Bringing your new arrival home
Some newborn baby essentials are really handy to have ready from day one. These are the basic things you’ll need to keep your little one safe, warm, clean and – most importantly – well-fed.
To get from A to B with your new arrival, you’ll need a stroller. During the newborn phase, you’ll need one that comes with a carrycot or a seat that you can convert into a lie-flat position. When it comes to choosing your stroller, the most important thing to consider is your lifestyle. Whether you need a lightweight frame for public transport, or a more robust style for off-road walks, our handy guide will help you figure out which one is right for you.
One of the most important essentials for getting out and about is a car seat that meets all the safety regulations. If you’re struggling to choose, we offer free car seat consultations in-store, where our experts help you find the right car seat for you, and make sure you leave the store feeling confident when it comes to fitting it in your car.
Moses basket or bedside crib
It might not feel like it, but your newborn will spend most of their time snoozing. To keep them close when they do, it’s worth investing in a Moses basket that you can move around from room to room, or a bedside crib to keep them safely next to you, during the night. Our clever Lua bedside crib can even be moved around your home, so your little one can nap wherever you are.
Changing mat and bag
A must-have for when you’re visiting family or out and about, a changing bag will be a lifesaver. Ideal for all those nappies, lotions, spare bodysuits and feeding equipment, we recommend getting one with plenty of storage. Some of our bags even come with travel-changing mats that you can roll up and pack away, perfect for making sure your baby is comfy when you’re changing them.
Bottles and/or breast pump
However you choose to feed your little one, you’ll need the right equipment to do it. If you’re exclusively bottle-feeding, paediatricians recommend having between 4-6 bottles in the house, to cover all of those daily feeds. If you’re breastfeeding and choosing to express, a pump and a few bottles will help you stock up on a supply of milk for your baby. You can discover all of our feeding essentials here.
Whether you’re expecting a winter or summer arrival, you’ll need to make sure your little one is dressed for the weather when they leave the hospital. This means cool cotton clothes for warm nights, and cosy knits for winter walks. Our selection of seasonal baby clothing is not only cute and cuddly but designed to keep your baby comfy too.
There’s no doubt that babies can get messy, and that’s where a good stash of muslins comes in handy. Just as absorbent as a towel but lightweight and extra-soft, they’re essential to have around for mopping up after feeds. There are different recommendations for how many you’ll need to buy – we recommend picking up a couple of multipacks and seeing how you get on once your little one arrives.
Baby bath and thermometer
Essential for keeping your little one smelling rosy, a baby bath will make bath times safe and comfortable. They help the baby to sit up whilst you wash them, stopping them from slipping down. A thermometer will help you make sure that the water is the perfect temperature for your little one.
Adapting to your life with a new arrival
Once you’ve got your little one home and settled, there are a few essentials to think about upgrading as they grow.
Cot bed and mattress
Once your little one has outgrown their Moses basket or bedside crib, they’ll need to move into a cot or a cot bed, which is a cot that converts into a toddler bed. This means you’ll also need to get a mattress to keep them comfy, cool and supported.
Playmat and toys
Once your baby is a bit more alert and interested in their surroundings, it’s time to start stimulating their senses with toys and playmats. Your little one will love anything with bright colours, hidden noises and gentle flashing lights – just make sure you check that any toys are suitable for your baby’s age.
Weaning bowls, plates and cutlery
Once your baby has hit the 6-month milestone, you might be thinking about weaning them off milk and getting them started on some solids. For this, you’ll need weaning bowls or plates and some cutlery. These are shaped to help your little one learn to grip and feed themselves, but they’re also blunt and plastic – so they can safely bash them about to their heart’s content. Discover all of our baby-weaning essentials here.
Baby Chair or Highchair
If your baby is supporting their own head and sitting up without your help, a highchair will mean that they can start joining you at the table for mealtimes. Our Juice highchair is inspired by modern Scandi style and designed to grow with your little one, adapting into a chair as they get older. Or, you could choose a portable chair that straps to your dining chair, so you can use it at home or while you’re out and about. You can shop for all of our chairs here.
Handy to have
These items aren’t absolutely essential but could help you and your baby feel a little more comfortable when you get home from the hospital.
Baby grooming kit
These handy grooming kits include all of the little things you might need in a travel-sized pouch. You’ll often find nail scissors for keeping sharp fingernails at bay, a hairbrush and toothbrush, and an oral thermometer to check up on your baby’s temperature.
In the whirlwind of bringing home your newborn, don’t forget about making time to look after yourself, too. We recommend having a few self-care products around the house, to look after your physical and mental well-being. Think stretch mark cream or nipple cream to soothe sore skin, or some nice bubble bath or a scented candle to enjoy when you get an hour to yourself.
When it comes to getting ready for your new arrival, it’s important not to overwhelm yourself or feel guilty for not buying something that somebody else has. Every parenting journey is different, and what’s useful for another family might not work for yours. So, once you’ve got these essentials nailed, take your time to figure out what else your little one needs – and don’t forget to treat yourself, too.