30 Newborn Baby Shopping List Items
If you’re expecting a baby, you’ve probably got enough on your plate. To give you a little help, we’ve prepared the most important new baby essentials to add to your newborn baby shopping list.
New Baby Essentials
4) New Baby Bedding
On your newborn baby shopping list, you must have a new mattress and sheets for your little one to sleep on. Used baby bedding can carry germs or might have indentations from the previous child. You don’t need pillows or a duvet as they’re not safe for tiny babies.
5) Light Blanket
Add a light blanket to your newborn baby shopping list to keep your little one warm in the winter months. Make sure to keep the blanket tucked below your baby’s shoulders when they’re sleeping.
6) Pram or Pushchair
When you want to head out on baby’s first day out, you’ll need some kind of travel system. Test different prams and pushchairs out with your partner to find one that suits best.
If you’re not breastfeeding, you’ll need to add formula to your newborn baby shopping list. Generally, babies need 150-200ml per kilo of their weight per day until they’re six months old.
Nappies, nappies and more nappies need to be on your newborn baby checklist. You’ll probably use around 12 nappies per day in the early stages, so even if you don’t know how to change a nappy, you’ll quickly learn!
14) Nappy Bags
After changing your newborn, you’ll need somewhere to store their dirty nappy. Make sure to stock up on lots of disposable nappy bags.
15) Baby Wipes
Another one of the new baby essentials at the top of your newborn baby shopping list should be baby wipes. During nappy changes, you need to get your baby completely clean. Baby wipes are ideal for gently cleaning your newborn’s bottom.
16) Nappy Rash Cream
Newborn babies are vulnerable to redness and soreness because they wear a nappy all the time. Make sure to have nappy rash cream on your newborn baby shopping list to treat and protect sensitive skin.
17) Changing Mat
Save yourself washing 12 towels a day and add a baby changing mat to your new baby essentials. With wipeable surfaces, changing mats are much easier to clean and are really helpful for a busy new mum.
18) Cotton Wool
You don’t need an expensive baby bath or special towels to bathe your baby. Just dip cotton wool in warm water for a ‘top and tail’ wash, then carefully dry your newborn with a clean towel.
19) Room Thermometer
Newborn babies shouldn’t sleep anywhere that’s too hot. Use a room thermometer to check – around 18°C is the best temperature for you and your baby to sleep comfortably.
20) Muslin Squares
Muslin squares are going to be one of the number one items on your newborn baby shopping list if you want to avoid a sicky shoulder. Lots of babies suffer from acid reflux, which can be a problem when you wind your newborn after a feed. Protect your clothing with muslin squares. You can also use them for wiping away dribbles and mopping up milky spills!
New Baby Extras
While we’ve covered all the new baby essentials, there are a few extras that are just good to have. If you’re still within your baby budget, there are some additional items for your newborn baby shopping list you might find very useful.
25) High Chair
You don’t need it yet, but a high chair will sooner or later become one of your new baby essentials. Babies will be sitting up on their own and eating solid food at around six months and need a high chair for feeding time. So this one doesn’t have to be ticked off your newborn baby checklist just yet – but it will eventually!
26) Baby Hair Brush
Some babies are born with a full head of hair that can get very tangled. But even if your newborn doesn’t have a lot of hair, a baby hair brush can feel relaxing and massaging against their head.
27) Hand Sanitiser
If you’re planning on lots of trips out with your baby, alcohol-free hand sanitiser should be on your newborn baby shopping list. But while you’re in the house, you can just wash your hands in hot soapy water to keep clean around your baby.
28) Baby Monitor
Newborn babies should sleep the same room as you for the first six months. But when you establish a baby routine, you might start leaving your little one alone for short periods of time. Add a baby monitor to your list of new baby essentials for the later months to listen out for any noise.
29) Baby Nail Clippers
Newborn baby nails grow fast, and they’re sharp too! Stop your baby from scratching themselves with special nail clippers designed for infants. You can just use normal nail scissors instead – just make sure one of them is on your newborn baby checklist.
30) Cute Outfit
Okay, so it’s not a necessity. But we don’t know any mums-to-be that can’t resist at least one little dress or a sweet slogan t-shirt. One cute outfit won’t hurt, so pop it on your newborn baby shopping list and give yourself a break from buying huge bundles of nappies!