A new addition to the family is always an exciting time. However, compiling the list of things you’ll need for the first six months of your little one’s life can often be daunting and finding out exactly what’s necessary can become very confusing.
Depending who you ask and what sites you’re surfing, the list of necessities varies quite drastically – with many new mums begrudging the amount of items they bought and barely used.
What you need for your baby will depend on how you plan to do things. A large collection of bottles won’t be needed straight away if you’re breastfeeding, likewise you might want to opt for a moses basket before investing in a cot.
All the glitzy and theatrical toys aren’t essential for the first six months, so we’ve made sure to list the must-haves you’ll need for the first half a year of being a new parent.
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Best baby products for the first six months
Dr Brown’s offers the only 100% vacuum free baby bottle on the market which help to prevent colic from birth.
Their new glass bottle range is a must have for the first six months as their kind-to-the-environment collection is clinically proven to reduce windy colic and ensure a happier baby.
The contoured breast-like teat is designed for a proper latch and a more natural bottle-feeding experience while aiding baby’s digestion for a good night’s sleep.
Their 150ml Glass Twin Pack is the perfect addition to a new parents’ essential items list.
Price: £24, Argos – buy here now
The popularity of using baby slings and carriers is showing no signs of waning among new and expectant parents.
Not only are they a practical way of ferrying around your baby (and letting you go hands-free), they are also said to encourage greater bonding between child and parent too.
The Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carrier has four carrying positions and is suitable for babies from birth up to 20kg.
We love the extendable panel can be rolled up or down to support baby’s head – there is also an adjustable hood to keep the sun off your little one’s head too.
The bucket seat shape ensures baby is in the correct positioning for their delicate spine and hips, so baby can sit in the position for extended periods of time without any discomfort.
It’s breathable, light-weight and provides lumbar support too.
Price: £154.90, Amazon – buy here now
As babies grow older, the little things stop being satisfying.
A great way to nurture their early development is to invest in a play mat or a baby gym to keep them entertained and engaged between naps, feeds and all the other exciting things they get up to.
Play gyms, although quite simple looking to us, offer babies a range of intriguing features that help to develop their cognitive functions.
Things like vision, coordination, self-awareness and motor skills can be supported from the comfort of their backs or tummies.
This gorgeous option from The Little Green Sheep offers a beautifully designed gym made from sustainably sourced wood and is hand-oiled for a natural finish, so your little one can play the natural way for hours on end.
The unique curved frame with beautiful baby rattles and charms are a beautiful addition to a new parents’ home.
Price: £69.95, The Little Green Sheep – buy here now
Celebrity parents have praised these nappies and wipes and use them for their own children.
Emma Bunton’s baby brand Kit & Kin offer these eco-friendly disposables which come with impressive credentials.
They’re chlorine free and are an award-winning hypoallergenic nappy with premium performance that’s gentle on baby.
Both the packaging and nappies are made from an oxo-biodegradable material, meaning they could biodegrade within six years.
We love the cute animal print design on the bottom of the nappies and they hold up incredibly well on the absorbency test.
The brand also offers a subscription model – four packets a month direct to your door – so you’ll never find yourself short, and for every 10 packs purchased, it funds the purchase of one acre of tropical rainforest.
Price: From £8, Kit + Kin – buy here now
This stylish and cute baby sleep aid helps to comfort you baby and help them to drift off more easily.
How? Well, there’s four soothing sounds, including pink noise (the deeper alternative to white noise), a heartbeat (to mimic that of pregnant mum’s womb), a lullaby and a waterfall.
There’s also two light options, calming pink glow and a soft white night light. The soft fabric is nice to touch, and there’s a built-in timer that lets the sounds play and lights stay on for 20 minutes. Attach to the cot with a velcro strap, or take it out on the pram or car seat. Genius.
Price: £29.95, John Lewis – buy here now
It’s a pricey breast pump, with great all round reviews and some amazing qualities that will help you understand why it’s priced the way it is.
Leading experts in the field Medela, use two phase expression technology to help you and your baby get the most out of the experience. It features a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for up to eight double-pumping sessions from a full charge, so you don’t have to plug into the mains while expressing and weighing less than 300g, is small enough to fit in your palm.
PersonalFit Flex breast shields adapt to your body and therefore allows the breast pump to express in the most comfortable and efficient way.
According the Medela, with this breast pump you can get around 18% more expressed milk than with single expressing.
You can also switch easily between single and double pumping, as well as including a range of breastfeeding accessories like a digital control panel which allows you to start or pause pumping, switch expression mode, and adjust vacuum levels to start you off on your breastfeeding journey.
Price: £233.30, Amazon – buy here now
The MiChair from iCandy has a futuristic and contemporary design, that will complement any interior setting. The highchair comes with a pod which is ideal for use for newborns until they are 9kgs.
The iCandy Newborn Pod can be used as both a rocker and an attachment to be docked onto the iCandy MiChair.
The pod also folds flat for easy storage and transportation.
The chair can be enjoyed long after the high chair days as it transforms into a rocking chair for older kids.
The chair also comes with a detachable toy bar and feeding table, encouraging interaction and exciting play time.
It comes in a range of gorgeous colours with a wood and chrome statement frame and is a real eye catching addition to any newborn’s home.
Price: £465, iCandy – buy here now
Embarrassing children with family snaps of the whole family dressed the same is the whole point of having kids, is it not?
Polarn O.Pyret’s trademark stripes and super soft, GOTS quality organic cotton come in sets of PJs for little and large so they can be worn by both newborn and nana. They come in grey, navy and red stripe and are ultimate the twinning PJ option for families with little additions.
Price: From £14, Polarn O. Pyret – buy here now
Nighttime feeds are not a fun feature of the new parenting journey, but the delirium-filled wakings can be made a lot more bearable thanks to this genius bed-side crib.
The SnüzPod4 Bedside Crib is the perfect solution for a good night’s sleep, easy feeds and the peace of mind that comes with being close to your baby.
Offering the intimacy of co-sleeping without the risks of bed-sharing, the Snuzpod is a specially designed bedside crib that allows your baby to have their own space, while still being close to you throughout the night.
The award-winning SnüzPod is breathable, thanks to its innovative ComfortAir system, with unique air-flow vents, machine washable mesh liner, and improved base ventilation, helping to regulate your baby’s temperature for a ultimate comfort as they settle into their slumber.
It features a rockable stand, reflux incline and a wide and light lift-off bassinet. The crib is suitable straight from birth and is an essential in any new parent’s bedroom.
Price: £199.95, Boots – buy here now
Keeping baby warm and cosy in the night is an essential, but a push for organic baby clothes has seen some incredible options come to the market recently.
Organic cotton has fast become a go-to for baby brands both high street and designer.
Better for baby with its super soft qualities with no nasty chemicals to irritate precious skin; better for parents as they’ll stand the test of time and countless washing, and better for our lovely planet too.
This ultra-soft baby sleeping bag from Mori is made up of organic cotton and bamboo fabric for a gentle touch on a little one’s sensitive skin. It’s length is also adjustable to grow with baby.
It features a concealed zip that opens from the bottom, making for convenient changing and while it’s not the cheapest on the market, you’ll struggle to find anything as soft as this.
Price: £64.50, Baby Mori – buy here now
This pram sun shade is a sunny weather must have for any new parent.
It gives fantastic sun protection for babies for when their skin is at its most sensitive. Approved by Melanoma International Foundation it’s a buggy cover that blocks 97.5% of the sun’s harsh UV rays.
SnoozeShade design breathable, lightweight sun and sleep solutions for prams, buggies, car seats and travel cots – a great safe alternative to draped coat or blankets.
Price: £24.99, Amazon – buy here now
Founded in Sweden, Blueair has a whole range of innovative air purifiers but offer this almost silent option, perfect for baby.
The lowest setting is quiet enough to have on while sleeping, so baby can wake up feeling dust and allergen free, and have all the nasty pollutants removed from the air while they’re snoozing – a must if you’re living in an area with high levels of pollution.
This product is small but powerful, completely filtering air in a 15m² room every 12 minutes.
It’s compact and comes in a range of colours so will suit any room’s decor and it’s lightweight design means it’s easy to move around the house, or even travel with.
Price: £128, Amazon – buy here now
Sensory stimulation is incredibly important to introduce in the first few months of baby’s life.
This tummy time activity mat is perfect to enhance your baby’s visual and physical development. It features high contrasting shapes, which support visual sensory growth and promote healthier neuron connections.
Age recommended from three months onwards, this mat is a great start to incorporate visual stimulation and physical development into your baby’s everyday routine as they progress into enjoying tummy time activities.
Price: £20, Not On The High Street – buy here now
14. MORI Pramsuit
This gorgeous pramsuit is designed to keep little ones warm on chilly days exploring. It features mittens for baby’s hands, a concealed zipper for simpler changes and a hood to keep out the cold.
The pramsuit is crafted in Mori’s softest signature fabric with padding for extra warmth.
This ultra-soft baby pramsuit is made up of organic cotton and bamboo fabric for a gentle touch on a little one’s sensitive skin and features adorable ear details on the hood – super cute!
Price: £54, Baby Mori – buy here now
This colourful set of three sensory bottles offers the ultimate fun for curious little hands.
Petit Boom has perfected this option for sensory exploration, which help baby to begin understanding the world and developing their motor skills through shaking, stacking, rolling and tipping.
This set includes a ladybird bottle, fish bottle and buttons sound bottle which captivate baby as they start to discover the world around them.
Price: £29.95, Rainbow Sensory Gifts- buy here now
One of the hardest things about having a new baby is that you’re responsible for them 24/7, so suddenly even the most mundane tasks such as washing and going to the toilet can be difficult.
Having a rocker for your little one can be a lifesaver, keeping kids entertained and letting you get on with some other jobs for once, and this one is one of the top rated of the lot.
BabyBjorn is one of the most trusted and recognised names in the baby products market, and it’s not hard to see why.
This bouncer is a must-have for any busy new parent. It’s silky-soft 3D jersey fabric and ergonomic design has seen it praised as “a true blessing” by mums.
It’s designed to provide a place for a newborn to two-year-old to rest and play and is even machine washable.
Price: From £130, Amazon – buy here now
This genius sleeping bag will last little one from newborn to age three.
It’s velcro back opening makes it perfect for fitting harnesses in strollers, travel systems, car seats and bicycle trailers while keeping your baby snuggly and warm in any weather.
It can also be used as a play blanket when visiting family and friends thanks to the all around zips.
It offers easy adjustment of the opening around the baby’s head to adapt to the weather conditions and features duck down filling round head opening to make it soft and comfortable.
It also has buttons for folding down the front part and a two way zip for easy ventilation.
Available in a great range of colours, this sleeping bag makes a perfect investment for nap times on the go.
Price: From £107, Voski – buy here now
Muslin cloths are among one of the essentials you’ll need for a range of duties as a new parent.
This 100% pure cotton and neutrally designed muslin cloth is ideal for swaddling, cleaning up spills, burping, comfort and much more.
While it’s not the cheapest on the market, it’s ultra-soft for a gentle touch on a little one’s sensitive skin.
Beloved by the world’s A-list for its sustainably sourced, high quality cotton and pretty neutral design, Mori’s muslin swaddle is the perfect choice for any new parent.
Price: £15.50, Baby Mori – buy here now
Eco beauty brand, Ethique, has launched a zero-waste, plastic-free baby range, Little Ethique.
Created specifically for little ones, the new solid baby range includes products from tip-to-toe washing to a snoozy massage balm – perfect for giving your baby the TLC they deserve!
The sustainable New Zealand-based company – who launched in the UK earlier this year – are on a mission to rid the planet of plastic bottles by replacing virtually every plastic household product with a solid bar form.
This handmade range concentrates face, hair and body products which last up to 5 times longer than their bottled liquid counterparts.
The range is cruelty-free and vegan, and made with ingredients that are 100% sustainably sourced and fair trade.
Even the sleeves they arrive in are 100% compostable and recyclable meaning zero consumer waste.
Price: From £11, Holland and Barrett – buy here now
New mums will know that life can get very busy with a little one, and you’ll need to be able to take your mini with you on your daily errands or social calls in a practical and stylish stroller.
There’s a lot to love about the Quinny VNC stroller, which will fast become your favourite travel companion.
It’s sturdy yet lightweight frame is easy to fold with just one hand and is compatible with Maxi Cosy car seats.
It comes with a UPF 50 hood and even has a handy viewing window so you can check on your little one.
The VNC comes with a huge range of accessories including car seat adaptors, a cup holder, parasol clip and bumper bar and is available in a stylish selection of colours; dark grey, bright blue or purple.
The VNC is also roomy enough to hold a day’s worth of shopping thanks to it’s large, easy-to-access basket while narrow and lightweight enough to easily navigate your way across busy pavements.
Price: £579, Very – buy here now
One product that is essential to keep your baby safe is a car sun shade; especially for parents who regularly drive and particularly when the sun’s out.
UV rays pose a real danger to little ones whose skin is fragile and severely lacking in melanin for the first six months.
The Mama Shack car sun shade is an essential for sunny days, shielding your baby from bright sunshine. Simple to put up and fold away in seconds, they’re as easy to use as they are useful.
The attractive spotty print means they look great while being practical and are available in two sizes to ensure a perfect fit no matter your car.
They come in a set of two with a handy storage bag included and don’t require suction cups, simply attaching to the car window with static.
Price: £12, Mama Shack – buy here now
For travel or at home, this handy hanging toiletry pouch from Beaba has everything baby needs.
The set includes bath and digital thermometers, nail scissors, file and clippers, as well as a hair brush, teething ring, gum brush and nasal aspirator.
It comes in a useful bag, with plenty of storage compartments for baby’s other products – handy for keeping all their toiletries in one place if you take them away for the night.
Price: £30, Amazon – buy here now
No one wants their home smelling of poopy nappies.
This nappy disposal system from Korbell offers an odour-free, eco-friendly option, perfect for any new baby’s house, boasting an impressive 15 litre capacity, or up to 40 nappies at a time.
It’s available in a pretty choice of colours to suit any aesthetic. The bin holds scented, biodegradable bag liners which can be cut according to how much waste you have in the bin. Each liner is biodegradable and can last for up to 17 months and there’s a pack of them included with the purchase of the bin.
The hands-free option uses a pedal to open, meaning less time touching surfaces and cross contaminating.
The bags have a double seal design helping to trap nasty smells and keep odours from lingering.
Price: £29.99, Amazon – buy here now
There’s something about keys that small children seem to love, and Elspeth Fawcett’s kids were no exception.
She says her second child was “obsessed” with keys, but wasn’t interested with the plastic toy version Elspeth had bought him. This caused havoc when her son got hold of the last set of car keys “and we never found them”.
So she decided to make her own, launching Yummikeys, a business selling a range of toy keys and teething rings made from stainless steel.
These innovative rings feature three shiny stainless steel rings which fully interlock to form a jingly chain.
Each ring holds a coloured silicone bead and one bead engraved in stainless steel, providing a multi-sensory toy and a teething tool which are suitable for babies from birth.
They’re cool on sore teething gums and are the ultimate essential for when those little gnashes start breaking through.
Designed in Scotland, these amazing rings are dishwasher safe, made from stainless steel BPA, are lead, cadmium and phthalate free and 100% recyclable.
They also offer a feeding necklace, designed for little grabby hands to hold onto as they are fed – an absolute must have for any parent in their first six months.
Price: £22.50 – buy here now
Whether you’re after some organic cotton babygrows or are in the market for natural, eco-friendly baby and mummy skincare products, Kit & Kin is a gorgeous brand that offers all of the above and then some.
They’ve recently launched their gorgeous range of baby wear, including these chunky knit hats which will keep your little one’s head warm and cosy while making them look absolutely adorable.
This is an essential for the first six months of baby’s life when the sustainable 100% organic cotton will be greatly appreciated by their fragile skin.
Price: £16.99, Kit + Kin – buy here now
Any parent of a little one will tell you how many countless pairs of socks their baby has kicked off and lost.
But this new creative clothing brand has changed the landscape for new parents, offering an innovative range of baby clothes which will save new mums and dads a whole load of hassle.
Pop My Way has a selection of interchangeable accessories, including socks, bibs and even collars that are designed to simply “pop” on using the built-in poppers on their babygrows and trousers making it easy to dress your baby and not lose a thing.
Fully GOTS certified, Pop My Way use the softest and finest pima cotton which is grown naturally in Peru that is kind to the environment and your child’s skin in a subtle and stylish gender-neutral colour palette.
Ethically sourced, exceptionally soft and incredibly durable, the unique popping system means that essentials like bibs, dummies and socks can be easily and safely attached to your baby’s outfit, saving you valuable time and energy. Ingenious – we love these!
Price: From £22, Pop My Way – buy here now
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