New baby essentials: How not to overspend

Preparing for the arrival of your baby is an exciting time for all the family. However, the volume of baby products out there can leave you overspending on an unexpectedly long list of ‘essentials’!

It’s estimated that parents in the UK will spend £500 on their baby within the first month. So to help you save money and time where possible, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of new baby essentials to prepare you for those first few weeks.



Vests/ short sleeved suits

Cardigans/ jackets


Shawl or snow suit

Hat, mittens, socks and booties

Soft hooded towels

Changing mat


Plenty of towels / flannels / muslin squares

Cotton wool pads

Hair brush

Baby bath

Steam steriliser

Baby lotion

Scent-free baby wipes

Nail scissors

Nappy bags

Baby shampoo or liquid cleanser


Bottles/teats/bottle brush

Nursing bra and breast pads

Breast pump

Play mat

Bouncy chair



Travel cot

Moses basket

Mattress, fitted sheets, cellular blankets

Car seat

Sun shade for car window

Pram / buggy

Parasol/ rain cover



Changing bag

Baby monitor

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