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by Sarah on June 8th, 2011

A very special friend of mine who is about four months pregnant has asked me to put a little list together of everything that you need for a baby. I remember finding a few of these types of lists online when I was pregnany with Lily, but I thought they were all way too over-the-top. I’m all about keeping things simple, only wanting the essentials, plus a few extra things to make life easier.


  • Carry cot which can double up as a moses basket for the first few months of their life.
  • Infant car seat (you’ll need another toddler one when your baby is about 10kg)
  • Pram/stroller (I pretty much only use this for long walks, otherwise Lily is in a sling or carrier)
  • Sling, wrap or carrier (an absolute essential for all Natural Mamas!)

Baby Bedroom Furniture

  • Cot (unless you plan to co-sleep)
  • Mattress
  • Compactum or chest of draws (which can store clothes and blankets, plus serves as a changing table)
  • Comfy feeding chair (mine is a big one with winged sides that I can rest my head against, a wide seat that I can sit crossed legged on, and it rocks too)
  • In my opinion, a baby bath is a total waste of money (a big basin or plastic tub would also do the job, otherwise you can lean over the side of the bath. The ultimate, though, is to bath WITH your bubbalicious)

Feeding & Changing

  • One or two packs of newborn biodegradable disposables to use for the first few weeks, until you’re feeling settled and ready to start with the re-usable versions.
  • Full set of cloth nappies (diapers) and covers – roughly 20 needed.
  • Nappy (diaper) liners
  • Bucket and lid for storing dirty nappies
  • Changing Mat
  • U-shaped feeding pillow (not totally necessary, but really, really helpful)
  • Some people recommend that you buy bottles in advance, but I’m all for trusting and believing that breastfeeding is a natural process and will work for you. If you’d like to be on the safe side, though, buy a couple of bottles and teets to keep in the cupboard.

Toiletries & Basic Health

  • Natural bum cream
  • Natural baby wash (although in the early months, warm water is all that is needed)
  • Weeping wound powder for drying the umbilical cord
  • Small nail clippers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Thermometer
  • Nasal suction
  • Nasal Spray (salt water)

Linen and Clothes (hard to say how many, I’m totally guessing what I used!)

  • 2 – 3 Sheets for Cot
  • 2 – 3 Bath hooded towels
  • 3 – 5 Warm blankets
  • 6 Onesies (vests)
  • 6 Pairs socks of socks or booties
  • 2 Warm Hats
  • 2 Warm Sweaters/Jackets
  • 6 – 10 Outfits (either long-sleeved babygrows or t-shirts & pants)
  • Baby sleeping bag (not essential, but really great to use because their blankets don’t keep falling off!)


  • Night light (with a dimmer option if possible)
  • Baby monitor (definitely not essential, but if your baby is not sleeping in your room, or their room is far from your lounge, it will give you peace of mind)
  • Breast Pump (again, not essential, as expressing can be done by hand, but it does make life easier)

My biggest suggestion to all moms-to-be is to borrow or buy as much of this second hand as possible. The baby industry is such a huge part of the consumer cycle, with millions of people buying unnecessary products, or things which will be used only a couple of times, and which then  just go to waste :(

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  • Robyn

    Thanks Sarah – appreciate it xxx

  • Lisa Grey

    A great list! Thanks Sarah. It’s not scary like the other ones I’ve seen (some with 100 rows in an excel spreadsheet!), Lisa