Having a baby is a huge deal. It will impact the way you live your day to day life from the moment it arrives and it can be the best thing that ever happens to you as an adult. There are a lot of things you need to prepare and learn when having a child from painting the nursery, learning how to breastfeed, and buying all the things you need; but it is important for us to be ready in plenty of time.

Today we are going to take a look at some of the newborn essentials you need to buy in time for your bundle of joy to arrive.


Your baby’s cot is the most important item to buy for your child because it is where they will spend most of their time as a young baby. A cot should be safe and secure as well as comfortable for the baby. When purchasing a cot for your baby you’ll also want to buy a mattress, pillows, and sheets. Make sure to buy spares in case of any accidents.

Car seat

Unless you plan to take your baby out on the bus, it is important to purchase a secure car seat for them. Your car seat is an important feature to have and you must make sure that you buy on specifically suited to your child’s size.


It is incredibly important for you to find the Best baby prams for your baby. A pram is the only transport you’ll use for your child out of the house so it is important to choose one that is sturdy and durable. Also think about storage pockets on the pram that you can store items such as bottles, wipes, and nappies.


When you welcome a new bundle of joy to your family it is important to use the best possible clothes. Your baby will need 7 long sleeved suits, 7 short sleeved suits, and 7 vests. Your baby will likely have messy accidents often so it is worth buying bulk with these. Also, make sure to buy plenty of socks, a few hats, and 2 jackets to keep them warm.  If you live in a cold place or the weather will be cold, buy a hat, booties and mittens too.


Nappies are obviously an essential when you have a baby, and you’ll need way more than you expect when you have a new baby. Make sure to buy nappies in bulk in a place such as Costco, and make sure you have wet wipes, talc, and a nappy bin.

Nursing bra and pads

Breastfeeding is something that most mothers choose to do for a period of time, and if you are planning to breastfeed you will need a nursing bra for easy access as well as pads to cover your boobs and soak up excess milk.

Here are some of the other top essentials you should invest in when you have a baby:

  • Bottles and teats (if not breastfeeding)
  • Bibs… and lots of them
  • Towels, flannels and cloths for dribbles and bathing
  • A hair brush (gentle)
  • Moses basket
  • Baby bath
  • Potty
  • Baby bag with lots of pockets
  • Sling or papoose
  • Baby monitor
  • Breast pump
  • Lotion or oil
  • Shampoo

With all of these items you should be well prepared to have your baby this year. 

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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