The Ultimate baby essentials checklist for new Mum!
As soon as you find out that you are going to become a mother, you may feel like the clock starts ticking and you have a never ending to-do list. Ranking high on that list is buying baby necessities.
And being a mom for the first time, you will find yourself in need of a lot of things nobody told you about. But what do you really need? What can you do without? This ultimate new mom’s checklist is a perfect way to prepare you in advance!
#1 Swaddle Cuddle
One of the cutest things you’ll probably ever see is a sleeping baby swaddled up like a burrito! Aden & Anais Swaddles are soft & cozy, hence being swaddled allows them to feel comfy and secure, just like when they were in mum’s tummy. Wrapping them in a swaddle with their arms close to their chest reduces the startle reflex, which can wake them up. Thanks to the wonder of swaddle blankets, it helps babies and the rest of the family enjoy better quality and longer sleep too! If the conventional swaddle is not for you, then Love To Dream might be the answers you are looking for. Easy swaddle up with double zipper.
#2 Out & About
Wearing your baby in a carrier or sling means your little one gets to snuggle close to you, and you'll have two free hands to do everything else. Our Cybex Click Baby Carrier gives you flexibility, allowing you to have 3 carrying positions - hips, front and back. Free & Easy.
As for our Mimosa Ergonomic baby carrier, it has a removable sleeping hood, giving your baby a undisturbed rest. Most importantly when choosing a baby carrier, make sure all straps and harnesses support your baby securely.
Bringing your baby out to town? A baby stroller is one of the items you will need to buy for the baby to make it easy to move around with the it. It is the perfect mode when it comes to taking your baby out without tiring the baby or getting tired yourself.
Parents who travel often, Mimosa Cabin City+ stroller is for you! It can be carried as a backpack when you are on the go and it doesn’t takes up much space.
One of our highly trusted stroller, the brand new Cybex Melio, comes with a reversible seat unit where your child can relax in a parent-facing position, or face forward to take in the sights and sounds of the city! Its all depends on your needs and preferences. Choosing the right stroller can make your life a lot easier!
For parents who prefer compact stroller, easy to keep without taking much space, GB Strollers is the way to go!
A question we often get asked is, “Do we really need a Carry Cot?” As our strollers are suitable from newborn so the carry cot is not a necessity, but it is the best-selling accessory we have because it makes life so much easier, especially perfect for travelling during your baby’s first months! You won’t need to strap baby into them and it keeps baby lying flat. Our Cybex Carry Cot is ideal for day sleeps as you can use your carry cot for a day sleep as a portable bassinet - bring it with you to cafes while you enjoy a well-deserved cuppa!
#3 Goodnight Papa Goodnight Mama
Nothing looks more peaceful than a sleeping child. Many new parents don't need a crib right away, choosing to use a bassinet or play yard with a bassinet feature instead. But you'll likely want to move your baby into a crib after she outgrows the bassinet, so it's helpful to buy one ahead of time and have it set up. Babyhood Kaylula Sova Clear Cot 5-in-1 is a revolution in cot design and concept as it starts from a Bassinet to a Cot to a Toddler Bed to an Adult Table and Chairs Set and finally a Playpen! Another of our brand that grows with your child is the Sebra Baby & Jr Bed ! It can be used as a junior bed, and as the child grows, the bed can be pulled out to create a standard single bed in adult size.
As your baby is going to spend majority of the time in his or her crib, having a good mattress make bedtime better for babies. This will be a bonus for you too! With asthma and allergies being common in young children and make for a really uncomfortable night’s sleep, our Clevamama Anti Allergy Baby Mattress has naturally hypo-allergenic reflex support foam with breathable core for you.
There are other mattresses that you could consider for your little bub, especially those that are designed to be anti flathead and suitable for newborn.
Pillows for newborns and young babies, most are sold as a tool that will help prevent ‘flat head’ syndrome. Our Clevamama Clevafoam Infant Pillow and Snapkis Tencel Aeromesh Anti-Flat-Head Pillow has been designed to protect and support your baby's soft round head and neck while sleeping! They are also safe-to-use in cribs and cots, from birth to around 12 months, protecting and support your baby's soft round head and neck while sleeping.
A baby bumper is highly practical and has several functions. The cot bumper makes the bed smaller, so it is a more suitable size for your child and creates a safe, snug environment. When your child gets a little bigger and begin to toss and turn in their sleep, the cot bumper protects your child from hurting themselves in the bed! Sebra Baby Bumper fits most standard baby beds, as the cot bumper has been designed with a small overlap. It does not only fit cot bed, but also in the playpen too! Other designs include Babyhood Amani Bebe Bumper, perfect for your Kaylula and other Babyhood Cot.
The blanket can be used to lay baby down on the floor or unfamiliar surface, to provide a buffer between baby and the outside world, to swaddle, catch spit-up and drool, and keeping the baby warm. Aden + Anais Baby Muslin Blanket are soft & snuggly, the perfect size for cuddling at home or on the go!
Psst, for Hello Kitty fan parents, we have a Limited Edition Hello Kitty Dream Blanket too.
Our docking station allows multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and a snuggling dock you can take anywhere! Our DockATot Deluxe+ Dock provides the womb-like, snug feeling that so many newborns desire in those first few months after birth. Parents love it because it’s easy to transport from room to room too! Soon after your child outgrown the deluxe dock, he/she can upgrade to our DockATot Grand Dock till 36 months.
Our comfortable Cybex LEMO Bouncer is designed for natural self-bouncing of the baby, perfect for relaxing and going to sleep and fun when baby is ready to play. With the bouncing cradle, your baby will love being entertained too, and you'll love having a moment to yourself !
“Is there a need for a baby cam?” The need for a baby monitor could depend on the size of your home. If you live in a small flat you may find hearing your baby stir in the night isn’t a problem and don’t feel you need one. If your house is big and you may be a fair distance from your baby as they sleep, our Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Baby Monitor has two-way interaction option whereby you can talk & hear them at all times. This can give you a peace of mind to see if your baby is alright at all times!
#4 Feeding Time
Breast Pump helps you to pump and store breast milk so as your baby will be able to enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding even when you are not around, especially if you are a working mum! A breast pump also comes in handy if your baby can’t latch well but you are lactating enough to produce good quality of milk. Our LoveAmme Made To Travel Breast Pump has double pump which cater to mums that wants to express milk from both breasts at the same time. This is necessary if you need to express lots of milk very frequently, feeding twins, or you're juggling breastfeeding and working full-time.
As for Tommee Tippee Made For Me- Single Electric Breast Pump, it is great for working mums as it is portable, lightweight and discreet enough to give you confidence and freedom to express breast milk when and where you want.
But if you are looking for something discreet, portable, and hidden well, Freemie Breast pump might be what you are looking for.
As breast milk is equivalent to liquid gold, even the tiniest drop spilled is heartbreaking! So proper storage is important so as to reduce the risk of any of this precious liquid going to waste! Our Tommee Tippee Milk Storage Bags provide a convenient and hygienic way of storing your precious breastmilk after expressing, keeping it fresh for your baby. But if you are looking for something eye-candy, check our LoveAmme breast milk bags that comes with floral pattern and double zip lock!
Not forgetting our Snapkis 2-in-1 Snack & Milk Powder Dispenser makes it easier to feed your baby while you are on the go. The dispenser contains a removable inner section with three separate compartments for pre-measured portions of powder formula.
I am sure nourishing your sweet pea will be top of your list & when it comes to feeding your baby, using a bottle can be a vital part of the routine! Making sure your baby has the right bottles is very important as there are many factors to consider, such as different sizes, variety of styles and shapes, type of material they are made of, and the shape of the nipple. Our Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle has breast-like shaped teat which allows babies to latch on easily and supports the transition between breast and bottle. So your baby is guaranteed to accept it!
Pro tip: To make your life a little bit easier, here's what we always recommend to new Mom, consider getting Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set. This set includes Electric Steriliser, Bottle and Food Warmer, 2 x Insulated Bottle Bags, 4 x 150ml (5oz) Baby Bottles, 4 x 260ml (9oz) Baby Bottles, 1 Bottle and Teat Brush, 4 x Milk Powder Dispensers, 0-6m Soother, Teat Tongs. You are pretty much all set and thank us later!
As babies tummy are delicate, sterilising their bottles will get rid of all the harmful germs out there! It’s recommended that bottles and anything you use to prepare them are sterilised until your baby is 12 months old. Our Tommee Tippee Steam Steriliser is the fastest sterilisation in market which takes only 5 minutes! It uses natural steam to kill 99.9% of the harmful germs on surfaces of bottles, teats, breast pumps, soothers.
For parents who are always on the move, a portable 59s UVC Steriliser bags might be what you are looking for. Allowing you to sterilise anytime, anywhere.
If that volume is too small for you, but you still need something portable, here's what you could look into, LoveClean Compact. Stay compact with up to 10 bottles to sterilise and 4 main functions.
#5 Nappy Time
Babies go through a lot of diapers throughout their newborn life. Our Charlie Banana Reusable Diapers are a great alternative to disposable diapers. Cloth-diapered babies tend to experience less diaper rashes, less blowouts, better sleep, and more comfort! Also, cloth diapers facilitates baby’s potty training too because they feel the wetness when they pee in their diapers.
Changing Map makes diaper time more convenient! It can be used on their own, or on top of a changing unit. Our Mimosa Changing Mat is compact, foldable and wipe-clean mat, perfect for baby-changing while you and your little one are out and about too.
#6 Splish Splash
We all love to unwind after a long day, and so do our babies! Pampering your baby with Aleva Naturals Hair & Body Wash before bedtime helps with a restful and soothing night-time routine. It is self-foaming, gentle wash, enriched with Tea Tree Oil, suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Not only is bath time about cleaning and pampering your baby, but also about building stronger bonds with them!
For fun waterplay with your little bub, Jack n' Jill range of Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Body Wash, and Moisturizer are the way to go. Made in Australia with only natural ingredients, Jack 'n Jill toiletries will soothe your baby with 3 scents of Sweetness, Serenity and Simplicity.
Baby Mouth Wipes
Baby dental health care tends to be neglected, some of us assume no/little teeth = no dental care is not needed. Apparently not so! It is important to gently clean baby’s gums and mouth which helps discourage harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. B&B organic cotton mouth tissue for baby & children contains no chemical preservatives at all, totally safe for babies to use after a good meal. Alternatively, Jack 'n Jill Natural Baby Gum & Tooth Wipes will do the trick too.
Babies get cold easily, hence it’s important to have a warm, cuddly baby towel ready and waiting for them as soon as their bath is finished! Our Aden + Anais Hooded Towel is a towel with a hood that can be used to wrap around baby to dry baby after bath. This large size towel helps to keep babies and toddlers cozy from head to toe!
Brush & Comb Set
The last thing you will want to do is to hurt your baby, so remember to brush it as gently as you can and avoid causing any discomfort to your little one. Our Tommee Tippee Brush & Comb Set brush has soft bristles which will not irritate your baby’s skin.
Alternatively, get the wooden Snapkis Brush and Comb Set for natural materials.
Baby Laundry Detergents
As our baby clothes are also going to get dirty from the spit up and food stains, keeping your baby’s clothes clean is no small feat! Our B&B Detergent gets the job done and is safe on baby’s soft and sensitive skin. And don't forget to our in B&B Fabric Softener in the last rinse water or in washing machine dispenser to get that soft and silky feeling clothes.
Spending time and bonding with a new baby can be very fulfilling, and one of the most fun and intimate ways to bond is with a bath! Babies love water, and it’s important to be extra careful and attentive during bath-time. A baby bathtub will be handy to bathe your newborn safely. Go for bathtubs with anti-slip surfaces are great as it keep your baby upright in the tub. Also, since newborns can’t hold their heads up, it’s better to bathe them in a smaller vessel that’s designed to support and contain them more easily than a bigger bathtub.
Be sure to check out our Bathroom Essentials list and not to miss out anything!
Bathing a newborn can be daunting enough, and making sure the water is just right add on to more stress. If the water is too hot, it can scald your baby’s delicate skin in seconds. If is too cold, and you’ll find your baby shivering. So the baby thermometer will come in handy for you, especially first time parents! With this, you will have a peace of mind and your baby is safely sitting in water that is in the right temperature.
#7 Baby Fashion
Bodysuits, pants, onesies, sleepers, shirts, dresses..I know it’s hard to resist putting a million of adorable baby outfits on your registry. But the truth is babies grow quickly, and your child won’t fit into specific sizes for very long. So for a start, check out Stage 1 Love To Dream Swaddle. The only zip-up swaddle available that allows your baby to sleep in the arms UP position.
#8 Toys for Tots
Playtime is important for infant development, and these toys can be a big help and big fun for your child! From cognitive and physical development to emotional and social growth, the importance of play is undisputed. Playgro toys can be used to train cognitive skills, motor skills and sensory skills for your child too!
Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult when you are pregnant, from constant toilet trips and leg cramps, to pregnancy insomnia and overheating. But don’t worry mummies! The Mum2Me Maternity Pillow & Sleep Pod supports mum`s entire body, from head and neck, down to bump and knees, during those times when getting comfortable seems impossible! The elevated support helps reduce the effects of heartburn and reflux, a common issue, particularly in late pregnancy. So mummies, sleep well now before the baby arrives!
Stretch Mark Cream
During pregnancy, it is common to form stretch marks on your breasts, belly, hips, butt, and thighs. But there's really nothing you can do to prevent stretch marks, but with the use of stretch marks cream, it can help to fade your stretch marks. You can start to apply a stretch mark cream as a preventative measure — for best results, start as soon as you find out you're pregnant and continue after you give birth!