Commonly Forgotten Items When Buying for a Newborn

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When you are pregnant there is so much to purchase for the new arrival. Usually, you will remember to purchase all of the main items such as the cot, Moses basket and car seat. Of course, you are not going to forget clothes for your little one either. But there are a number of items parents forget when they are purchasing for a newborn. Today I am sharing the most commonly forgotten items in an attempt to help you remember. That way you won’t have to buy them and pay for next day delivery.

Scratch Mitts

There is a number of babygrows which come with them attached now however, you still get some that do not. Your baby can be born with sharp nails and it is easier to give them a manicure when they are actually asleep. So, in order to stop them clawing themselves or you pick up some scratch mitts. You can get them so cheap in the supermarkets or even Primark.

Baby Hairbrush

This is not something which I needed for a long time with Jess. She was born with no hair even though I had so much heartburn during the later stages of my pregnancy. However, if your child is born with a head full of hair the last thing you want to be doing is using your hairbrush on theirs. I would recommend purchasing a baby hairbrush and a comb just in case after all they’re going to come in handy. We purchased a Tommy Tippee one for not a lot of money from a supermarket.

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Nail Clippers or Scissors

You may want to be able to cut your babies nails so they do not scratch themselves. Scratch mitts are great, but are not the complete the solution. You may forget that you need to cut their nails. You can get nail files (rather than scissors) for babies because their nails are very soft and they can be a pain to cut. Again, the supermarkets are the place to head to if you are looking for nail clippers or scissors.

Baby Carrier

This is something which people may not need with their first however, I have heard it's essential with two. This means that you can be hands-free while still having your baby close to you. This will allow you to get all those jobs done which you need to do. For sure this is going to be something to purchase before you have a second child. I would recommend having a look around for the ideal baby carrier or even using a local sling library to get one that works for you and your baby.

Pacifier Clips

This is something you may not need when they are a newborn, however, you may find it handy when they are a bit older. Being able to attach their pacifier to their clothes means that you reduce the risk of them throwing it away. This will save you a lot of money because it means that you are not going to have to replace pacifiers as often. You can pick these up pretty cheaply. I have not purchased them yet because we are unsure if the baby is going to want or need one.

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These are one of the items you may say you are not going to use. However, at 3 am when your baby is screaming and you just want something to stop them so you can have some more sleep, a pacifier may turn out to be your best friend. I would recommend having at least one around, this is certainly something we intend to do. You can pick them up from anywhere as well. I would recommend shopping around because the prices can vary so much.

Swaddle Blankets

If you are planning on using sleeping bags it is worth noting that they cannot use them till 4kg so your baby’s head does not slip into the bag. You might actually not realize this but in the meantime, you can swaddle them using swaddle blankets. There is an art to being able to do it to it’s a good idea to practice before the baby arrives. Some experts say swaddling makes the baby feel all cosy and like they’re back in the womb so they sleep better.


You may intend to breastfeed but its always possible it won’t work out for you. Instead of running to the store or pharmacy at some crazy hour, I would recommend getting a couple of baby bottles and a tub of formula just in case. This means you will be able to feed your baby no matter what and the choice is up to you.

These are some of the most commonly forgotten items when purchasing for a newborn.

What did you forget when buying for your new baby?

Charlotte x

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