Your Newborn Checklist: Essentials to Tick Off Before the Baby Arrives

For expectant parents, there’s a huge amount to think about before your little one arrives. The best way to help allay any nerves and get prepared for parenthood is to create a checklist of essentials and stock up on as much as you can in advance. Here are some of the most important items to consider.

Crib, mattress and bedding

If you and your baby are going to get into a good sleeping routine, you need to buy the appropriate bedding. This includes a new crib (you can’t be sure of the safety of second-hand cribs) and a well-fitting mattress. Bedding should include fitted crib sheets and thin blankets. Pillows and duvets aren’t appropriate for young babies as they can be a SIDS risk.

Baby feedingFeeding equipment

If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you’ll require a nursing pillow, and nursing bras and pads. Moms who are bottle-feeding will need around eight bottles and newborn nipples, as well as bottle-cleaning equipment and a drying rack. It’s a good idea to invest in several weeks’ worth of formula to begin with. Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, your baby will need plenty of soft cotton bibs and burping cloths.

Diapers, wipes and ointment

Stock up on a few large packs of newborn diapers as well as some baby wipes and ointment. You’ll also want a waterproof changing mat, and might consider buying a diaper trash can for disposing of dirty diapers.

Bathing equipment

Because newborns can’t support their own weight, you should buy a bath seat to wash them. Hooded towels and wash cloths are also important, as is a good supply of baby shampoo and body wash. Cotton wool balls and swabs are useful to have to hand, and likewise nail cutting and hairbrush sets. And of course, a rubber ducky is always fun at bath time!


It’s easy to get carried away in the baby wear section before your little one comes along, but just make sure you have all the basic essentials as well as the fun stuff. Buy a pile of snap-crotch bodysuits and onesies, as well as pajama sets, socks and outdoor clothing like a sun hat, a winter hat and a warm sweater.


Choosing a stroller is hard because there are so many different types available. You’ll want a stroller that accommodates a newborn baby, but you might also consider buying one that adapts into a car seat, or that has space underneath for another baby or toddler.


Baby monitor

A baby monitor is an investment that can be used for both your baby and toddler. For a high-quality convenient model, choose a wireless one with a frequency of 900 MHz or higher. You might also think about buying a model that has a video monitor. This can give you real peace of mind when your little one is sleeping.

Tick these items off the list and you can ease those qualms before the little one puts in their appearance.

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