Here is a list of 11 baby essentials you will need when your baby arrives.
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Baby Essential 1 - Cot Bed
Newborn babies sleep for up to 17 hours of sleep every day, so the cot bed is one of the most important buying decisions you will make.
There are all different kinds and brands. We spent a little bit more on getting a cot bed instead of a cot, because it saved us having to fork out more money later on. Cot beds are suitable for a wide age range: from newborn babies up to the age of 4.
Having a drawer underneath is very handy for spare sheets and muslin cloths in the middle of the night.
Another great feature of the Babymore Eva Sleigh Cot Bed is that you can raise and lower the side with one hand. This is a very clever design which will save your back from getting hurt. You don’t want to be reaching over the side of the cot and picking up your baby if the side is too high…. but it has to be high enough to stop a toddler from climbing over it.
This is why having a height-adjustable side is so important.
We have no hesitation in recommending the Eva Sleigh Cot Bed, but we do not recommend that you buy a cot bed & mattress bundle. The mattress is really very important so don’t be tempted just to buy one that fits for the sake of convenience.
Baby Essential 2 - Mattress
Of all the baby essentials we recommend, most people will be surprised by the inclusion of a baby mattress. Of course, everyone knows that a cot bed mattress is essential, but why would we recommend a specific one?
If it helps your baby sleep soundly, it’s worth mentioning. Even if it only helps your baby sleep through the night on a handful of occasions you won’t regret taking a bit more time and spending a bit more money.
The EVE Sleep Cot Bed Mattress comes in two sizes - 60cm x 120xm and 70cm x 140cm - so make sure you buy the right one to fit your cot bed!
Here’s why we love it
it’s a combination of pocket springs and memory foam, so your baby gets all the comfort and support it needs
it’s waterproof, which is absolutely 100% vital! Most mattresses are not, and I bet you most get ruined.
it uses special moisture-wicking, breathable fabric to keep your baby at the right temperature, helping it to sleep. This is 400 times more breathable than a normal mattress!
it’s anti-bacterial - again this is vital
it’s easy to wash
it’s a quality, award winning product that is made to last
Baby Essential 3 - Pushchair
I’ll start by recommending the most obvious thing you’ll need - a pushchair! A good pushchair is a necessity simply because you’ll use it almost every day.
Pushchairs vary widely in price and quality. We actually had two - a Bugaboo for daily use and a much more compact Mamas and Papas one which folded up really quickly that we used if we were going somewhere in the car.
The Bugaboo was absolutely brilliant. It was easy to steer and turn and it soaked up the bumps far better than the cheaper pushchairs we tried.
If you can afford a Bugaboo then I don’t think you’ll regret spending the money. It scores top marks on
being comfortable for your baby
really easy to push and steer around town (especially over cobbles!)
The other pushchair we got (in a sale!) was the Mamas and Papas Armadillo. This pushchair was fine. The fastening clip was a pain to use at first, but you get used to it. The main selling points are
it’s really easy and quick to fold up and collapse
it’s really compact
On these three points, it beats the Bugaboo.
Baby Essential 4 - Baby Monitor
We had a video baby monitor for our first baby, and it was great. Parents definitely tend to be more anxious with about their first child. We were, anyway. So much so that when the monitor was quiet for a while we would look at the video monitor and feel huge relief that we could see his little chest going up and down.
When it broke (it gave us two years of sterling service before we dropped it on a hard floor!) we replaced it with a normal audio baby monitor which was about half the price, and we coped.
Regardless of whether it’s a video baby monitor or audio monitor, you’ll need one. Don’t worry if the monitor you like doesn’t do fancy things like play music or have an LED light. We never used these things. In fact, I can’t think of something less useful than a light on a baby monitor!
Baby Essential 5 - Baby Carrier/Wrap
My Cuddlebug baby wrap (or baby carrier) might be the best thing of all! My youngest was a real velcro-baby and didn’t like to be put down. My baby wrap gave me my hands back! Just being able to make a cup of tea felt like I had found my freedom again.
It was also GOOD for my back, because the alternative was holding my baby and balancing him on my hip. I did this for too long and my back ended up being really quite sore.
Baby wraps are easy and comfortable to wear (it’s made of cotton and spandex) and all three of my babies were happy enough to fall asleep in there from time to time.
As an added bonus, wraps cost a fraction of some baby carriers and in all honesty I think it should be the other way round!
Baby Essential 6 - Jumperoo
My eldest LOVED his Jumperoo, and I loved it too. He would jump up and down and laugh, listening to all the different noises it made and playing with all the little bits and bobs.
When your baby enters that mobile phase you’ll find it very hard to supervise him whilst doing something else. It was so handy being able to keep him entertained in one place and I had to get the dinner ready. Just knowing that he was happy and safe in the Jumparoo and not playing with plug sockets or taking off his nappy made it worth the money.
Baby Essential 7 - Baby Gates
There are lots of different baby gates available to buy. I couldn’t even tell you what make or brand any of my baby gates are. They all perform the same function, so our advice is to go with the cheapest one you can find.
They come in handy for years. I don’t know any parents who managed without using a baby gate.
Baby Essential 8 - Buggy Clips
There aren’t many essentials which cost less than a tenner, so I’m glad I can recommend this one! Buggy clips are a life-saver.
They let you carry shopping bags, baby/toddler backpacks…. anything really. I actually miss using my pushchair these days because it was so handy for going to the supermarket!
Buggy clips are an absolute must have, just remember that when your baby gets out of the pushchair the extra weight of the shopping will topple the chair! You will use these every day.
Baby Essential 9 - Water Wipes
There are lots of baby wipes on the market. A lot of them are scented, which means there are chemicals in the wipe. Water wipes have only two ingredients: 99.9% water and a tiny drop of fruit extract.
They are suitable for babies with sensitive skin from birth. In all honesty, I wouldn’t use anything else.
I would recommend signing up for Amazon Prime and getting Water Wipes on a subscription order. Nobody enjoys that moment when you realise you’ve run out of wipes!
Baby Essential 10 - Baby Thermometer
Why is a baby thermometer essential? Because you’ll be able to take your baby’s temperature and know whether or not they have a fever WITHOUT going to the doctor.
Believe me, trying to entertain your poorly baby in a doctor’s waiting room is about as much fun as teething.
The Braun Thermoscan thermometer is easy to use, recommended by doctors and measures with professional accuracy.
Baby Essential 11 - Microwave Steriliser
We didn’t actually think that a baby bottle steriliser was strictly ‘essential' when our first born arrived, because we had read that washing the bottles and the lids in the dishwasher at 90 degrees would suffice.
That’s probably true! But unless you want to buy LOADS of bottles, you’ll soon get fed up putting the dishwasher on with hardly anything in it (which is also bad for the environment).
We soon bought a Philips Avent Microwave Steriliser, which is one of the best sterilisers. It saved us loads of time and hassle. It sterilises 4 Avent bottles in 2 minutes. All you have to do is add some water to the bottom of the tray.
Whilst we are very happy to recommend this, make sure your bottles and your steriliser are the same brand, or else the bottles might not fit in!