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Top 10 Baby Essentials & Must-Haves

Becoming a parent is a journey filled with joy, excitement, and let's face it, a little bit of overwhelm. With so many baby products on the market, it can be challenging to determine what's truly essential for your little one's wellbeing and your peace of mind.

It goes without saying that there are some items that all new parents need, including a cot or bassinet, a pram, a baby car seat, baby monitor and a bouncer. But there are other must-have items designed to make parents’ lives just that little bit easier!

We've curated the ultimate list of the top 10 baby essential items that every parent can't live without.

 

Top 10 Essential Baby Items

 

1. Nappies/Diapers

Let's start with the obvious - nappies or diapers are a non-negotiable necessity for any parent. Whether you choose reusable or disposable nappies, having an ample supply on hand is essential for keeping your baby clean, dry, and comfortable.

 

2. Travel Change Mat

With all those nappy changes, a travel change mat makes it easy when you're out and about. Look for one with a water resistant layer which can fold up to a convenient size to pop in your bag or pram.

 

Travel Change Mats

3. Cloth Wipes

An eco-friendly alternative to disposable wipes, cloth wipes are handy in many ways. Have them on hand during nappy changes, use them to wash your baby’s face or grab one to wipe up a spill.

 

4. Baby Sleeping Bag

Sleeping bags can replace the traditional swaddle or serve as wearable, durable blankets. Most sleeping bags are available in a range of TOG ratings so you can pick the right weight for the season and room temperature.

 

5. Baby Carrier or Wrap

A baby carrier or wrap allows you to keep your little one close while keeping your hands free. Whether you're running errands or going for a walk, a comfortable baby carrier can make outings with your baby much more manageable.

 

Mum holding baby in carrier

6. Swaddle Wraps

Swaddling can help soothe newborns and promote better sleep by recreating the feeling of being in the womb. Invest in soft, breathable swaddle wraps to help your baby feel safe and snug during naptime and bedtime.

 

7. Play Mat

A good play mat will stand the test of time, acting as the perfect surface for tummy and play time when your baby is little. As the years go by they can act as a great nursery, reading nook or play room rug. Choose a mat that's easy to clean, either with a damp cloth or by popping in the washing machine.

overhead view of organic cotton play mat and wooden activity gym
  

8. Baby Bottles and Formula (or Breast Pump)

Whether you're breastfeeding or formula feeding, having a supply of baby bottles and either formula or pumped breast milk on hand is essential for feeding your baby. Invest in bottles that are easy to clean and sterilize for convenience.

 

9. Nappy or Diaper Bag

A well-stocked nappy or diaper bag is a parent's best friend when on the go. Look for a spacious, durable bag with plenty of compartments to organize nappies, wipes, bottles, snacks, and other essentials for outings with your baby.

 

10. Skincare

Bath time is a special bonding experience for parents and babies alike. Invest in a baby bath tub that's safe, comfortable, and easy to clean. Stock up on gentle baby shampoo, soap, and lotion to keep your little one's skin clean and moisturized.

 

Baby skincare

 

While this list covers the basics, every family's needs are unique, so feel free to tailor it to suit your lifestyle and preferences. Remember, the most important thing is to shower your baby with love, care, and attention and everything else will fall into place. Happy parenting!