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Use the ultimate newborn essentials checklist to streamline your shopping list with only the baby basics. Our baby checklist has free downloads.

If you’re expecting, you’ve definitely started thinking about all the baby essentials you’ll need in the upcoming months. Some things are obvious—clothing, a crib, diapers—but other baby essentials are easier to overlook.

That’s why the baby experts at Mustela have created the ultimate first year shopping list. We’ve thought of everything, so you can put your mind at ease and focus on other, more important things—like preparing your baby’s room and deciding on a name!

Let’s take a look at all the newborn baby essentials.

Which Items Are Actually Essential?

It’s not easy to know which baby items are truly essential and which ones you can ignore. Your baby doesn’t need brand-name clothing, but what about a hooded towel or a humidifier? It’s not always clear what’s absolutely necessary and what’s just nice to have.

The truth is that some newborn baby essentials aren’t exactly essential. Humans have survived for thousands of years without things like breast pumps and pacifiers, so we don’t need them in order to take care of our babies.

However, we don’t live in the Stone Age anymore, and life in the 21st century requires a few extra items. Diapers, for instance, are impossible to go without. The same is true of bathing products and cleansers.

If you’re looking to save money on baby essentials or just prefer a minimalist approach, here is a list of what you will definitely need to care for your baby:

  • Clothing
  • Swaddling blanket
  • Diapers
  • A crib or co-sleeper
  • Mattress pad and sheets
  • Baby sling
  • Baby food (starting around four months old)
  • Cleansers to bathe your baby with

These are, to quote Baloo, the bare necessities of life. But there are a number of other baby essentials that will make caring for your child easier. And making life easier for you and your partner should be a high priority!

So let’s get started with the ultimate first year shopping list.

First Year Baby Essentials

Here are all the baby essentials you’ll need for the first year of your little one’s life.



This is more or less the only clothing item you’ll need for the first year. Onesies that snap between the legs are easy to put on and take off your baby.

Shoes And Socks

You’ll definitely want to make sure your little one’s feet are warm and protected when you leave your home.


Babies tend to lose a lot of heat through their heads, so keep your baby’s head cozy with a hat or beanie.


A good coat is definitely a baby essential. You don’t want your precious little one getting cold! Be especially cautious to protect your baby’s skin in the winter.



A place for your baby to sleep is essential. Some parents prefer a crib, but other folks like to use a co-sleeper, which allows your baby to sleep in the same bed as you. Either way, you’ll need somewhere for your bundle of joy to rest their weary head.

Changing Station

A sturdy changing station may not be 100 percent essential, but it will definitely make life much easier!


Make storing your baby’s clothing hassle-free with a small dresser.


It’s important for your baby to have a special little place to play.

Swing, Walker, Or Baby Bouncer

Babies love to play in a baby bouncer, swing gently, or wander around the house with support from a baby walker.


Swaddling Cloth

Babies love the warmth and comfort of being swaddled. A good swaddling cloth is an important baby essential.


You’ll need soft towels to dry your little one after bath time. Hooded towels are both cute and a great way to keep your baby warm after coming out of the bath.

Crib Sheets

Choose soft sheets that fit snugly on your baby’s mattress pad.

Burp Cloths

Avoid staining your clothes by always having a burp cloth handy.

Bedtime Items

Mattress Pad

A firm mattress pad that fits your baby’s crib or co-sleeper is essential.

Waterproof Bed Pad

This will prevent the mattress pad from getting dirty if your baby’s diaper leaks or if they spit up during the night.


Pacifiers are especially helpful when your baby begins teething.

Skincare Products


Babies get dry skin, just like any other human! Try Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion to keep your baby’s skin soft and smooth.


Use our soothing baby oil right before bedtime to moisturize your little one’s skin and help them relax.


Mustela’s SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick is the best way to protect your baby’s skin from the sun.

Changing Supplies


Both cloth diapers and disposable diapers have their advantages. No matter which you choose, diapers are definitely essential. Always make sure you’re changing your baby’s diapers the right way.


Mustela's Dermo-Soothing Wipes are specially formulated for the delicate skin of newborns and can be used to properly clean your baby’s bottom.

Diaper Rash Cream

Mustela’s Diaper Rash Cream 1 2 3 will keep your baby’s bottom just as soft as it should be while also helping to protect against diaper rash.



Whether for breastmilk or formula, feeding bottles are a baby essential.


It’s best to breastfeed exclusively for the first 4-6 months, but you can also use formula if you need to.

Breast pump

Breast pumps are extremely convenient and allow you to always have a bottle of milk on hand for when your baby gets hungry and you aren’t around.

Breastfeeding Essentials

Don’t forget a breastfeeding pad and lanolin cream to make breastfeeding as comfortable as possible.

Baby food

You won’t need solid baby food at first, but you can start mixing baby food into your baby’s diet around six months old.

Bathtime Supplies

Baby Bathtub

Having a baby bathtub makes bathtime a breeze.


Use gentle, baby-specific washcloths for your baby’s extra soft skin.

Bath Oil

A few drops of Mustela's Bath Oil makes bathtime soothing and nourishing for your little one.


Mustela’s, Gentle Cleansing Gel and Foam Shampoo For Newborns are examples of safe, delicate cleansers to use as part of your newborn’s daily washing routine.

Travel Items


A good stroller is helpful for trips to places where you’ll be doing a lot of walking.

Car Seat

Car seats are a newborn baby essential. Make sure to have a car seat installed well before your baby’s due date.

Baby Carrier

A baby carrier or baby sling makes travel easy! And your baby will enjoy being held close to you or your partner. To learn how to properly use a carrier or sling, take a look at our article about carrying your baby the right way.

Diaper Bag

Use a diaper bag to hold all the things you might need when you’re out and about.

Nursery Room Essentials

Baby Monitor

A baby monitor is essential if your baby won’t be sleeping in the same room as you. Video monitors have become quite affordable and are an effective way to keep on eye on your little one at night.


A soft light can be comforting for newborn babies.


Keep plenty of moisture in the air in your baby’s room with a humidifier. This helps your baby breathe and rest easier.


Rattles, shakers, musical toys, stuffed animals—there are many to choose from, and having toys to stimulate your baby’s senses is essential.

How To Save Money On The Baby Essentials

Preparing for your baby’s arrival can quickly become expensive. If you’re trying to stick to a budget, take a look at the tips below. They can help you save money while still getting everything you need to be prepared for delivery day.

  • Create a registry before your baby shower, and put all the baby essentials on the list.
  • Ask for baby essentials as gifts for your birthday or Christmas.
  • Check with family, friends, and colleagues for hand-me-down baby essentials.
  • Have a look at thrift stores to get the larger baby essentials, like furniture and strollers, for cheap.

While purchasing all the newborn baby essentials may be pricey, it doesn’t even compare to the joy and fulfillment of giving birth and bonding with your baby. You can’t put a price tag on love! And with this baby essentials shopping list, you’ll have everything you need to be fully prepared for your little one’s arrival.

Here's our shopping list of everything you'll need to buy for your newborn like diapers, clothes, bedding, gifts, toys, bath, skin care & feeding products.

The Ultimate Checklist of Baby Essentials

Newborn Baby Things List

Hey mummas!

I'm Katie, the Founder of HARRY AUSTIN (we make women’s luxury Italian leather baby changing bags) and also a mother of little Harriet (2) and *unknown bundle of joy # 2* (currently 18 weeks pregnant). I remember when I first fell pregnant back in 2016 and although I was incredibly happy and excited, I was also a little daunted by what I needed to do to get prepared. When the 'nesting' instincts kicked in about half way through my pregnancy (I can assure you this is a real thing), I had an overwhelming desire to get the babies nursery set-up and all the gear that she and I would need as soon as she was born. Trust me, I had no idea to start...

To help get you prepared for his or her impending arrival, I have collated a list of MUST HAVES that I found incredible useful and essential and put together a printable 'Baby Essentials Checklist' to help and get you organised. I've also included a few of my personal fave items that you might like to check out and an exclusive discount for our "numbero uno" fave product... can you guess what it is ;)

I hope this helps!

Founder & Designer

 Downloadable Checklist

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And of course my...

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Our HARRY AUSTIN luxury Italian leather Baby Changing Bags


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Newborn baby buying checklist

Newborn Baby Things List

It can be challenging to know just what you should buy for your baby. Have no fear - we've got you covered!

What exactly do you need? What's the best change table? Which car seat is best for your baby? How do you choose the right pram or cot for your lifestyle? Well, to help make your life easier, we've compiled a list of all the baby essentials so you can just read and then simply print it off and start shopping.

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  • Bassinet -  All new bassinets have to comply with Australian safety standards so if you are considering buying a second-hand bassinet, check the standards before you buy.
  • Baby monitor - Check the range and frequency before you buy. Choose one that has a large enough range to be useful in your home and a frequency that is different to your electrical goods, particularly your cordless phone to ensure a clear connection. 
  • Bassinet mattress - There are different types of bassinet mattress available. Whatever you choose, always invest in a new mattress - you know where's it been and that it's clean and ready for use.
  • Bedding for bassinet - Consider three sets - one being used, one being washed and one for little accident emergencies.
  • Cot - All new cots have to comply with Australian safety standards so if you are considering buying a second-hand cot, check the standards before you buy.
  • Cot mattress - Toddlers and preschooler don't weigh much so there's no reason to invest in a fully sprung cot mattress. Select instead a good quality foam or natural fibre mattress that's at least 10cm thick and fits your cot snugly.
  • Bedding for cot - Consider three sets - one being used, one being washed and one for middle of the night emergencies.
  • Nightlight - Consider a  portable night light - you can carry it with you as you move around at night and leave it on for hours.

Related: The best baby monitors to give you peace of mind.

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  • Change mat - Select one that has raised sides to stop baby from rolling away and a good quality wipeable surface.
  • Change table - If you don't have a lot of space to spare, choose a foldable change table that you can close between nappy changes.
  • Toiletries - Select unscented, natural - possibly even organic - toiletries for newborns as their skin can react to unfamiliar chemicals.
  • Nappy wipes - Buy in bulk and store them in a pop-top dispenser that will prevent them from drying out. Choose thick alcohol-free wipes that are gently scented and not too moist.
  • Barrier cream - Be prepared to try a couple of barrier cream preparations before you find the perfect one for your baby. These creams are inexpensive and it's worth the investment to find the one that works best for you. 
  • Sorbelene cream - Consider using sorbelene cream instead of soap at bathtime if your baby's skin seems to be becoming dry. Gentle and moisturising, it rarely upsets senstive skin.
  • Cotton wool - Useful when bathing and spot-cleaning baby's face and bottom, cotton wool is gently on the skin than a flannel.
  • Cotton buds - Cotton buds are kinder than finger nails when healing umbilical cords need gentle cleaning. Also very handy when cleaning around ears, eyes and nose.
  • Soap/bubble bath - Not an essential but lovely to have. Choose one that is specially formulated for babies.
  • Shampoo - Don't use adult shampoo on babies - it's too strong - instead choose a baby shampoo that's natural and mildly scented. Avoid using conditioner completely.
  • Nail clippers/scissors - If you're nervous about cutting little nails, buy nail clipper rather than scissors as these are less likely to cut baby's skin. Cut nails just after bathtime when the nails are supple from the heat of the water.
  • Hair brush - Select a gentle brush - you'll need to buy something stronger by the end of the first year, but little sprouts of baby hair only need the gentlest of brushes to get it looking good.
  • Nappies - cloth or disposable If you are using cloth nappies, you need to start with 24 nappies for your newborn. If you are using disposable, don't stock up too much in the first months as your baby will grown quickly and you may be left with a pile of nappies that no longer fit.
  • Bath towel - Consider two towels - one for use and one for washing.
  • Face cloth - Consider two face cloths - one for use and one for washing.
  • Baby bath - Try to find one with a plug which will save you lugging a heavy bath of water. 
  • Bath ramp - Not an essential but handy. This allows you to bathe baby with confidence by lying him in the bath on the ramp without any risk of him slipping under the water.
  • Bath seat - Handy when you have a baby who can sit up - a bath sit will keep him safe and secure in the water at bathtime.

Related: Splish Splash! The best baths and bath time accessories for baby.

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Leaving the house

  • Pram/stroller - Try to road-test friend's prams before purchasing your own. This can be one of the most expensive baby purchases you'll make and finding a pram that serves your purposes is important. Despite the style you like, make sure it is easy to open and close. Check out the best prams.
  • Rain cover - Some prams have their own rain covers which can be bought separately, but you can buy universal rain covers that are designed to fit various styles of pram and these are generally cheaper than the branded version.
  • Baby car seat/capsule - Legislation concerning car seats and infant restraints have changed in recent years so ensure the car seat you plan on using complies to current legislation. At a baby superstore, they got you covered with capsules, car seats and boosters required for each stage of your baby's growth.
  • Sun shades for the car windows - Choose a sun shade that encases the whole window rather than a suction cap sun shade as these can fly off the window in a collision.
  • Sling/pouch - Road-test slings and pouches with your baby in place before you purchase - you need to find one that is evenly distributes baby's weight, is comfortable and is the right size for you so you don't hurt your back. 
  • Travel cot - Little babies will happily sleep in their pram for the first few months, but if you need your baby to sleep away from home often, invest in a good quality tavel cot that is sturdy and simple to set up.
  • Nappy bag - Choose a bag that is big enough to house the essential but not so big you could move house in it. A good nappy bag should have internal compartments, a 'wet area' and a fold-able change mat. 

Related: The best nappy bags for every type of mum.

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Feeding equipment

If you're breastfeeding:

  • Breast pads - If you are choosing disposable breast pads, go for a brand that has a sticky patch on the back to secure it to the inside of your maternity bra and stop movement of the pad. Find some of our mums' favourite breast pads here.
  • Feeding' pillow - A pillow of your bed will do the job but specially V-shaped feeding pillows are more comfortable to use.

If you're bottle feeding:

  • Steriliser - Microwave steam sterilisers are a great option because they are fast and easy to use.
  • Bottles - Consider using wide-necked bottles - they are easier to clean and to prepare formula in.
  • Teats - You may have to try a few types of teats before finding the right ones for you baby - whatever you use, make sure you use an age-appropriate teat to ensure correct milk flow.
  • Formula - Check that the formula is age-appropriate for your baby.

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  • Bodysuits - Bodysuits are useful in the colder months when a bare belly - where clothing has separated - is not what you want to see. Body suits that stretch over the head and clip together between the legs are the easiest to put on and off. 
  • Singlets - Have plenty of plain cotton singlets on hand at all times - this is an essential item of clothing even during the hotter months.
  • Grow suits - Grow suits can be worn day or night so it's worth stocking up on at least four or five of these essential items. Choose grow suits with press studs that go all the way down the inside of the legs for ease of nappy changing.
  • Sunhat - Select a hat that can be thrown into the wash and that has a brim that's big enough to shade baby from the sun.
  • Beanie - Choose a beanie that doesn't have a cuff as these can unroll unexpectedly and cover your baby's eyes and face, which can pose a safety threat.
  • Jackets, jumpers, cardigans - Select outer wear that can comfortably have another layer or two underneath so you can eaily keep baby warm. Don't choose anything with ties around the neck as these can cause choking.
  • Socks - Buy a pair of socks for every day of the week - and consider choosing one colour and sticking to it. You will lose many socks and being able to pair up odd socks will save you having to buy more.

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  • Drawers for storage - A small chest of drawers is the simplest way to keep all of baby's clothing and accessories in one place - as you can use it for years to come, invest in one that is big enough to store toddler and preschooler clothes later.
  • Mobile - Choose a mobile that can be moved around the house, and try to avoid mobiles that play music and this will only be annoying after months of playing the same tune.
  • Toys - Babies don't need a lot of toys so invest in good-quality toys that are going to last - eg. rattle, mirror, soft toy, cloth book. 
  • Baby Gym - Entertaining baby is much easier with a baby gym at hand. Choose one that folds away neatly, is easy to pop up one-handed and allows the toys to be moved around.
  • Bouncinette/bouncer chair - Buy a chair or bouncinette that isn't too bulky and doesn't have legs that extend far beyond the seat - this will save you tripping over them.
  • Paracetamol - Consider buying paracetamol infant drops as you'll have more success administering a couple of drops than a couple of mls of medicine to your sick baby.
  • First-Aid kit - Accidents do happen even with small babies so invest in a first-aid kit for home and keep it topped up at all times.
  • Thermometer - A digital stick thermometer will give you the most accurate reading of your baby's temperature but if your baby resists this type of thermometer, try an ear thermometer as these are very quick to use and give an accurate reading.

Related: Could my baby be sick? How to read your baby's sick signs.

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Baby Checklist

Newborn Baby Things List

A baby checklist for your new arrival

There’s no time like the present to start getting organised for your new bundle of joy. It may seem like you have plenty of time but the next few months will fly.

Before your little one arrives there are a bunch of things you’re going to want to buy and stock up on (or at least consider), so that your first few months run as smoothly as possible.

Shopping for your baby can be exciting and intimidating at the same time. Buying their tiny clothes and imagining the miracle growing is enough to make anyone melt. This said, with so many baby products on the market these days it’s hard to know where to start. We can help!

Here is a simple checklist to help you remember all the essential items you will need when your baby arrives.


Essential items

  • Pram or stroller
  • Baby car seat
  • Nappies
  • At least two sets of baby bedding (sheets, blankets, mattress and mattress protector)
  • Three or more baby wraps
  • Soft baby towels and face washers
  • Baby soap or body wash
  • Baby wipes and cotton wool balls and tips
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Round-tipped nail scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Dummies

Useful items

  • Baby carrier (can be part of your pram)
  • Baby bath (or you can use a sink or your regular bath with bath seat at home)
  • Nappy bin
  • Nappy stacker
  • Baby bouncer
  • Breast pump
  • Breast pads
  • Safety equipment, such as gates, child-resistant locks and catches, stove guard and door knob covers
  • Baby monitor
  • Colourful rattles and other amusements
  • Portable changing mat
  • Pram rain cover
  • Car window shade


Essential items

  • Bassinet or cot
  • Change table and mat

Useful items

  • Rocking or other comfortable chair for feeding
  • Highchair (after about 5 months of age)
  • Night light

Clothing and accessories

Essential items

  • Six singlets, size 000
  • Six onesies size 000 (short sleeved, long sleeved, or a combination, depending on when they’re due)
  • Two cardigans or jackets for cold days
  • A hat (a soft sunhat for summer and a beanie or two for winter)
  • Two pairs of socks
  • At least two bibs

Useful items

  • Baby sleeping bag with a fitted neck and armholes and no hood
  • A few cute outfits for your outings together
  • If breastfeeding:
  • Breastfeeding bras and tops
  • Breastfeeding support pillow

See this checklist of things you absolutely need for a baby, and others you Here are the things I used and appreciated most when caring for my newborn son.

Newborn Baby Things List
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