Newborn essentials – are essentials “essential” or “handy”

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You’re expecting your little bundle of joy

What do you actually need?? What is essential??

Theres so much information out there it can be baffling

With Mini M we went a little mad & bought everything!  Half of the stuff we either didn’t use or hardly used

Things you definitely need

Cot (plus mattress, sheets and blankets) – your baby needs a cot! You might not need this straight away if you’re planning on using a Moses basket/crib first
Car seat – You won’t  be able to take baby home from hospital without one
Pram/buggy/travel system – otherwise your eyes going to be housebound.  For your sanity you need a way of getting out.  Plus with Mini M we used the pram in the house to help settle him
Sleepsuits/ long sleeved suits –  newborn babies sleep, eat & poo.  All you need is sleepsuits.  We got lots of outfits for Mini M & hardly used them
Vests/ short sleeved suits – babies need layers. Top tip, the flaps at the shoulders are so you can take the vest down thebody in case of a pooslosion
Cardigans/ jackets – I’d say two of each. Again layers for going out
Shawl or snow suit – winter babies obviously
Changing mat – for changing
Nappies and nappy sacks – goes without saying! We are going disposable I think again this time however you can go reuseable
Nursing bra and breast pads – I’ve still got my bras from last time, just need to get some pads
Bottles/teats/bottle brush (only needed if not breastfeeding)
Loads of bibs – although muslin squares will donuts as good
Plenty of towels/ flannels/ muslin squares (for bathing and dribbles!)
Loads of cotton wool pads – great for cleaning bums & bathing

Things that are handy

Moses basket/ crib (plus mattress, sheets and blankets) – I hated our Moses basket
Baby bath – are great, you can get ones you put on the floor and also ones in a stand
Nursing Chair – great for those night feeds
Sling – we had one with Mini M but hardly used it
Bouncy chair – very handy to out baby in & you know they are safe
Baby monitor – essential when they are in their own room, we have one with a sensor mat
Changing bag – I love my Pink Lining changing bag, it did get full of everything though!
Breast pump – I didn’t have one last time as I didn’t breast feed, will see if I think I need one this time
Steam steriliser – great for sterilising bottles
Antiseptic cream – in case of red bottoms
Baby wipes – I actually think these are essential
Bath thermometer – we had 2 & both were crap! We used our elbow
Nail scissors – again we had for Mini M but didn’t really use them
Nappy Bin – I love our Angelcare nappy bin but it’s not an essential item


We’ve been going through our baby things.  We can’t find our baby bath, I have no idea what we’ve done with it! Luckily my lovely best friend has one she says going to lend us.  She’s also letting us have a nursing chair, we had one with Mini M and it was great for the night feeds

We also got rid of our Moses basket, frankly I hated it! Someone we knew bought it for us but it was super frilly.  Mini M also hated it & would cry all the time so I was happy to get rid of it.  I would LOVE a bedside crib sleeper.  I love the idea of them & especially since I had a c section last time I think it would be great.  They are however a tad pricey.

We are going to start buying wipes & nappies in a few months so we’ve got a stock in.  I’m planning on breastfeeding however I’m going to get some bottles & formula in, just in case bump is like their brother & breastfeeding isn’t meant to be

What are your newborn essentials?

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