New Baby Essentials

Baby Essential Checklist

Thanks to Fay McCulloch from Oxfordshire who prepared the following checklist for Labels4Kids with the help of her friends. Fay used this list for the birth of baby Archie and found it invaluable.  We have all done our own new baby checklists at times to prepare for hospital but particularly for first time mums we felt we just had to share this with you all as a very well done document so you can just copy and paste into a word document and you've got it done!
Well done girls and thank you for letting us share the checklist with all new mums to be.


  • Birth Plan
  • Medical Notes
  • Tens machine (hire one)
  • Lip salve
  • General toiletries/makeup
  • Maternity pads ( you will need plenty of these)
  • Big comfy pants x5 (buy cheap ones instead of the horrible disposable briefs!)
  • Nightie x2
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers x1
  • Nursing bras x2
  • Breast pads box
  • Nipple cream like Arnica
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Breast feeding gel packs from Labels4Kids
  • Tissues/wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Cooling spray
  • Hand held fan
  • High fibre snacks, drinks and energy sweets
  • Phone and charger
  • Baby changing bag
  • Money


  • Full tank of fuel
  • Change for the hospital car park
  • Shorts, tee shirt, flip flops (labour rooms get hot)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Wash bag (in case labour is a long one!)
  • Music/DVDs downloaded onto iPOD
  • Camera
  • Car seat and car seat base
  • Group contacts list ready to text when your bundle of joy arrives!


  • Nappies x10 (baby will get through approximately 10 a day to begin with)
  • Sudocreme
  • Large cotton wool pads (no wipes when baby is just born)
  • Sleep suits x 2
  • Hats x 2
  • Scratch mitts x 2
  • Cardigans x 2
  • Nappy sacks
  • Baby blankets x 2 (swaddling blankets are great)
  • Baby outfit for leaving hospital
  • Muslins x 5
  • Baby vests x 4


  • Rescue remedy
  • Paracetemol
  • Rennies (if you suffer from heartburn during your pregnancy you may need Rennies during labour).