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THE BEST BABY THINGS TO BUY BEFORE BIRTH WITH PICTURES: LIST OF BABY THINGS FOR FIRST TIME MUMS

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If you are about to become a new mum and want to know the best baby things to buy before birth, I have put together the most useful list of baby things for first time mums.

I tell you a little bit about why you need each thing on the list and point you in the direction of the best one to buy. This is the only newborn baby shopping list (complete with pictures) you need. All based on my experience as a first time mum.

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BABY THINGS TO BUY BEFORE BIRTH WITH PICTURES: THE MOST USEFUL LIST OF BABY THINGS FOR FIRST TIME MUMS

When it comes to preparing for the arrival of your first baby there’s no better way to plan what to buy than by asking mums who have already been there and done it. 

So if you are a mum-to-be keen to get started buying things before the birth of your baby, I am here to help. Having been through it myself, I’ve learned a lot and I’m sharing all of it here with you. 

My list of baby things to buy before birth is based on my own experience of researching the essential baby things I’d need – and oh boy did I do the research – the things that turned out to be great buys, the stuff I realised I didn’t actually need to have bought and some of the things I wish I’d bought. 

I’ve created a useful list of all the baby items you’ll need and I’ve included pictures of the essential baby items because it’s easier to plan when you can see what you need to buy!

I’ve gone back over all the things we bought, thought about how much we used them and how much help they actually were for caring for a newborn baby. 

Off the back of my reminiscing and analysing, I think I’ve managed to put together a pretty useful and reliable list of baby things for first time mums to buy.

LIST OF BABY THINGS FOR FIRST TIME MUMS

So now, without futher ado, here is your big super duper newborn baby shopping list complete with pictures and examples of the very best item in each category.

1. BABY SLEEP ESSENTIALS

Sleep is everything when you have a newborn! Both for your baby and for you. So having the means to get your baby to sleep and stay asleep is vital. 

One of the big things we did that we found really helped was creating a womb-like experience for our baby daughter. 

Somewhere cosy to sleep, something cosy and reassuringly womb-like to wear, womb-like noises and total darkness. 

MY BABY SLEEP ESSENTIALS RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Chicco Next To Me Bedside Crib
  2. Chicco Next To Me Bedside Crib
    £155.06

    CO-SLEEPER COT

    This co-sleeper bedside crib is a best-seller on Amazon, with 84% five-star reviews.



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  3. Cot sheets x 3
  4. Cot sheets x 3

     I suggest buying sets of three cot sheets to minimise late-night laundry panics!!

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  5. Baby Shusher For Babies
  6. Baby Shusher For Babies
    £34.99

    White noise machines things are AMAZING. They remind your baby of being in the womb, which is such a great way to get them to go to sleep and stay asleep.

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  7. Cot mattress protectors x 3
  8. Cot mattress protectors x 3
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  9. Tommee Tippee Sleeptime Portable Blackout Blind with Suction Cups
  10. Tommee Tippee Sleeptime Portable Blackout Blind with Suction Cups
    £22.67

    I couldn’t recommend getting a blackout curtain more highly. A blackout curtain is a perfect partner to a white noise machine for creating a womb-like environment for your baby to get a lovely cosy sleep. We used ours endlessly until our daughter was several years old. It's often a life-saver (or night-saver!) when you are away from home.

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  11. SwaddleMe Original Swaddle 3-PK
  12. SwaddleMe Original Swaddle 3-PK
    £63.29

    Swaddle sacks are another essential for your womb-like armoury!! The SwaddleMe Sacks come in a wide array of delicious colours and patterns and are hugely popular on Amazon. I vote for swaddle sacks over swaddling blankets, because babies still seem to be able to wriggle out of swaddling blankets

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  13. BT Smart Video Baby Monitor
  14. BT Smart Video Baby Monitor
    £149.99

    Baby monitor, the trend is to have a video monitor, so you can see and hear your baby during their nap times and then later on when they are in their own room. This is currently the best-selling video baby monitor on Amazon.

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2. NURSERY NECESSITIES

We started off with our baby daughter sleeping in our room at night, which is in line with guidelines that say it’s safest for a baby to sleep in the same room as its parent/s for the first six to 12 months. 

However, we also set up a nursery for her, where she slept during the day and which she transitioned into. So, here are the nursery necessities you should buy.

MY NURSERY NECESSITIES RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Newton Baby and Toddler Breathable Cot Bed Mattress
  2. Newton Baby and Toddler Breathable Cot Bed Mattress
    £244.99

    We put a lot of thought into buying a natural, breathable crib mattress. It felt right to make sure we were putting out daughter on a natural surface free from potentially harmful chemicals.


    This Newton Breathe-Thru crib mattress allows air to flow freely to reduce the risk of suffocation and CO2 rebreathing. It has won numerous awards.

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  3. Jacob Wooden Baby Cot Bed
  4. Jacob Wooden Baby Cot Bed
    £164.99

    There are a zillion different cribs to choose from, we went for one that converted from a crib to a toddler bed - a great way to save money!

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  5. Cot sheets x 3
  6. Cot sheets x 3

     I suggest buying sets of three cot sheets to minimise late-night laundry panics!!

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  7. Cot mattress protectors x 3
  8. Cot mattress protectors x 3
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3. NAPPY SHOPPING LIST

There are ecological pros and cons to both disposable diapers and reusable diapers. So I suggest you go with what you feel most comfortable with. We went with disposable diapers and I am really happy with our choice.

MY NAPPY SHOPPING LIST RECOMMENDATIONS – WITH PICTURES

  1. Ubbi Steel Nappy Disposal Bin
  2. Ubbi Steel Nappy Disposal Bin
    £79.99

    Now, this Ubbi odour-locking nappy disposal bin is just brilliant because you don't need to buy individual nappy sacks for it, you can just use any regular rubbish bags. That's a BIG MONEY and TIME SAVER right there!!!

    

    It has an airtight lock to keep that bad nappy smell in, so your nursery smells fresh. I wish, wish, wish we had had one of these, our nappy bin needed its own cassettes of nappy sacks and when it was getting full it gave off an aroma that wasn't the best. Take a look at glowing reviews from over 2.5k happy parents.

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  3. ECO WAVE 100% Biodegradable and COMPOSTABLE Nappy Bags
  4. ECO WAVE 100% Biodegradable and COMPOSTABLE Nappy Bags
    £13.99

    This is another area where you can go full-eco and do your bit for the planet. These nappy bags are both biodegradable and compostable.

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  5. Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Cream, 75ml
  6. Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Cream, 75ml
    £4.75

    This stuff is pretty much a cult classic when it comes to baby products. Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream makes even the most messy of nappy changes end on a delightful note.

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  7. WaterWipes Original Biodegradable Baby Wipes
  8. WaterWipes Original Biodegradable Baby Wipes
    £25.49

    Go for biodegradable wipes every time - these are perfect because they are 99.9% water.

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  9. East Coast Nursery Ltd Mini Wedge Changing Mat
  10. East Coast Nursery Ltd Mini Wedge Changing Mat
    £17.99

    The nappy changing is one area where you can really cut back on costs... by not spending out on an expensive nappy changing unit.


    We managed very well by just using a nappy changing pad on either our bed or on the floor of the nursery. Just make sure you go for a contoured pad to keep your baby safely on it.

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  11. Bambino Mio, Reusable Nappy Liners
  12. Bambino Mio, Reusable Nappy Liners
    £7.99

    You will also need nappy liners for resusable nappies. If you are going to seriously adhere to the reusable vibe, you can buy resusable nappy liners.

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  13. Set of 6 Reusable Cloth Nappies
  14. Set of 6 Reusable Cloth Nappies
    £34.99

    If you want to go with reusable (cloth) nappies, then go for a set of 12-18 x reusable nappies.



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  15. Pampers Baby Nappies Size 1
  16. Pampers Baby Nappies Size 1
    £29.89

    If you want to stock up on disposable nappies, get prepared by buying 144 x newborn size (Size 1) disposable nappies.

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4. TRAVEL EQUIPMENT LIST

Walking out of the hospital as new parents with your baby for the first time is one of the strangest feelings in the world ever!! We were eternally grateful that we’d taken the time to fit the car seat in the car way ahead of the birth. But even so, we drove home at around 10 miles per hour because we were so struck by how much responsibility we now had to keep our baby daughter safe!!

Here’s a list of the stuff we found essential for travelling around with our daughter in her first weeks and months.

MY TRAVEL EQUIPMENT LIST RECOMMENDATIONS – WITH PICTURES

  1. Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus Baby Car Seat Group 0+, ISOFIX Car Seat, i-Size, 0-12 m, 0-13 kg, 45-75 cm, Nomad Black
  2. Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus Baby Car Seat Group 0+, ISOFIX Car Seat, i-Size, 0-12 m, 0-13 kg, 45-75 cm, Nomad Black
    £170.16

    We had a Maxi Cosi Pebble and though this was a few years back now, the Pebble is still one of the most popular baby car seats around. Maxi Cosi is known for its great safety record, which is just the reassurance you need when you’re putting the safety of your baby in a car seat. 


    The car seat is compatible with all the major travel system and pushchair brands and it can be fixed into your car with an isofix base or seat belt. 


    This is just the kind of big-ticket baby item to make sure you add to your baby registry, so pop over and add it to your Amazon Baby Wishlist)

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  3. Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Advanced Carrier
  4. Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Advanced Carrier
    £49.57

    We started off with a front baby carrier, which is a fairly structured piece of kit and my husband loved carrying our baby daughter in it.


    We started off with a front baby carrier, which is a fairly structured piece of kit and my husband loved carrying our baby daughter in it. 


    The Infantino 4-in-1 carrier is an absolute best-seller on Amazon and it has an almost perfect 5* rating based on, wait for it… 56,156 ratings. So it’s pretty safe to say that it is a great buy. 


    The carrier has an adjustable ergonomic seat, shoulder straps and a waist belt to shift weight to the wearer's hips, which means you can adjust it to be comfortable for you as well as for your baby. 


    It has a removable bib that can be machine washed - invaluable for keeping the carrier clean!

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  5. Baby Wrap Sling Organic Stretchy Premium Carrier
  6. Baby Wrap Sling Organic Stretchy Premium Carrier
    £22.99

    Although my husband loved using the baby carrier, I yearned after having a baby sling, because I wanted to feel that my daughter was as snuggled in as possible on me. 


    So I did also end up buying a baby sling, which I totally and utterly loved using. My baby daughter felt so much more snuggled into me than she did in the carrier, which was great for comforting her and a lovely experience for me.


    The Joy and Joe organic baby carrier is a best-seller, with close to 4,000 reviews that pitch it at an almost perfect 5* rating.

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  7. LÄSSIG Baby changing backpack
  8. LÄSSIG Baby changing backpack
    £90.67

    There are of course myriad baby changing bag options out there and it is very much a matter of personal style and choice. 


    I am a big fan of the Lassig because it can be carried on your back, which means you are hands free.


    It’s also got an array of great features, like a removable jar holder, an insulated removable bottle holder, a smaller bag, a key finder and a pushchair attachment for hooking the bag onto your stroller or pushchair.


    Oh and of course it has a great waterproof baby changing mat! It also comes in several different colour options, including grey, black, dusky pink, orange and khaki.

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5. FEEDING EQUIPMENT ESSENTIALS

You may plan to breastfeed your baby, you may plan to formula feed your baby. Until your baby is born there is no certainty about how you will actually feed your baby. 

For example, I planned to breastfeed but ended up combination feeding – breastfeeding and formula feeding – for a year. 

Top tip: Don’t go buying a bunch of bottles until you know for sure how you’ll feed your baby. That said, it’s a good idea to have a couple of baby bottles ready for your newborn, at the very least, as it takes the pressure off and that can only be a good thing if you’re starting to breastfeed for the first time. 

So here’s a list of feeding essentials that will have you prepared for whichever eventuality. 

MY FEEDING EQUIPMENT LIST RECOMMENDATIONS – WITH PICTURES

  1. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature® Baby Bottles
  2. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature® Baby Bottles
    £7.50

    Go for bottles with newborn nipples that mimic breastfeeding, like the original Closer To Nature breast-like bottle by Tomee Tippee. 


    There is a lot of talk about bottle-feeding confusing babies. I had no problem at all feeding my baby daughter from the bottle and breastfeeding her. It wasn’t what I had planned to do, but due to circumstance it is what I did do and you know what, my baby thrived on being combination fed. 


    These bottles have an anti-colic valve that reduces excessive air flow, which is a sanity save for both mother and baby. Plus the silicone teat has a 95% latch rate, which means that it is beyond likely that your baby will take to these bottles with ease. 

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  3. NUK Micro Express Plus Microwave Steam Baby Bottle Steriliser
  4. NUK Micro Express Plus Microwave Steam Baby Bottle Steriliser
    £19.99

    I suggest you buy a microwave steam steriliser because they are true space savers and it’s also much cheaper than buying a whole big baby steriliser set that sits looking ugly and taking up precious space on your kitchen worktop. 


    You don’t have to buy the same brand of steriliser as your baby bottles. This NUK microwave steriliser is an Amazon Choice product and has a great price.

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  5. Elvie Wearable Electrical Breast Pump
  6. Elvie Wearable Electrical Breast Pump
    £255.55

    I had a manual breast pump, but if I did it all over again, I would go for an electric breast pump.


    The Elvie has a cult-like following with mums, it wire and tube free and fits discreetly into your bra and it is ultra quiet, so you can literally pump from anywhere. 


    It does come with a hefty price tag, so if you think this is the breast pump for you, it could well be something to add to your Baby Wishlist

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  7. Breast Feeding Maternity Nursing Pillow
  8. Breast Feeding Maternity Nursing Pillow
    £16.99

    I made so much use of my breastfeeding pillow, a feeding pillow makes it so much easier to get your baby into a good position to feed and makes it so much more comfortable for you. 


    The For Your Little One breastfeeding pillow is a best-seller on Amazon and has been shortlisted for several awards, including the Mother & Baby Awards.

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  9. Hipp Organic 1 1st Baby Milk Formula Powder 800g (pack of 4)
  10. Hipp Organic 1 1st Baby Milk Formula Powder 800g (pack of 4)
    £47.95

    Buy some baby formula. Even if you have your heart set on breastfeeding your baby. It takes the pressure off. 


    I am eternally grateful that we had some formula to hand in the hospital, as we had a tricky start to breastfeeding. Once I got going with breastfeeding I still used to use formula at times. I started off with Aptamil but then switched to HIPP Organic formula. 


    Amongst other things, I love that HIPP is Climate Pledge Friendly, which seems so pertinent when you’re bringing a new person into the world.

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  11. 2pk Maternity Lace Trim Nursing Bras B-G | M&S Collection | M&S
  12. 2pk Maternity Lace Trim Nursing Bras B-G | M&S Collection | M&S
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  13. Organic Bamboo Washable Nursing Breast Pads
  14. Organic Bamboo Washable Nursing Breast Pads
    £12.97

    You can buy disposable breast pads, but I think it is well worth going for reusable ones and these bamboo pads are super eco-friendly.


    Over 12,000 ratings put these pads at an almost perfect 5* on Amazon.

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  15. Organic Bamboo Burp Cloths
  16. Organic Bamboo Burp Cloths
    £9.95

    Burp cloths are an asbolute essential! These bamboo cloths are super popular and are a brilliant shape.


    They are made from bamboo which makes them lovely and eco-friendly.

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  17. Tripp Trapp® - Adjustable Wooden Baby high Chair
  18. Tripp Trapp® - Adjustable Wooden Baby high Chair
    £209.00

    We had the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair in natural wood and it really does last from the baby days right up to adulthood if you want it to, though we sold it on once our daughter started primary school, as she then felt she was far too grown-up to be using it!


    There are a bunch of accessories you can buy for the Tripp Trapp, including a newborn insert set, so you really can make use of it from the early days of parenthood.

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6. KEEPING BABY SAFE AND AMUSED

Much as sleep is a big focus, it’s also important to be prepared for keeping your baby safe and amused during his or her waking hours.

 If you’re feeling tired or need to get stuff done, the waking hours can feel very long at times. I think it’s pretty much essential to have a baby seat and it’s an added bonus to have an activity mat as well. Both of these will keep your baby safe and stimulated during their waking hours.

MY KEEPING BABY SAFE AND AMUSED LIST RECOMMENDATIONS – WITH PICTURES

  1. ​Fisher-Price Baby's Bouncer
  2. ​Fisher-Price Baby's Bouncer
    £42.99

    We had this chair and our daughter absolutely loved it. She would kick her little legs in absolute delight for ages.


    The Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker chair has calming vibrations to soothe your baby, clackers and rollerball toys attached to help stimulate them and keep them amused and has two recline positions.


    You can use it for feeding your baby in too, in the early days before you get to highchairs.

    This is another great thing to make sure to add to your Baby Wishlist.

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  3. Baby Einstein, 4-in-1 Kickin' Tunes Music and Language Discovery Play Gym
  4. Baby Einstein, 4-in-1 Kickin' Tunes Music and Language Discovery Play Gym
    £37.50

    So, this Baby Einstein play mat has everything you could ever want to keep your baby amused!!!!

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7. BATHING AND HEALTH SHOPPING LIST

I found it useful to have a couple of baby towels with hoods and a stack of baby washcloths. Plus baby shampoo, baby wash and baby lotion. Please don’t buy talc, it’s really not good for your baby in so many ways. 

There is a lot of debate over whether you actually need a baby bath, but my vote is firmly that you do. Unless you go for a baby bath support, which is the item I am going to add to the must-have baby shopping list. 

In short, you want baby bathtime to be as safe and easy as possible. So you will really value having either a baby bath or a baby bath support when you’re tired and wrestling a wet, wriggly baby. 

MY KEEPING BABY SAFE AND AMUSED LIST RECOMMENDATIONS – WITH PICTURES

  1. MICHLEY Baby Towels with Hood
  2. MICHLEY Baby Towels with Hood
    £17.99
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  3. Organic Bamboo Luxury Baby Washcloths
  4. Organic Bamboo Luxury Baby Washcloths
    £10.49
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  5. Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 200ml
  6. Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash, 200ml
    £5.50

    It's just delicious to smell and gorgeous to use. Leaves your baby's skin and hair super soft and fragrant.

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  7. Weleda Baby & Child Calendula Body Lotion
  8. Weleda Baby & Child Calendula Body Lotion
    £7.00

    You may as well have the Weleda baby lotion if you have the shampoo and bodywash, what's not to love?!

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  9. Angelcare Baby Bath Support
  10. Angelcare Baby Bath Support

    This baby bath support has over 11,000 reviews giving it an absolutely perfect 5* rating.


    It's not hard to see why it is so popular, it is lovely and soft to touch, whilst also being ergonomic and it warms very quickly to the baby's own body temperature and the temperature of the bath water, so your baby will be lovely and comfortable in all senses.


    It's also got a water sensor, so you know that you have just the right amount of water in the bath for your baby's safety and comfort.


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8. NEWBORN BABY CLOTHES NECESSITIES

I’m going to stick to the absolute newborn baby clothing necessities here. You will no doubt get bought gorgeous baby clothes as gifts – and find yourself buying a ton of gorgeous baby outfits as well once your baby is actually born and you know what will suit them. 

So here are the absolute necessities that you need for your newborn baby clothing necessities.

Tip: Go for 0-3 months rather than newborn size, because your baby will grow out of newborn size SOOOO quickly!!

MY NEWBORN BABY CLOTHES LIST RECOMMENDATIONS – WITH PICTURES

  1. Gerber baby 5-pack Variety Onesies
  2. Gerber baby 5-pack Variety Onesies
    £13.94

    Buy yourself 8 to 16 newborn onesies and the same in 0-3 months. It’s amazing how quickly babies grow in their first weeks.


    Onesies keep your baby comfortable, are super easy to put on and pull off and give you easy access for nappy changes.

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  3. Simple Joys by Carter's Long-sleeve babygrows
  4. Simple Joys by Carter's Long-sleeve babygrows
    £22.50

    Have some long sleeve babygrows to hand as well.

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  5. LA Active Grip Ankle Socks
  6. LA Active Grip Ankle Socks
    £9.49

    You'll want to keep your baby's little feet snug and warm, this set of socks is just so deliciously gorgeous!

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  7. Sock Ons
  8. Sock Ons
    £7.99

    It never ceases to amaze me at how easily a baby can wriggle their feet out of their socks. Sock-Ons are an absolute sanity saver.


    I absolutely love how simple but clever Sock-Ons are, they are totally a baby necessity!!

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  9. Famuka Baby Snowsuit With Gloves
  10. Famuka Baby Snowsuit With Gloves
    £19.99

    If you have a winter baby you will absolutely need them to have a snowsuit, not least to bring them home from the hospital in. There are hundreds to choose from, so make sure you choose one that is waterproof and has attached mittens and a hood.


    Also, it's worth getting it slightly bigger than newborn in size, as they are an expensive purchase and you want it to last. But do make sure that it isn't so big that your baby can move their head and get lost in the hood.

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  11. Soft Touch Newborn 2 Pack Baby Beanie Hats
  12. Soft Touch Newborn 2 Pack Baby Beanie Hats
    £3.84

    It is well worth buying a couple of hats for your baby to keep them snug and warm outside in the colder months and to protect their head from the sun in the warmer months.

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QUICK CHECK LIST OF BABY THINGS TO BUY BEFORE BIRTH

Here is an at-a-glance list of all the baby things to buy before birth in case you simply want to start getting your head around all the things you need to buy. I’ve popped it into a printable, so if you keep scrolling down you can grab a copy of to download and print.

SLEEPING AND NURSERY

  • Moses basket/bassinet/co-sleeper
  • 3 x Cot sheets and mattress protectors
  • White noise machine
  • Blackout curtain
  • 3 x Swaddle sacks
  • Baby monitor
  • Convertible crib
  • Natural crib mattress
  • 3 x fitted crib sheets and 3 x waterproof mattress covers

NAPPY AND CHANGING

  • Nappies – disposable
  • Nappies – reusable
  • Nappy liners for reusable nappies
  • Nappy changing mat
  • Biodegradable baby wipes
  • Nappy rash cream 
  • Nappy sacks – for when you’re out and about
  • Nappy bin

TRAVELLING AROUND

  • Car seat that turns into a stroller
  • Baby carrier
  • Baby sling 
  • Baby changing bag

FEEDING

  • Baby bottles
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Breast pump
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Baby formula
  • 3 x nursing bras
  • 2 x boxes of nursing pads
  • 7 x burp cloths
  • Nipple cream 

SAFETY AND ACTIVITY

  • Baby bouncer seat
  • High chair
  • Baby activity mat

BATHTIME

  • Baby bath support
  • Baby towels
  • Baby washcloths
  • Baby shampoo and body wash
  • Baby lotion 

CLOTHING BASICS

  • 0-3 month onesies
  • 0-3 month long-sleeve onesies 
  • Baby socks
  • Sock-ons
  • Hat – sun hat or winter hat
  • Snowsuit – for winter babies 

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HOW TO PLAN YOUR NEWBORN BABY SHOPPING

There’s a lot to think about when you’re having a baby and quite a few baby things to buy before the birth. So it’s worth taking some time to plan how you are going to shop for the baby. 

Here is a list of some useful things for first time mums to consider that will help you plan your baby shopping better.

WHEN SHOULD YOU START BUYING THINGS FOR YOUR BABY?

Even though finding out you are pregnant can be one of the most joyous moments in your life, I would suggest you pace yourself before rushing to buy lots of stuff for your baby and the nursery. Maybe satisfy your urge to spend by buying yourself some first-trimester of pregnancy must-haves.

There are several things you should take into consideration before you start you baby shopping:

1. TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE

Unless you found out late, you have several months between finding out you are pregnant and giving birth.

2. 12 WEEKS

Consider waiting until you have passed the 12-week point and had your first scan. Maybe satisfy your short-term shopping cravings by putting together your baby registry/wish list? 

3. GENDER

I’m massively pro gender-neutral baby clothes and toys. However, if you know you are going to find out the gender of your baby ahead of the birth, you might well be better off buying certain things on your shopping list until after the big reveal. 

4. BABY SHOWER

If someone is throwing you a baby shower it would be good to sign up to a baby registry and then do your own shopping once you’ve had the shower. Baby showers usually take place between month six and month eight. So consider the timing that works best for you. 

5. AIM FOR DONE BY 8 MONTHS

It’s a good idea to have bought the most important baby things you need to buy before the birth of your baby by the time you are 8 months pregnant. There are several reasons for this:

  • You will be at your heaviest and most tired by this point
  • A due date is a rough estimate, your baby might come early
  • It will keep your stress levels down and you can focus on buying the more fun stuff

As a side note, it’s also a good idea to have your hospital bag prepped and packed by eight months too. I’ve got a post on the hospital bag essentials to include for you, your new baby and the baby’s daddy/birthing partner.

6. MONEY SAVING

Depending on the time of year your baby is due, there might be some good opportunities to buy the big baby stuff and save money. 

I’m thinking Black Friday, the January sales and summer sales. It’s a good idea to have a budget drawn up and then you can plan on buying something if you find it with a big saving. 

Talking of money-saving, here are some great tips on how to save money on buying stuff for your new baby. 

Related: The best baby registries guide

HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR BABY SHOPPING

Here are some great tips on things for first time mums to bear mind before you start putting together your newborn baby shopping list.

1. PLAN BEFORE YOU SHOP ONLINE

Online shopping is SO easy and I wholeheartedly embrace it. However, it isn’t always the best way to save money. Especially if you end up filling up your cart to get free delivery! Sometimes a well planned shopping trip will save you money. 

2. NAPPY SAVINGS

Nappies are a big expense. Your baby is likely to be using them until sometime between 18 months (super early in my book) and 3 years old. Of course some kids need them for longer. Whilst buying your first packet of diapers will be a thrill, buying your  fiftieth will be less so! 

Some parents like to nappy stockpile ahead of the baby arriving, this way they can home in on the best deals.

Remember to hold onto your receipts if you do this, as you won’t know for sure that the nappies you’ve bought work well for your baby until your baby is using them. 

The other way to go about it is to ALWAYS LOOK FOR DEALS rather than just buy through the same retailer. There is always somewhere that will have a discount running. 

3. BUY MULTI-PURPOSE BABY STUFF

You can’t do this with everything, but here are a few ideas:

  1. Baby crib that converts into a toddler bed
  2. The Stokke Tripp Trapp baby seat is an amazing piece of kit, as it can be adapted as your baby becomes and toddler and on into childhood. 
  3. Baby travel system – can fit a baby car seat, will support your baby lying down and later when they are sitting up. 

4. CHANGE UP YOUR WASHING AND GROOMING ESSENTIALS

The most important thing when washing and bathing your baby is to make sure the products you use are as simple and free from nasties as possible.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy everything, especially for a baby. If you don’t already, consider swapping your everyday shower gel, face wash, shampoo for gentle, organic, chemical-free products that everyone in the household can use. 

5. BORROW RATHER THAN BUY

There are some nice-to-haves like a moses basket, that your baby will be in for a matter of weeks. Ask a friend for one to borrow or have as a hand-me-down, then pass on the favour when you’re done with it. 

I really hope this list of baby essentials have helped you put together a baby shopping list that means you are ready for the arrival of your newborn baby with plenty of energy to spare for making the most of the first few days, weeks and months with your precious new baby.

AND A FINAL REMINDER: DON’T FORGET TO START YOUR BABY REGISTRY NOW!

As I mentioned at the start of this post, it is a great idea for you to take a look through the baby shopping list and add anything you think you will need to your Amazon Baby Wishlist and use it as your reference point and shopping list. 

And don’t forget the Amazon Baby Wishlist gives you a saving of up to 15% when over £200 has been spent on products on the list. Oh and there’s a welcome gift when you spend your first £20. Oh oh and there is a 365-day return policy, so anything it turns out you don’t need or use can go back. Sign up to it now: Amazon Baby Wishlist.

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Chidinma Prisca onyenagwa

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

It's my 1st pregnancy and I don't know what to buy,and besides I don't even know them when I see them Will need ur help on what n what to purchase for my new born babies.