With our 3rd baby boy due we are getting the hang of what our must needs are for the first few months of a baby’s life. If you are living on a budget or in a small flat/house you might find the list useful so below I have written out list of must needs and items to avoid. These are all my personal opinions.
- Moses basket
- Moses basket stand
- 2/3 Sheets
- 2 blankets
Somewhere to sleep is essential and the area in which you have the most options. Being on a budget and having a small bedroom in which we didn’t want to be further cramped we have always started off with a Moses Basket. Moses baskets seem to divide opinions on the online forums, most people moan saying their baby refused to sleep in them or they spend £100 for a few months use. luckily, we have never had this problem and I believe it’s because the size of the Moses basket! A lot of the Moses baskets we have seen in shops which are £80+ are very skinny/narrow yet the one we got from Asda (kinder valley brand) for £20 in their baby event seems to be very roomy we got the mama and papa stand from a charity shop for £3. Both boys were bigger babies 8lb /8.8lb and have slept in their baskets until they were around the 5/6month mark when they were ready to move in to their own room.
I suggest getting a couple of sheets and blankets due to accidents which will happen at the most inconvenient time.
There is no need to buy a cot before the baby is born so save up and buy it once the baby needs it.
On a budget?
Look for a second-hand Moses basket stand. charity shops often have them. Be aware if you get a second hand Moses basket make sure you buy a new mattress due to SID risk when using second hand mattresses this also goes for reusing the mattresses for your own babies.
Bath time/Nappy changing
- Changing mat
- Baby towel
- Muslins squares
- Bath support
We have never used a baby bath or felt the need to get one, both boys have gone straight into a big bath with the aid of a bath support (not bath seats) People worry about having to bend over the bath and the effect it might have on their backs but babies shouldn’t be in the bath for longer than a few minutes so it really shouldn’t be a problem but if you do suffer from a bad back then the kitchen sink it another option.
I haven’t forgotten about baby wash/baby bath I have just never used them on the boys until they were a few months old before then plain water is plenty to get them clean and they are always the gift of choice from people when you have the baby so you should have plenty.
For muslin squares see below.
On a budget?
We have never used a changing table but have a changing mat which we moved around the house as needed.
Nappies and wipes, some of the own brand are as good or better than the more expensive brands. We use Little angels by ASDA and Huggies pure wipes. Don’t go overboard stocking up on nappies before the baby is born because you never know how soon they are going to grow out of each stage. If you do want to spread the cost then most supermarkets do saving cards so each time you go shopping add the cost of the nappies on to the saving card. Don’t be fooled by the offers in the supermarkets they are on regularly.
If it’s your first baby do a lot of research when buying your pram in will save you money in the long run.
Check it fits in the boot of your car
Check the handle length is suitable of you
Check you like the way its pushes
Read reviews online
Make sure it looks comfortable for a baby to use up until the child is a toddler.
If you go on public transport a lot check it’s easy to put up/down while holding the baby and bags plus the weight of the pram.
Think about the colour of your pram, buying a bright pink pram is great if you know you’re only going to be using it for your first or if you know you will only have girls but a decent pram should last you 2/3 children so picking a unisex pram means you have no reason to buy another.
Car seat are important and an item in which you shouldn’t buy second hand, car seats are not only effected by being in car crashed but the age of the seat. Speak to the experts when buying a car seat.
On a budget?
Buy a second-hand pram there are so many on sale have had limited use because the buyers have not thought of their lifestyle and what best suits them, meaning they have to buy another pram shortly after baby is born.
Think about do you really need a car seat that clicks onto the pram? Or on to the base in the car? We have never had either the reasons why are it takes a minute once you get the hang of it to put the seatbelt around the car seat and babies shouldn’t be in their car seat for long periods of time. Think about your lifestyle and when you will be using the pram? Do you do lots of short trips 10/20mins etc? if so you might find it benefits you to have the pram converters but if like us where our main trips out are visiting family where the car seat is carried into their house, days out in which we use the pram, supermarkets where they have special trolleys on which your cars seat fits and lastly this time round we will be doing school runs but they are in walkable distant so no car seat needed. You will save a lot of money if you just buy the car seat rather than one which fits on a base or pram. We love the Mothercare 0+ which is often on sale for £40 odd pound.
- Sleepsuits/baby grows/rompers
- Coat depending on time of year
It’s so hard not to go overboard shopping for baby clothes but after two boys I have found for the first 4+ months my boys lived in sleepsuits for a few reasons. It was how they was most comfortable because tops roll up, trousers roll down, the material isn’t baby friendly…
It is easier to undo a few buttons to change their nappies then take off trousers also its easier to layer a sleepsuit with cardigans, vest and blankets to ensure the baby is at the correct temperature and lastly, I think babies look cuter in little baby grows then “mini adult” clothes in which they have plenty of time to wear.
Depending on the time of year you might need a simple coat for the baby, ideally you would layer up with cardigan and blankets because they don’t recommend you use thick coats with car seats.
You will notice I have not included socks or mittens that’s because Most baby grows have built in feet meaning you don’t need socks and mittens are not something I am a fan of! The reason being babies use their hands to feel their surrounding and seek comfort if you think back to most scans and 9/10 times the baby has their hands up at their face touching it nor did I regularly cut the boys nails, I found when I did cut them that’s when they were most likely to scratch their faces. Babies nails are very soft and once they get to a certain length they normally spilt and can be pulled off I found that cutting them with nail clippers was what made them sharp.
On a budget?
Clothes can cost you as much or as little as you want, supermarkets do a great range for very little and often have sales.
Feeding Is such a personal choice and each choice requires different equipment on which there is plenty on line if you should need some guidance.
- Bouncy chair
- Muslin squares
Babies very quickly need somewhere other than their Moses baskets to sleep this often comes in the shape of a chair of some sort, there are so many on the market and it all comes down to personal choice.
Muslin squares are the one thing I cannot live without they have so many uses, for our first the muslin quickly become a comfort and he wouldn’t sleep without one. They can be used as blankets, cloths to wipe up sick, laid on a changing mat so the baby isn’t laying on cold plastic or in public changing room on a dirty changing mat. A sun shade on prams or car windows plus so much more. I love M n S ones they wash up amazing unlike some cheaper ones which lose shape.
On a budget?
Chairs can be picked up very cheaply second hand and for the muslins they are cheap enough that if someone asks what you want for the baby you’re not making an unreasonable request 😊