Looking back at the first month with a new born, here is a list of the essential things you might want to look at buying before your baby arrives.
(I have linked items that we purchased from online – some in the UK and some in Switzerland – of course lots of other options available, but these worked for us!)
New born nappies
Size 1 nappies
Cotton wool pads
Scented nappy bags
2 x changing mats (one for upstairs during night changes and one for downstairs)
Baby oil/almond oil
Baby bath (although we washed our baby in the kitchen sink for the first 3 months!)
Health care set (thermometer, nail scissors, etc)
Sleep suits/sleeping bags
Breast pump these are quite expensive – I would recommend only getting one after you have had the baby if you need it.
Sensitive washing powder. Top tip: wash poo stained clothes at 90 degrees to remove the stains.
New born size clothes:
2 x Cardigan/jacket
Outdoor jacket/suit. Weather dependent for the time of year that your baby is born!
Good to also have some of the next size up (who knows how big your baby will be when they’re born, but it’s good for layering and also one things for sure, they grow fast so you will definitely make use of them!)
0-3 month size clothes:
8 x vests
Plenty of bibs/neckerchiefs for sick/dribble
Of course you will receive many more clothes as gifts – so just buy the essential and practical items.
Pushchair (lying down and sitting up options)
Toys (I guess this section is less essential, but nevertheless we used these items a lot!)
Black and white books and pictures for new borns. They can only see contrasting shades at this age.
Milestone cards (for the cute pics!)