Friends and family - this is what expectant parents need for a newborn baby

12 January, 2021

Friends and family - this is what expectant parents need for a newborn baby

From the outside, it may seem that new parents have more than enough time to prepare for the arrival of a new baby. 

However, in reality, expectant parents adjust to the news while also balancing jobs, looking after families and undertaking all of the responsibilities that come with running a household while also maintaining a social life. 

Those nine months can fly, and the abundance of items needed are often left to the third trimester, so if you are looking to give the gifts that new parents will truly appreciate and treasure, we have compiled a checklist to draw inspiration from. 

Newborn feeding essentials

Whether a baby is being breastfed or bottle-fed, there are several essential items that you can buy as gifts that will come in handy for new parents. These include: 

  • Bottles
  • Teats
  • Bibs
  • Muslin cloths
  • Milk storage containers
  • Thermal bottle carriers
  • Steam steriliser
  • Sterilising fluid
  • Bottlebrush
  • Nursing pillow
  • Breast pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Nursing bra
  • Modesty cape 
  • Colic drops
  • Formula - be sure to check the expiry date or even better, purchase vouchers for shops that sell formula.

Newborn changing essentials

Newborn babies can be changed up to 12 times a day. With this in mind, the volume of everyday items required for a new baby becomes clear. Even the seemingly most ordinary gift can ease new parents' pressure and offer peace of mind knowing they have a stockpile to rely on. The list below details what is needed for change time:

  • Changing table
  • Changing mat
  • Portable changing mat
  • Nappies
  • Water wipes for newborns
  • Cotton wool
  • Nappy cream
  • Disposable nappy bags

Newborn clothing essentials

We all love to buy newborn outfits - is there anything more precious than a tiny pair of leggings or dress? Absolutely not! However, for parents of newborns, these are pieces of clothing in high demand: 

  • Vests
  • Bibs
  • Sleepsuits
  • Hats (soft newborn hats, but also seasonal hats too)
  • Scratch mittens
  • Socks and booties
  • Cardigans
  • Jackets
  • Snowsuit
  • Blankets

Newborn bathing and grooming essentials 

Bathtime with a baby is an exceptional part of the routine. A wonderful opportunity to bond and create lasting memories, below are the items required when bathing a new baby and starting their grooming routine. 

  • Baby bath or bath seat
  • Baby sponge, washcloth or muslin cloth
  • Baby toiletries
  • Hooded towels
  • Baby hairbrush
  • Nail clippers
  • Baby thermometer
  • Medicine such as infant Calpol
  • Vaseline or lotion for newborn dry skin
  • Cradle cap lotion

Newborn bedtime essentials

It's no secret that babies grow at an incredible rate. That's why buying some items for those first few months AND looking ahead to when they will move to a cot will be appreciated by new parents. Below are the items needed for baby's bedtime:

  • Moses basket and mattress
  • Cot sheets for Moses basket
  • Waterproof sheet
  • Baby sleeping bag 
  • Room thermometer such as a Grogg
  • Dummies
  • Cot sheets
  • Cot bumper
  • Cot mobile
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Muslin cloths
  • Nightlight
  • Baby monitor
  • Books to read 
  • Rocking or nursing chair

For outings with a new baby, and general essential items

Leaving the house with a newborn can be a major operation; below are some of the items that can be bought with newborn outings in mind:

  • Changing bag
  • Handy sachets of infant Calpol to keep in the changing bag
  • Pram clip
  • Baby carrier or sling
  • Pram blankets
  • Footmuff
  • Extra bibs or a formal pram bib
  • Extra muslin cloths
  • Dummies and dummy clips

Other essential items

  • Baby swing, rocker or rocker
  • Playmat
  • Pram or pushchair
  • Tummy time toy

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