Newborn Baby Shopping Checklist – advice for first timers!


With so much information to take in when expecting a little one, it can be hard to know everything before they arrive!

With so many different baby products out there, we’ve made a definitive list of what you need for your newborn baby! The cute accessories, blankets and toys take second place to these essentials!


All new bassinets have to comply with safety standards so if you are considering buying a second-hand bassinet, check the standards before you buy.

Bassinet mattress
Always invest in a new mattress! There are different types of bassinet mattress available for your newborn but make sure it’s a new one so you know it’s clean and ready to use!

Baby monitor
Check the frequency and the range before you buy. Choose one that has a large enough range to be useful in your home and a frequency that is different to your other electrical goods, particularly your cordless phone to ensure a clear connection.

Bedding for bassinet
Consider three sets – one being washed, one being used and one for little accident emergencies.

A portable chargeable night light can be very useful as you move around at night. It can be left on for hours before needing to be recharged.

All new cots have to comply with safety standards so if you are considering buying a second-hand cot, check the standards before you buy.

Cot mattress
Toddlers don’t weigh much so there’s no reason to invest in a fully sprung cot mattress. Instead, select a good quality foam or natural fibre mattress that’s at least 10cm thick and fits your cot perfectly.

Bedding for cot
Consider three sets again – one being used, one being washed and one for middle of the night emergencies.



Unscented, natural – possibly even organic – toiletries for newborns as their skin can react to harsh and unfamiliar chemicals.

Change mat
One that has raised sides to stop baby from rolling away and a good quality wipeable surface.

Change table
A foldable change table that you can close between nappy changes will save you space in the room.

Barrier cream
Be prepared to try a couple of barrier creams before you find the perfect one for your baby. These creams are inexpensive and it’s worth the investment to find the one that works best for you.

Nappy wipes
Choose thick alcohol-free wipes that are gently scented and not too moist. Check out the BabyDoc App for great deals on nappy wipes and nappies

Cotton wool
Cotton wool is very useful when bathing baby’s face and bottom, it is gentler than a flannel on the skin.

Nail clippers/scissors
If you’re nervous about cutting little nails, buy nail clippers rather than scissors as these are less likely to cut baby’s skin. Cut nails just after bath-time when the nails are supple from the heat of the water. If you want more advice on cutting baby’s nails then check out our advice guide on it here.

Cotton buds
These are kinder than finger nails when healing umbilical cords need gentle cleaning.

Don’t use adult shampoo on babies as it’s too strong. Instead choose a baby shampoo that’s natural and avoid using conditioner completely.

Hair brush
A gentle brush is suitable. You may need to buy something stronger by the end of the first year, but baby hair only need the gentlest of brushes.

Your baby will grow quickly in the first few months so don’t stock up too much on one size! Check the BabyDoc App for great deals on nappies.

Bath towel
Consider two towels – one for putting baby on when they get out of the bath and one for drying.

Face cloth
Consider two face cloths – one for washing with soap and one for drying.

Baby bath
Try to find a baby bath with a plug which will save you lugging a heavy bath of water.

Bath seat
If your baby can’t sit up, a bath seat will keep him safe and secure in the water at bathtime.

Leaving the house

Baby car seat/capsule
Legislation concerning car seats and infant restraints have changed in recent years so make sure the car seat you plan on using complies to current legislation.

Sun shades for the car windows
Choose a sun shade that covers the whole window rather than a suction cap sun shade. These can fly off the window in a collision.

Try to test out friend’s prams before buying your own. This can be one of the most expensive baby purchases you’ll make so finding the right one is very important! Despite the style you like, make sure it is easy to open and close.

Some prams have their own rain covers. But they can also be bought separately. You can buy universal rain covers that are designed to fit various styles of prams and these are generally cheaper than branded versions.

Test out slings and pouches with your baby in place before you purchase – you need to find one that is comfortable, evenly distributes baby’s weight and is the right size for you so you don’t hurt your back.

Travel cot
If you are travelling a lot or know that baby will be sleeping away from home often, then invest in a good quality travel cot.

The bag must be big enough for all of your baby essentials but not so big that you overload it with unnecessary items!


Feeding equipment

If you’re breast feeding:

Breast pads
Breast pads that have a sticky patch on the back are the best to go for, as they secure to the inside of your maternity bra and prevent movement of the pad.

Feeding pillow
These are ‘V’ shaped pillows and are more comfortable to use than a regular bed pillow.

If you’re bottle feeding:

Microwavable steam sterilisers are a good option because they are quick and easy to use.

Consider using wide-necked bottles because they are easier to clean and to prepare formula in.

You may have to try a few types of teats before finding the right ones for you baby. Whatever you use, make sure you use an age-appropriate teat to ensure correct milk flow.

Make sure that the formula is age-appropriate for your baby.



These are very useful in the winter when a bare belly (when clothing has separated) – is not what you want to happen. Body suits that go over the head and clip together between the legs are the easiest to put on and off.

This is an essential item of clothing even during the hotter months.

These can be worn day or night so it’s worth stocking up on at least 4 or 5 of these essential items.

Winter hat
A little woolly hat will keep your baby’s head warm in the winter months.

Jackets, jumpers, cardigans
These should fit comfortably over another layer or two so baby can be kept warm easily. Don’t choose anything with ties around the neck as these can cause choking.

One pair of socks for every day of the week will be enough. Choosing one colour of socks will mean that when you lose socks, you can pair up odd ones without having to buy more.


Invest in some good quality toys which are not likely to break and will last a long time. Babies don’t need a lot of toys in the beginning!

A portable mobile is best, try to avoid mobiles that play music as this will become very annoying after a few months.

Drawers for storage
A small chest of drawers is the best way to store all of baby’s clothing and accessories in one place. You can use it for years to come, so invest in one that is big enough to store toddler and preschooler clothes for future use.

Baby Gym
This can be a great way to entertain your baby! A baby gym that folds away neatly, is easy to pop up one-handed and allows the toys to be moved is the best type to buy.

Bouncinette/bouncer chair
Buy a chair or bouncinette that isn’t too bulky and doesn’t have legs that extend far beyond the seat so that you don’t trip over them.

First-Aid kit
A very important item to have in your household. Make sure this is topped- up at all times!

A digital stick thermometer is the most accurate reading of your baby’s temperature. There is also the option of an ear thermometer if your baby is opposed to the digital stick one. Ear thermometers are quick to use and give a very accurate reading.

Check out the BabyDoc App for the best deals on all newborn essentials!