Your Nursery Checklist

When preparing for the arrival of your new baby it can be overwhelming with all the things you need to consider. One of the more enjoyable and important tasks to do is get the baby’s bedroom ready. With so many baby things to consider and available on the market, it can be hard to pick out the real essentials you need to purchase. Take a look at our helpful nursery checklist. You can download it here.

Your Nursery Checklist

Its easy to believe that you need absolutely everything on this list, but in reality it is easy to purchase far too much and not really use it. There is also the personal preference so in the end this is a guide that should help you decide what is really important to you and baby. With that in mind this list has been broken down into essential and optional.

Your Nursery Checklist

Sleep Time

Essential

  • Cot or cot bed – choose one with variable sides and mattress heights so it grows with your baby. See NHS advice on choosing a cot
  • Mattress – NHS safety advice says you should make sure it fits firmly in the cot with no gaps
  • Waterproof mattress cover – an easy way to keep the mattress clean and avoid dust mites
  • Fitted cot sheets – at least three sheets is best
  • Room thermometer – your baby’s nursery should be between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius
  • Blackout blinds or curtains – helps get your baby used to the idea of sleeping when it’s dark and handy to shut the daylight out when it is bedtime
  • Nightlight – helps you check on him/her easily with a dim light and with certain types can help him/her learn when morning really is
  • Baby monitor – hear your baby from the other side of the house

Optional

  • Moses basket – your newborn might look lost in a big cot and a moses basket is easy to move around
  • Blankets – keep your little one warm
  • Baby sleeping bags or swaddling blankets – some parents prefer them as the baby can’t kick it off and get cold in the night
  • Mobile – a pretty decoration that is visually stimulating and calming
  • Cot bumpers – help an active baby not get arms and legs stuck in the cot bars

Baby changing

Essential

  • Changing mat – makes it much easier to change all those dirty nappies!
  • Changing bag – ideal for keeping all your changing gear in one place when you’re out and about or even indoors if you don’t want a designated change area
  • Nappy sacks – scented versions help keep smells at bay and handy for dirty clothes etc when you are out and about

Optional

  • Nappy disposal bin – helps to keep smelly nappies contained
  • A changing table or unit – choose one with raised sides to stop your baby rolling off
  • Antibacterial hand gel – so you don’t have to leave your baby to wash your hands after changing

Toiletries

Essential

  • Nappy cream – soothes sore bottoms (metanium was the only one that really worked for us)
  • Baby wipes – the fastest way to clean your baby during changes
  • Digital thermometer – make sure your baby isn’t too hot or too cold

Optional

  • Baby lotion – great for tackling dry skin
  • Cotton wool balls – kind and gentle on delicate skin
  • Cotton wool buds – great for cleaning outer ears, skin creases and belly buttons (but never use inside the ear)

Bathtime

Essential

  • Cuddle robe or towels – for cosy cuddles!

Optional

  • Baby bath – help keep your baby safe in the water but they do grow out of them quite quickly
  • Bath thermometer – make sure the water temperature is just right

Getting dressed

Essential

  • Babygrows/sleep suits – your newborn will probably spend most of his early weeks in them!

Optional

  • Scratch mittens – prevent your baby scratching his skin
  • Warm hat – choose one without a turn-up so it doesn’t flop over your baby’s nose and mouth

Anything else

Essential

  • Soft toys – something special that is CE marked and suitable from birth for your little one

Optional

  • A comfy chair – makes night-time feeds much easier
  • Storage – now is a good time to get organised!

You can download our helpful nursery checklist here.

Your Nursery Checklist

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