pump to help manage your supply, another is nipple cream to soothe your breasts in the early days. You will also need plenty of burp cloths or muslins. If you’re nursing, it’s a good idea to keep milk storage bags for the fridge and freezer and invest in a nursing pillow. If you plan to bottle feed, you will need 10+ bottles, a bottle brush, formula and sterilising equipment. When your baby begins weaning at around 6 months old, you will also need a high chair, spoons, bowls and plates.

You don’t need much in the way of nursery furniture – as long as there’s somewhere comfortable for the baby to sleep and a mat for playing on. However, you may also decide on a changing unit where you can keep nappies, wipes and ointments, as well as a rocking chair for late-night feeds. You’ll also need somewhere to keep the baby’s clothes and a toy
basket. A comfortable infant chair is also a good idea to keep your baby entertained while you shower or do jobs around the house.

You will need a stroller or infant carrier for walks, as well as a rear-facing infant car seat. Bear in mind that if you’re driving home, the maternity unit won’t allow you to leave without checking your car seat is safe and that your baby is strapped in correctly. After that, it is up to you to learn baby car seat safety but you can find helpful information on parenting websites or you can check the rules for your country. In the USA the rules are different to the UK, for example, so whilst the internet might be a good place to look, it’s worth checking an official site to make sure you are following the rules and guidelines for where you live.

These are just some of the basics you need to think about, and whilst it can seem a bit overwhelming, if you make a list, and are organised, by the time baby arrives, you will be good to go and the fun will have only just begun…

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