The Ultimate Guide to Essentials for Your Newborn Baby

The Ultimate Guide to Essentials for Your Newborn Baby

Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is incredibly exciting, but it can be overwhelming, too - especially for first-time parents. Naturally, you’re anxious not to forget any essentials but it’s all too easy to let your shopping list grow out of control.

Here at Unique Baby Store, we recognise that some items vary from family to family, whilst others are essential for every bundle of joy. We’ve created a straightforward list of the must-have items that every newborn needs to simplify your shopping list so that you can enjoy the preparation process without stressing out. 

Baby Monitors 

Baby monitors are a must-have for all newborns. Even if your new baby sleeps in the same room as you at night, there will be times when you want to leave him or her to nap in one room whilst you spend time in another.

Owlet smart baby monitors stream to your smartphone and provide you with data about your baby’s heart rate, oxygen levels and sleep quality so that you can be sure your little one is happy and healthy. The monitor will also alert you about any concerning changes so that you can take action immediately. 

Pictured: Owlet Smart Sock & Cam Bundle £379

Nappy Bins 

Nappy bins are essential to keep your home clean and smelling fresh until your child is toilet trained. These bins are specially designed to keep smells inside, which you’ll know is an absolute must if you’ve ever changed a baby.

For hygiene reasons, it’s best to choose a hands-free bin with a foot pedal and a smart refill system so that it’s easy to change the liner. A 16L bin can hold up to 45 nappies at a time, whilst a 26L model can hold up to 65. 

Pictured: Korbell 16L Nappy Bins £39.99

Baby Clothes 

Choosing your new baby’s clothes is one of the most fun and exciting parts of preparing for their arrival. It’s important to bear the season in mind. Think cool cotton clothes and sun hats for warmer weather, and snuggly knits and fleeces for colder seasons. Warm gloves and socks are a must for the winter months, too. 

Bodysuits and onesies are an essential whatever time of year your baby arrives. It’s good to have a mixture of long and short-sleeved items, and for autumn and winter make sure to purchase some footed all-in-ones to keep your baby’s little toes nice and warm. You’ll want to stock up on these, as it’s necessary to bring some spares each time you go out with your baby in case accidents occur. 

Our stylish range of Dear Eco baby clothes are made from high quality organic cotton and are free from any substances that could harm or irritate your baby’s delicate skin. They’re soft, stylish and gender neutral which is perfect if you want the sex of the baby to be a surprise! 

Swaddles & Sleeping Bags

Swaddles and sleeping bags are essential to keep your baby safe and snug at night. There are many benefits to swaddling your baby. For one thing, it soothes your little one by imitating your touch, which leads to better sleep for the both of you. It also helps to keep your baby safe by preventing scratching and ensuring that they stay on their back, which is the optimal sleeping position for a newborn. Stomach sleeping can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs) by up to 12.9%, so it’s important to ensure that your baby stays on their back. 

The main difference between swaddles and sleeping bags is that the former entirely wraps your baby to restrict their movement, whilst the other permits greater flexibility. Swaddles are perfect for newborns but shouldn’t be used after your baby can roll over on their own, whilst you can continue to use sleeping bags until your baby becomes a toddler - though of course, you’ll need to size up. 

Here at Unique Baby Store, we stock a range of comfy and cosy swaddles and sleeping bags. Each product is made with high quality materials to ensure that your new baby sleeps safely and soundly. 

Baby Nest 

Light, comfortable and portable, baby nests are the ultimate napping essential for your newborn. Whilst your child should ideally sleep in a crib or Moses Basket in your bedroom at night, it’s worth investing in a baby nest for daytime naps. These soft, walled nests help to soothe your child by emulating the feeling of being inside the womb, helping them to drift off easily. 

Baby nests also prevent your baby from rolling over during their sleep, which helps to reduce the risk of SIDs. You can move the nest all over the house so that you can keep an eye on your baby at all times without disturbing their sleep. Note that baby nests are not designed for night time sleeping, but are perfect for daily naps. 

Pictures: Caramella Baby Nests £115.00


As you’re probably now well aware, babies require a lot of stuff! Therefore, smart storage solutions are a must to keep your home tidy as you navigate the challenges of caring for a newborn.

Baskets and toy bags are perfect for staying organised - you certainly don’t want to be tripping over toys and accessories during the night feed. Best of all, they come in a range of pretty pastel and neutral colours so that you can choose a solution that matches your nursery decor perfectly. 

Pictured: Baby's Only Baskets £29.95


Here at Unique Baby Store, we stock only the highest quality baby accessories to ensure that your newborn stays safe, comfortable and healthy. If you have any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.