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What to buy for your newborn baby

There are a huge number of baby products available, but you only need the essentials to start with.

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Newborn essentials

Not everything needs to be brand new, except the cot mattress and the car seat.

It's worth checking if there is an NCT nearly new sale in your area for second-hand baby clothes, toys and essentials.

  • a few packs of newborn disposable or reusable cloth nappies
  • cotton wool or gentle, non-scented, alcohol-free wipes
  • changing mat or towel
  • barrier cream to protect your baby's skin and prevent nappy rash
Baby clothes
  • at least 6 all-in-one sleepsuits or babygrows
  • 4 to 6 vests or bodysuits with poppers that close under the nappy
  • 2 cardigans - choose wool or cotton, rather than nylon
  • a snowsuit if the weather is cold
  • scratch mittens, socks or booties
  • a sun hat for summer, or a wool or cotton hat for the colder months
  • a portable crib, carrycot, or moses basket
  • a firm, flat mattress that fits snugly, leaving no gaps
  • waterproof mattress cover
  • at least 4 fitted sheets
  • 2 sleeping bags, or sheets and a cellular blanket - do not use duvets or pillows as there is a risk of suffocation
  • a baby bath or you can use a washing up bowl
  • towels
Out and about
  • an infant car seat, rear-facing
  • a pushchair with a fully reclining seat so your baby can lie flat
  • a blanket or shawl to wrap your baby in
  • a bag for nappies and other essentials
  • nursing bras – try to get measured at around 36 to 38 weeks pregnant
  • breast pads
  • nipple cream
  • a breast pump
  • muslin squares for burping
Formula feeding
  • bottles with teats and caps
  • sterilising equipment, such as a cold-water steriliser, microwave or steam steriliser
  • brushes to clean the bottles and teats
  • formula milk powder or ready-to-feed liquid formula
  • muslin squares for burping