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Post Childbirth: What To Stock Up On

New mums with pushcairs

You’ll want to make sure you have all the essentials for your little one when he arrives so we’ve put together a list of things you really can’t do without.

  • Vests and babygros – you’ll need a lot of these so you’re not constantly washing. Ask for gifts in bigger sizes – your baby is growing rapidly and they’ll come in handy!
  • A Moses basket – many couples choose this because unlike a cot it’s light, portable and compact, which may make your baby feel a little more secure
  • Car seat – make sure your choice is appropriate for a newborn and compatible with your car. It’s usually best to fit it before your due date as you don’t want any frustrating fitting hiccups when it’s time to leave the hospital.
  • Bedding – choose a soft blanket – never a duvet, due to the risk of overheating. Soft blankets are also easier to carry your little one in.
  • Cotton wool and nappy cream – all the basics for a straightforward nappy change
  • Feeding tools – if you’re breastfeeding you might want to buy a breast pump, a steriliser and bottles. If you’re using formula then you’ll need only bottles and a steriliser.
  • Hat – especially important for outdoor trips in winter. Don’t let your baby sleep in a hat though – it increases the risk of overheating.
  • Pushchair – getting something suitable and good quality is important so have a good look around and think about your lifestyle and the sort of terrain you’ll need it for
  • Nappies – disposables are more convenient but reusables are greener and more economical in the long run
  • Scratch mitts, booties and socks – the socks and booties are for outfits that don’t have ‘feet’ and the mitts stop your little one from scratching her face