The Ultimate List of Baby Essentials

There are a ton of to-dos when prepping for your baby’s arrival, and shopping for all the baby essentials is probably high up on your list. From setting up the nursery to gathering the gear for sleeping, eating, bathing and changing, it’s easy to keep busy buying baby must-haves: after all, the amount of baby supplies a new born requires can take any parent-to-be by surprise!


But how do you figure out which are the baby items you can forget about, and which are the essential baby items you can’t live without? Don’t stress: We’re breaking it all down for you. Read on for a complete list of things you need for a new baby.



Baby Wardrobe Essentials


It doesn’t get much cuter than tiny baby clothes, but you’ll want to pick out practical baby things that’ll keep your new born comfy and cosy. When it comes to clothing, these are the baby must haves:

  • 3-6 onesies

  • 3-6 t-shirts

  • 3-6 pants

  • 3-6 one-piece pyjamas

  • 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits

  • 1-3 sweaters or jackets

  • 4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby starts walking but can be useful for keeping feet warm when outside)

  • 1-3 new born hats (broad-brimmed for a summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for a winter baby)

  • No-scratch mittens

  • Gentle laundry detergent

Baby Nursery Essentials

A baby’s room calls for adorable décor for sure, but you’ll also need furniture and baby bedding that will make infant care all the easier (and safer). Here are the baby essentials for any nursery:

  • Crib, cradle or bassinet

  • Firm, flat mattress that fits snugly in the crib (less than two fingers should fit between the mattress and crib)

  • 2-4 fitted crib sheets

  • Rocking chair

  • Baby monitor

  • Nappy changing table or dresser with changing pad

  • Toy basket

  • Nappy pail

  • Swaddle

Baby Changing Essentials

Changing a nappy may seem daunting at first, but trust us, you’ll get the hang of it—and these baby must-haves will help you pick it up even faster. Check out this list of baby necessities for changing:

  • 2-3 large boxes of disposable new born-size nappies

  • 2-3 large boxes of unscented baby wipes

  • 2 large tubes of nappy cream

  • Changing bag (one that is travel friendly)

Baby Bath Essentials

Bath time can be tons of fun—at least, once you get a handle on that slippery baby. Best be prepared with all the right gear. These are the baby must-haves for the bath:

  • Baby bathtub

  • Baby shampoo and body wash

  • 2-4 hooded baby towels

  • Soft washcloths

  • Baby lotion

  • Baby bath chair/seat

Baby Feeding Essentials

Be prepared to feed your new born around the clock—which means, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’re going to need a whole bunch of baby things for mealtime. Here are the important baby supplies to stock up:

  • 8-10 bottles and teats

  • Bottle brush

  • Formula (if not nursing)

  • Breast pump (if you plan to breastfeed)

  • Milk storage bags (if you plan to breastfeed)

  • Nursing pads (if you plan to breastfeed)

  • Nipple cream (if you plan to breastfeed)

  • High chair

  • 4-8 bibs

  • 4-8 burp cloths

  • Baby feeding pillow

  • Bottle warmer

  • Bottle steriliser

Baby Gear Essentials

Whether you’re on the move or relaxing at home, you’ll need to need have some key baby gear at the ready. After all, at some point you’re going to need your arms back! Here are the baby must-haves to have on hand:

  • Infant car seat

  • Pram

  • Baby carrier

  • Baby swing or bouncer

  • Play mat

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