Pregnancy Shopping Checklist: WIN One of these Must-Have Baby Items

Shop ’til you pop with our annual pregnancy shopping checklist! Every year we search far and wide for our top pregnancy and baby picks from some of the best brands in the baby business.

This year we’ve narrowed our search to 19 must-have baby items. From bassinets and blankets to breast pumps and bottle warmers. We’ve got you covered with safety products and change table choices, plus much more! We’re pretty sure all of these items will be a huge hit and a massive help when you bring home your little bundle.

But what makes this the BEST pregnancy shopping checklist EVER is that ALL of these items are up for grabs! Yep, that’s right ladies and gents – we’ve got all of these great products to give away in our BIGGEST GIVE AWAY YET.

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In total, we have 26 prizes to gift, worth close to $6,000 in total. Prizes include a $1,400 pram, $530 car seat, $500 baby monitor and $500 bottle maker.   Will you be one of our lucky winners?  Keep on scrolling!!

Check out our pregnancy shopping checklist and enter below, telling us which items you’d most love to win.

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1. Pram

OUR PICK: iCandy Lime 2021
PRICE: $1,399 RRP

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Stroll with the parenting punches in style with the new iCandy Lime 2021. Source: Supplied

New to the iCandy collection is the spacious, stylish, compact and lightweight iCandy Lime 2021 pram with ALL the bells and whistles. Featuring an all-in-one compact fold, a built-in ride on board for toddlers and a large carrycot for overnight sleeping, this pram is a parent’s dream!

It also comes with a rain cover, car capsule adaptors, and a 5-year warranty. Available in black, charcoal and navy, the Lime only just arrived in Australia. Trust us, you’re going to LOVE this pram.

WHERE TO BUY: Check out the new Lime at the iCandy website.

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2. Baby Carrier

OUR PICK: Ergobaby Aerloom Baby Carrier

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Keep calm and carry on with the functional and lightweight Ergobaby Aerloom. Source: Supplied

One of the best names in baby carriers is Ergobaby and the limited edition Aerloom Baby Carrier is an ultra-lightweight winner for hands-free cuddles, sleep, adventures, and breastfeeds on the go.

Made to move, stretch and fit your daily life, this first-of-its-kind carrier redefines comfort with built-in airflow and constructed from FormaKnit™ fabric for the ultimate fit. Suitable for 0-3 years, Aerloom comes with the ErgoPromise guarantee and is made from post-consumer recycled polyester, so is as good for the earth as it is for your adventurous lifestyle.

WHERE TO BUY: Check out the limited edition Aerloom at Ergobaby. But be quick because once it’s gone, it’s gone for good!

READER OFFER: Shop now and save 15% with Coupon Code MUMCENTRAL

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3. Car seat/capsule

OUR PICK: Britax Safe-n-Sound UNITY ISOFIX Baby Capsule + Britax Unity Comfort Insert
PRICE: $499 + $49.95 RRP

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The Britax UNITY is their most advanced baby capsule yet. Source: Supplied

The Britax Safe-n-Sound UNITY ™ ISOFIX is the ONLY baby capsule in Australia tested and approved for low birth weight and premmie babies without restrictive medical conditions, from birth to 12 months (approx).

We love the Britax Unity baby capsule because the Integrated Stabilising Bar ensures the capsule won’t rotate in the event of a crash, while the EPS Foam and High Side Walls offer maximum protection against side impact. It also features Thermo5® high-performance fabric, which provides airflow and wicks moisture away, keeping your baby cool, dry and comfortable.

Until you give birth you can’t be sure what size your baby will, by purchasing this capsule you will always be covered. The capsule is also compatible with most Steelcraft, Britax, Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Valco and Redsbaby strollers. For smaller babies, the Britax UNITY ™ COMFORT INSERT offers additional full-body comfort and support in any baby capsule or convertible car seat.

WHERE TO BUY: Find it through the Britax website. 

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4. A safe sleeping place

OUR PICK: Cocoonababy® Nest

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Sleep safe and sound with the Cocoonababy Nest. Source: Supplied

The Cocoonababy® Nest is an ergonomic cocoon designed for use in the cot during baby’s first months. The elongated semi-fetal position in the Cocoonababy® Nest allows babies to feel safe and content while respecting the safe sleep guidelines.

There are several advantages to sleeping babies in a Nest. It may improve the quality and length of time of your baby’s sleep, minimise the risk of flat-head syndrome, limit gastric reflux and reduce involuntary jerky movements which wake babies up. Each Cocoonababy Nest comes with a Fleur de Coton® machine washable fitted sheet and a waterproof sheet (machine washable).

WHERE TO BUY: Check out the range at the Cocoonababy website. 

READER OFFER: Shop now and save 15% on the Cocoonababy Nest with code MUMCENTRAL

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5. Comforter and sleepwear

OUR PICK: Kippins Cuddle Blankies and Pyjamas
PRICE: $39.95 RRP

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Kippins will be your baby’s best friend for years to come. Source: Supplied

Every baby needs a cuddly sleeping mate and Kippins Cuddle Blankies are loved the world over. Simple, safe, and a natural way for baby to feel secure, these cuddly blankies are fuzz-free and made from pure organic cotton.

The 100% natural fibre means that the comforter can absorb your smell – so baby knows you’re never far away and you can attach up to four dummies on each leg, which means no more lost dummies in the cot.

WHERE TO BUY: Check out the Kippins website for the full range of Cuddle Blankies – there are heaps to choose from. Koalas, birds, kittens, wombats and more. Plus, they also have matching sleepwear for ages 0-8, beautiful nursery linen, swaddles, and cot sheets – all gorgeous, soft, and matching their Cuddle Blankies.

READER OFFER: First-time buyers, shop now and SAVE 15% on all orders with the code MUMCENTRAL15. Offer valid until 30th April 2021. 

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6. Swaddle/sleeping bag

OUR PICK: Tommee Tippee the Original Grobag Snuggle
PRICE: Starting at $43.95 RRP

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The original Grobag is a swaddle and sleeping bag in one. Source: Supplied

The Snuggle sleep bag combines the comfort of swaddling with the ease-of-use of a baby sleep bag so you get the best of both worlds. Choose to swaddle your baby with arms in for total snugness or arms out as they grow by using the poppers on the sleeves.

Made from super-soft, bamboo-rich fabric each Grobag features Tommee Tippee’s signature ALOEKIND™ lining – a unique cotton blend infused with naturally soothing Aloe Vera. These bedtime helpers are soft and gentle on baby’s skin and perfect for a comfortable night’s sleep. They also feature a hip-healthy design, two-way zip and come in various TOG ratings to suit all seasons.

WHERE TO BUY: Get your Grobag at the Tommee Tippee website

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7. Cot bedding

OUR PICK: Namely Co Personalised Blankets

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Deliciously pretty and soft, Namely Co blankets make a great keepsake for life. Source: Supplied

Perfect your baby’s sleeping space with an adorable and oh-so-soft personalised blanket from Namely Co. These blankets are divine, made from organic cotton and custom made to order with your child’s name.

Namely Co also offers a gorgeous range of bassinet and cot blankets too, plus personalised pillows which really make a statement in your baby’s room.

WHERE TO BUY: Check out the full range at Namely Co.

READER OFFER: Shop now and SAVE 10% using the code mumcentral

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8. Baby monitor

OUR PICK: Owlet Smart Sock 3
PRICE: $479.99 RRP

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For peace of mind, you cannot beat the Owlet Smart Sock. Source: Supplied

The Smart Sock is the first baby monitor to track your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate while they sleep.  If something is out of the ordinary, Owlet sends a notification immediately to your device. This kind of peace of mind, especially for new parents, is absolutely priceless. It’s no wonder more than one million parents have said yes to an Owlet Smart Sock.

The Owlet Smart Sock 3 is the latest version and works for babies 0-18 months. It offers real-time readings through the Owlet App (working seamlessly with your smartphone) and comes with a 16 Hour Battery + Quick Charge, wireless charging and four socks, two of each size, to suit babies as small as 2.5kg.

WHERE TO BUY: Find out more about the Owlet Smart Sock 3 at the Owlet website. 

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9. Safety gate

OUR PICK: BabyDan Premier Baby Safety Gate
PRICE: $129.95 RRP

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The ultimate baby safety gate that won’t damage walls. Source: Supplied

Baby proof your place with the BabyDan Premier Baby Safety Gate. It’s a true pressure-fitted gate that requires no drilling for installation. This durable gate can be operated with one hand and opens in both directions for easy access.

You can easily install and remove the gate without any damage to the wall or door frame, and it is a winner for families who are renting.  Plus, the built-in safety indicator shows if the gate is mounted properly.

WHERE TO BUY: Simple, secure and safe, the Premier Baby Safety Gate is available through Danish by Design in both white and black.

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10. Thermometer

OUR PICK: Braun ThermoScan 7 Ear Thermometer
PRICE: $154.94 RRP

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There’s a lot to love about Australia’s #1 ear thermometer, the Braun ThermoScan 7. Source: Supplied

It’s no surprise we love the Braun ThermoScan 7. It’s the ultimate in baby thermometers! It comes with a colour-coded display for easy interpretation, a pre-warmed tip, fast reading, a unique positioning system for comfort and a memory recall.

But it’s the AgeSmart™ technology that really sets this thermometer apart from the rest. Did you know that the definition of fever changes with a child’s age? So what may be a fever for a 3-month-old, may not be considered a fever for a 3-year-old. Plus, with Braun ThermoScan 7’s AgeSmart technology, the fever definition is adjusted for your child’s age so you can get the most accurate reading every time. Now that’s peace of mind!

WHERE TO BUY: Find Braun ThermoScan 7 at Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, Baby Bunting and other selected retailers.

 Always read the label and follow the directions for use.

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11. Skincare

OUR PICK: Palmer’s Mother Care Range
PRICE: Starting at $6.99 RRP

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Loved by women around the world, Palmers is the #1 stretch mark lotion globally. Source: Supplied

Give your skin the very best care during pregnancy and beyond with Palmer’s Mother Care Range; clinically proven to deliver results with over 98%* of women seeing improved skin elasticity, texture, tone and a reduction in the appearance of stretch marks.

This range of products has been uniquely formulated to boost healthy collagen, (the building block of skin), while increasing the skin’s elasticity and its ability to stretch – very important while pregnant – at the same time as being moisturising and protecting, helping to prevent stretch marks from forming, and best of all, it’s natural and safe to use both during and post-pregnancy.

The range includes Stretch Mark Lotion, Massage Cream & Oil, Tummy Butter & Mask, as well as Firming Butter & Nursing Butter for use post birth.

WHERE TO BUY: Palmer’s Skincare products are available from Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Big W, Amazon, Catch, and most independent Pharmacies.

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12. Change mat

OUR PICK: Leander Matty
PRICE: $199.95 RRP

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Pretty and functional, Matty is the ultimate change mat. Source: Supplied

The cult-favourite award-winning Matty change mat from Leander lets you create a changing station where it suits you best. Simply put the Matty on a flat surface like the top of a dresser, a table or the laundry bench and the non-slip base will keep it safely in place.

Matty is made from soft yet sturdy PUR (polyurethane foam), is 100% waterproof and spill-proof too. It’s easy to wipe down and clean and comes in four sleek colours –  cappuccino, grey, soft pink and pale blue. Matching terry toppers are also available.

WHERE TO BUY: You can pick up a Matty Change Mat Topper through Danish by Design.

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13. Nappy bin

OUR PICK: Ubbi Nappy Pail

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Ubbi is the first steel nappy pail designed especially for nappy disposal. Source: Supplied

Looking for a stylish and practical nappy bin? Introducing the can of steel – Ubbi nappy pail! Ubbi has found the key to keeping nurseries smelling fresh and clean through the use of steel, rubber gasket seals and their clever sliding lid technology.

Ubbi nappy bins come in wide range of colours and styles to compliment your nursery. Each bin is complete with a child safety lock, holds approximately 58 newborn nappies and doesn’t require special bags.

WHERE TO BUY: Find your perfect Ubbi at the Ubbi website.

READER OFFER: Shop now and SAVE 15% when you use code MUMCENTRAL.

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14. Nappies and wipes

OUR PICK: Velona Cuddlies Bamboo Nappies & Velona Cuddlies Bamboo Water Wipes
PRICE: Nappies from $26.95, Wipes from $7.50

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Cuddlies are the eco-friendly option for nappies and wipes. Source: Supplied

Disposable nappies and wipes are a parent’s best friend. But we all know how unfriendly they can be to the environment. Make the better choice for your baby and our planet with biodegradable CUDDLIES Bamboo Nappies and Bamboo Water Wipes- Gold award winner at the Organic Baby Awards 2021.

Softer on your baby’s bum, free of nasties, and planet-friendly, they promise fast-absorbency and no leakage. Plus they are non-irritating, breathable and hypo-allergenic with no dyes or prints, making it the perfect choice for your baby’s sensitive skin.

WHERE TO BUY: Stock up for your new arrival at Cuddlies.Co.

READER OFFER: Shop now and save 30% OFF using code MUMCENTRAL30. (Offer ends 31st May 2021 and excludes the Subscription Bundle. T&C apply).

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15. Breast pump

OUR PICK: Made for Me Electric Breast Pump
PRICE: $178.95 RRP

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The Made for Me Electric Breast Pump is ideal for expressing anywhere and everywhere. Source: Supplied

Portable, lightweight and discreet, the Made for Me Electric Breast Pump is hands-down one of the best pumps on the market.  Read all about it in our reader review here.

It’s lightweight, extremely quiet, rechargeable and gives you a choice of massage and express modes so that you can discover the most comfortable way to stimulate your milk flow and express your breast milk.

WHERE TO BUY: Get your Made for Me Electric Breast Pump through Tommee Tippee. 

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16. Bottle maker

OUR PICK: Beaba® Milkeo,

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Discover a better bottle-feeding experience with the sleek, stylish and functional automatic bottle maker- Beaba® Milkeo. Source: Supplied

Beaba® Milkeo uses technology to measure, dispense and mix water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature and consistency! All you need to do is press a button and voila! Perfect bottles with no air bubbles.

The water and formula powder are stored right in the Beaba® Milkeo, so it’s always ready for you. Plus the self-cleaning function takes away a lot of headache at cleanup. The Milkeo is compatible with most bottle sizes and all formula brands and types.

WHERE TO BUY: You can get the Milkeo through Beaba. 

READER OFFER: Shop now and receive a 3-set of Glass Baby Bottles valued at $49.95 for free.  

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17. Bottles

OUR PICK: Closer to Nature Silicone Baby Bottles
PRICE: $42.95 RRP

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Squishably soft and hygienic, these silicone bottles are the ultimate in style and practicality. Source: Supplied

Getting your baby to take a bottle is not always an easy feat which is why mums turn to Tommee Tippee’s Silicone Bottles – the most breast-like bottle yet.

Not only do these bottles feature a breast-like teat, they are also made of skin-soft silicone to mimic mum’s soft and comforting chest. Both the teat and the bottle are pleasing to baby’s touch and make for a natural and soothing transition from breast to bottle.

WHERE TO BUY: Stock up on silicone baby bottles at Tommee Tippee. 

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18. Playmat

OUR PICK: Luxe at Play Luxury Padded Playmats
PRICE: Starting at $149

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A playmat that looks great AND offers a safe space to play! Luxe at Play is your answer. Source: Supplied

These stylish playmats are perfect for the nursery, playroom or living area, and designed to complement your home decor and style.  Made with a thick shock absorbent foam core, these mats offer a safe and supportive space for your baby to play. They’re wipeable, water-resistant and hypoallergenic so super easy to clean with a simple wipe.

These soft play mats don’t contain any toxic substances such as BPA, formaldehyde, phthalates or any harmful heavy metal substances. Plus they’re free from lead, mercury, latex and PVC.

WHERE TO BUY: Check out the range of gorgeous designs at Luxe at Play. 

READER OFFER: Shop now and SAVE 10% using the code MUMCENTRAL10. (Not to be used in conjunction with any other discount codes).  

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19. Activity gyms

OUR PICK: Done by Deer Activity Gym
PRICE: $169.95

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An activity centre that is not only fun for them, but pretty too! Source: Supplied

Stimulate your baby’s senses and movements at floor time with the Done by Deer Activity Gym. This Red Dot Design Award-winning arch is super practical and extra exciting for your little one. Your baby will be delighted by this divine baby gym, featuring mirrors, textile patches and three toys. 

Freestanding, height-adjustable and easily stored in a corner or cupboard when not in use, the Activity Gym ticks all the boxes.

WHERE TO BUY: Pick yours up in blue, powder or grey at Danish by Design. 

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So there you have it! Our 2021 pregnancy shopping checklist is complete with 19 must-have items for sleep, out and about, feeding, safety, changing and play!

Of course, there will be more items you’ll need to buy before baby comes – and plenty of purchases to make after they’re born too. A cot/bassinet, baby clothing and, as baby grows, toys, books, a high chair and weaning products.

But, for now, these 19 pregnancy shopping items will ensure you are prepared for the new adventure ahead. So many beautiful moments for you and bub …  we wish you all the best and hopefully winning one of these items help to lighten the shopping load. 

*Based on an 8 week in-home trial by 102 female panellists aged 18-49

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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