Newborn essentials

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First baby on the way? Here's the kit you really need - sourced from those who've been there, and done that. 


Newborn Essentials - here's what you need

So, we've created a handy checklist of Mumsnetters' essentials for newborns, with recommendations for each item as voted Mumsnet Best in our Reviews section.

Do bear in mind, however, that if there was ever a time to get thrifty and start buying pre-loved, this is it. Mumsnetters report having bought everything, bar their cot mattress and car seats, second-hand, so it's well worth checking out the Nearly New section on your Mumsnet Local site and other resources such as Gumtree, Freecycle, eBay and NCT sales.

Essentials for newborn babies

cotCot or crib: Stokke Sleepi

"We generally have this is in the dining room - it's perfect for daytime naps as your baby is close by you. When our DC is unsettled we wheel it to wherever we are, eg the kitchen, when we're eating, ironing and chatting etc."


Pampers Baby-Dry nappiesNappies: Pampers Baby-Dry or Easy Peasy Bumbles

"These are the best disposable nappies on the market. A little more expensive than most; if I had the money they are the only ones I would buy ever. I eke them out by buying cheap nappies and save these for nighttime use and days out. Only had one or two leaks when using them in almost two years. Brilliant!"

"I love Easy Peasy Bumbles! One of the real attractions about these nappies is that they dry fairly quickly; after a few hours on the line and in about 24 hours on the rack indoors. They're particularly good for long babies like my DS."


uppa pushchairPushchair: UPPAbaby Vista, Baby Jogger City Mini and City Mini Double

"We've used the carrycot from our Vista every day since my four-month-old was born, instead of a moses basket as well as out and about. It is so light to push, and is as nice on grass and tracks as it is on paths and around town. The frame folds down easily too." 

"The City Mini folds like magic, fits in my car boot and my baby loves it; he looks so comfy in there. No need for a parasol, the hood folds right over. I can easily steer it with one hand too."

"I've found the City Mini Double easy to steer and comfortable for my children, and the folding mechanism is amazing! The size when folded is also very small considering."


baby bouncerBaby bouncer: BabyBjorn Babysitter Balance

"This chair has been great from the start; our DD much preferred being able to see me while I was in the bathroom and making lunch etc - in fact, the first day we had this was the first day she didn't cry while I was taking a shower!"


avent breast pumpBreast pump or bottle steriliser: Phillips Avent Comfort Electric or Phillips Avent Microwave

"This is a lovely breast pump. Sleek design and a quiet motor. The stimulation mode is very good for getting the initial flow going. Easy to assemble and clean; the parts go together logically so you don't need to consult the manual each time. Comfortable to use."

"Brilliant steriliser - quick, simple, easy, cheap, and fits all bottles in too. Just fab!"


maxicsi car seatCar seat and/or sling [depending on how you'll be getting around]: Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix/Kari-Me Baby Carrier

"Can't fault this car seat. Light yet durable, easy to lock into the base and our pushchair, and adjustable straps - handy with the little'un growing so quickly."

"Ideal for a newborn, easy to pre-tie and my goodness, it saved my sanity when DD was tiny! Well-made, dependable and comfortable to wear."


tesco baby wipesBaby wipes: Tesco My Baby's Ultra Soft Wipes

"I love these wipes! A really good price and they're often on promotion so work out even cheaper! They are lovely and soft, have a very delicate fragrance and have never irritated my sons skin. Im really pleased with them."


Also good to have...

Grobag with Mumsnet Best logoBaby sleeping bag: Grobag

"I love the look of these as well as the poppers on the 0-6 months size so they don't move around too much. Great for kicky babies. The temperature guide is brilliant for nervous mums like me - tells you what to put them in to sleep. I use the heavier tog for night and the lightweight for daytime naps. They wash really well and still look good."


baby mat


Baby gym: Galt Playnest

"We bought the Playnest when our baby was a few weeks old and it's perfect; semi-inflates for newborns so they can be safely propped up on it. It has lots of different textures and sounds; we go around the different animals on it and do the sounds for her."


Other items on the checklist

Key money-related dates to do with your pregnancy and newborn.
  • Changing mat
  • Sleepsuits
  • Baby-gros
  • Vests
  • Maternity pads
  • Baby-gym/nest
  • Breast pads
  • Nursing bra 
  • Muslin squares or flannels

What Mumsnetters say about essentials for newborn babies

  • When picking a pushchair or pram, think about your lifestyle. I can't drive and we don't have a car. As I walk everywhere, I wanted a manoeuvrable, light pushchair, and I tried a few out at John Lewis to push them about. When I liked the feel of one, I watched eBay and pounced! Cyclebump
  • You always feel like you MUST get everything before the baby arrives, but I wish I'd waited, because lots of stuff I got was completely unused. And you will get cute little outfits etc as presents, so try to resist, especially as they all get puked on immediately! georginarrs


Last updated: 18 days ago