The Mumsnet guide to new baby essentials

Newborn and mum

It can be an expensive business, this baby-rearing lark, so it pays to know what you should spend your money on. We've harnessed the power of the Mumsnet hive mind (and our indepth reviews by expert testers) and come up with a shopping list of essential newborn baby products. From clothing and cribs to pushchairs and car seats, an easy to read list of top recommendations divided into luxury, mid-range and affordable

Clothing | Sleep | Nursery | Changing | Out and About | Feeding | Nice-to-haves

Clothing

Bodysuits and baby sleepsuits

The White Company Bodysuit Gift Set, £35

The White Company Bodysuit Gift Set, £35

This set of three is perfect for layering and is super soft (made from 100% high quality cotton). Always a popular choice with Mumsnetters, these long sleeve body suits from The White Company feature sweet stars, stripes, and a couple of stargazing elephants.

Buy now from The White Company

M&S Pure Cotton Baby Sleepsuits, £15 - £16

M&S Pure Cotton Baby Sleepsuits, £15 - £16

These sleepsuits from Marks & Spencer have long sleeves to keep your baby warm and popper fastenings to make those late night/early morning nappy changes easier. They are made from plan A cotton – and the integrated scratch mitt feature makes them particularly useful.

Buy now from M&S

Tu at Sainsburys 3-pack Long Sleeve Blue Sleepsuits, from £9

Tu at Sainsburys 3-pack Long Sleeve Blue Sleepsuits, from £9

A good set of basic sleepsuits for your baby, these would be great if you're on a budget or a grandparent looking to stock up cheaply for the first grandchild visit. The sleepsuits in this three-pack from Sainsbury's all have handy poppers. A word of advice: they come up a little longer than most, so bear that in mind when ordering.

Buy now at Sainsburys

Baby socks

Petit Bateau Towelling Socks, £8

Petit Bateau Towelling Socks, £8

These lovely baby socks from French company Petit Bateau are extra soft and made of towelling which apparently makes them more likely to stay on your baby's feet. They are also cuffed in a further bid to help prevent you losing them, and would make a lovely baby shower present.

Buy now at Petit Bateau

JoJo Maman Bebe 2-Pack Baby Socks, £3

JoJo Maman Bebe 2-Pack Baby Socks, £3

JoJo Maman Bebe socks are super stretchy with added Elastene to make it easy for you to get them onto a moving target. They're great value for money and come in a range of four colours – blue, navy, pink and white. Featuring two pairs per pack, they're machine washable at 40C.

Buy now from Jojo Maman Bébé

Scratch mitts

ScratchSleeves, from £8.99

ScratchSleeves, from £8.99

These natural silk mitts protect delicate skin from even the most vigorous scratching, while the 100% cotton stretchy sleeves that run across the back ensure the mitts actually stay on.

“You'll quickly realise they fall very much into the 'need' category if you have a baby/child with eczema.” TiarasandProzac

Buy now from ScratchSleeves

George at Asda 2-Pack Scratch Mitts, £1

George at Asda 2-Pack Scratch Mitts, £1

If you're after a good value set of scratch mitts, this set from Asda definitely fits the bill. This two-pack of mitts are made from really soft cotton.

Buy now from Asda

Merino Kids Go Go Bag, £75

Merino Kids Go Go Bag, £75

The Go Go bag has a pure merino wool lining inside, and organic cotton on the exterior. The combination makes for a wonderfully-breathable sleeping bag for your child and one that you can use all year round. It's available in a selection of nice colours and resizeable too – all you have to do is adjust the poppers for smaller children.

“We found that it stayed ‘fresh’ feeling and smelling for longer than a standard sleeping bag and we followed the guidelines to air the bag on the side of the cot when not in use. Not having to wash/dry a product as often is definitely an added bonus.”WhatTheRedheadSaid

Buy now from Amazon

ergoCocoon Winter Swaddle and Sleep Bag, £39.99

ergoCocoon Winter Swaddle and Sleep Bag, £39.99

Billed as 'easy to use, but difficult to escape from', this sleeping bag from ergoPouch is designed for easy, hip-healthy swaddling if that's the route you're going down. The outer layer is organic jersey and it's filled with 100% organic cotton, making it extra snug for baby, and particularly ideal for cooler months.

Buy now from ergoPouch

Mothercare Snoozie Sleep Bag, from £18

Mothercare Snoozie Sleep Bag, from £18

Mothercare's Snoozie Sleep Bag is a good all-rounder at 2.5 tog, which should suit most homes from autumn through to spring. There's a useful zip on the side for access for night time nappy changes, while the rest of the sleeping bag has push studs so it's easy to get your baby in and out.

Buy now from Mothercare

Snüz SnuzPod 2 3-in-1 Bedside Crib, £199.95

Snüz SnuzPod 2 3-in-1 Bedside Crib, £199.95

The SnuzPod's strength lies in its multitude of uses. It can be used as a bedside crib for night time with a zip-down wall for easy access, or as a standalone crib for the nursery. It also lifts away from its stand as a bassinet for naps around the house. Plus, and this is particularly handy if you have a small room, it has a useful storage shelf. Read our full review.

“It offers all the closeness that I wanted, but within our own space. I am able to just reach to the side and touch the baby, soothe her, and hold her tiny little hand at any time. I can’t really convey how lovely this is.” ABabyOnBoard

Buy now at John Lewis

Shnuggle Modern Moses Basket, £89.95

Shnuggle Modern Moses Basket, £89.95

Shnuggle's Modern Moses basket promises to reduce the noisy creaking that sometimes happens with wicker baskets, by using a single piece of hypo-allergenic moulding for the frame, meaning your child, and you, can sleep easier. It's also constructed for strength, so should stand up to wear and tear.

Buy now from Amazon

Mothercare Little Lamb Moses Basket, £50

Mothercare Little Lamb Moses Basket, £50

The Mothercare 'My First Little Lamb' Moses basket is a basic design that comes with a mattress, hood, coverlet and handles for easy carrying. It's comfortable and secure, with a natural finish and made from maize. It's also really lightweight, making it easy to move around your home.

Buy now at Mothercare

Baby blankets

The White Company Satin Edged Cellular Blanket, from £18

The White Company Satin Edged Cellular Blanket, from £18

The satin edges of this blanket from The White Company are lovely and soft against your child's skin. The blanket is made from gently brushed cotton so it's super soft. Lightweight and suitable for all seasons, it traps warm air in its insulating weave, and comes in four different colours and sizes.

Buy now from The White Company

John Lewis Cellular Pram Blankets, £8.95

John Lewis Cellular Pram Blankets, £8.95

This soft-woven cotton pram blanket from John Lewis is perfect for newborns, and washes well (something you may be doing rather a lot of). A good basic essential to have, it comes in a pack of two so you'll always have a spare while one is in the wash.

Buy now from John Lewis

Asda Baby Cellular Shawl 2-pack, £7

Asda Baby Cellular Shawl 2-pack, £7

ASDA's George brand has come up with this lightweight, 100% cotton blanket which is versatile and comes in a variety of colours. It's nice and cuddly, and really is good value for money (as you would expect from George). Perfect for prams, pushchairs and Moses baskets.

Buy now from Asda

Nursery

Baby monitors

Gro-Egg Room Thermometer, £14.99

Gro-Egg Room Thermometer, £14.99

The Gro Company's room thermometer changes colour depending on how warm the room is, making it extra easy to tell the temperature. The display is permanently back-lit too. It doubles up as a lovely soft night light, and plugs into the mains rather than using batteries.

“I really like the Gro-egg as a night light. It doesn't light up the room like a Christmas tree as some we have tried and it has a reassuring glow.” LovingLifeWithLittleOnes

Buy now from John Lewis

Happy Family Room Thermometer, £1.50

Happy Family Room Thermometer, £1.50

This colourful, affordable thermometer wall hanging from Happy Family can be easily hung up near your child's crib, and will let you know if the room is too hot or too cold. It's also good to know that the manufacturer holds the ISO world standard certificate for their thermometers.

Buy now from Amazon

Angelcare AC401 Movement and Sound Baby Monitor, £84.99

Angelcare AC401 Movement and Sound Baby Monitor, £84.99

Designed to detect movement as well as sound, the Angelcare AC401 features an under-mattress sensor pad to pick up even the slightest movement of your baby, so you can rest easier. The parent unit also has a handy feature to show when you move out of range.

Buy now from Amazon

Snuza Hero MD Mobile Baby Movement Monitor, £79.99

Snuza Hero MD Mobile Baby Movement Monitor, £79.99

This movement monitor from Snuza clips straight onto your baby's nappy, and will alert you if their movements drop outside the normal level more than three times in 15 minutes. The detector can vibrate to rouse your baby ever-so-slightly. It's also hypo-allergenic so it shouldn't irritate your child's skin.

Buy now from Amazon

BT 200 Digital Baby Monitor, £34.99

BT 200 Digital Baby Monitor, £34.99

BT's Digital Baby Monitor transmits the noises your baby makes, and two-way talkback means you can also reassure your baby through the monitor. It also works as a nightlight, and comes with rechargeable batteries.

Buy now on Amazon

Changing and nappies

Changing mats

IKEA Sundvik changing table and chest of drawers, £140

IKEA Sundvik changing table and chest of drawers, £140

IKEA's changing table is functional and ideal for any nursery, and offers lots of helpful storage solutions for nappy cream, nappy bags, baby wipes, blankets and more. Best of all, after your child has grown out of nappies, you can convert it for use as a normal chest of drawers (this will happen sooner than you think, we promise).

Buy now at Ikea

Kiddicare Cot-Top Changer, £29.99

Kiddicare Cot-Top Changer, £29.99

The ultimate space-saver, this practical changer from Kiddicare simply slots on top of your cot when you need it, and can be removed afterwards when you're finished. It has raised sides for extra security, and a neutral finish so will suit any nursery. You'll need to buy a changing mat to go with it.

Buy now from Kiddicare

IKEA Skotsam Babycare mat, £5

IKEA Skotsam Babycare mat, £5

If you have a surface or a changing table already in mind for your child, or you're an on-the-floor changer, IKEA have come up with a no-frills, easy-to-clean baby change mat which you can inflate or deflate for storage and travel. The soft sides are also particularly comfortable if your baby is a real wriggler.

Buy now from Ikea

Storksak Eden, £110

Storksak Eden, £110

Ideal if you have more than one child, this changing bag is roomy and stylish. You'd be forgiven for thinking this was simply another stylish handbag, but on inspection, the multiple pockets and hidey-holes are designed to keep yours and baby's things separate (and easy to find, of course). Read our full review for more details.

"Storksak are bloody brilliant. I like my bag because you can get loads into it, there's lots of different compartments but it's also very stylish." Rindercella

Buy now from Uber Kids

Babymel Robyn Convertible Backpack, £60

Babymel Robyn Convertible Backpack, £60

What MNers love most about this bag is that it can be worn as a backpack, shoulder bag, cross body bag or simply held in the hand or lower arm, thanks to an easy to use convertible strap. This means it is not only uber functional and organised, but is totally adjustable to suit whatever kind of day you are having. Read our full review here for a little bit more information.

"Babymel are good, mine was light, roomy, waterproof, organised well and looked good" Lyn29

Buy now from John Lewis

Wet & Dry Change Bag, £8 (was £12)

Wet & Dry Change Bag, £8 (was £12)

You definitely don't need to buy a whole new bag with only changing your baby in mind – and if you think you've already got a a bag which will do a pretty good job, just slip this into it to keep all that baby paraphernalia in one place (and separate from everything else). And as a plus, this will also work as a bag in its own right, particularly if you're just nipping out for an hour or so.

Buy now from Jojo Maman Bébé

Disposable nappies

Pampers Baby-Dry, £8 for 44

Pampers Baby-Dry, £8 for 44

Pampers Baby-Dry contain fancy Micro Pearls which can help absorb wetness and keep your baby dry and happy, particularly overnight, which is when Mumsnetters feel they come into their own. And if your baby is dry at night, they're likely to sleep well, which is what really, REALLY counts.

“The clever top zone of the nappy absorbs liquid quickly with the inner zone locking away the wetness.” - LifeAccordingToMrsShilts

Buy now from Tesco

ASDA Little Angels, £2.50 for 70

ASDA Little Angels, £2.50 for 70

Super-soft and gently elasticated in all the right places to prevent leaks – what more could you really want? And for this price, you really can't go wrong.

Buy now from ASDA

Reusable nappies

Bambinomio All-In-One Reusable Nappies, from £11.99 upwards

Bambinomio All-In-One Reusable Nappies, from £11.99 upwards

As reusable nappies go, Bambinomio have an absolutely beautiful selection of patterns – from sloths to hot air balloons. They're super soft, very easy to configure, and fit all the way from birth to potty. Sure, you have to pay more upfront for a reusable nappy, but your weekly shop will thank you forever.

Buy now on Amazon

Out and about

Slings and carriers

Ergo Four Position 360 Bundle of Joy Baby Carrier, £139.99

Ergo Four Position 360 Bundle of Joy Baby Carrier, £139.99

This ergonomic baby carrier is specially designed for comfort – yours, and your baby's. It has four different positions, and is suitable from birth onwards. The carrier's 100% cotton insert will provide a little extra protection for newborns, and there's an adjustable cushion and neck support for young babies, plus a useful hood. Read our full review.

Buy now from Amazon

Caboo NCT Carrier, £49.99

Caboo NCT Carrier, £49.99

The Caboo NCT carrier is suitable from birth (2.27kgs) and has been safety tested to 15kgs. It offers six different carry positions including forward facing and a handy option for discreet feeding. It couldn't be easier to use – pull the fabric to adjust and tighten – and the Caboo is also designed to encourage the optimal position for developing spines.

"It’s perfect for those times when you just want to nip to the shops and don't want to have to faff around getting the pushchair/pram out of the boot of the car" TantrumsToSmiles

Buy now from Amazon

AmaWrap Stretchy Baby Wrap Sling, £39.99

AmaWrap Stretchy Baby Wrap Sling, £39.99

The AmaWrap allows for skin-to-skin contact with your baby (and discreet feeding when out and about). This sling is also useful for if your baby has colic or reflux – it keeps your baby upright, which can help to relieve the symptoms. It's ideal for travelling on public transport with your child (and all those other times when a buggy might be too bulky). Read our full review.

Buy now on Amazon

Car seats from birth

Cybex Sirona, £375

Cybex Sirona, £375

The Cybex Sirona car seat is impressive. It was designed with input from German doctors and midwives, and focuses on providing your child with the best possible comfort and safety. It's also been built to last – the 11-position adjustable headrest changes the length and angle of the harness, so it grows as your child does. Suitable from birth right through to four years. Read our full review here.

Buy now at John Lewis

Joie Every Stage, £144

Joie Every Stage, £144

The Joie Every Stages car seat is also long lasting – it is suitable to be used rearward facing from birth to 18kg/40lbs (approx four years), and forward facing from 9kg/20lbs (approx nine months) to 25kg (approx seven years or stages 1, 2 and 3). If you don't fancy the faff of updating your car seat this could be the ideal choice. Comes with a one year guarantee. Read our full review here.

“It fits in the car well, it is sturdy and safe, and the big plus for my daughters is that it is comfortable. Highly recommended.” MiniTravellers

Buy now from John Lewis

Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix Group 0+, £109

Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix Group 0+, £109

The Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix baby car seat is an excellent lightweight option. The seat is rear-facing and is suitable from birth to 12 months or 13kg. It comes with a handy removable (and, crucially, washable) cover. Best of all, the Maxi-Cosi seat will suit your baby as they grow – the harness and headhugger are easily altered.

Buy now at John Lewis

Pushchairs

Uppababy Vista 2017, £849.99

Uppababy Vista 2017, £849.99

The Uppababy Vista2 is an impressive pram and pushchair combo. The seat has five different recline positions and it comes with everything else you could need – a sun hood which has UV protection and an action hood which allows your child to enjoy the view while keeping them dry in a downpour.

Buy now from John Lewis

Out 'N' About Nipper, £339.95

Out 'N' About Nipper, £339.95

Perfect if you're after something not too heavy – this has a height-adjustable handle, and is lightweight without sacrificing comfort or safety. The multi-position seat has a lie-flat newborn position and a 5-point harness. Read our review of the double here.

“I’ve been really impressed…I tested it on a bit of a run this week, and it's still a seriously smooth ride.” TheMumfromBrum

Buy now from John Lewis

Joie Nitro Stroller, £79.99

Joie Nitro Stroller, £79.99

The Joie Nitro has all the features you would usually expect, including an all-important full-recline mechanism for your newborn. It can be used from birth until your child weighs 15kg, and is a relatively smooth ride due to its complete wheel suspension. Read our full review here.

Buy now from Argos

Feeding

Breast pumps

Ardo Calypso Double Plus, now £129.95 (was £144.95)

Ardo Calypso Double Plus, now £129.95 (was £144.95)

The Ardo Calypso Double Plus breast pump has been rated a Mumsnet Best for four years running. Still need convincing? The pump has an adjustable setting for both speed and suction, it's a closed system with a vaccum seal to protect the milk from any contamination, and there's even a soft massage insert. Read our full review now.

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“The Calypso pump is very easy to use and also easy to clean… this breast pump has certainly made the whole process a painless one.” TobyGoesBananas

Buy now from Ardo

Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump

Medela Swing Electric Breast Pump

The Medela Swing is cleverly designed to mimic how a baby feeds in order to make using it as natural, and comfortable, as possible. This one's an open system. The electric option may suit you if think you'll be expressing on a regular basis, and there's a mains adaptor or a battery option if you're expressing on the move.

Buy now on Amazon

Philips Avent Natural Comfort Pump & Bottle, £24.99

Philips Avent Natural Comfort Pump & Bottle, £24.99

The Philips Avent pump combines quality with simplicity. There are very few parts, making it easy to assemble, take apart and clean (it's a closed system, too). It's compact, so a good choice if you're travelling and want something that's easy to store away. And it comes with a bottle and teat for natural latch – useful if you want to combine breast and bottle feeding.

Buy now from Amazon

Muslin cloths

aden + anais Twinkle Cotton Muslin Square Musy, £19.95 for three

aden + anais Twinkle Cotton Muslin Square Musy, £19.95 for three

These gorgeous 100% muslin cloths are a good buy. They are both absorbent and quick-drying (the importance of this cannot be underestimated!). And the star print means they'll be easy to pick out as yours at any new parent meeting. Plus they're larger than average, making them useful extra covers to put under a particularly drooly baby. Read our Aden + Anais review here.

Buy now from Amazon

M&S 5 Pack Pure Cotton Muslin Squares, £12

M&S 5 Pack Pure Cotton Muslin Squares, £12

You get a lot for your money with this pack of five muslin cloths from M&S for only £12. The cloths are super soft and versatile and the ribbed design makes them stand out a little from other muslins. They're also rated for their quality with mums praising their durability – useful when you're always washing them.

Buy now from M&S

George 3 Pack Assorted Muslin Squares, £3.50

George 3 Pack Assorted Muslin Squares, £3.50

Made from 100% cotton, these muslin squares from George at Asda are a complete steal at £3.50. The pack contains two plain muslins and one with a rather lovely star design which would make a particularly sweet comforter. Handy hint – tuck one into your bra during the day and then into the cot with your baby at night so it smells of mum.

Buy now from George at ASDA

Steriliser

Dr Brown's Deluxe Bottle Steriliser, £74.99

Dr Brown's Deluxe Bottle Steriliser, £74.99

Easy to use, quick, thorough and reliable, Dr Brown's electric steam steriliser is a top product. It's all snazzily designed inside to make sure there's enough room for your bottles and other bits and bobs and they all stay in the right place. It won our 2018 Best Steriliser award, too – read our review here.

Buy now at John Lewis

Philips AVENT Microwaver Steriliser, now £18.99

Philips AVENT Microwaver Steriliser, now £18.99

This steriliser from Philips is compact and lightweight. It is convenient to travel with and fits in most microwaves, and it's easy to use too – all you have to do is add water and pop in the microwave. You could even sterilise and then take it out with you – as long as the lid is closed, the contents remain sterile for 24 hours.

Buy now from Amazon

Milton Solo Travel Steriliser, £10.99

Milton Solo Travel Steriliser, £10.99

This mini steriliser from Milton is versatile – it is a dual microwave/cold water steriliser, which gives parents the flexibility to switch between two popular methods of sterilisation. It also has a unique patented safety vent technology so that more heat is created in the unit for better sterilisation, and a twist and lock to prevent spillages.

"I was impressed at the lid which pushed my floating soother right down to ensure it was covered by all the water… I tested the watertight feature and the whole thing remained fully intact with no drips." TakeItFromMummy

Buy now from Amazon

Nice-to-haves

For all those things you'd probably be ok without, but that will make your life with a newborn just that little bit easier

Shnuggle Baby Bath, £19.96

Shnuggle Baby Bath, £19.96

This bath was designed by parents, and consequently has all the handy details that they value. For instance, there is a foam back rest that keeps baby comfortable and cosy, a bum bump which discourages sliding, and the bath also features an anti-slip surface, making this a particularly good buy for very young babies.

“High sides mean that you can fill it with deeper water, making your baby feel more cocooned than a traditional long, shallow bath… A generous lip around the sides makes lifting, filling and emptying extremely easy.” GreatNorthMum

Buy now at John Lewis

Tommee Tippee Nappy Disposal Bin, now £10 (RRP £27.99)

Tommee Tippee Nappy Disposal Bin, now £10 (RRP £27.99)

This nifty little contraption will save your legs from all that travel to the outdoor bin countless times a day, instead wrapping up the nappies securely to prevent smells, germs and anything else leaking out. Sure, you absolutely don't need one of these, but for so little money, it's a really great investment for anyone with a newborn.

Buy now from Mothercare

Ewan the Dream Sheep, £29.99

Ewan the Dream Sheep, £29.99

There's a lot of love for this miracle-working sheep on the MN boards, and with good reason. He plays sounds and lights up to soothe your baby to sleep, and also automatically shuts off after 20 minutes, giving you peace of mind on that front too. We can't promise it will work, but a lot of Mumsnetters say they couldn't have gone without him during those long nights.

"Another Ewan fan here. Again using it from birth but it works fantastically. DS2 is terrible at staying asleep but it does send him off to sleep in the first place, and I put it on every time he wakes, sends him off v quickly. Wouldn't be without it, have brought it everywhere we've been, 5 stars!!" BingoWingoBongoBop

Buy now from Argos