Next Changing Satchel £20, next.co.uk/babyboutique
You’ll need a sturdy changing bag with lots of space for everything, plus it’ll become your new handbag once your baby has arrived. So you’ll want one you’ll enjoy carrying around every day – but it has to be practical, as well. Not only is this satchel-style bag colourful, it’s also functional, and comes with change mat, mess bag and bottle holder.
Babies R Us Microwave Steriliser £14.99 babiesrus.co.uk
Whether you breastfeed or bottlefeed, you’ll need a steriliser to keep all your breast pump parts, nipple shields, soothers, bottles and teats ultra-hygienic. This basic model can be used as a microwave or cold-water steriliser, it holds up to four bottles and takes just five minutes to steam-sterilise in the microwave.
Boots Essentials Baby Bath £8.20 boots.com
Bathing your newborn in an adult bath can be awkward as you need to lean over the side. A baby bath will help your little one feel secure and supported, and make bathtime easier for you. This model has rounded edges for comfort, and spaces for soap and a sponge. It also has a drainage hole and plug to make emptying effortless.
Chicco Go Baby Carrier £24.95 Johnlewis.com
Baby carriers are useful for a hands-free walk without a pushchair. Choose one that you can get your baby in and out of easily, and that supports her back and head. This carrier has two positions – inward-facing (for newborns) and outward-facing (from four months). Made from breathable fabric, it has a dribble bib and ‘pocket’ section for reassuring mother-baby contact.
Clair de Lune Butterscotch Moses Basket £26.99 babiesrus.co.uk
A Moses basket is really useful in the first six months as you can keep your baby close to you. This basket is ideal for a boy or girl, and comes with a mattress for extra comfort and carry handles. The adjustable fabric hood and the lining can be removed for washing. You’ll need to buy bedding separately
Mothercare Spring Bouncing Cradle £12.9995 Mothercare.com
As your baby spends more time awake, she’ll want to sit up and see what’s going on around her. A bouncy chair like this one will also help her make eye contact with you and your partner. Suitable from birth, the cradle has an adjustable head hugger for comfort and support, and a safety harness. The cover can be removed for washing. </p
Graco Quattro Tour Deluxe Travel System with Junior Baby Car Seat £279.99 babiesrus.co.uk
A travel system offers you the best of both worlds – a car seat and a pushchair. The Quattro Tour in ‘I Love My Bear’ design can be converted into a rear-facing pram with a newborn carrycot. Also features a forward-facing pushchair that’s suitable from birth. Made from lightweight aluminium, it can be folded with one hand, too.
MAM Anti-Colic bottle FROM £4.75 for 130ml bottle, mambaby.co.uk
For bottlefeeding you’ll need to invest in some good all-round bottles, which are available in a small 130ml size for newborns, moving up to 160ml and 260ml as your baby grows. Our testers liked the MAM range, which come in a variety of colours and with four different teat-flow options.
Fisher-Price Sounds ’n Lights Baby Monitor £24.99, babiesrus.co.uk
There are sound-activated lights on both sides of the receiver, so it’s easier to see your baby’s activity. There’s also a built-in nightlight on the transmitter to help you see better when you’re peeking into the nursery. Two channels minimise interference, and receives up to 400 feet!
Mothercare 6-piece Bedding Starter Set from £29.99 mothercare.com
A ‘bale’ of baby bedding is better value than buying sheets and blankets individually – and you get two of everything. Our choice comes in baby-friendly 100% white cotton and includes two cellular blankets, two flannelette flat sheets and two fitted sheets, in Moses basket, pram and cot sizes.