Babies – they fill your heart with love and your house with stuff! This is why all new mums need a thorough new baby checklist, to help them keep track of what they need.
You’re in luck because we happen to have an easy to follow “new baby checklist” of around 70 things to consider you might need to buy for baby. We’ve got everything covered, so doesn’t mean you need it all, however it’s great to browse the list and ensure you’ve got all bases covered from the nursery to feeding, sleeping, out and about, and much more.
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OUT & ABOUT
Leaving the house? You’ll need a few big-ticket items to do so. Your pram and car seat are probably two of the most expensive items on the list but they are also of utmost importance! Choose wisely.
- Pram + accessories (rain cover, etc)
- Car seat or capsule
- Baby carrier and/or baby sling
- Nappy bag
- Extras: Window coverings to keep the sun from getting in bub’s eyes and a rearview mirror to watch bub in the car, pram lining and shopping trolley liner.
Our Pick: Redsbaby JIVE³ Pram
Stride with ease with the award-winning JIVE³ pram. Not only great for newborns, but it’s also the perfect pram to grow with bub (and another baby as well). It comes with both a bassinet (approved for overnight sleeping) and seat, plus you can easily add another seat (sold separately) to make it a tandem pram meaning it’ll grow as your family grows.
BUY IT: Pick it up for $899 at the Redsbaby website.
FOR THE NURSERY AND PLAY AREAS
Designing your nursery and choosing the decor is one of the best things about pregnancy! What you buy will depend on the space you’re working with but below are a few of the main things you’ll need to ensure your house is ready for bub.
- Cot mattress
- Dresser or storage system
- Toy storage system
- Change table
- Baby monitor
- Baby rocking chair or glider
- Playmat or soft rug
- Extras: Bassinet and/or co-sleeper
Our Pick: Freddy & Co Playmat
These reversible baby playmats are so cute and perfect for any space – the nursery, the play area or the living room. They have a range of design options too – choose a children’s side such as the Australian Alphabet or Roadrip car play mat, then choose a reverse to match your decor. Plus, they are cushioned, made from non-toxic polyurethane and easy to clean.
BUY IT: You can get your own large playmat for $179 through the Freddy & Co website.
Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’ll need a decent stash of feeding goodies to help get into a good feeding routine. Make sure you add these feeding finds to your list.
- Breast pump and/or breast milk catcher
- Nipple shield and/or breast pads
- Breast milk storage bags
- Steriliser and/or bottle warmer
- Extras: Formula if bottle feeding, breastfeeding pillow
Our Pick: Junobie Reusable Breastmilk Storage Bag
Meet Junobie – the world’s first eco-friendly and reusable storage bags. Made from FDA approved, food-grade silicone. It’s safe for storage of your breastmilk and is free of BPA, BPS, PVC, Latex, and Phthalates. What a great idea and such a helpful product for breastfeeding mums.
BUY IT: Find out what mums are loving about Junobie. Junobie is available exclusively through the Milkbar Breastpumps website and selected pharmacies.
Once bub has graduated to purees and solids, the real feeding fun begins! Although you won’t need these items right away, it’s always good to be prepared, which is why we’ve included weaning products on our new baby checklist.
- High chair
- Feeding accessories (baby bowls, spoons, etc)
- Baby food maker or a standard blender
- Food containers
- Bibs and/or smocks
- Soft cloths or wipes for easy cleanups
Our Pick: Redsbaby HILO High Chair
This stylish highchair is easy-to-clean and comfortable for baby (check out that footrest!). HILO combines modern Australian style with functional features (like dishwasher safe accessories!) and even converts from a high chair to play chair, so little ones can have fun at a play table. You can buy accessories for it too – such as a padded seat in a variety of styles.
BUY IT: Find out more about the Hilo High Chair and pick one up for $179 through Redsbaby.
SLEEP & SETTLING
Believe it or not, sleep is a learned skill and one that many babies have trouble with. Arm yourself with the best possible chance to ensure a decent night’s sleep with these sleep and settling baby checklist items.
- Sleepsuits and/or sleeping bags
- Nightlight or lamp
- Warm blankets
- EXTRAS: Blackout curtains, white noise machine, soft comfort toy to help sleep, dummies
Our Pick: Namely & Co Personalised Blanket
Namely Co Personalised name blankets are not only cozy, but also make a great keepsake for the baby box down the road. Made from 100% pure organic cotton knit and emblazoned with your bub’s name, these blankets are all made to order and come in a rainbow of beautiful colours to suit your nursery decor. They’ve got pillows and bassinet blankets too! LOVE!
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Swings, gyms, teething toys, soft toys – you don’t need a whole playroom of toys (just yet) but you will need a few essential playtime products.
- Teething toys
- Infant chair or bouncer
- A collection of soft toys
- Swing or rocker
- Board books
- EXTRAS: Infant gym and activity sets
Our Pick: Mizzie The Kangaroo
The best toys for baby? Ones they can chew which is why Mizzie The Kangaroo is such a treat for babies, as she is 100% natural rubber and from the Home of Australia’s Original Natural Teething Toy & Educational Toys! New to the Mizzie world is the ‘Nurturing Babies Mizzie Teething Gift Set’ which comes with the original Mizzie The Kangaroo and her smaller ‘on-the-go’ mini Mizzie teething ring. Both Mizzie and mini Mizzie are natural, safe, non-toxic and fun for babies.
BUY IT: Mizzie the Kangaroo Gift Set retails for $49.95. Check out Mizzie World and become part of the Mizzie Family where you’ll receive a special sign up bonus, amazing parenting and baby advice AND MORE!
DRESSING & CHANGING
When it comes to dressing your baby, the clothing baby will need depends on where you live and what season it is. However, below is a basic guideline for both dressing and changing needs.
- Wipes (buy triple the amount you think you’d need)
- Growsuits for summer or winter
- Singlets or short-sleeved onesies for summer or long-sleeved onesies for winter
- Baby beanie and sunhat
- Shorts or leggings
- EXTRAS: Nappy bucket and bags
Our Pick: GAIA Bamboo Baby Wipes
There are a number of baby wipes brands out there but our top pick for wipes is GAIA Bamboo Baby Wipes. They contain organic extracts to gently cleanse, soothe and care for baby’s skin at change time. The sensitive skin formula has a light, natural scent and is free from alcohol, petrochemicals, soap, sulphates and paraben preservatives.
BUY IT: GAIA Bamboo Baby Wipes are available from supermarkets, Chemist Warehouse, Priceline Pharmacy, Terry White Chemmart, My Chemists, National Pharmacies, Independent pharmacies, health food and baby stores.
In addition to wipes and nappies, you’ll also want to add a few other key items to the changing area. Don’t forget:
- Infant hairbrush
- Infant nail clippers
- Nappy cream
- Baby powder
- Baby moisturiser, lotion and massage oil
Our Pick: Sudocrem
Sudocrem Healing Cream has been mum’s simple, effective ally for over 20 years and is great for soothing nappy rash. It’s the number one choice for nappy cream in Australia and a must for not only your change area, but also your nappy bag.
BUY IT: Sudocrem is available at supermarkets, chemists, department stores and baby stores.
Ensure a calming cleaning experience by having your baby’s bath products stored together and ready for the end of each day. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Baby bath or positioner to hold baby upright
- Soft towels
- Wash clothes
- Baby bath products including shampoo, conditioner and body wash
Our Pick: GAIA Natural Bath Products
GAIA Natural Baby is an ideal choice for your baby toiletries, designed to care for sensitive baby skin every day. The range includes non-drying soap and sulphate free cleansers, skin-softening moisturisers, and soothing lotions.
BUY IT: GAIA Natural Baby products are available from supermarkets, Chemist Warehouse, Priceline Pharmacy, Terry White Chemmart, My Chemists, National Pharmacies, independent pharmacies, health food and baby stores.
FEVER, PAIN & TUMMY TROUBLES
When your baby is under the weather or upset, it can be very distressing, especially if you don’t have a stash of baby care products ready to be used. We highly recommend stocking the medicine cabinet with the following items, just in case:
- Colic and wind treatment
- Panadol or infant pain treatment
- Nasal aspirator and FESS Little Noses spray
Our Pick: Infacol
Infacol is one of the most recommended products for colic, specially formulated to relieve wind, infant colic and griping pain. It’s easy to administer with an integrated dropper, can be used from birth onwards, has a pleasant orange flavour and is sugar, alcohol and colourant-free. Each bottle contains enough liquid for up to 100 doses.
BUY IT: You can buy Infacol at Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Chemist Warehouse, Pharmacy 4 Less, AMCAL, Discount Drug Stores and Blooms.
That’s baby done and dusted but there are a few more key items to add to your new baby checklist. These are the things that will help you recover after the birth in comfort.
- Nipple cream
- Maternity pads/mesh underwear
- Recovery support belly wrap
- Nursing bras
- Heat and/or ice packs
Our Pick: Belly Bandit Belly Wrap
Belly Bandits wraps are designed to support postpartum mums by accelerating the healing process. With a soft and comfy fit, Belly Bandit gives you added support in the back, legs, and core muscles. These clever little wraps may also help body shaping and abdominal separation. Great for vaginal and c-section recoveries, Belly Bandit should be worn for at least the first six to ten weeks postpartum to help achieve optimal results.
BUY IT: Check out their range of postpartum belly wraps, starting at $77.95 at Belly Bandit.
Phew! Big newborn baby checklist, right!? But, hey it’s best to be prepared and having the right baby products by your side can make those first few days/weeks and months so much more enjoyable for everyone.
Congrats to all the new and expecting mums and happy baby shopping!