First-time Mums: What Do I Need for Baby's First Year?

baby basic needs and items

Putting together all you need for your baby's first year of life can be difficult. This is especially true for first-time parents. You won't have an idea yet of what you need, after all.

That’s why we've created a list of the first year's essentials for you -- use it when shopping in preparation for your baby’s arrival!

Infant Car Seat

hauck comfort fix infant car seat

Well, if you read our article on what to bring to the hospital for your due date, you can't even bring your baby home without this!

Get an infant car seat in particular. Some are only designed for bigger babies, not infants, so you have to get the size right to ensure your baby's safety.


baby clothing in box

Obviously, your baby needs clothes.

We suggest getting ones that keep his legs sheathed separately, so you can use your car seat's crotch harness easily.

Opt for organic and hypoallergenic fabric too, of course.

Nursing Gear

woman wearing elvie breast pump

We're lumping several items into this section. Which of them you actually need depends on what you plan to do.

Will you be breastfeeding or bottle-nursing your baby? If you're breastfeeding, the first thing you need to get is a good breast pump.

We recommend a hands-free breast pump, because that will let you multitask while pumping milk.

Try a wearable breast pump like the Elvie, which you can even wear while going about doing chores - or even going to work!

Bottles are necessary to store the milk from your wearable breast pump too, of course. And they're still necessary even if you don't plan to breastfeed. If this is the case, you also need to prep formula powder. We advise preparing bottle brushes as well, because it's important to have a way to keep the bottles clean.


baby wearing diapers while playing on floor

These may be cloth or disposable diapers. Either way, though, take care not to stock a ridiculous amount - anything over a month's worth may be inadvisable.

That's because your baby will grow very quickly. He may well outgrow the stocked diaper size before you can use them all!

Take care to size your stock appropriately, including the cloth ones.

And if you're using cloth, remember to check that your chosen diaper cream works with them.

Believe it or not, some creams work very poorly with cloth diapers - and may be close to impossible to wash off. We suggest looking for ones not based on petroleum or zinc for cloth diapers.

You may also want to look for flushable cloth diaper liners for easier disposal of baby's stool! With those, you can just take the liner from the diaper and flush it down the loo.

Diaper Bag

woman holding diaper bag

This just means a bag with enough space and compartments for all your baby paraphernalia when leaving the house.

Remember that you'll pack a lot into this - so pick something sturdy.