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Your ultimate newborn baby essentials checklist

Keep track of everything you need for the new arrival with these essential baby items! Read on for some tips & a list of things you need for a new baby.

Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting feelings – there’s really nothing like it. If you’ve got pre-newborn nerves, don’t worry about it; everyone goes through the same thing! To help you feel a little more prepared for your joyful arrival, we’ve put together the ultimate newborn baby and new mum essentials list to help you plan and purchase everything you need.

What do I need for a new baby?

When you’re figuring out what you need for a new baby, it’s helpful to break it down and think of the different parts of your day (and night!). Let’s go through your new baby shopping list.

Making the bed

First things first, you’re going to want to make a comfy, safe place that your little one can sleep in. Get a Moses basket or crib for them (making sure it follows all the safety requirements). A mobile is a nice addition, and many parents swear by a baby monitor for safety and a little music box to help your little one get to sleep. These are all must-have baby items for first-time moms!

Remember to wash your crib sheets, pillowcases and other bedding with baby-safe laundry detergents and fabric softeners, like Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure. This will ensure your baby stays healthy and protected while sleeping.

On the go

When it comes to essential baby items for on the move, there are a number of things you’ll need to include in your baby’s essentials list:

  • Changing bag & changing mat
  • Plenty of nappies and nappy bags
  • Gentle baby wipes
  • Muslins for wiping up spills or sick
  • Extra outfits for any little accidents

You should also invest in a great pram to keep your baby comfortable and safe when you’re on the move, as well as a car seat for any trips out on the road.

Bath time

When it comes to things you need for a newborn, it wouldn’t be a good idea to forget the bathing supplies. You should have a number of things ready for when you bring your little one home, including a baby bath, a gentle wash (one for sensitive skin is always a good option) and soft, cotton towels. When washing your baby towels use kind-on-skin products, like Persil Non-Bio laundry detergent, and a hypoallergenic fabric softener to keep them soft wash after wash, like Comfort Pure. This will avoid irritating your baby’s incredibly delicate skin after bathing!

Some new parents prefer to use soft cotton balls to gently wipe their baby clean rather than going straight in for a proper bath time, so make sure you have both options readily available.

What do I need for a new baby’s feeding time?

If you’re opting for baby formula, be sure to stock up on a brand specifically dedicated to newborns. If you’re opting for breast milk, it’s a good idea to have a breast pump and all the necessary accessories, so be sure to add those to your new mum essentials list. You should also make sure you have plenty of bibs and muslins at the ready!

Keeping them clean and comfy

When putting together your own list of things you need for a new baby, don’t forget to add all those little extras that’ll keep them comfy – from scratch mitts to cellular blankets, right down to kind-to-skin detergents such as Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure, which will ensure all your little one’s second-hand or new clothes are clean, soft and protective of their delicate skin.

The most essential things a newborn baby needs can be found easily – just make sure you have them written down. Once you’ve compiled your baby’s essential shopping list, you’ll feel much more prepared for the day you can bring your new child home.

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Top Tip


Baby clothes will be frequently washed. When preparing your list of essential baby items, don’t forget to include a baby-safe laundry detergent like Persil Non-Bio, and a fabric softener like Comfort Pure to keep your items soft and smooth wash after wash!