Your nursery checklist
- Crib or moses basket – your newborn might look lost in a big cot and a moses basket is easy to move around
- Cot or cot bed – choose one with variable sides and mattress heights so it grows with your baby.
- Mattress – NHS safety advice says you should make sure it fits firmly in the cot with no gaps
- Fitted cot sheets – at least three sheets is best
- Blankets – keep your little one snuggly
- Sleepsuits – choose plain white or go for bright colours and patterns
- Baby sleeping bags or swaddling blankets – some parents prefer them as the baby can’t kick it off and get cold in the night
- Waterproof mattress cover – an easy way to keep the mattress clean and avoid dust mites
- Room thermometer – your baby’s nursery should be between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius
- Blackout blinds or curtains – a great way to get your baby used to the idea of sleeping when it’s dark. You can also buy travel blinds
- Nightlight – a newborn won’t be afraid of the dark but you can check on her easily with a dim light
- Baby monitor – hear your baby from the other side of the house
- Changing mat – makes it much easier to change all those dirty nappies!
- Changing bag – ideal for keeping all your changing gear in one place when you’re out and about
- Nappy disposal bin – keeps smells at bay
- A changing table or unit – choose one with raised sides to stop your baby rolling off
- Antibacterial hand gel – so you don’t have to leave your baby to wash your hands after changing
- Nappy cream – soothes sore bottoms
- Baby lotion – great for tackling dry skin
- Baby wipes – the fastest way to clean your baby during changes
- Cotton wool balls – kind and gentle on delicate skin
- Cotton wool buds – great for cleaning outer ears, skin creases and belly buttons (but never use inside the ear)
- Digital thermometer – make sure your baby isn’t too hot or too cold
- Baby bath – help keep your baby safe in the water
- Bath thermometer – make sure the water temperature is just right
- Cuddle robe or towels – for cosy cuddles!
- Babygrows/sleep suits – your newborn will probably spend most of her early weeks in them!
- Tops – an extra layer when it’s cold or perfect for warm weather
- Bottoms – for girls and boys
- Socks – keep little feet toasty
- Warm hat – choose one without a turn-up so it doesn’t flop over your baby’s nose and mouth
- Scratch mittens – prevent your baby scratching her skin
- Storage – now is a good time to get organised!
- Soft toys – something special for your little one
- Photo frames – to show off those first pictures
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