What to buy for your Baby

Essential clothes for your baby

  • The minimum to get your baby through the first month or so is:
  • Six cotton vests
  • Six-ten cotton babygros (sometimes called sleepsuits or onesies)
  • Six pairs of socks (if your onesies don’t have feet)
  • Two or three cardigans (easier than jumpers)
  •  A hat appropriate for the season
  • A warm, all-in-one padded suits for going outdoors
  • Mittens if the padded suit doesn’t cover the hands

Essential equipment to buy before your baby arrives

  • One pack of breast pads, even if you’re not planning to breastfeed
  • Two or three packs of maternity sanitary towels
  • Thermometer (ear or rectal)
  • At least 4 packs of nappies
  • Nail clippers
  • Three large rolls of cotton wool for wiping bottoms and washing generally
  • A couple of packs of unperfumed baby wipes for outings (when it’s tricky to wipe with cotton wool and water)
  • A car seat suitable from birth
  • A buggy that can be positioned so the baby is completely flat
  • A cot or Moses basket with a new mattress that’s British Safety Standard certified.
  • At least four cot sheets and two baby sleeping bags appropriate for the season and your baby’s size, or three to four cellular blankets
  • About ten muslin squares (for wiping up sick, protecting your clothes from dribble)
  • A baby monitor
  • Calpol (infant paracetamol)
  • A wipe down nappy changing mat (or you can just use an old towel)
  • A nappy bag and travel changing mat. It doesn’t have to be a specific ‘nappy bag’ – you can use any bag at all as long as it’s big enough to fit:
  • 4 or 5 nappies
  • A pack of wipes
  • A small, folding changing mat
  • A complete change of baby clothing
  • A baby-feeding bottle
  • A water bottle for you and maybe a snack
  • A toy or two

Other useful but not essential baby equipment

  • A bouncy sling-type chair to sit him safely in when he’s awake
  • A baby-carrying sling
  • A semicircular pillow for breastfeeding
  • A bathing seat for your bath
  • A fleece, play mat or soft thick rug to lie your baby on when he’s awake and needs to kick around a bit
  • A changing table or a changing tray that fits on your cot (this will save your back from bending over to change nappies on the floor)
  • A mattress protector for your bed (to limit damage from bleeding / milk)

Feeding equipment

If breastfeeding:

  • Three breastfeeding bras
  • A breast pump. Manual pumps are cheaper, and more portable than electric ones, but they can be hard work and slow. Electrics tend to be faster and for some more effective.
  •  Two or three 250-280ml bottles with ‘slow-flow’ newborn teats to feed your baby expressed milk
  • If bottle feeding:
  • About eight 250-280ml bottles with ‘slow-flow’ newborn teats
  • A steriliser
  • A baby-bottle brush for washing up
  • A supply of powdered baby formula
  • Cartons of liquid formula for feeding on the go
  • A thermos and plastic Tupperware to carry powdered formula
  • A steriliser