The new parent checklist – what mum and baby need in the early days

The new parent checklist – what mum and baby need in the early days

Every new mum is subjected to images, articles, and online information about what they need for the first few weeks after baby is born. Photoshopped images of perfectly coiffured mums sat in a dreamlike nursery do nothing to build up your self-esteem. Below we cut to the reality of what you and baby really need in those first few precious weeks.

Baby clothes

You will need a supply of baby clothes essentials that include vests, babygrows, socks and hats. Cardigans and outerwear that are suitable for the time of year will also be needed. Stock up on lots of all these items as newborns need to be changed and fed regularly, so you will get through lots of vests and babygrows. Don’t worry about tops, dresses or trousers as they are difficult to manipulate. Keep outfits simple.

Clothes for you

Keep what you wear to what is comfortable and makes you feel good. Simple tops, jogging bottoms and cardigans with pockets are good ideas. If you are breastfeeding, then it’s also a good idea to invest in a set of nursing bras.

Baby feeding and changing

You will need a good supply of nappies. If you are concerned about the environment you can purchase nappies that are biodegradable, as well accessing happy laundry services that allow you to use real nappies without the washing. If bottle feeding you will need a set of baby bottles, teats, formula milk and sterilisers. If you are on a budget, then you can buy sterilisers that can be placed in the microwave.

Getting out

If you wish to travel by car then you will need to purchase a newborn baby car seat. Many come as part of a travel system, allowing you to move a sleeping baby from the pram to car. If you don’t want to buy a pram, then you can simply use a baby sling to keep baby safe.


You don’t need a fully furnished nursery for the first few months, as many new mums choose to let baby sleep in the same room as them. This is because a newborn baby will wake every couple of hours to feed. Use a Moses basket or a bassinet, as opposed to a cot. It is cheaper and more snug to help baby feel safe.

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