Ellie asked me if I’d write a list of what she’ll need in terms of kit for the new baby. June might seem a long way off now, but in terms of pay days, budgeting, and the sheer volume of products a new mum will have to invest in, and those she’ll actually want to buy, now she’s in the second trimester, it’s a good time to start planning.

Having had two children, and learning from over-buying clothes for the first, and getting it pretty much right for my second, I thought I’d put my advice into a column. I’ve included my suggestions of certain products – although there’s lots of choice out there brand wise, this is just a guide for you of my favourite go-to items.

Must Haves

Nappies

Whether you go for disposable or reusable stocking up on lots of nappies is a must. With Maisie I used 8 in the first 12 hours! She was a little pooper!

G Pants from G Nappies

Nappies from Naty

Wipes

There are lots of wipes available on the market but for a delicate newborn baby the ones below are designed to be as pure as possible to get your baby clean without using any harsh chemicals on their skin.

Water Wipes

0% Baby Wipes from Neutral

Nappy Cream

Some say to use nappy cream to protect against rashes and some say to only use cream when there is a rash present. Whichever way you decide to go these are both fab creams, either is a great choice.

Sudocrem Care and Protect from Boots

Nappy Cream by Organic Babies

Grooming Kit – it’s so important to trim those teeny tiny little nails and the aspirator is great for clearing a baby’s nose if they have a cold.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Healthcare and Grooming Kit from Mothercare

Bottles

Whether you decide to go with breast or bottle, it’s a good idea to invest in a few bottles regardless. I know with my first baby I experienced a lot of trouble breastfeeding and in the end, I found a combination of expressing and bottle feeding in addition to breastfeeding worked for me. I found expressing gave my breasts the chance to heal which allowed me to then persevere with breastfeeding.

360 Anti-Reflux and Colic Bottles from Nuby

Steriliser

It’s important to sterilise all babies feeding equipment before using them until the baby is at least 12 months old.

Philips Avent Natural Microwave Steriliser from John Lewis

Breastfeeding accessories

HPA Lanolin from Lansinoh – for some women (me definitely included!) it can be tricky to get going with breastfeeding and it’s always good to have some cream handy if you have a little trouble or a biter on your hands!

Disposable Nursing Pads from Lansinoh – Whether you are breast feeding or not, these disposable pads are great for before and after the birth, what with all that involuntary leakage!

Medela Swing Pump and Feed Set from Boots – if you’re going to breast feed it’s great to have a way to be able to share feeds by expressing occasionally.

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra from Envie4u

Muslins

All babies are different. Some will be sickly and some not, so it’s best to be prepared. You can even use muslins to protect a crib/ moses in the early days to save on changing sheets.

Pre-washed Classic Muslins from Mori

Bibs

Weather your baby is sickly or teething, bibs are a great way to save on changing complete outfits.

5 Pack Pure Cotton Assorted Bibs from Marks and Spencer

Bedding and Blankets

Always make sure blankets are tucked in tightly and make sure when leaving the house in the winter you wrap your baby up warm.

Fitted Cot Bed Sheet from Panda and Ping

Panda-Modium from Grobag

Wild Cotton Organic Bedding Set from The Little Green Sheep

Classic Dream Blanket from aden + anais

Knitted Patchwork Baby Blanket from The White Company

Baby Grows

It’s advisable to invest in a mixture of sizes as you can never tell how big your baby is going to be until s/he arrives. It’s also a great idea to pack a few different sizes in your hospital bag too! My little girl was 7lb 12 and didn’t fit into the newborn baby grows at all. Undergrows are great for all year round, the rule is to dress baby in an extra layer than what you are wearing on any given day, so if you are dressed in one layer your baby has to have two.

aden + anais White & Pink Butterflies Cotton Muslin Babygrow from Childrensalon

Undergrows

3 Pack Pure Cotton Peter Rabbit Bodysuits from Marks and Spencer

Scratch Mits

These can be really handy in the early weeks as babies like to explore feeling their faces and even with the shortest of nails can give themselves nasty scratches.

Baby Scratch Mittens from Mothercare

Hats

Hats are great for the first few days as it’s a big adjustment coning from a cosy womb to the big wide world. But as soon as your are in a warm house or if your baby is sleeping, hats should be removed to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Knotted Baby Hat from Mini La Mode

Baby Monitor

It can be very comforting to hear what your baby is up to when you’re not in the same room and even better if you can see them too! (Tip: It is generally advised that baby sleeps in the same room as you until 6 months.)

Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor from Philips

Baby Camera 0% Emissions from Babymoov

Changing Mats

Round in Circles Go Everywhere Mat from Avery Row

John Lewis Wedge Changing Mat, White from John Lewis

Baby Bath Time

It can be very daunting giving your newborn her first bath, so making it as safe and as comfortable as possible for both you and baby is a really good way of making it pleasurable. The foam bath support is a great way to steady the baby in the bath as they can be very slippery when wet, you will still need to support the baby with your hands and make sure you fully support the head.

Foam Bath Support from Mothercare

Skip Hop Moby 3 Stage Baby Bath Tub from John Lewis

Winnie the Pooh Bath from Mothercare

Organic Baby Bath products from Green People

Sensitive Baby Range from Childs Farm

Handsfree Baby Bath Towel from Cuddledry

Car Seat

Getting the right car seat to fit your child and your car can be a bit confusing, for a newborn 0-13kg you need to look for a lie-flat or ‘lateral’ baby carrier, rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat using a harness.

Simplicity Seat from Silver Cross

Pram/ Pushchair

Whether you go for a pram or a travel system with a carrycot making sure your little one is safe when travelling is a must and research now says you should not keep your baby in a car seat for long periods of time.

Stokke Xplory with Carry Cot

 

Changing Bag

Skip Hop Chelsea Backpack from JoJo Maman Bebe

Yummy Mummy Black Cabs Changing Bag from Pink Lining

Thermometer

You never know when your baby might catch their first cold or illness so having a thermometer to hand is a must. The best for babies and young children are the non-contact thermometers; you only need to point and press, which you can even do whilst they’re sleeping without disruption.

Non-Contact Thermometer from Boots

Brother Max Projector 6 in 1 Thermometer from Tesco Direct

Moses/ Cots and Cribs

Whether you start off in a moses basket, crib or straight into a cot, here are some of our favourites.

White Wicker Classic Waffle Moses Basket from Izziwotnot

Classic Royale Cot Bed from Boori

Cot/ Cot Bed Mattress from John Lewis

The Stokke Sleepi Bed

 

Extras to make life easier

The Little Green Sheep Snuzpod with Natural Coir Mattress is a crib that can be used from birth up to 6 months and it can attach on to the side of your bed which can be very handy if you are breastfeeding. This was my favourite baby product I had with my second baby.

 

Chicco Balloon Bouncer from John Lewis

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy Disposal System from John Lewis

Disney Baby Classic Swaddles from aden + anais

Avent Soothers

Bebe au Lait Breastfeeding Cover, Camille from John Lewis

MyCarrier from Stokke

Snugglebundi

Gro Egg Room Thermometer from the Grow Company

Reclining Glider Chair from Mothercare

Deluxe Pod from Sleepyhead

Ergococoon Winter Swaddle and Sleep Bag 2.5 tog Mint Star from ErgoPouch

About The Author

Christina Walter
Product Features Editor & Blogger

Christina Walter is our product features editor and researcher here at My Baba. She's Ellie's sister, and mum to 6 year old George, and 4 year old Maisie. Besides finding and testing out the latest products and reporting back to our readers in the shape of My Baba's awesome product feature columns, Christina shares her amusing day-to-day experiences of family life.

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