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THE BABY GUIDE

THE BABY GUIDE

The ultimate guide to the items you need for life with a newborn

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Whether it is an impossibly small sleep suit or a brand new buggy, purchasing the first precious pieces for your baby-to-be is one of the most thrilling parts of expecting. However it can also be overwhelming at times – there are a dizzying array of products created for newborns, not all of them essential. To help you decide, we’ve created a checklist of the items you’ll need – from the practical (bottles) to the pretty (booties). Although love, warmth and milk may be the only vital things a new baby really requires, it doesn’t take away from the fun of buying a bunny-ear all-in-one!

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Your baby will go through more wardrobe changes then Kate Moss in their first few weeks, so it’s wise to buy more outfits than you think you’ll need.

Vests (also known as onesies in the U.S.) – An essential layer to ward off the chill. A kimono style that buttons at the chest is ideal as it saves you pulling garments over your new-born’s fragile head. We love Zara Kids, Bonds and Petite Bateau (buy a size up as they run small).
All-in-ones – While tiny dresses and dungarees may look adorable, an all-in-one is more practical. Trust us, anything that requires changing one piece of clothing, instead of three, is a must-have. We can’t resist Oeuf’s playful designs. Also look out for convertible designs that switch into a sleeping bag for naps.
Hat – Babies lose their body heat through their head so cover that petite crown.
Mittens – They’ll keep small hands warm and prevent your little one from inadvertently scratching themselves.
Socks – You can never have too many. They easily slip off and you’ll always end up with an odd one in the wash. Our favourites are from Gap Baby – they tend to stay on longer than most!
Booties – Keep tiny toes snug.
Cover-up – When heading outdoors your baby will need a light jacket or cardigan in warm weather and a cosy head-to-toe suit in winter.
Blanket – Ensure your little one is cosy for their first few weeks in the world with a knitted blanket. A blanket with breathable holes is best.

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Buggy – Whether you opt for a city-chic Bugaboo Bee or a vintage-inspired Silver Cross Balmoral pram, this big-ticket item requires careful consideration. Invest in a travel system that suits your lifestyle. Currently on our radar are BabyZen YOYO, which folds up into a carry-on size for travelling, and the Doona – a car seat that coverts into a buggy.
Car seat – Essential, in fact the hospital won’t let you leave without one. Ensure that it is rear facing. Maxi-Cosi is our pick because it suits a wide variety of buggies.
Baby carrier or sling – For quick trips out when you can’t be bothered taking the buggy or even simply making a cup of tea when babe is refusing to be put down. For a modern look we like Baby Bjorn or if you prefer a traditional sling Rockin’ Baby’s designs come with a handy pouch and are reversible. Better yet, for every product sold, another will be donated to a mother in need in Haiti or Kenya.

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Breastfeeding pump – If you’re breastfeeding, this is your answer to a night out or even a few hours off. It’s also handy if you are finding it difficult to nurse, but still want to feed your baby breast milk. Electric pumps are more expensive but they will save you time (something you’ll never have enough of in the near future). Medela have even created a bra that allows you to go hands-free when expressing.
Bottles – From glass to anti-colic, there is a bewildering variety available but ultimately it will come down to which one your baby prefers. If you are using plastic make sure the brand is BPA-free.
Steriliser – For keeping bottles, teats, and even toys, hygienic.
Soothers – Love them or hate them, pacifiers have stood the test of time. It’s up to you whether you choose to use the dummy.

Sleeping

Moses basket/Co-sleeper – It is recommended that newborns sleep in the same room as their parents. A Moses basket or a co-sleeper is perfect for their first few months.
White noise – From apps to sleep-aids, it’s a tried-and-tested method to lull little ones into a deep slumber.
Muslins – Many babies love to be swaddled. Aden + Anais’s super-soft cotton muslins are the ultimate way to swaddle your baby and also double as a pram cover, lightweight blanket or a burp cloth.
Sleeping bag – Perfect for babies who don’t like to be wrapped up tightly, or for when your little one outgrows swaddling. It will provide warmth without the concern of loose bedding.
Baby Monitor – To keep an eye on your baby when you are not in the same room. We love monitors that play music to encourage little ones to nap.
Mobile – The perfect distraction and maybe, just maybe it might send them off the sleep.

Changing

Changing mat – A style with upturned sides is handy for keeping baby (and mess) contained.
Changing mat cover – To comfort delicate skin.
Nappies – You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll go through one pack. Buy in bulk.
Baby bag – Invest in a chic tote that is large enough to carry wipes, nappies, a travel change mat, plus a change of clothes for when you’re out and about with little one.
Clutch – A sleek zip-up pouch to hold nappies and wipes for times when you don’t want to carry an oversized bag.
Nappy bins – Not the most glamorous of purchases but the only way to ensure that your house still smells of Diptyque candles instead of dirty diapers.

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Playtime

Bouncer – Keep your precious bundle secure and entertained with a specially designed baby chair. Some will even rock your baby to sleep.
Board books – It’s never too early to start reading. Introduce them to the classics with BabyLit or show them books with high-contrast, black and white images, which are easy for young babies to focus on.
Soft toys – A cuddly friend will soothe little ones and is likely to be a favourite months or even years later.

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Baby bath – Similar to bottles there are all manner of baby baths. Rest assured your little one won’t mind where they are bathed – even if it’s the kitchen sink!
Towel – A style with a hood will keep your baby’s head cosy.
Baby wash – You may not choose to use anything but plain water for the first few weeks, but if you do, we love natural, organic formulas such as Neal’s Yard Baby Wash or the much-loved Sophie la Giraffe’s baby range.

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