As a first time Mum-to-be it’s difficult deciding what sort of baby items you will need when baby is born, and how much you should buy! Baby essentially needs something to wear, nappies, somewhere to sleep, something to eat , and something to go out and about with.
Hat (summer or winter depending when baby is due!)
Gorgeous as they are to buy, I would avoid buying fancy outfits before baby is born- you may well get a lot as presents, and it’s more fun buying them when you know (for sure!) whether baby is a boy or girl, and what size he/she is!
Newborn nappies (disposable or ‘real’ cloth nappies)
Wipes, cotton wool or reusable wipes.
Somewhere for baby to sleep-
Moses Basket or bedside cot
Something to eat-
Baby Feed Wheel to keep note of baby’s feed times
If formula feeding, or planning to express – bottles and a steriliser (or plastic tub and sterilising tablets to start with)
If breastfeeding- breastfeeding pillow, Pads, breastfeeding bra.
Breast pumps can often be borrowed from sure start centres if required (and to see how you get on with it)
Muslin squares (useful in many ways!)
Something to go out and about in-
A car seat (if you have a car)
A sling and/or pram or buggy
Biiig underwear (I didn’t like disposable knickers and bought a lot of very cheap undies in a big size)
Arnica Witch hazel
Lansinoh nipple cream
A stock of food that is easy to reheat
Different babies like different things (playmats, baby nest, bouncers etc) so either try to borrow from a friend (even short term to give it a try and see if it’s a purchase you’d like to make) or buy secondhand. Personally- I liked my changing table, (saved back ache!), baby bath (one with a little plug at the bottom for easy emptying), moses basket (Chiglet was a small baby and we used it for ages), nappy wrapper (although I know opinion on these is divided!) and baby monitor.
Now, it’s been rather a while since I’ve been buying baby equipment, so what do you think to my list? About right or wide of the mark?