New baby shopping list

Start planning your baby's shopping list


New baby shopping list

Make time while you’re pregnant to buy all the essentials you’ll need once your baby arrives.


Don’t go mad, though, or you’ll end up with a houseful of equipment, some of which you’ll never use. Take our advice and buy only what you’ll actually need for the first few weeks.

Click through to find out what should be on your shopping list.


New baby shopping list

Change mat:

Absolutely essential. This Red Gingham Changing Mat from Blooming Marvellous costs £8.99. The cosy towelling cover can be removed and washed, leaving the wipe-clean PVC mat underneath.

Or buy a plain changing mat and lay a small hand towel on top to keep baby’s back warm. 


New baby shopping list

Cellular cotton blankets:

These are great because they keep baby warm but allow her skin to breathe and keep air circulating so she won’t overheat. Make sure you have two: so there’s always one clean while one is in the wash.

This selection costs £5.99 per blanket from Mothercare. 


New baby shopping list

Moses basket:

Just the thing for a newborn to sleep in: not as daunting as a full-size cot and very portable so you can pop your sleeping baby down close to you all over the house for those daytime naps.

Check out Babies R Us for a good selection of Moses baskets, from traditional pink or blue to ones made from organic materials. This Chambray Moses basket costs £27.99. 


New baby shopping list


Your baby will most likely be living in sleepsuits day and night for at least the first few weeks so stock up on at least seven all-in-one sleepsuits (these are generally long-sleeved with built-in feet) and seven body-suits (these are T-shirt style, short-sleeved and fasten between the legs) to wear underneath.

This sleepsuits costs £12 for a pack of three from Mothercare.


Experienced mums tend to steer clear of bodysuits that don’t have integral feet as baby socks are notoriously difficult to keep on! 

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