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What do I need for a newborn baby? Five small essentials to get once you’ve shared your big news

Learn our top 5 newborn must haves in this essential shopping guide for expectant parents.    

As soon as you know you’re expecting it’s only natural to start thinking: ‘what do I need for a newborn’. No doubt you’ll get lots of advice from people who already have kids about newborn must haves and items that you simply have to have on your newborn shopping list – but how can you work out what you really need?

Well, we’ve put together this list of things to buy for newborn baby to give you 5 easy essentials you can get during the early days and make the process a little more manageable.

  • Changing mat

One important item on any newborn shopping list is a changing mat. This is one of the things you’ll be doing most in the first few months of your baby’s life and it’s an easy item to get ticked off your list early on in your pregnancy. Make sure to get yourself a good quality mat with a protective, wipe-clean cover so you can easily get rid of any mess.

  • Baby wipes – the ultimate baby must have

If you ask any seasoned parent ‘what do I need for a newborn?’ their list is almost certain to include disposable wipes. These are likely to become your new best friend. Be sure to stock up before your little one arrives so that you can keep a pack in different rooms and bags for on-the-go. Not sure what type to buy? Opt for those specially formulated for babies or sensitive skin.

  • Baby-safe laundry detergent

Likewise it’s important to have some laundry detergent in the house that’s suitable for your newborn, so don’t forget to put baby-friendly detergent on your newborn shopping list. We like Persil Non-Bio as it’s gentle enough for sensitive baby skin but still tough on stains. Pair it with a mild fabric softener like Comfort Pure to keep your baby clothes clean, fresh and beautifully soft.

  • Baby monitor

Another of our newborn must haves is a baby monitor. It’s always safety-first when you have a little one and baby monitors are a great way to keep watch over your little one while in a different room. There are so many options to choose from that we recommend starting your search early in pregnancy so you have time to compare reviews and do a little research.

  • Spare clothes (lots of spare clothes)

The last item on our list of things to buy for newborn baby is spare clothing. It’s difficult to over-emphasise how many clothes you’ll go through in the first few months of your baby’s life as they grow so fast and have a habit of getting dirty in impossibly short periods of time. Start stocking up little bits and pieces now so that you’re not caught out – to keep costs low, look for second hand sales.

There are of course many other items you’ll need when expecting a baby but these 5 options are a great place to start when you first ask yourself: ‘what do I need for a newborn. By preparing early, you can help to reduce stress during your pregnancy.

Top Tip

When buying for a newborn be sure to check for quality assurances on labels to ensure everything is suitable for your little one. 

Key steps:

  • Starting writing a newborn shopping list as early as possible to give you time to think of all the different things you’ll need for your baby
  • Start small – buy little items that are easy to pick up to help you make progress
  • Invest in second-hand items if you want to keep costs low. Just remember to check they meet minimum safety standards and give them a clean before use.