Expert advice: What to buy for a new born baby

by My Kent Family reporter

I'm pregnant with my first child and don't have much money. What are the essentials I really need to buy for when my baby's born?

You don't actually need 95% of the things you see around you

 

Once a baby's on the way, the instinct is to start buying, and there's certainly enough baby paraphernalia available. But while there's plenty of choice, the prices can be eye-wateringly expensive.

The truth is, you don't actually need 95% of the things you see around you, especially if you're struggling financially.

A newborn baby doesn't need very much at all, just comfortable clothes, somewhere safe to sleep and clean feeding equipment.

You'll probably be bought gifts when baby arrives, so just equip yourself with the very basics, enough to last you a couple of weeks.

Maternity nurse Sarah Norris, author of The Baby Detective (Orion Spring, £14.99)

You don't need to splash out lots of money on a new born baby

You don't need to splash out lots of money on a new born baby

Sarah's suggestions for your baby

Six longsleeved and six shortsleeved cotton newborn sleepsuits

A dozen muslin squares (around 70cm square). They double up as furniture covers, clothes protectors, swaddles, changing mats, playmats, and bibs.

The cheapest moses basket you can find. Secondhand is fine, you don't need a stand. (You will need a new mattress to reduce risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - SIDS)

A brand new, cheap, but safety marked, mattress (you can use muslins, clean T-shirts/tea towels as sheets)

One cotton pram-size blanket - but you can use cotton towels and adult jumpers or shawls, just make sure they don't have tassels or holes to trap little fingers.

Buy the cheapest moses basket that you can find

Buy the cheapest moses basket that you can find

A microwave steriliser - although sterilising tablets, or a pan on a stove, do a great job of sterilising breast or bottle feeding equipment.

Dummies or pacifiers if you want to use them, two basic bottles, plus four bottles of ready-to-feed stage 1 formula. Even if you plan to breastfeed, make sure you have these with you in case things don't go as planned because hospitals won't provide them for you. Be prepared.

A cheap notebook to write times of feeds, which breast you started on, when baby poos etc because the lack of sleep makes it hard to remember accurately.

Share this story

Sorry, comments are not enabled for this article.

Register or log in via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or your KentOnline account to post comments.

Post Comment

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.
Please click here for our house rules.

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Helpful links

Local news

© KM Group 2017