Even if the buggy's been ordered. but hasn't arrived yet, don't stress! There are only some baby buys that you need from day one.
You can invest in that all-singing/all-dancing baby sensory system centre later…
1. Somewhere for your baby to sleepWhether you’re planning on buying a cot, crib or Moses basket for your baby, you’ll need it as soon as your little one’s home from hospital. Take a look at the best options shortlisted by our mum testers here.
2. MattressYour baby’s mattress should fit snugly in the cot, crib or Moses basket so that your baby can’t trap his head.
3. Baby beddingYou’ll need sheets (ideally fitted) to cover the mattress and for your baby to sleep on. It’s a good idea to buy at least four as you’ll need to change them often. Your baby will also need a few blankets for warmth.
4. NappiesYep, your baby will start doing his business immediately – so you’ll need to be ready. First, decide whether you’ll be using disposable or reusable nappies and then stock up on enough to get you through at least the first week at home with your tot – you won’t want to be dashing to the supermarket for more every day.
5. Baby monitorUnless your home is small enough for you to hear everything throughout it, a baby monitor is essential. Here’s everything you need to know about buying one.
6. ClothingYour baby will need some clothes to keep him warm and cosy. For the first few weeks, you can probably manage with just a few different outfits and babygrows – but the more you have the less frequently you’ll need to do the washing. Make sure you’ve washed all of your baby’s new clothing with non-bio powder before he’s born so that nothing irritates his skin.
7. Changing stationAn area where you’ll change your baby’s nappies is crucial. Here, you’ll need a changing mat, clean nappies, a place for dirty nappies and any wipes or creams you may need. Changing tables differ in price and style, so plan, which you think, suits your home and needs.
8. Feeding chairWhether you’re breast or bottle feeding, you’ll need somewhere comfortable to sit with your baby each time he’s hungry. If you already have the perfect chair in your house, it’s a good idea to move it into the room that your baby will be sleeping in to make the night feeds easier.
9. Feeding essentialsIf you’re planning on breastfeeding, you’ll still need a few essentials from day one. Add a breast pump, breast pads and nipple soothing cream to your list to make the experience easier. Bottle-fed babies will also need a few necessities including bottles and sterilising equipment.
10. Car seatYou can’t get your baby safely home from hospital without the use of a car seat. Before your due date arrives, make sure both you and your birth partner know how to fix it and strap your baby in – some can take a bit of getting used to.
11. Muslin clothsDefinitely add a few Muslin cloths to your list – they’ll save your clothes when you’re burping your baby and are great for cleaning up any dribble.
12. Baby wipesBaby wipes will be your new best friend for, oh, about the next 10 years. And they’re useful as soon as your baby arrives. Take a look at the best ones available here.