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New baby on the way? 7 essential things every nursery needs …

Congratulations! You expect.

You will no doubt be over the moon and look forward to everything that the coming months will bring. Not to mention the rest of your life of course!

But when you’re a first-time parent, you may also feel more than a little put off. When it’s all new it’s hard to know what to expect and of course there’s a lot to do.

The list of things to buy before a baby arrives can seem endless. In fact, it’s probably endless, but as with anything, it won’t seem that scary if you approach it little by little.

To accomplish that, and to take some of the pressure off, we’ve compiled a list of seven infant and newborn supplies that should be sorted sooner rather than later.

This list is by no means exhaustive (as discussed, the actual list is endless), but it should get you started.

Your little one is on the way

Your little one is on the way

1. A car seat

Buy this well before your due date so you don’t run out.

That first ride home from the hospital is going to be terrifying, so get your baby car seat sorted and practice with it so you feel confident when you first have to leave the parking lot with your baby on board.

It is imperative that you buy a new car seat. Anything secondhand or given as a hand could be damaged, missing some parts, and may not have instructions. Plus, it might not fit your car properly so it’s best to just get a brand new one.

Some people like to buy a convertible car seat that can grow with your child, but to begin with, make sure it is the right size for your baby’s current height and weight.

Group 0+ seats are rear-facing and are made for newborns and infants up to about 15 months old or weighing up to 13 kg (29 pounds).

The law states that children must travel in a suitable child seat until they are either 135 cm high (150 cm in Ireland) or 12 years old.

The seat you choose should be appropriate for your child’s height and weight and the model of your car to be safe.

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix Baby Carrier - Group 0+ (£ 139.99) at Very

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix Baby Carrier - Group 0+ (£ 139.99) at Very

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix Baby Carrier – Group 0+ (£ 139.99) at Very

This baby car seat from Maxi-Cosi could be a good choice. It is lightweight and easy to transfer from the car to any Maxi-Cosi or Quinny pushchair. It features extra padding and a newborn seat reducer, while the Side Protection System optimizes overall safety.

In addition, the CabrioFix car seat can be fastened with the car seat belt or with the Click & Go Maxi-Cosi base units, allowing for versatile adjustment.

Whichever car seat you choose, always read the instructions very carefully and follow them exactly.

2. A baby monitor

Not only is it essential that you can keep an eye on your little one while he is sleeping, it also gives you peace of mind.

There are many options to choose from and some are as simple as an audio monitor so you can hear when they are crying.

But if you want to go more hi-tech, you can try a motion and video monitor this one from Angelcare.

Angelcare AC337 Baby Motion and Video Monitor (£ 219.99) at Very

Angelcare AC337 Baby Motion and Video Monitor (£ 219.99) at Very

Angelcare AC337 Baby Motion and Video Monitor (£ 219.99) at Very

Using a wireless motion sensor placed securely under the mattress during installation, an alarm will sound if there has been no movement for 20 seconds.

There is also a large parent unit with LCD touchscreen with infrared night vision and two-way speech recognition, as well as a color-coded room temperature display.

3. Clothing

Your friends and family will almost certainly bombard you with adorable baby clothes once your mini-me arrives, but you’ll want to buy some of your own too.

Because firstly you need some bits and pieces right away and secondly, let’s face it, shopping for cute baby clothes is one of the nicest things you can have.

Of course, your baby will need a limited wardrobe to begin with. Bodysuits (both long and short sleeves) and sleepsuits are a good place to start and one multipack like this set of three at V at Very is a cost-effective way to equip them.

V by Very Baby Girls - 3 Pack Honey Bee Sleep Packs (from £ 15)

V by Very Baby Girls - 3 Pack Honey Bee Sleep Packs (from £ 15)

V by Very Baby Girls – 3 Pack Honey Bee Sleep Packs (from £ 15)

4. A sleeping bag

Well, seriously, have you ever seen anything sweeter than a baby in a sleeping bag?

These super practical (and cozy) mini sleeping bags reduce the need for extra blankets or covers because they are wonderfully warm.

In addition, they are easy to put on and take off when a diaper needs to be changed.

Snuz Snuzpouch Sleeping Bag 2.5 Tog (0-6 Months) (£ 29.99) at Very

Snuz Snuzpouch Sleeping Bag 2.5 Tog (0-6 Months) (£ 29.99) at Very

Snuz Snuzpouch Sleeping Bag 2.5 Tog (0-6 Months) (£ 29.99) at Very

We love this rainbow print version by Snuz. It has easy-to-attach press studs, is made of super soft cotton and has a diaper change zipper so that changing in the middle of the night is less disruptive.

5. A changing mat

You'll be a professional in no time

You'll be a professional in no time

You’ll be a professional in no time

Well look. It’s no use getting around it.

From the moment your baby arrives, you will be changing diapers on what we will call a very regular basis.

In fact, in about 48 hours you will be a professional!

So for all those changes you need a changing pad.

Things to look for:

– a softly padded mat that provides comfort and support

– a waterproof style that is easy to clean

– a whimsical print to make even the messiest change a little sweeter.

This Counting Sheep design by Silvercloud should do the trick.

Silvercloud Counting Sheep Changing Pad (£ 12.99) at Very

Silvercloud Counting Sheep Changing Pad (£ 12.99) at Very

Silvercloud Counting Sheep Changing Pad (£ 12.99) at Very

6. A baby bath

Bath time with your baby is part of their bedtime routine that you will cherish.

So make it as easy as possible with a baby bath that is specially made for their size and frame.

Of course, your baby cannot sit alone, so in a baby bath you can wash it gently and support it at the same time.

Aqua Scale Digital Baby Scale and Thermometer Bath (£ 69.99) at Very

Aqua Scale Digital Baby Scale and Thermometer Bath (£ 69.99) at Very

Aqua Scale Digital Baby Scale and Thermometer Bath (£ 69.99) at Very

And this pretty smart piece of kit from Aqua Scale will not only weigh them while they are enjoying a bath, but it will also keep an eye on the water temperature so you can be sure they are comfortable at all times and you get peace of mind.

It also comes with supports and a non-slip pad to keep your baby safe.

7. Muslin cloths

You will be glad you bought a LOT of muslin cloths

You will be glad you bought a LOT of muslin cloths

You will be glad you bought a LOT of muslin cloths

Bibs protect your baby’s clothes, but muslin cloths protect your clothes!

These multitasking cloths are a real must-have, as any parent will tell you.

Not only can they be used to wipe excess milk or food from your baby’s mouth and face, but if you put them on your shoulder while burping your baby, they will trap or spit up the excess.

You know, we said they were essential.

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