Newborn baby essentials you actually need from day one

newborn essentials

by Louella Berryman |

It’s not long until your little one will be arriving, which means it’s time to get stocked up on all those newborn essentials. From baby clothes to food and nappy changing must-haves, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate just how much stuff one tiny person needs (and costs!).

A list is key for significant moments like these, which is why we’ve come up with the ultimate checklist for all your newborn essentials. We round up all those items you and your baby really can’t live without, so you can forget about those not-so-important ones.

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In this article:

• Baby feeding essentials

• Baby nappy essentials

• Baby clothing essentials

• Baby bathtime essentials

• Baby nursery essentials

• Baby health essentials

• Baby gear essentials

• Extras

Baby feeding essentials

Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, there’s a whole bunch of baby things you’ll need to help you through mealtimes. Here’s the most important:

Nursing bra

Breast pads

Bottles/teats/bottle brush if not breastfeeding (around 8-10)

Plenty of bibs (around 4-8)

Muslin squares or burp cloths (you'll want a lot of these!)

Breast pump (manual/hand or electric)

• Sterilising equiptment: Steam sterilisermicrowave steriliser bags, microwave steriliser or cold water steriliser

Nipple cream

• Sleep bra

Baby nappy changing essentials

If you’re a first time mum, changing your baby’s nappy can be quite a daunting experience. But don’t worry, with our helpful step-by-step guide and these items, you’ll be a nappy changing pro in no time.

• Changing mat - so baby can lie flat to be changed wherever you are

Disposable nappies - you'll need around 2-3 boxes or reusable nappies - you'll probably need around 30

Nappy rash cream

Baby wipes

• Nappy bags or nappy bin

• Changing bag/diaper bag

Baby clothing essentials

Who doesn’t love cute baby clothes? Afterall, you’re going to get through a lot of these as your baby will grow quickly, so it’s important to just buy the newborn essentials in order to keep your bank balance happy.

Ten sleepsuits/baby grows/long sleeved suits

Ten vests/short-sleeved suits



Scratch mittens (or you can buy sleepsuits with built in mittens if you prefer)

Gentle laundry detergent and fabric conditioner

Pram suit

A few pairs of socks/booties (though if you're having a summer baby you may want to wait longer for these!)

Related: Baby clothes sizes: what should I buy?

Baby bathtime essentials

Bathtime is brilliant for a little bonding with your baby. Don’t be tempted to get too bogged down in bath toys. Here’s exactly what you need:

Baby bath


Bath thermometer

Gentle baby bath soap

Baby sponge

• Baby towel

Baby nursery essentials

If you do decide to have a nursery for your baby, as well as some decor ideas, you’ll want to get it stocked up with these items:

Cot (plus mattress, sheets and blankets)

Moses basket/crib (plus baby bedding including mattress, sheets and blankets) - for baby sleeping in the room with you for the first 6 months.

Sleeping bags/sleep sack

Baby monitor

• Waterproof mattress covers

Cellular blankets

Baby health essentials

Your baby getting sick is probably every parent's worst nightmare, so if it does happen you’ll want to make sure you can help them quickly. With these essentials your little one will hopefully be on the way to feeling better in no time:

First aid kit

Nail scissors

Baby thermometer

• Calpol - it's a good idea to have some on hand to give them after their 8 week jabs

Baby gear essentials

When you’re out and about on the move with your baby, whether that be in the car or by foot, you’ll want to make sure they’re comfy and secure.

Car seat

Pram/buggy/travel system

Sling or baby carrier ​

Added extras

newborn essentials

Baby lotion

Soft hooded towels

White noise machine

Toy basket


Baby feeding pillow

Bottle warmer

Nursing chair

• 4-6 dummies

Cradle cap brush

• Cradle cap shampoo

Milk storage bags

• Dishwasher basket for small items

High chair



Cot mobile

Play mat

Bouncy chair

Hand muffs (a great one for winter)


Pram organiser ​​

Our team are constantly on the lookout for the best baby products to make your life a bit easier. Get some good ideas for your little one to come in our full list of baby recommended products.

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