Preparing for life with a newborn


About to welcome a new baby into the world? Feel (somewhat) prepared for impending parenthood with advice and reassurance from others who've been there, done that and got the drool-stained T-shirt to show for it.


What to buy for a new baby

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First child on the way? There's no need to fill your home with the entire baby department. Here's the kit you actually need – and the top products which come recommended.

Top tips for new parents

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Mums and dads who've already been down the newborn rabbit hole offer tried-and-tested advice to help you through the early days with a baby.



Looking after a newborn - FAQs

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Whether you're a first time parent or just struggling to remember what you did last time round, let Mumsnetters help answer those niggling questions about newborns.

Waiting for baby to arrive

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Trying to take your mind off the impending birth but also feeling the need to prepare like you've never prepared before? Sit down, relax – the final stretch of pregnancy calls for some self-indulgence.



First-time parents - you'll be OK!

It doesn't matter if you're new to this, everyone has to learn the parenting ropes at some point – and those with a little more experience have words of wisdom to share.

Best books for new parents

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Want some insight, unpatronising advice, or just a bit of a laugh? These books on pregnancy, parenting babies and beyond are essential reading.



What to pack in your hospital bag

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Waiting for D-day to arrive? Make sure you're fully prepared, with everything you need ready for labour and your baby's first days in the big wide world.

Great gifts for new mums

From practical to pure luxury, these are the gifts Mumsnetters would've really appreciated in those first few weeks at home. (A handy hint for your nearest and dearest!)



Why having a new baby is great

Yes, the thought of looking after a tiny human for the first time can be terrifying – but here's why life with a newborn is also truly wonderful.

Coping with sleep deprivation

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Babies and broken nights go hand in hand. Fellow sufferers (and survivors) share their stories and strategies for getting through the tiresome phase – both pre-birth and post-baby.