Shopping list for everything needed ahead of the baby’s arrival

The Baby Bubble. It really does exist. And you won’t want to leave it so be prepared and buy everything well in advance. This shopping list covers EVERYTHING (and a bit more) you need when you have a newborn baby at home.

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Shopping list for everything needed ahead of the baby’s arrivalPhoto: Preggers

Are you panicking when thinking of everything you need to buy?

It can be a bit stressful with everything you want to buy ahead of your baby’s arrival, but keep in mind – you don’t need everything that is available. Most important is some clothes and lots of nappies. After that, relax and have a think about what’s required for you and your family to get things to work. If something is missing, you can always get it later.

The baby wardrobe:

  • 5-9 pcs wrap-around bodysuits (saving you from having to pull things over the baby’s head)
  • 2-3 pcs cardigans with zipper
  • 4-6 pcs soft leggings with cuffs (good to grow with)
  • 3-4 pcs pajamas (with zipper, great for changing nappies during night time)
  • 1-2 pcs thin beanies
  • 4-6 pairs of socks

For colder seasons:

  • 1 quilted overall
  • 1 fleece overall
  • 1 lined beanie
  • 1 pair of soft slippers
  • Gloves

By the bed:

  • Bedside crib
  • Mattress
  • Mattress cover
  • Pillow (specific for newborn babies)
  • Baby sleeping bag or quilt
  • Duvet cover & sheets
  • Crib bumper
  • Baby nest
  • Bed mobile
  • Baby monitor

At the changing table:

  • Changing mat (preferably in waxed fabric, easy to wipe off)
  • Nappies, cloth or disposable
  • Washcloths, fabric, or disposable
  • Thermometer
  • Baby cotton buds (good for early navel care)
  • Ointment against nappy rash
  • Children’s pain relief (paracetamol or ibuprofen)
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Saltwater nasal rinse
  • Nappy bin
  • Baby manicure set
  • Changing bag

In the changing bag:

  • Nappy bags
  • Mobile changing mat (often included with the changing bag)
  • Extra sets of clothing
  • Pacifiers
  • Small soft towel
  • Comfort blanket (you get a lot more use of this than you may think)
  • + items from the changing table. Soon enough you will know what you need to bring for your baby!

In the bathroom:

  • Bathing tub
  • Bathing support (great bathing tub accessory)
  • Bathtub thermometer
  • Baby oil
  • Baby shampoo/soap
  • Soft bath towels
  • Washcloths

Carry & Sit:

For walks:

  • Prams (find the best price here!)
  • Bassinet bedding (pillow, quilt & linen)
  • Mattress protection (protects against vomit and possible nappy accidents)
  • Rain cover
  • Insect net
  • Pram toy
  • Cotton blanket
  • Sheepskin (cooling in summer and warming in winter)
  • Cupholder
  • Pram lock (to securely lock the pram outside if it can’t be brought inside)
  • Winter seat liner (required during winter months)

In the car:

  • Infant car seat + car seat base
  • Sunshade
  • Mirror


  • Nursing bra
  • Nursing clothes
  • Breastfeeding pads (both disposable and washable are available)
  • Nipple shields (great for protecting sore nipples, especially during the early days)
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Breast pump (manual or electric)
  • Nipple soothing cream
  • Breast warmers (protects and warms the breast during breastfeeding and helps prevent mastitis)

Bottle feeding:

  • Baby bottles (come in many different models, test to find out which model suits you best)
  • Baby formula (again, try different brands to find out which works for your little miracle)
  • Baby formula dispenser (handy to keep next to the bed or when you are out and about).
  • A small thermos
  • Baby formula dispenser
  • Water kettle (handy!)
  • Bottlebrush
  • Dish rack

Practical and important things:

  • Pregnancy insurance
  • Child health insurance
  • Plan your parental leave

After childbirth (for the mother):

  • Pre-cooked meals in the freezer, snacks, and sweets (you will need all energy available).
  • Maternity pads
  • Large panties
  • Comfortable leggings
  • Thermos mug (preventing you to have to drink cold coffee if you get distracted for a couple of minutes)
  • Soft toilet paper


Memorialize the pregnancy and the baby’s first year by creating a photobook (nice to show to the child when they get older).

Did you know…

There is already a checklist in Preggers for you to use during your pregnancy. Removing and adding products to and from the list is easy, and you can even create a completely new list that suits your needs. Find the checklist in the main menu!




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