The Ultimate Baby Shopping Guide You Need to Know for Newborn

When you are having a new baby, there are so many things when it comes to baby shopping. Most pregnant and expectant mums want to know what new baby things to buy. In reality, there are some must-haves and some nice to have; it is helpful to know the basic things for your newborn.

List of the things you need for a newborn baby

This handy guide for expectant mums helps with things you need to buy for your newborn baby.

This baby shopping list helps you plan what you need for a new baby and for yourself as a new mum. Shopping for your baby is fun, there are some items that are necessary and some items that are simply nice to have. Remember babies grow quickly so don’t be tempted to overbuy!

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Basic Clothing for Newborn Baby

A newborn spends most of their days sleeping and eating. Comfort is high on the baby shopping list when you think about what to buy for baby. Babies also grow fast, so be sure not to buy too much for any age. We recommend 100% cotton where possible to reduce any reaction to blends. New babies have sensitive skin.

  • 6 – 8 Long-sleeved onesies and sleepsuits (do not buy too many of one size as babies grow very quickly!)
  • 6 – 8 Short sleeve bodysuits and onesies
  • undershirts
  • 1 – 2 sweaters
  • 3 – 6 pairs of socks
  • Cap/booties/mittens/hats
  • Blankets; Receiving blankets are great for many purposes. To put on your shoulder when carrying the baby.
  • Several burp cloths (to put over your shoulder for spit ups)
  • Washcloth
  • towels

Remember that babies grow fast. Parents typically don’t need a lot of “newborn”-size clothing, as babies will quickly outgrow it. Consider how easy a garment is to put on and take off and make sure it’s simple to change a diaper, too.

Online stores like Jumia allow you to purchase items from baby stores. We like to say #skipthetrip and get these items directly at your doorstep in Nigeria. Read more here for how to buy baby clothes. 

First Aid/Grooming/Bath

Baby’s skin is delicate and should not have any harsh products used. Choose shampoo, soap, and lotions carefully. For grooming, nails need to be filed down to ensure their little sharp nails do not scratch their cute cheeks.

  • Soft hairbrush and comb
  • Thermostat
  • Nail cutter/baby scissors/soft nail enamel file
  • Baby changing  mat
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby moisturiser
  • Nappies (they grow out of the newborn sizes quickly so don’t stock too many). Cloth diapers are also useful to use as a rag or to wipe spills.
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby bath soap/shampoo
  • Baby bath
  • Three or four hooded baby towels – perfect for wrapping baby snuggly after a bath
  • Baby washcloths are a must. They’re far thinner than regular adult washcloths and less likely to irritate baby’s skin.
  • Changing table or cushioned changing pad for low dresser or bureau, with safety strap or railing
  • Diaper pail and liners
  • Diaper bag
  • Baby wipes; Unscented baby wipes are preferable (causes less irritation)
  • If you are using cloth diapers, you need 6-10 dozen and 6-8 diaper covers

Changing a diaper may seem daunting at first, but trust you’ll get the hang of it. 

Feeding

Be prepared to feed your newborn around the clock—which means, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’re going to need the right gear. Here’s the newborn checklist of feeding supplies to stock up:

  • Feeding bottles (different sizes are recommended) and extra teats. Bottles and nipples, both 4- and 8- ounce (if fed strictly by the bottle, a baby will go through about 10 in the 4-ounce size per day)
  • Steriliser
  • Lots of bibs (the wipeable ones are better) – Bibs are another of those things you just can’t have enough of.
  • Cleaner for bottle
  • Bottle or Flask (for storing hot water)
  • Set of plates, bowls and spoons (perfect for when the baby is starting to eat solids)
  • Baby food masher (preferably stainless steel perfect for the weaning stage)
  • Food or Bottle warmer
  • Breast pump and storage bags (you also need ice packs to store the freshly expressed milk)
  • Nursing pillow (if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Bottlebrush
  • Dishwasher basket for small items

Whether your newborn baby is being breastfed or given formula, there are feeding utensils that baby needs in the first few days and months. You can shop the baby category here on Jumia. 

Nursery

A baby’s room calls for adorable decor for sure, but you’ll also need furniture that will make infant care easier (and safer). Sleep is going to be a precious thing for babies so help them get it. Here are some must-haves for any nursery:

  • Crib or cot (you might want to get a crib that can convert into a toddler bed)
  • Baby mattress; a Firm, flat mattress that fits snugly in the crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)
  • Rocking chair or armchair for all the late-night feeding
  • Mattress cover (to protect the mattress from pee and also great for children who have allergies to things like dust mites)
  • Fitted sheets
  • Note that pillows or soft cuddly toys are dangerous for babies if left in their cribs
  • Changing table (with storage space)
  • Mosquito net
  • Crib mobile

Where a baby spends their hours sleeping and resting is just as important.

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Mum

  • Nursing bra, 1-2 comfy nursing bras plus a sleep bra for the hospital. You can get more when your milk comes in, in case your size changes.
  • Nursing pads (disposable and washable)
  • Nipple cream (for breastfeeding and to avoid sore nipples)
  • Loose shirts/button-down blouses for easy feeding
  • Sitz bath
  • a big box of extra-long maxi pads for lochia
  • nursing nightgown or comfy cotton pyjamas

We cannot forget mum, you need to be comfortable and be ready for breastfeeding! There are several stores that are perfect for expectant and new mums such as Mothercare. Amazon also offers many options for expectant mums, check out the LagosMums recommendations for expectant mums. 

Transportation

  • Car seat (be sure to get the right one for the size of your baby)
  • Pram or pushchair

Play Time 

  • Bouncer
  • Playpen
  • Playmat
  • Baby walker or Jumperoo
  • Baby books 📚

Others

  • Bouncer or Rocker
  • Playpen (one foldable one is good to take around with you or place at Grandma’s house)
  • Bassinet/Moses basket
  • Teething rings
  • Playmat
  • Baby Bag (with compartments to carry all the different baby supplies)
  • Portable changing mat
  • Additional bags and nylon bags to put things like a dirty diaper

Security

As a parent, you might be interested in investing in a nanny cam or secret spy camera to have peace of mind that your baby is okay while being cared for by other people or domestic staff. Wondering where to buy nanny cams? Check out Jumia

Other baby things to buy 

  • Baby journal – great to capture the early years
  • Monitor for baby room
  • Baby carrier or baby sling
  • Nursing cover (perfect for those times when you need to breastfeed in public or an overly crowded place)
  • Rocking chair
  • Boppy pillow to support during breastfeeding
  • non-bio washing soap for laundry

A simple checklist of things to buy for the baby for the expectant or new mum

  • Clothing – onsies, undershirts, pyjamas, socks, booties, hats, mittens
  • Blankets – receiving, swaddling
  • Feeding – Feeding bottles, bibs
  • Diapering – changing bag, changing mat, diaper cream, wipes, diapers
  • Bath time – towels, soap, shampoo, sponge, baby bath
  • Bedtime – crib, mattress, mattress cover, bedsheet
  • Other – changing table, rocker, playpen, Moses basket
  • Transport – car seat, baby carrier
  • Grooming – baby nail clippers, nail file, thermometer, baby comb, soft hairbrush,
  • For Mum – nursing bra, nursing pads, nipple cream

When baby shopping, it is important to keep in mind that not all these on the list are must-haves. Truly all your baby really needs is your love and affection. Be sure to take care of yourself as you adjust to motherhood and your baby will grow and flourish.

Remember you must have a car seat for baby because the hospital will not let you leave without it and really you would want to protect your little miracle in any way possible.

Relax and enjoy this time with your precious baby because this time will never return and does go faster than you can imagine. Sign up your support system of friends and family who will bring meals or come help you out at home after the baby is born. This way you can spend time taking care of your new baby, while someone else worries about YOU!

You are set for a wonderful Mummy experience. Are there other things you think are needed? If you need help shopping for your baby you can contact us by emailing [email protected]

Read: Eating Right During Your Pregnancy and more from the Expectant Mum category

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