The ever-growing shopping list of essentials before a baby arrives can feel so overwhelming for parents to be. What feels like a constant flow of expenses from decorating the nursery, baby clothes, feeding equipment and essential nursery furniture.

We have put together a list of items to help you narrow down what we feel you absolutely need when baby arrives. Keeping it simple and only adding the essentials.

The Essential Newborn Checklist


  • Cot/ Moses Basket/ Next to me crib
  • Suitable cot mattress
  • Fitted sheets
  • Mattress protector
  • Sleeping bag 1.0 tog or 2.5 tog
  • Up to 4 swaddling blankets
  • Room thermometer
  • Baby monitor

Bath & changing

  • Hooded baby towels
  • Baby bath or bath support
  • Changing mat
  • Toiletries
  • Baby brush or comb
  • Baby wipes
  • Nail scissors or clippers
  • Nappies & sacks
  • Bath thermometer
  • Bath Jug


  • Toys + monochrome books for newborns
  • Baby gym
  • Play mat
  • Mobile


  • Bodysuits/Vests
  • Sleepsuits
  • Cardigans or jumpers
  • Socks
  • Bibs
  • Rompers
  • Scratch Mitts
  • Hats
  • Booties


  • Muslin squares
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple protectors
  • Bottles and teats
  • Steriliser
  • Bottle warmer
  • Bottle brush


Out and about

  • Pram blanket
  • Pram mobile
  • Infant carrier/car seat
  • Pram or pushchair
  • Baby carrier or sling
  • Pram parasol
  • Pram rain cover
  • Travel cot or moses basket
  • Suitable travel mattress
  • Travel changing mat
  • Changing bag
  • Sun shades for use in car


We love to provide as much information and support to all our parents and "parents to be".  If you have any suggestions of stories you would like to read, please comment below to be featured on our up & coming baby blogs.

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