The Newborn Baby Essentials Checklist For Mums-To-Be


The Newborn Baby Essentials Checklist For Mums-To-Be

Getting ready for your new bundle of joy can be a bittersweet moment as it can sometimes be a little overwhelming, there’s lots of information to learn and if you've got 'baby brain' it's easy to become forgetful! We want to make these precious moments even more special, so we’ve put together a little checklist for new mums-to-be, from everything you need for feeding and changing, to sleeping and venturing outside.

Newborn baby essentials checklist for new mums


Every baby will have a different sleeping pattern of their own. Some will sleep through the night (lucky you), whereas others sleep in short bursts. Most newborns are asleep more than they are awake and can range from eight hours up to 16 or 18 hours.

  • Cot, crib or moses basket with fitted mattress & fitted sheets
  • Sleepsuits
  • Baby monitor
  • Swaddle blankets
  • Sleeping bag
  • Room thermometer

Newborn baby essentials checklist for new mums


When it comes to changing your baby, you want to make the experience as easy as possible and stress-free. Having a dedicated place in your home where you change your baby will make life a little easier, that way you can keep all your essentials close.

  • Changing bag
  • Changing mat
  • Nappies & sacks
  • Baby wipes/cotton wool
  • Nappy rash/barrier cream

Newborn baby essentials checklist for new mums

Bath time 

Bath time can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your baby. Babies don’t need bathing every day, but it can be a great way to help them relax and settle before bed.

  • Baby towels
  • Baby bath
  • Cotton wool
  • Nail scissors
  • Baby brush or comb
  • Bath thermometer
  • Bath support


Playtime is an excellent way to help your baby learn more about the world and explore, communicate and socialise as they grow older.

  • Bouncy chair
  • Teddy bear
  • Blankie
  • Playmat
  • Cot mobile

Newborn baby essentials checklist for new mums


You’ll need enough clothes to make sure your baby is clean and warm, however, babies do tend to grow quickly, so it’s a good idea to plan a little further ahead and have a couple of bigger sizes available for when they grow out of their newborn clothing. 

Newborn baby essentials checklist for new mums


Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, your baby will need all the nutrients to help them grown, and there are a few things that will make feeding your baby easier, from soft baby bibs and muslins to sterilisers and bottles.

  • Breastfeeding:
  • Pump
  • Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Bibs
  • Muslins
  • Bottle-Feeding:
  • Bottles & teats
  • Bottle cleaning brush
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Bibs
  • Muslins

Newborn baby essentials checklist for new mums


Finding the right pram and car seat should be something you research thoroughly, as it needs to suit your needs as well as your babies. 

  • Pram, pushchair or buggy that lies flat
  • Pram parasol & rain cover
  • Car seat
  • Blanket
  • Baby carrier or sling
  • Changing bag
  • Car sunshades
  • Travel cot

Do you have a little one on the way? We’d love to hear all about how you’re preparing for your new baby and if you haven’t already check out Sophie’s adorable baby collection Bears & Balloons. Perhaps you’re an experienced mother and you’ve got some essentials you’d recommend for new mums-to-be, if so drop them in the comments below.

1 comment

  • Thank you for this, it’s really helpful, I’m a new expectant mom and this was really helpful to me.

    Divine on

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