When I was expecting Miss T, I didn’t want to fall into the trap into the ‘new parent syndrome’ of buying everything. So I made a list of things that baby needs. Though I often don’t follow my lists, they keep me focused. I started early on with the lists and kept adding and removing as time went along.

Another thing that is helpful is to visit family and friends who have children and find out what they bought and what they used. A lot of factors will also influence what you buy, for example, are you going to exclusively breastfeed or are you going to co-sleep with baby.

There are probably a lot more needed, but I am only going to list only 10 🙂

Diapers & Wipes:

Cloth or disposable diapers, its really up to you, but you need diapers.


The brand and type will depend on you. You may also decide to make your own. You will notice that I don’t have baby powder in the list, I never bought it and the ones I received as gifts are only used on beach days to remove sand. If you can, try to stay away from Petroleum jelly

  • Baby lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Bum cream
  • Detergent


It is important to realise that the baby will not stay in one stage for long so buy clothes for various ages, baby will not stay at ‘newborn’ for too long. Seasons change, if baby is born in winter or summer, buy clothes appropriate for then as well as for the other seasons. Something nice and comfortable, I don’t think frilly lace dresses are comfortable for small babies, cute but not comfortable.

  • Vests
  • Socks
  • Bibs
  • Pants
  • Hats
  • Onesies
  • Sweater


Maybe I should have put this under clothing, but a variety of bedding for baby is important.

  • Thick blankets for cold days and nights
  • Light receivers for warm days and for swaddling baby.
  • Fitted sheets for the cot mattress
  • Mattress protector (optional)



If you are not going to co-sleep, you will need a cot. The amount of space you have and budget will guide you.

Bottles and breast pump:

If you are exclusively breastfeeding you may not need bottles. I exclusively breast fed but needed bottles as I would pump for hubby to feed Miss T as well. With that, I needed a breast pump too. If you are not breast feeding, then add bottles, formula to your list. Get a container for storing them as well as things you will use to clean them.


Buy a few soft toys that baby can play with. Get a book or two and start reading to the baby. The sooner you start the better.

Baby bath tub:

I think this is a necessity. But you can use the normal bath tub if you want.

Car Seat:

A car seat that is rear facing is a must for your little one if you have a car. Shop around so you get a good car seat that will last you long and that will be comfortable for your little one.

Pram/Baby carrier:

I love baby carriers. You can either buy a baby carrier (This was used mainly by daddy) or use a long cloth/wrapper to carry baby.

Me with Miss T on my back

Me with Miss T on my back


You don’t need the fancy expensive wrappers if you cannot afford them, just get a cloth and put your little one on your back. The pram came in handy when we had a lot of walking to do.

Is my list of baby needs complete? Should something come out or do I need to add some things? Let me know what you think.

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