Newborn Essentials: the ultimate baby shopping list

There are a million things to think of when preparing for your baby’s arrival. From health essentials to diapers, cribs and toys, it seems that baby shopping and supplies are never-ending.

And it’s quite true, actually.

Even if you already have all that you need, there’s always the item that is just “too cute” to resist. On the other hand, some moms may feel a little overwhelmed by all the options out there. To give you some guidance, I’ve composed a list of the ultimate baby essentials for you. Enjoy your shopping!

Baby clothing

Cuteness overload I’m sure! But with that cuteness, you need practicality and simplicity that’s also comfortable and cosy for your baby. Remember that your baby will outgrow their clothes sooner than you think, so as tempting as it is, don’t buy too much.

At least 5 dress-up outfits will do the trick for when you need to leave home with your baby. You also want to invest in a few snuggly blankets for the colder months, and some cotton or cooler blankets for the warmer months.


The onesie also known as the babygrow is a popular favourite and must-have, and you will need to invest in at least 8 to 10 onesies that have snaps at the crotch.


Baby vests are worn under outer layers of clothing and ideally should also have snaps in the crotch area. Vests are perfect for hotter days. Not many people know this amazing little snippet of information but these vests are designed to be stretched over the shoulders and pulled down rather than over the head. I was on my third baby before I discovered this secret! 

Socks or booties

Your baby does not need shoes until it starts walking.

You do however want to keep their feet warm, and at least 8 pairs of socks or booties are sufficient.

Hats, bibs and mittens

You’re generally going to use softer hats and the odd sun hat when you leave home, and just a few of these along with a couple of pairs of scratch-proof mittens are fine.

When it comes to bibs, this is where I’d say you can never have enough, and it’s something that will last as the baby grows.

Diapers/nappies and toiletries

Getting a general size of your baby pre-birth will help to establish the diaper size that you’d need, and at the beginning, you should stock up on at least 2 to 3 boxes of diapers together with unscented wipes, diaper cream and a baby bag.

Toiletries can be tricky, and it’s safer to stick to hypoallergenic shampoo, body wash and lotion.

Your baby’s skin is sensitive and fragile, and you’d need a couple of good, soft washcloths and baby towels.

Feeding essentials

Formula, Baby bottles, nipples, bottle brushes and a sterilising kit are essential if you’re not going to nurse your baby.

And if you are, you would need a breast pump, nursing pads, milk storage bags and nipple cream.


Your nursery should be equipped with a crib, although not an essential a feeding chair may come in handy and make those midnight feeds nights a little more comfortable for you. A stroller and other essentials like a nursing or feeding pillow and burping cloths. 

Remember to test items such as your stroller and crib out as soon as you buy them for any defects./N

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