Baby Shopping List


Confused about what you should buy for your baby? Just tick off the items on our definitive list and you’ll have everything you need to see you through those first six weeks.

Things you definitely need

  • Cot (plus mattress, sheets and blankets)
  • Car seat
  • Pram buggy or travel system
  • Six sleepsuits/ long sleeved suits
  • Six vests/ short sleeved suits
  • Shawl or warm sweater
  • Hat, mittens and bootees (only for cold weather)
  • Changing mat
  • Nappies
  • Bottles/ teats/ bottle brush (only needed if not breastfeeding)
  • Nursing bra and breast pads
  • Loads of bibs
  • Loads of towels/ flannels/ muslin squares (for bathing and dribbles!)
  • Loads of kitchen roll and cotton wool pads
  • Brush and comb

Things that are handy, but not essential

  • Baby bath
  • Baby box or bag
  • Sling
  • Bouncy chair
  • Changing bag
  • Steam steriliser (if bottle feeding)
  • Breast pump
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • Bath thermometer
  • Nail scissors
  • Nappy wrapper

Hospital bag, essential items to take to the hospital:

  • Nighties, dressing gown and slippers
  • Nursing bras, breast pads
  • Maternity, or super-absorbent sanitary towels
  • Toiletries
  • Nappies
  • Baby toiletries
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby clothes
  • Shawl or cot blanket, hat & mittens if it’s cold
  • Car seat
  • Clothes and a coat if it’s cold
  • Money and camera