Newborn baby essentials
Getting ready for your baby arriving can be a very a daunting task, knowing how much 'stuff' you need and everywhere you look there are a people trying to sell us something that is a must-have for your baby.
Whether you are doing baby on a budget, are tight on space or just don’t want all the ‘stuff’ that you don’t need, we wanted to make our own version of the baby essentials, the very basics...
Milk – However you choose to feed your baby, whether that's breastfeeding, formula or a combination, a fed baby is a happy baby. If you go for bottle feeding, you'll need suitable bottles and sterilising equipment. For breast feeding, you'll need a breast pump - breast pads and nipple cream are also very handy!
Somewhere for baby to sleep – There are so many variations now that it can be hard to choose; cot, crib, co-sleeper, moses basket, box, your bed. You may want to skip the smaller bed and either co-sleep for the early months or put baby straight in a cot from birth. Having a safe sleeping environment is important though so choose which fits best in your house and for your family.
Nappies – May we recommend our own? Our TotsBots TeenyFits are perfect for new borns, and work the exact same way as disposables, an all-in-one nappy that can be washed and reused over and over again. Somewhere to store them is pretty essential too, we have our Nappy Bucket for storing used nappies until it's time to wash, lock in any smells and keep prying hands at bay.
Clothes – Babies sleep the majority of the day and we love nothing more than a baby in a sleepsuit. A handful of vests and sleepsuits, a couple of cardigans and hats and you are pretty set for those first weeks
A Car Seat – an infant carrier or rear facing seat suitable from birth is an essential. Even if you don’t drive you will want one to get home from hospital and for travelling in friends and relatives cars.
A mode of transportation – You may opt for a sling like our Papoozle or you may want a pushchair. You may want both but as a basic either one is ideal for getting a newborn out and about.
A blanket (or 3) – Not only to keep baby warm, but to provide a softer surface to lie them down on to have a kick and stretch. There are hundreds of different playmats and activity centres but for a small baby just the new perspective from being on the ground and the opportunity to have some tummy time is enough. Toys are lovely but if you don’t want to go all out just yet then household objects provide enough stimulation for a baby and you will probably find as they grow up that they prefer whatever they aren’t supposed to have anyway.
Books – Even in the womb babies can hear your voice and a great way to reassure, bond with and comfort a small baby is to read or sing to them. Buying a few stories or fairytales makes a good start on a book collection that will grow with them and can help with a bedtime routine too.
And really, that is all you need. Babies can be bathed in a sink, or in with you. Toys can come later, we have 24 hour supermarkets for essentials and as long as you are providing food, comfort and warmth, you are doing well.
You can shop our TotsBots New Born Essentials below!
You can get our Newborn Reusable Nappy trial kit for just £30 with the code NNTK1
Reusables wipes are perfect for when nature calls or when there are sticky hands and faces about.
Our Wet and Dry Nappy Bags are perfect for changing on the go, keeping a fresh cloth nappy in one compartment with a seperate pocket to keep your use ones. Our nappy bags are also perfect for storing reusable wipes!
Our Laundry Kit helps make washing cloth nappies a breeze. It contains a lockable bucket and a laundry mesh bag that holds any used nappies until it’s time to wash.
Swap the PVC for some TLC with the TotsBots Happy Mat. Our portable changing mat, made from recycled plastic bottle waste with an absorbent fluffy top, is a must-have for any change bag.