I posted recently about What the heck do I need in my Hospital Bag? and thought whilst I was asking you lovely people for help, I may as well ask this question too...
What does my newborn baby actually need?
There are again a million and one posts, websites, etc. that list the 'essential you MUST buy for baby' lists, but I don't believe I actually need it all. Am I being naive? Or realistic?
Please take a look at my lists below and do please comment on anything you think is unnecessary, or that is blatantly missing.
Things we definitely need:
- A pram, pushchair, or buggy that lies flat, so is suitable for newborn babies.
- Car seat
- Cot (with mattress) and sheets and blankets or a bottom sheet and a baby sleeping bag
- Feeding equipment - I'm hoping to breastfeed, so do I need anything? Although should I have bottle feeding equipment just in case? e.g. bottles / teats / bottle brush, formula and sterilising equipment.
- Nappies - I am planning to use disposable for first few weeks at least, then possibly reuseable.
- Changing mat
- Nursing bra, breast pads, and nipple cream.
- Baby toiletries - nappy wipes, cotton wool balls, cotton buds, a good nappy rash cream (Do baby’s need wash / shampoo etc.? General consensus is no.)
- Brush and comb
- Plenty of towels / flannels / muslin squares
- Shawl or snow suit
- Six sleep suits/ long sleeved suits
- Six vests/ short sleeved suits
- Two cardigans/ jackets
- Hat, socks, and bootees
Things that are nice to have:
- 2 or 4 pacifiers (if I choose to use these)
- A special 'feeding' pillow or a 'V' shaped cushion
- Baby bath - although baby can use the big bath (have support), share with me, or I could use a new washing-up bowl at the very beginning.
- Baby box or bag
- Baby carrier or sling
- Baby monitor
- Basket/ crib (plus mattress, sheets and blankets)
- Bath thermometer
- Bottle rack
- Bouncy chair
- Breast pump and Breast milk storage bags
- Change table / unit
- Changing bag with a change mat
- Digital ear thermometer
- Mattress protectors (one for my bed as well)
- Nail scissors/clippers
- Nappy wrapper
- Night light
- Playmat for tummy time
- Portable cot
- Rocking chair for feeding and swaddling
- Scratch mittens (one or two pairs). Don't use these unnecessarily: most infants don't actually need them, and all babies benefit from having their hands free for exploring, and for self comforting by sucking their fingers. It's better to keep baby's fingernails trimmed, rather than their hands hidden away!
- Sunshades for car windows
- Rattles and other baby toys - although not really necessary at first, they are nice for me and baby to enjoy together.