30th July 2021
In the months or weeks before your baby is born, you'll probably be busy stocking up on the nursery and baby products you'll need for those first days and weeks after your little one arrives.
Read our list below to make sure you've armed yourself with all the important bits and pieces.
When we asked parents in June 2020 what baby products they owned, the number one product was a car seat. Some 76% told us they had at least one at home or in their car.
We crash test each car seat we review. Take a look at our independent and rigorous to find out which ones are the easiest to use and provide the best protection in a crash, as well as the you should avoid.
In our survey, 72% of parents owned a pushchair, pram, stroller or buggy.
If you've got a newborn baby, you'll need to choose one that's suitable from birth. This means it needs a seat that reclines far enough back to create the flatter position, or travel system compatibility so that the seat can be replaced with a carrycot or car seat.
Every pushchair we review is tested for strength, stability, durability and safety. Don't be swayed by fashionable names or plush fabrics.
Go to our to see the most impressive on test. If you're confused by the sheer range of products available, head to our guide to to help you pick the right model for you and your new baby, and avoid a costly mistake.
There are lots of options for parents when it comes to where their baby can sleep. A Moses basket, crib, cradle, and cot will typically be suitable from birth until six months, while a cot bed will last until your child reaches around five or six-years old.
A cot bed is most expensive out of the options but it will be used for a lot longer, so it's actually the most cost efficient option.
In our survey, 49% of parents told us they owned a cot bed, while 48% used a standard cot. A Moses basket was popular with 47% of parents, but just 27% used a crib or cradle and 25% opted for a bedside crib.
The average baby goes through between six and 12 a day when they're first born, and will use around 4,000 disposable nappies before they are potty trained at around 18 to 24-months old.
We pitted brand-leaders Pampers against own-brand nappies from Aldi, Lidl and supermarket retailers such as Tesco and Morrisons.
Baby wipes aren't for everyone, especially more environmentally conscious parents. But, if you do plan on using them, you may well be buying them for as long as your baby is in nappies. Costs could stack up.
There are significant price differences between supermarket own brands and big-brand names. It's worth trying the own brands – if they suit your baby you could save some cash.
Look for a soft towel just for your baby's use.
Nappy changing mats are padded and have slightly raised sides to prevent your baby wriggling off the mat, while a changing table enables you to change your baby's nappy at a comfortable waist height.
These can protect your baby's clothes from spillages and accidents. A muslin over the shoulder will also protect your clothes if you're winding your baby after feeding.
These are to stop little ones from scratching their faces.
Helpful with a range of cleaning and care tasks.
Can come in handy when you're out and about with your baby.
Choose between washable, disposable and even thermal breast pads – you'll probably need to use them even if you're not breastfeeding your newborn baby.
Look for a comfortable and supportive bra that has a bit of give so it can stretch to a larger size as milk comes in.
It should never constrict your breasts, as this could make it easier for ducts to become blocked. Obviously the cups need to open and close easily, leaving plenty of room for your baby to feed.
Don't buy too early, as your bra size may change – look to get two or three in the last month of pregnancy. For help knowing what size bra to get, contact the NCT on 0845 8100 100 for a free personal fitting.
A breast pump can be a quick and easy way to express milk for your baby. Choose between:
In our survey, 34% of mums used an electric breast pump and 31% opted for a manual one.
It's sensible to invest in five or more bottles and teats so you've got a ready stock. You'll need these whether you're going to feed your baby breast milk that you've expressed, or you're bottle feeding.
Babies' digestive systems are very sensitive, so you will do a lot of sterilising to ensure your baby equipment for feeding is completely clean and germ-free.
There is a range of sterilisers out there and in our survey, 38% of parents use an electric steam steriliser, 36% have a microwave steriliser, 21% prefer a cold water steriliser kit, and 15% opt for a pricier UV steriliser.
In June 2020, we asked 594 parents with children aged five and under about the baby products they have owned during the first two years of their baby's life.