Baby Layette List

Photo curtsey of Karamika PhotographyHaving your 1st baby is such a special time in every parents life but it can be a little daunting to know what you actually need!  To be honest you don’t need a lot. As long your baby has something to wear, somewhere to sleep and is fed, they are happy! For the 1st couple of months they do not need toys as they spend most of their time eating, pooing and sleeping and when they are awake they are happy to stare at your face and listen to your voice.

A baby layette list is a handy guide for new parents who are unsure of what you need to buy for your first baby.


  • 3-5 Booties or Socks
  • 1-2 Soft Baby Shoes
  • 2-4 Hats/Beanies
  • 3-4 Onesies/Bodysuits (short or long sleeved is a personal preference and depends on weather)
  • 3-4 All in Ones/Stretch and Grows
  • 2-3 Tops
  • 2-3 Pants/Short
  • 1-2 Special Going Out Outfits

We recommend not buying too many newborn sized clothes (or if you get given them don’t worry about buying anymore) because they tend to out grow this size rather quickly.


  • 4-8 Bibs
  • Breast Pump and accessories for expressing (optional)
  • Baby Bottles if bottle feeding
  • High Chair
  • Breast Feeding Cover/Poncho if nervous about feeding in public (optional)

Bath Time

  • Baby Bath
  • 3-4 Face Cloths
  • 3-4 Towels
  • Body/Hair Wash

Bed Time

  • Cot, Bassinet or Moses Basket
  • 2-3 Sheet Sets
  • 1-2 Blankets
  • 1 Baby Sleeping Bag (optional)
  • Swaddle Wrap (optional)
  • 1-2 Mattress Protectors
  • Night Light (Great for feeding at nights – optional)
  • Baby Monitor (optional)

If your budget is tight there is really no need to buy a bassinet, you can put a baby straight into a cot – they will look really small but perfectly safe!

Nappy Changing

  • Change Mat
  • Change Table (optional)
  • Nappy Cream
  • 18+ Cloth Nappies
  • Cloth Wipes
  • Bucket with lid

Play Time

  • Baby Lounger
  • Activity Gym
  • Play Mat
  • Wooden Rattles and Rings
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Fabric Books

Out and About

  • Baby Carrier
  • Car Seat
  • Nappy Bag
  • Pram/Buggy/Stroller

By law you must have a car seat fitted correctly and your baby/child buckled up in the car seat every time you get in a car.

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