From the moment you see those two little lines on a pregnancy test indicating you are indeed expecting, you not only start noticing everyone around you seems to pregnant also but the amount of different baby things being sold in stores or online. So it can become a little confusing as to what you actually need for a newborn and what is indeed a luxury.
Babies can be expensive depending on where you shop, what brand you buy and how many baby products you buy.
Some people will be able to afford the expensive baby items but if you can or cannot afford the most luxury things on the market you’ll find generally all babies need the same type of things.
What you actually need for a newborn baby
There are so many different car seats on the market but only two groups which are suitable for a newborn baby 0+ and combination 0+-1 so its worth knowing what type of car seat you are wanting.
Baby 0+ is only suitable from newborn to around 12-15 months (29lb) and can only be rearward-facing, most of these car seats can now be bought with a Isofix base and also adaptors so you can attach the car seat onto your pram, which is why early research is important as not all car seats have adaptors for all the different brands of pushchairs.
Combination 0+-1 is from newborn (rearward-facing) to around the age of 4 years (18kg) which then they can be forward facing as of 9kg, obviously check with the manufactures instructions as every car seat is different regarding the weight of the baby/child. Most combination car seats have Isofix or have an additional Isofix base you can purchase if you wish and these car seats cannot be attached to a pushchair.
Your car must have Isofix to be able to use the feature so this is also something that you need to bear in mind.
Please bear in mind the current UK guidelines are that babies shouldn’t remain in a car seat for longer than two hours before needing to be taken out.
Disposable/eco-friendly or reusable.
Which ever you decide to use your newborn will need something on their little bums.
Let me know in the comments if you have used reusable nappies or are thinking of using them
This is definitely something you can find yourself spending an absolute fortune on depending on how many clothes you decide to buy and also where you choose to shop for them. There is no reason you can’t shop in “top” high street/online stores if your budget allows you to but realistically this isn’t going to be the case for many people.
I have picked up so many gorgeous pieces of clothing from my local supermarket at a fraction of the price of some clothing stores and its also worth asking around as friends might have some pieces they can pass onto you or may even know of people selling on bundles of newborn clothes for next to nothing and only because their newborn has grown out of them.
What you actually need in my opinion is- 8 sleep suits/all-in-ones (most now come with scratchmits inbuilt), 8 vests, 5 socks (newborn feet can get really cold so in the early days I like to put socks on their feet and then the sleep suit on top), 2 hats, 2 cardigans and depending on the time of the year you might what to get a pramsuit/snowsuit.
~A safe place to sleep
Cot, cot-bed, crib, moses basket or co-sleeper its all down to personal choice and the space you have within your room.
It is worth doing some research into what is the best one to go for as there are so many different brands, options and prices.
This time for baby we have gone for a Moses basket with a stand and then later on will reuse an Ikea cot we have stored away.
It’s recommend in the UK that your baby shares a room with you until they are 6 months old, obviously if you choose to share a room for longer than 6 months this is totally fine.
Don’t forget when reusing any of the above sleep spaces for baby you will need to purchase a new mattress for every new baby.
You will also need a minimum of 2 fitted sheets for your babies chosen bed and also either a swaddle blanket or a sleeping bag for your newborn.
~A way to transport baby when out and about
Pushchair, baby sling or baby wrap…all three are a safe way to enjoy taking your newborn out for a walk or even some retail therapy.
Buying a pushchair can be a minefield with some many different brands currently on the market and the price can vary a lot depending on brand and if you go for a travel system.
YouTube is a great place to look for reviews and also seeing it in store is a must; if you have a small boot it might be worth doing research to make sure when the pram is folded it will fit in the boot.
Baby slings such as an Ergo baby or Tula grow with your baby and you can purchase a newborn insert which fits into the sling so you can use it from birth until around the age of 3 depending on the childs weight.
A baby wrap is either one long piece of stretchy material or has rings at either side like the close caboo, I have personally always found a baby wrap great for the newborn stage.
~A way to feed baby
Bottle feeding you will need to purchase at least 6 bottles as a newborn will generally need feeding around every 3 hours so in order to have freshly washed and sterilised bottles it’s important to have enough of them, you’ll also need to purchase a steriliser be it electric, microwave or cold water and of course formula.
Breastfeeding you will need….your boobies! Possibly breast pads either disposable or reusable incase you leak which in the early days whilst your milk is coming in will happen.
You don’t need to purchase a baby bath if you don’t want to as you can easily use the sink or the family bath, I have found adding water to our family bath and then putting a towel in the bath makes it easier to bath a newborn as they don’t slide around everywhere plus they seem to like the warm towel underneath them.
When running the bath water I always add a little bit of coconut oil to the water and never use any kind of baby soap in the early days this is just a personal preference and most supermarkets stock baby soaps.
A hooded towel makes drying a newborn so much easier than a normal sized towel but its not something which is necessary.
Blankets, burb cloths and Nappy Bag
Obviously the list of baby items can go on and on from bath thermometers and nail clippers to bouncer chairs and play mats.
In my opinion though the above baby items are the staple items needed for bringing a newborn home and who knows you might find you need a few extra items or you might find you have saved yourself a few pennies as you don’t feel like you need them.
Whatever you decide to buy for baby just know you don’t need to have the top of the market items if your budget doesn’t allow it.
Happy Baby Shopping!!
*This post is no way saying you shouldn’t spend out on expensive items for your baby, we all have different budgets and can afford to spend different amounts, be that small or large amounts*