The Ultimate Baby Items Checklist

As a first time expectant mother, it is hard to know if you have everything you need so that your prepared for the baby. Checkout our ultimate checklist that will tell you what is essential, and what is optional.


You will probably be given most things you need if you let people know you want their second hand items, and if you wait until after you have a baby shower to buy anything else you might need. Keep in mind that while babies do need a lot of items, they don’t need many toys at first and they grow out of newborn clothes very quickly, so try not to stock up on those items too much.


  • Cot & mattress
  • Bassinet & mattress (they only stay in a bassinet for a few months, so get a cot before the baby comes, you don’t want to be shopping with a newborn)
  • Change table (or draws at a good height) & change matt (with lipped edges)
  • Draws/wardrobe to put clothes in
  • Nappy bin
  • Chair for feeding (you can just use your lounge chair if it isn’t too far from the nursery)
  • Ottoman (optional)
  • Place to store toys/baby books

For the nursery

  • Cot sheets (a few sets)
  • Cot mattress protectors
  • Cot size blanket
  • Bassinet sheets
  • Bassinet mattress protectors
  • Bassinet size blanket
  • Baby monitor
  • Nightlight or lamp (optional)
  • Mobile for above cot (optional)
  • Clothing hamper (plastic lined preferred as some items may be wet)
  • Block out curtains (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Lullaby music (optional)

Note: Some of these optional items for the nursery are really helpful to some babies and not for others, you can wait to see how your baby sleeps best and go from there.

Bath time

  • Baby bath (just use the kitchen sink if you want!)
  • Bath ramp to lie baby on
  • Baby towels
  • Wash cloths

Baby toiletries

  • Nappies (you will be given some at the baby shower)
  • Wet wipes (no, you do not need a wipe warmer)
  • Barrier cream eg. Sudocream
  • Baby nail scissors/clippers
  • Baby brush
  • Baby soap
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby lotion

Feeding Baby

  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Breastfeeding pillow (optional)
  • Bottles/Formula/Steriliser/bottle brush/storage bags (optional)
  • Bottle Warmer (optional)
  • Breast pump (optional)
  • Nursing pads/nipple cream
  • Privacy Shawl (optional)


  • Muslin wraps
  • Baby sleeping wraps (for when they get out of swaddling)
  • Baby blankets
  • Singlets (for summer or to layer for warmth in winter)
  • Onesies (either long/shot sleeve dependant on weather)
  • Pants
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Jackets
  • Bodysuits for winter

Note: Don’t buy too many clothes, you will be given some as presents, and the baby grows so quickly.

Trips out

  • Pram
  • Car seat
  • Baby capsule (optional)
  • Baby carrier (optional)
  • Nappy Bag
  • Car window sun shade
  • Car mirror
  • Spare clothes for you (optional)
  • Shopping cart cover (optional)
  • Pram cover for rain (optional)

For nappy bag

  • Change mat
  • Nappies & Wipes & Small sudocream
  • Plastic Nappy bags

For baby play

  • 2 play mats for tummy time
  • Baby rocker
  • Baby bouncer (optional)
  • Activity gym (with dangling toys)
  • Rattles/Soft toys/Musical toys
  • Baby books
  • Bath toys
  • Walker/stationary play table (optional)


  • Nasal aspirator (trust us, when the baby has a cold, you will want to do anything you can to help your baby breath better)
  • Thermometer
  • First aid kit
  • Baby laundry detergent
  • Stain remover
  • Baby record book (optional)
  • Dummies

For later

  • High chair
  • Feeding spoons & bowls
  • Sippy cups
  • Teething rings
  • Stroller
  • Safety latches/gates/outlet covers
  • Baby entertainment eg jolly jumper, walker (optional), activity tables
  • Portable feeding chair (optional)

For you

  • Maternity pads
  • Breastfeeding friendly clothes


We hope that this list helps you work out what you do need and we hope that you enjoy preparing for the baby. Let us know what items you found helpful for the baby in the comments below.




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