Preparing for a Baby: A Guide to Newborn Essentials

Is there anything quite as exciting as welcoming a precious new baby into the world? A tiny little person to love and adore! It’s such a joyful time. At the same time, preparing for a baby can feel overwhelming. But the good news is, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Yes, there are literally thousands of baby products you could choose to buy – but how many of them are truly essential? Babies really don’t ‘need’ all that much. And with environmental concerns factoring into many new parents’ choices, it makes sense to buy less. Instead, selecting baby essentials of excellent quality is an eco-friendly choice.

To make it easy, we’ve created this guide of essentials to help you prepare for your new baby. Read on!

What Should I Prepare For My Newborn Baby?

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When it comes to preparing for a baby, you can buy anything and everything for a newborn! But thankfully, you don’t need to. The following suggestions will help you prioritise what you want and what you need to make life with baby a little easier.

Baby Cot

Where will your little one sleep? Some families like to keep a bassinet in their bedroom for the baby to sleep in for the first few months. However, babies quickly outgrow their bassinet and will then require a cot to sleep in. For this reason, you may choose to buy the cot only – and though your newborn will look absolutely tiny in there to begin with, rest assured it’s a safe and economical option.

Sleep safety is important so make sure you choose an Australian Standards-approved cot, a firm, well-fitting mattress and sheets.

Car Seat

If you plan to drive with your baby in the car, you’ll need a rear-facing child restraint that meets Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754. You can have the carseat professionally installed to maximise safety.

Baby Wraps and Clothes

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Teeny, tiny baby clothes are ADORABLE, we know! But resist the urge to buy too many in newborn sizes – babies grow so very quickly. That said, leaking nappies and burping can lead to unexpected clothing changes.

The basics to have in baby’s wardrobe are:

  • 4 – 6 baby jumpsuits/rompers 
  • 4 – 6 baby singlets
  • 1 – 2 sleepsuits
  • 2 – 4 pairs of socks or booties
  • 1 – 2 beanies
  • 4 – 6 baby wraps (muslin and organic cotton are popular choices)

Look for breathable and naturally soft fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo. It’s tempting to look at dresses, jeans and other tiny person fashion but for practicality when changing, jumpsuits are a lifesaver. And though bub might look so adorable in jeans and a knit jumper, simple layers are more comfortable for them.

Baby Bath Products

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A portable baby bath can save water – and your back – but if you want to cut down on expenses, a sink bath is a great way to bathe your little one. You’ll need some soft, fluffy towels – and while you can purchase a special baby towel with a cute little hood, the towels you already have at home will obviously do the job, too.

Babies are born with delicate and sensitive skin so invest in nourishing natural skin care to keep it soft and soothed. A hair and body wash, a moisturiser and a bottom cream will provide essential care. Look for gentle formulations that are free from parabens, sulphates and synthetic colours or fragrances.

Nappies, Bottles, Burps Cloths and More

You may have heard the rumour that babies eat and poop A LOT. Well, it’s all true! Here are some essentials to consider when preparing for a baby.

  • Nappies (even if you’re going with cloth, it can be useful to have some disposables on hand)
  • Baby wipes
  • Burp cloths

Bottle feeding? Here’s a great guide to the equipment you’ll need.
Breastfeeding? Stock up on breast pads and a nipple cream. You may also like to consider a breast pump and milk storage.

Gear For Out and About

PRAM – Getting out of the house with your newborn can feel overwhelming, but it can really break up the day. Fresh air and a little vitamin D will do the world of good for your mental health! Invest in a pram that is suitable from newborn to toddler. Consider the weight of the pram, how easy it is to set up (and set down) and what accessories it comes with. A sunshade cover is a great idea.

NAPPY BAG – a nappy bag with change mat, nappies, wipes, a tube of your favourite bottom cream and a change of clothes for baby is essential for life on-the-go with bub. And don’t forget the hand sanitiser!

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There’s lots to think of when preparing for a baby. However, it’s not necessary to have everything figured out before your bundle arrives. As you adjust to life with your newborn, you’ll get a clearer picture of the baby products that make the most sense to you and your family. But until then, remember that as long as your baby is fed, clean and warm, loved and getting lots of cuddles, they’ll have everything they need.

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