The really essential list

It was only about three years ago when I was trying to figure out what to buy for my unborn children. I consulted Google and flyers from retail stores, and encountered some scary and completely unnecessary things people recommend you buy. It is generally quite helpful to get these lists, but please use it as a guide rather than gospel.

Here are a few basics for you new born that you can’t do without.

For baby’s room

You are going to need a cot. Most parents feel more comfortable putting their baby in a ‘Moses’ basket in the beginning, however, this isn’t essential as you can make do without one. You are going to need quite a few changes of linen and a waterproof mattress protector as young babies vomit quite a lot. Stock up on receiving blankets (of which there are only two sizes, namely: large and utterly useless) and a few cellular blankets.

You will need something to change your baby on. You just need a surface that will fit a changing mat and that is at a convenient height for you as you don’t want to be bending down all the time.  Make sure there is somewhere for you to have all your changing essentials handy.

Moving baby around

You are going to need car seat. It’s the law. If you are buying second hand make sure you know its history – you don’t want a seat that’s been in a crash. It’s hard to get around without a pram, and a pouch is convenient for carrying a young baby.


All lists will differ on what and how much you need. This really all depends on what season it is and how often you intend on doing laundry.

My husband never mastered the art of all the press studs on babygrows so it was much easier for us to use vests and leggings. I sometimes went through up to six changes of clothes a day-, so I would recommend buying at least 12 changes of clothes. The less fussy the better. Get a few hats and socks (which can also double up as mittens) as babies lose a lot of heat, but if it’s the middles of summer, those probably won’t be necessary. If it’s cold invest in a few jerseys with stretchy necks or poppers at the neck for easy changing.


You will get by just fine with these basics
  • Nappies
  • Wet wipes
  • Barrier cream
  • All in one baby wash/ shampoo
  • Baby lotion
  • Cotton wool (squares make-up pads work best)

I hope my list of basics comes in useful among your many others. If anyone ever discovers what a matinee jacket is or what baby powder is used for, please let me know!

Has Kate left anything off the list? What are your absolute baby essentials?

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