Checklist for baby’s arrival

I’m doing up a list of things I need for baby and thought it would be good to share, so here goes:


  • Breastpad
  • Nipple cream
  • Breastpump (optional)
  • Milkbags / containers (in the early days small containers like snappies are useful; later on bottles that fit directly on the brand of pump you use are best – I use medela)
  • Cooler bag
  • Coolant pack

Bottle feeding

  • Steriliser
  • Bottles with teats
  • Bottle cleaning brush
  • Bottle cleaning liquid
  • Vacuum flask (optional)
  • Formula (optional)
  • Formula container (optional)


  • Many onesies
  • Many pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • Pretty clothes for special events
  • Hats


  • Bib

Bathing / cleaning

  • Washcloths
  • Tub
  • Baby shampoo and soap
  • Nappy cream
  • Baby powder
  • Baby lotion
  • Misc medications you believe in (gripe water, ruyi oil, Vicks…)
  • Nail clipper
  • Comb
  • Diaper
  • Wet wipes
  • Towels
  • Changing mat
  • Laundry detergent


  • New mattress (used mattress apparently increases risk of cot death)
  • Sheets
  • Blanket / swaddling blanket / sleeping bag


  • Car seat
  • Stroller
  • Diaper bag (can be any big bag but diaper bags has many compartments which can be useful)

For mummy

  • Maternity pads
  • Nursing bras
  • Tummy binder

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