A Newborn Baby Essentials Checklist is definitely going to help if you’re feeling daunted and overwhelmed by the prospect of your new baby!
You don’t need to buy everything on that very long list of ‘baby essentials’ you’ve been given by your well meaning friends.
In fact, buying most of it will be a huge waste of money. They may swear by a white noise toy but your baby might hate it.
It’s much wiser (and cheaper!) to just buy the baby essentials. You can always get nice-to-have products to make your life easier later..
Here are 6 baby essentials we believe you’ll need, so just focus on these ones for now.
Newborns can get by just fine with six onesies, six sleepers, a few singlets, pairs of socks and a couple of beanies. Instead of blankets, you may like to use baby sleeping bags so they keep warm all night.
Depending on the time of year, you’ll need a couple of cardigans or jumpers for daywear in winter and a muslin wrap for swaddling in summer.
2. Bed and Bedding
Your newborn will happily sleep in a bassinet or crib in the corner of your room for the first few months. Though many parents will have a separate nursery and go straight to using a full size baby cot, which is a safe and cost-effective option as baby grows.
If you buy a second hand baby cot, then check it is Australian Standard approved and fit with a new mattress and sheets. Second hand mattresses can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
3. Baby Car Seat
Which baby car seat you choose depends on your budget and your preference. You might prefer to buy a convertible car seat that lasts until your child is four years old, or to buy a removable baby carrier that can be taken in and out of the car.
Many parents opt for a baby carrier as you can move your child from the car without disrupting their sleep. Whichever option you choose, always ensure the product you buy meets Australian safety standards for child restraints.
Newborns can’t sit up or use their heads so you’ll need a pram or a stroller that fully reclines. Understandably it’s expensive to buy a separate pram and stroller, so you might want to buy a capsule that converts to stroller. Of all the essentials you buy this will be the biggest expense but is necessary if you want to travel safely with your baby.
5. Nappies and Wipes
You’ll need a stock of newborn disposable nappies and wipes for multiple changes throughout the day (and night!). Plus a nappy bag so you can carry nappies, a change mat and wipes when out visiting. Be sure to look for a brand that offers not only excellent quality, comfort and dryness but a brand that is great value for money like Little One’s Nappies.
6. Muslin Cloths and Towels
Muslin cloths are by far the handiest items when you’re a new mum. A pack of 4-6 can see you through wiping up sick spills, swaddling baby for sleeping, burping and as a breastfeeding cover. Just chuck them in the wash when dirty. A couple of soft baby towels (the ones with hoods are cute) are also useful to dry off bub after their bath.
Are there any items you consider baby essentials when preparing for a newborn? SHARE with us in the comments below.
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