One of the biggest challenges for first-time parents is the New baby checklist of all the things you need for the new arrival. If you don’t have any experience it can be a hard and daunting task knowing what’s a necessity and which of the items are a luxury.
From personal experience of buying for 4 children and after spending a large amount of money buying baby gear that was hardly ever used. I thought I’ll write an article to help make the journey a little bit easier and to save you some cash in the process.
I have made a list of all the baby essentials in this article that you will need for your new baby and also some baby items that are handy to have. For your ease, the baby checklist has been categorised into different groups.
I have also written an article that has some really useful baby shopping tips, hope you find it helpful.
- 6-8 sleepsuits/onesies
- 6-8 vests/ short sleeved suits
- 2 baby sleeping bags for a winter baby
- 1-3 sweaters or jackets
- Shawl or snowsuit
- 2-4 rompers or other dress-up outfits
- 5-7 socks or booties (shoes are not necessary until baby walks
- 1-3 hats (summer hat for a summer baby and winter hats for winter babies)
Cot/Cot Bed (essential)
- New Mattress
- 2-4 blankets
- 2-3 fitted sheets
- 2-4 top sheets
- Car seat
- Pram/travel system (suitable from birth)
- Rain cover for the travel system
- Nappies newborn size
- Cotton wool
- Changing Mat
- Nappy cream
- Nappy bags/sack
Breastfeeding Items (essentials)
- 3-4 Nursing bras
- Breast pads
- Breastfeeding cover/large muslin cloth
- Nipple cream
Bottle feeding (essentials)
- 4-6 Bottles
- 4-6 Slow flow teats
- Formula (if not expressing breast milk)
- Muslin Cloths
Things that are handy
- Moses basket/crib (plus mattress, sheets and blankets) I kept one downstairs for daytime naps.
- Baby bath
- Sling (when the baby wants to be close to you)
- Baby monitor
- Changing bag
- Changing station
- Breast pump
- Steam steriliser
- Baby lotion
- Bath thermometer
- Nail scissors
Baby Checklist Blank Template
I have designed a baby essentials checklist blank template which will help you to create your own list. You can search items from the online shopping websites or stores and make your list using this template.