When your baby is born what you really don’t need is to be rushing off to the shops for muslins and another nursing bra. So we’ve put together a shopping checklist which includes everything you’ll need to see you through those first six weeks.
Do remember that the only two things you need to buy new are the carseat and your baby’s mattress. Everything else – clothes, travel system, baby bath etc – can all be borrowed or snapped up at a local NCT sale. And don’t forget to write a wishlist. Friends and family are going to shower you with gifts galore so steer them gently (but firmly!) towards what you actually need.
Sites like Raising Kids, Think Baby and Babyworld have heaps of advice and product reviews so before you splash out do your research!
And when you’re ready to hit the shops make life easier by doing it online. Our favourite stores like John Lewis, Mamas and Papas and Daisy and Tom all have excellent websites with good customer service and returns policies.
Carseat, check. Change bag, check. Baby, check!
New car seat
Cot (including sheets, blankets and a new mattress)
Travel system, pram or buggy
Sling or baby carrier
Six sleepsuits/long sleeved suits
Six vests/ short sleeved suits
Two cardigans/ jackets
Shawl or snow suit
Hat, mittens and bootees
If bottle feeding or mixing breast and bottle you’ll need:
Nursing bra and Bottles/teats/bottle brush
Bibs and muslins (galore!)
Changing and bathing
Cotton wool pads
Nappy sacks or nappy disposal system