Wondering what everyday essentials you really need for your baby? Not the things that will end up cluttering your living room or remain unused until they’re 5, we’re talking about the useful bits and bobs you’ll reach for time and time again.
To help you spot the ‘nice to haves’ from the ‘can’t live withouts’, we’ve sorted through our shelves to give you the ultimate list of baby essentials to help you with your weekly shopping list. And we’ve also thrown in a few ‘you’ll thank us later’ must-haves that you may have overlooked…
For your baby changing zones
In the early years, it may feel like all you’re doing is changing nappies. In between newborn night changes and poo explosions (we know, how did ALL of that come out of that tiny bubba, right?) you’ll need to have nappies to hand – and fast.
You may have already set up a changing zone in the nursery, complete with all the essentials, but have you got ready-to-wipe changing bag or caddy that can be called on at a moment’s notice? Stock it with a handful of nappies, packet of wipes, nappy rash cream, changing bags and (if space allows) an eye-catching toy or book to keep baby lying flat (once they’ve learnt to roll) and content (if they’re a nappy change protester).
Bath time essentials
Some parents birth a merbaby who loves to splash about. Others have a baby who will scream at the first sign of the tap running. While there’s no way to predict or coax your baby into one camp or the other, you’ll always need a handful of reliables laid out by your tub.
From kind-to-skin baby wash to no-tear shampoo and soft-to-touch towels, meet the bathtime baby essentials you’ll rely on time and time again.
Weaning & feeding tools
You’ve done the research. Filled the cupboard with bottles, cute bamboo bowls and set-up the steriliser. But, there’s a couple of items you may have missed – what we like to call the lesser-known essentials.
For breastfeeding mamas, your body is doing incredible things under the hood. And you might feel thirstier than normal – this is common. We recommend keeping a bottle to water to hand throughout the day to keep topping up your hydration levels.
If baby is on the bottle and you want to sterilise on the go, Milton’s sterilising fluid is a game-changer. Promising to sterilise in 15-minutes, without the need for a post-rinse, you can use it to de-germ all sorts of baby stuff from dummies to toys.
Introducing your baby to solids? Or want to get ahead for when the time comes? We won’t overwhelm with you with super expensive food-blitzing gadgets. Most of what you need, you already have in your fridge and kitchen cupboards (think veggies, steamers).
The only things you’ll need to add to the to-buy list, are wipeable bibs (because it’s about to get messy!) and baby-friendly utensils like easy-grip spoons and robust can-take-many-falls-on-the-floor bowls.
SOS crying kit
Maybe they’re teething? A bit gassy? Need a longer cuddle? Instinctively parents are like detectives when it comes to determining the cause of their baby’s tears – even down to translating the pitch of the cry.
If you want to soothe and comfort your baby, a frantic trip to the shops will be the last thing on your mind. Your future self will thank you for stocking up on these handy medicine cupboard essentials:
Parents’ night (or hour!) off
Struggling to carve out time for yourself since the baby arrived? Yes, your little one has constant needs that you’re putting before everything else – but you shouldn’t lose yourself in the day-to-day sleep-feed-poop cycle.
Whether you’ve been gifted with a night off by the grandparents or have an hour to squeeze in some self-care during nap time, we encourage you to indulge in an act that makes you feel like a shinier, happier version of you.
For every person that looks different. It could be time with your favourite magazine. A skincare routine that takes longer than 3 seconds. Dinner with your partner, where baby talk is off the table. Or a long soak in the tub, scented candle flickering in the background. Whatever ‘pampering’ or self-care looks like for you, it’s should never be considered a luxury – it’s just as ‘essential’ as having an extra pack of emergency baby wipes.
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