Baby essentials for the first 3 months

If you’re asking yourself “what do I need to buy for my baby before they arrive?” then you’re in the right place. We’ve covered all of the essentials (and some extras) to help your new baby in their first 3 months of life.

From clothes and food to sleeping and travel essentials, discover below our baby essentials their first 3 months.

Baby clothes

It’s important to consider the weather during their first few months. You might not need to buy as many clothes if your baby is born during summer, as they’ll likely grow out of any warmer clothes come winter.

There are lots of clothing items you’ll need for your newborn, so we’ve put them into a handy list you can refer back to:

  • Bodysuits for daytime
  • Sleepsuits for nighttime
  • Leggings
  • Tops and t-shirts
  • Jumpers and cardigans
  • Coats and jackets
  • Sun and winter hats
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Shoes

Sleep must-haves

Sleep is an important time of the day for newborn babies and their development. You’ll need to consider where they are sleeping, the lightning in their bedroom and how comfortable they are when sleeping. Newborn sleep essentials include:

  • A cot, crib and Moses basket
  • Waterproof mattress cover
  • Sheets and covers
  • A baby monitor
  • A blackout blind to ensure a good night’s sleep for your newborn

Feeding time

What’s essential for feeding your newborn will depend on whether you are breastfeeding or not.

Breastfeeding essentials

If you’re choosing to breastfeed your newborn, you’ll need:

  • Nursing bras
  • Sleep bras
  • Comfortable, easy to open pyjamas/nightwear
  • Breast pads
  • Muslin squares for burping

You could also choose to invest in a support pillow or breast pump for your own comfort and convenience.

Bottle feeding essentials

If you have decided not to breastfeed your newborn, you’ll need to consider the following for bottle feeding:

  • Bottles and teats
  • Bibs
  • Muslin squares
  • Steriliser
  • Formula milk
  • A bottle cleaner
  • Dummies

Some optional extras (handy, but not essential) include a bottle warmer, bottle storage bag and a steriliser bottle. Most babies don’t start weaning until they're six 6 months old, so you’ll only need to worry about bottle or breastfeeding for now. However, take a look at our 10 starter weaning foods for when your little one is ready for solid foods.

Cleaning essentials

Keeping your little one clean and bathed is also important, so you’ll need to consider what items you will need for both bathtime and change time.

  • Nappies
  • Nappy sacks and wipes
  • Changing pad
  • Baby sponges
  • Baby towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nappy cream
  • Baby hairbrush

You could also invest in some bath toys to make bathtime a fun experience rather than a chore for both you and your newborn. They’ll love splashing about in the water with some rubber ducks.

Travel essentials

Getting out and about with your baby is part of their growth and development during the first 3 months. You’ll want them to explore as much as possible, and walking around can be a great way to send them off to sleep, so don’t forget these items:

  • Pram and weather shield (to protect from rain, sun or wind)
  • Changing bag
  • Car seat
  • A child view mirror so you can check on them when driving

You might even want to invest in a baby sling, travel cot or sun blinds for your car. Again, although not essential, these added-extras could help a lot during your newborns first 3 months.

Health essentials

A good diet is essential to your newborn baby’s growth and development, particularly during the first 3 months of life. Our vitamins for babies have been carefully formulated to aid your baby’s diet from birth, and when paired with all of the above, you can be confident your little one will have the best possible start in life.

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