New Mum Shopping List

Purchasing gear and essentials for your new baby can be overwhelming and confusing. What do you really need? What can you leave off the list? Here are five absolute must-haves for all new mums.

1. Baby carrier

A good-quality baby carrier is ideal for keeping your hands free while running errands or just moving around the house. It's also cosy and soothing for your baby when they are close to your body.

2. Baby books

Story time is a wonderful way to bond with your baby, and reading to her builds listening and vocabulary skills.

3. Changing pad

Any area of your home can be transformed into a nappy duty station with a changing pad, nappies and wipes. Wash the pad (and the cover) regularly, especially if gets stained during a nappy change.

4. Changing bag

Choose a spacious bag with a pushchair attachment and easy-to-access compartments. Tip: You're going to be hauling this bag around for a good few years, so go for something classic and versatile.

5. Muslins

These will protect your outfit during each feeding. They also come in handy for wiping up messes or cleaning your baby's sticky hands.

Planning a Baby Shower

Your family and friends will be looking for ways to help you, and a baby shower could be the perfect chance for your loved ones to gift you some of these items. So, if you're planning to have a baby shower, remember it doesn't have to become an overwhelming job. You could consider picking a baby shower theme, and enjoying some baby shower games.