What you will need for your baby

As well as your bags for the hospital, you need to have a few things at home for when your baby arrives.

As well as packing your bag for labour, you'll need a few things for after your baby is born.

Where to start

You might enjoy shopping for lots of newborn clothes and kit during your pregnancy or you may prefer to wait until after the birth, but you'll need some basics to get you started.

If money is tight, remember that not all things have to be brand new. The Lullaby Trust recommends that cot mattresses are new as using secondhand ones might slightly increase the risk of cot death.

It is also recommended that car seats are new as secondhand car seats may have been in an accident, which makes them less safe. 

Other than that you can look out for baby items that you can borrow or buy secondhand, as long as they are clean and safe.

Nappy changing

  • A few packs of newborn disposable nappies or plenty of newborn size cloth nappies and wraps
  • Cotton wool
  • Changing mat
  • Barrier cream to prevent nappy rash
  • Muslin cloths


  • Washing-up bowl or a baby bath
  • Towels


  • Six all-in-one sleepsuits/babygrows
  • Six vests or bodysuits with poppers that close under the nappy
  • Two cardigans


  • Cot, crib, carrycot or Moses basket with new mattress
  • Sheets
  • Light blankets or sleeping bags with a fitted neck that prevents the baby moving downwards into the bag. Do not use duvets or pillows for newborn babies as there is a risk of suffocation.


  • Nursing bras (get measured for these when you're around 36 to 38 weeks pregnant)
  • Breast pads

Bottle feeding

  • Supportive bras
  • Bottles with teats and caps
  • Sterilising kit
  • Bottle brush
  • Infant formula milk

Going out

  • Infant car seat (new)
  • Pram or buggy with carrycot or a seat that lies flat and is suitable for a newborn


  1. NHS Choices [accessed 13/1/15] NHS Breastfeeding problems  http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/breastfeeding-problems.aspx
  2. The Lullaby Trust (formerly FSID) [accessed 29/04/2015] Matresses and bedding http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/mattresses-and-bedding
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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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