Newborn checklist, everything you need for your baby!

Newborn baby shopping list

We’ve written this list from experience, having 2 children we inevitably bought EVERYTHING for our firstborn and scaled back for our second. If this is your firstborn, then you will be surprised how quickly your home is taken over with baby things so if space is a tight then it will help to scale back to the necessities and add to it later (if you need/want to).

See also our hospital bag checklist 

There are some printable checklists below.

Here are the things we found essential, the things we couldn’t do without or the things that made our lives much easier with our newborn:

  • Something to sleep in- This could be a crip, a bedside crib, Moses’ basket, or cot. If you are breastfeeding, then I would consider a bedside crib. Unless you are planning on putting your baby in a cot from birth (in your bedroom) then you don’t need one straight away, nursery furniture can wait, unless of course, you want to decorate your nursery in advance.
  • Crib/Cot/Moses Basket sheets- At least 3
  • Baby Nest- This isn’t ‘essential’ but we couldn’t live without it, it could easily transfer from room to room so our babies could sleep/lay wherever we were without us having to put them in their bed or hold them constantly.
  • Car seat- We used a Maxi-Cosi and an isofix base, the base made getting into and out of the car VERY easy, we got our base second-hand from eBay at a fraction of the retail price.
  • Pushchair/Pram/Buggy/Travel System- These come down to personal preference but if we can pass on 1 bit of advice go for something that folds small with good wheels, We really love strollers that have a newborn insert. If you’re a walker the Mountain Buggy Swift is fab, if you mostly walk on pavements and flat(ish) surfaces then try out the Babyzen yoyo or Uppababy Minu.
  • Sleepsuits- These often come with built in scratch mitts. Babies can be quite sicky in their first few days so bare this in mind, I would suggest 6-8 sleep suits as a minimum.
  • Vests- At least 6-8

  • Cardigans/Jackets… at least 2
  • Blankets… 2 or 3
  • Hats… at least 2
  • Baby changing bag
  • Changing mat- Most baby changing bags come with a small fold away changing mat, this is more than sufficient, the bigger padded ones take up space and are completely unnecessary.
  • Bibs/Burp cloths/Muslin squares- We used both, muslin squares are versatile, they can be used for everything from wiping faces to protecting your clothes, I didn’t leave the house without one. Bibs are great for protecting your babies’ clothes, so you don’t have to constantly change their outfits.
  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Baby grooming set

Bottle feeding-Tommee Tippee do a great value complete set with everything you’ll need.

  • Bottles and teats- At least 6.
  • Bottle cleaning brush
  • Steriliser
  • Formula


  • Maternity bra
  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Milk storage bags and pump
  • Breastfeeding pillow

Here is a list of things you may want to consider buying, they aren’t essential, and they can wait until baby has arrived:

  • Baby car mirror… We found this useful to check on our babies when we were in the car alone with them.
  • Carseat Blanket… You can buy blankets specifically for use in car seats, the car seat straps go through holes in the blanket, so it stays in place.
  • Baby bath… A baby bath is a bulky item to have hanging around, there are fold away options or the shnuggle baby bath is a slight less bulky alternative.
  • Baby carrier
  • Cute outfits
  • Snowsuit/Pramsuit
  • Nappy disposal bin
  • Digital thermometer
  • Bath and room thermometers
  • Baby monitors
  • Isofix base
  • Baby rocker/swing
  • White noise machine
  • Dummies
  • Baby towels
  • Sleeping bags/swaddles
  • Night light