Newborn baby essentials list

Are you looking for a Newborn essentials checklist? Wondering what the most essential things a baby needs?

It’s safe to say that it’s a bit of a minefield out there when it comes to babies. After having 2 children, I can tell you that although some things have changed over the years, it’s pretty much a standard that you don’t need all of the latest baby paraphernalia.

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You can keep it fairly simple and minimal initially, then layer on what you need as and when you need it. This will minimise unnecessary purchases, shop returns and excess ‘stuff’ that just doesn’t get used.

It’s worth mentioning that since I had my babies, I’ve become a lot more conscious of choosing sustainable items. Ideally consuming only what we need to reduce waste and the impact on the environment. If that sounds of interest to you, I’d recommend really doing your research on options available. You might be surprised at the cost vs benefit. Oh, and repurpose where you can, or save for another baby if that’s in the plan.

Let’s get to it; here are some of the essential things a baby needs…

1. Moses basket or a bedside crib like the snuzpod

2. 100% cotton Muslins – lots of them

3. A good pram that is not too heavy, easy to manoeuvre, and is a good balance of protection, comfort and quality

4. Car seat – consider whether it needs to be portable; some can click in and out; others are not designed to do this.

5. Blankets

6. Baby bath – I had one with a stand, but the Shnuggle bath looks cool too. They do grow out of these things pretty fast though so think carefully about this. We went straight into the big bath after this with a baby safety bath seat inside the bath

7. Changing bag and travel changing mat – so many to choose from now but make sure you get this right. You can even get the backpack ones now

8. Wipes/washable wipes/ cotton wool and water for changing nappies. A lot of people rate Water Wipes. Also, some will use a combination of these methods or exclusively use one.

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9. Changing mat for home

10. Clothing – sleep suits, vests, a hat and maybe mittens

11. Nappies and bum cream (do your research, I went through a few!) – cloth or disposable

12. Formula feeding kit (this is only if you intend to formula feed, of course. I introduced one formula feed a day from the age of 3 weeks)

13. Nipple cream – I used Lansinoh

14. Coat/jacket/all in one

15. Baby sleeping bag – Oh my goodness this was like gold for us…can’t remember which one we had, but Jojo Maman Bebe have a nice one with detachable sleeves.

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Nice to have …

  • Baby monitor
  • White noise, e.g. Ewan the Dream Sheep… I think there is a Deluxe Ewan too!
  • Sleepyhead or similar
  • Breast pump – a lot of mums I meet love the Medela. if you are planning on breastfeeding, you may want to read my article on Motherhood and breastfeeding
  • Carrier and/or Sling – I used a Babybjorn carrier, but if I had my time again, I’d get a fabric one too for when they are teeny tiny, partly because I’m teeny tiny myself and the carrier wasn’t right for me. It was perfect for my husband, though!
  • Bouncy chair
  • Nursing bras
  • Changing table
  • Nursing pillow
  • Thermometer – we used the Philips Avent one but do your research.
  • Baby wash – we used the Weleda Baby range. I particularly like the shampoo and body wash. My son still uses it today… and he is 6!
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Really really nice to have!

  • Chocolate for Mum and Dad – okay, well maybe not chocolate but definitely something homemade and delicious!
  • A maternity nurse can help with routines, getting more sleep and so much more

I hope my list of 15 Newborn Baby Essentials helps you out, even if it’s just a little bit. Most of all, enjoy this time preparing for your baby. It’s super fun…and the best is certainly yet to come.


I’m Samantha. I’m a Natural London Newborn and Family Photographer and International Lifestyle, Portrait and Commercial Photographer. Mindful Mama of 2, leaning into conscious living. Lover of plants and light.

I create meaningful portraits that resonate with your soul. I also help conscious brands better connect with their tribe through honest storytelling and impactful imagery. 

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