Newborn Essentials

What are the must-have items you can’t do without? Here is our definitive list of what you need for your new baby. See also our hospital bag checklist.

  • Car seat – You must have a car seat be able to take your baby home from the hospital.
  • Nappies- disposable or washable
  • A nappy stacker or storage area for nappies.
  • Nappy sacks or a nappy disposal system. Look for recyclable plastic.
  • Cotton Wool for the very early days and baby wipes for later.
  • Nappy cream to prevent rashes and soreness.
  • 4-6 vests or bodysuits – those with poppers under the nappy are great and also look for envelope opening necks which are easier to use on a newborn.
  • 4-6 babygrows or sleepsuits.
  • 4-6 socks
  • 2 scratch mits
  • 2 soft hats
  • 1 shawl
  • Small rounded end scissors or baby nail clippers
  • A soft brush or comb
  • Wash mits or flannels
  • Baby towels or hooded towels
  • Muslins
  • Baby toiletries – shampoo, body wash, lotion.
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