October 11, 2019


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.

1. Clothes

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.

4. Pram

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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  • An excellent list of the essentials. Good things to get for baby shower presents too


  • I agree. I didn’t even leave the house with anything other than clean nappies, wipes, a bottle (when bottle feeding), and change mat. Never saw the need for hundreds of items! I never purchased muslin wraps either. Didn’t see the need for them. Still not sure what they are for and I’ve got 2 kids.


  • Thanks for sharing your list


  • I think also bottles and formula. When I came home with my newborn I had no idea what brand to get. I never thought I would have to formula feed – but did.


  • Haha, was just about to say add frozen meals in there too as well!


  • I’d add frozen meals in there too


  • Baby bag & manicare nail scissors/clippers set! I always suggest that comes in very handy to trim babies’ long soft nails and prevent them scratching/


  • A practical baby bag is pretty essential if you ever plan on leaving the house!


  • a great simple list, proving you don’t need to go overboard for a new baby – i think just adding a baby safe bath and some brand new fluffy towels and an baby carrying product like the bjorn carrier for those days when you need to get stuff done and bub’s just won’t settle and the list is complete.


  • All I can see that’s missing is bath things, including the bath, but I guess that’s not an essential. I also used a couple of nappy buckets, the good old days of cloth nappies ay?


  • A very helpful read, wonderful.


  • I would also include some bathing products in that list as well such as a baby bath and/or bath support, shampoo and bath wash. Oh and nipple cream for those who plan to breastfeed!


  • it sure is a helpful list for new mums and first time mums. appreciate !


  • Especially in the cooler months we used t-shirts rather than singlets. We found singlets tended to “roll up” and be bulky under their backs. Sometimes he even had little red marks on his back from it.
    The t-shirts always stayed down flat. When baby gets to the toddler stage they are also better under pjs to give extra warmth especially if the blankets don’t stay where they are keeping junior warm. Might be a coincidence but there was less colds and bronchitis when we started using that method. Just a thought. It may not be practical for all families………You need a stroller than wheels well. Some do not wheel around corners well at all. It has to be light enough that you fold it up and open it up fairly easily and isn’t too heavy to lift into your car boot. The cheap ones that have a small seat and just a strap for feet to rest on are not good at all. It gets to a stage where the position of your baby ‘toddler’s legs get pins and needles. You have an upset little one who doesn’t want to stay in the stroller at a much younger age.


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