Essentials to Keep Your New Baby Safe and Well

Some of the most important things you’ll need when you have a new baby include enough clothes and suitable bedding.

When baby comes homeBaby clothes

Babies grow very quickly, so you’ll need to make sure your baby will have enough clothes for the first few weeks.

For example, you’ll probably need about six stretch suits (all-in-ones) for both day and night, a shawl or blanket to wrap your baby in, and suitable hats for warm and cold weather.

Baby bedding

For the first few months, you’ll need a crib, a carry cot or a Moses basket (a light, portable bassinet). Your baby needs to sleep somewhere that’s safe, warm and not too far from you.

You’ll also need a firm mattress that fits the cot snugly without leaving spaces round the edges, sheets to cover the mattress and light blankets for warmth.

Don’t use pillows and duvets – they are not safe for babies who are less than a year old because of the risk of suffocation. Duvets can also make the baby too hot.

Out and about with your baby

There are a number of things available to help you get around with your baby. For example, you may want to think about getting a baby carrier (also called a sling), a pushchair (stroller*) or pram (carriage*), and a baby car seat.

See newborn essentials for more detailed information about what you might need for your baby.

Read the answers to more questions about pregnancy.

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Editor’s Note: * translation provided for our U.S. audience
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