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First time mum checklist

First Time Mum (New Mum) Checklist

What should be on your first time mum checklist you may be wondering? To help you avoid missing the essentials I have written a list of things you should consider preparing before your baby arrives.

It is easier than you think to miss some items off your checklist so this post will help you to avoid that.

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here are the Baby essentials for all new mums:

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What A New Mum Needs For Baby’s Sleep

  • Bassinet or Moses Basket for during the day
  • A baby cot / crib for during the night
  • Fitted bed sheets for your baby’s cot / crib
  • 2x baby sleeping bags if you choose to use them
  • Waterproof mattress covers
  • Baby monitor
  • Cellular blankets
  • Night light

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What A New Mum Needs For Baby Hygiene & Baby Care

  • Baby wash gel
  • Fragrance free shampoo
  • Baby bath
  • Fragrance free moisturiser
  • Bath toys
  • Bath toy storage
  • Bath tap guard
  • Baby towels for bath time
  • Newborn nappies / diapers
  • Fragrance free baby wipes
  • Nappy / diaper bin
  • Nappy / diaper bags
  • Washable & reusable changing mat / changing station. I recommend these bamboo quilted absorbent changing mats which come in a set of 3.
  • Cotton balls to clean newborn
  • Baby nail scissors
  • Baby soft bristle hair brush & comb
  • Barrier cream (or petroleum jelly) to prevent nappy / diaper rash
  • Non-bio washing detergent (better for sensitive skin than bio)
  • Baby thermometer
  • Colic drops. As mentioned on Healthline, up to 40% of babies experience colic, so you may want to be prepared just in case.
  • Dummies / pacifiers if you choose to use them
  • Muslin cloths

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What A New Mum Needs For Feeding Her Baby

  • Baby bottles
  • Baby bottle cleaning brush
  • Bibs
  • Breast pump (if you are giving your baby breast milk)
  • Formula milk (make sure it’s in date)
  • Cold water or steam steriliser
  • Sterilising fluid or tablets (for the cold water steriliser)
  • A feeding pillow

What A New Mum Needs For Travelling With A Baby

  • Car seat
  • Pram / stroller
  • Rain cover for the pram / stroller
  • Sun shade for the car window
  • Baby bag
  • Baby carrier or sling
  • Travel cot / travel crib (for your baby to sleep in overnight)

What A New Mum Needs To Entertain Her Baby

  • Bouncer or baby swing
  • Play gym / activity mat
  • Baby toys (including teething toys)

Clothing Needed For A Newborn

  • 6x baby sleep suits for the winter or 6x rompers for summer
  • 6x baby bodysuits (long sleeve for winter or short sleeve for summer)
  • 6x pairs of socks
  • 6x pairs of baby mittens
  • 2x hats
  • 2x baby snowsuits (for winter)
  • 2x cardigans
  • Baby storage for their clothes

For a more in depth list of essential clothing for a newborn, click here.

What A New Mum Needs For Herself

  • Breast pads
  • Maternity towels for the bleeding after birth
  • Sore nipple cream
  • Breastfeeding clothes
  • Breastfeeding bras
  • A fully stocked fridge with quick meals and snacks
  • A post-partum belt. I recommend this postpartum belt which really helped me to flatten my stomach after having my second baby.

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So that was your first time mum checklist

I hope this new mum / first time mum checklist has been of help to you and you feel more prepared now. I would like to wish you congratulations on your new baby 🙂

If there is anything you think might help other new mums then leave a comment below. Also, share if you think this post may help a new mum to be. Thanks for reading!

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