Waiting for the baby’s arrival can be exciting. After all, you’ve waited for months to finally see and touch your precious one. But are you ready for his/her arrival?

The baby aisles in every store are filled with so many items that at times, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Without a list, you can end up overbuying items on one area and forgetting some stuff on the others. To help you in your baby shopping trip, we’ve come up with a list of the top newborn baby essentials.

1. Cloth baby nappies

This should be on top of your list and you should have these on hand even before the baby is born. If you’re breastfeeding your baby, expect to have 4 to 6 nappy changes in a day.

Cloth nappies are a good choice because not only will they help you save money in the long run, they also reduce the chance of rashes and irritation on your baby’s sensitive bum.

2. Cloth baby wipes

Cloth baby wipes is another essential newborn item to add in your list. They’re more convenient when you’re using cloth nappies, are healthier for your baby, a more cost-efficient option, and an eco-friendly choice.

3. Plastic changing pad

A plastic changing pad is a good choice for laying over your changing table. It doesn’t stain as easy if soiled, and even if it’s soiled, cleaning it up is easy. You simply spray the soiled area down and let it dry.

4.Nappy bag

A well-stocked nappy bag saves the day especially when you’re outside. You can put in here your baby’s cloth nappy, wipes, changing pad, hand sanitiser, and biodegradable bag for storing soiled nappies.

5. Baby clothes

Baby clothes come in various sizes. They’re usually sized by age but this depends on the clothing brand.

Stock on several comfortable clothes for your baby. It’s also smart to buy ahead of time a couple of outfits in the next size up of your baby as babies tend to grow quickly.

Here’s some of the clothing items you may want to consider: one-piece outfits, shirts, bodysuits, stretchy pants, outer layers, hats, mittens, socks/booties, pajamas/sleepers, and shoes.

6. Burping cloths

Babies need to be burped after being fed. The purpose of the burping cloths is to catch your baby’s spit up.

7. Bathing essentials

You have to be careful bathing until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off and the area heals completely. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to hold off buying your baby’s bathing essentials.

Even if you’re only limited to giving your newborn a sponge bath for a week or two, it’s important to have his/her bathing essentials ready. Besides, you can use some of these items for his/her sponge bath.

Included in the bathing essentials are a bathinette, wash cloths, hooded towel, baby shampoo, mild and unscented soap, and a cup for rinsing.

8. Cot and mattress

Although not all parents think that a cot is a necessity especially during the first few months of the baby, sooner or later you will need to move your baby into a cot.

When you’re buying a cot, make sure that it meets the latest safety standards. If you opt to buy a secondhand cot, make sure that it’s sturdy and the slats are not too far apart.

9. Car seat

Safety should be the first thing in your mind when transporting your baby; hence, a car seat is a must. You may be tempted to buy secondhand car seats but remember that safety regulations have changed over the years and your child’s safety is something you shouldn’t compromise. Check out Child Car Seats for the latest on car seat safety in Australia.

10. Pram

A pram makes it easier to take your baby around especially as he/she grows older.

There are several types of prams available around. Before looking for one, you may want to list down a couple of things you want in a pram. Do you want a reclining seat for easy napping? Do you need a storage space? These are just some of the things you have to think about when you go pram-shopping. As with the care seats though, pram safety guidelines can change so its a good idea to make sure any pram you buy has met the current safety standards. Check out Product Safety Australia for the latest on pram safety. 

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