Top 5 Amazing Things You Need For A Baby

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Top 5 Amazing Things You Need For A Baby

When you first start thinking about what you need for a baby you soon realise the possibilities are endless (not to mention expensive!). Apart from the obvious things you need for a baby there are a few less obvious – but brilliant ones you will actually use!

My Top 5 Things You Need For A Baby – after buying many, many things before the arrival of my baby, I now look back and I am thankful to have these in my life!

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Things You Need For A Baby – The Nappy Bin

There are many out there – I personally have the Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy Wrapper. Yes the refill cassettes can be on the expensive side (Amazon is a great place to get them from cheaper!). Its fabulous, it really does hide all smells and is great for disposing of nappies – especially in the middle of the night or when it’s raining so you don’t have to go outside as often! I would recommend one to everybody! 

Things You Need For A Baby – Muslin Cloths

I never knew such a thing even existed until I started to shop for my newborn! The ones I have are from George and come as a pack of 3. Most places that sell baby products have them as well as supermarkets. My advice by a hundred! They are basically muslin cloth squares – they are amazing for catching baby sick and protecting your clothes whilst you burp them!


Things You Need For A Baby – Socks

Don’t ask me why but a little ones feet are always cold. My advice buy all identical ones – as with adults – every-time you put socks in the washing machine, one disappears! This way when one makes a magical escape for freedom you’re not left with millions odd baby socks (like me!)


Things You Need For A Baby – Scratch Mittens

These are a must – babies have a habit of scratching their faces with their fingers nails, no matter how short you cut them they still manage it! At one point he kept managing to pull the mittens off with his teeth so he could scratch. I found a good plan for these – put a sock over the mitten – it’s harder to get two layers off! (A perfect use for all those odd socks!)


Things You Need For A Baby – Dummy

I know many of you won’t agree with using dummies. However for me it was a life saver from the constant crying. They really do help soothe a baby when all else fails. I was totally against it to – until my Mum suggested it me and it worked. Long live the dummy!


So there we have it my top 5 things you need for a baby – I’m all for anything that makes being a parent slightly easier! It’s the hardest job in the world – and there’s no shame in having a few things that make it easier – especially when you’ve had 2 hours sleep and can’t find where you put the tea bags…. ah yes in the fridge of course!


Hi! I’m Julie. I write about all things related to mum life. I’m also a postpartum depression survivor. I love helping mum start their mum blog journey and I have step-by-step guides to help!

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  1. December 11, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    I agree with all of these! I didn’t even realize until I had my first baby that things like mittens were an absolute necessity. With my second, I was all prepared with these items, only to realize that my son wasn’t interested in the pacifier. Made things tricky at times! Great post, though!

    • mummyitsok
      May 1, 2016 / 6:35 pm

      Mittens are a must, its amazing how much a little baby can manage to scratch their faces in the night – mine little man was terrible – i think he is actually wolverine!

  2. December 14, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    MUSLINS! My daughter is surgically attached to her filthy frayed square of textile biohazard, It is her comforter and without it sleep is impossible. When she was younger we could get away with any muslin. Now it has to be the manky one or else! #AnythingGoes

    My son loves his dummy and has a collection of them hidden round the house. He’s getting better but trying to wean him off them is very tricky,

    • mummyitsok
      May 1, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      Muslins saved me many a times from sick! little man has a million dummys but yet we can never find one 🙂

  3. December 14, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Muslins and dummies were definitely our life-savers with Oscar! I wanted a nappy bin but never had the space for one so now we just put them outside the door until we go down to the bin 😉 The neighbours must love us!

    Socks are great…until they learn to take them off all the time!

    • mummyitsok
      May 1, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      Our nappy bin is amazing we are still using it through the nappy / potty training phase, i’m really impressed with how long its lasted. Toddler socks drive me nuts – he takes them off all over the place!

  4. December 14, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Great list 🙂 Scratch mitts irritated me from day one as they were constantly falling off but I ADORE the onesies with the built in over-the-hand bits, usually Next do them. Muslins are ESSENTIAL, my son uses one even now as a comforter 🙂 #thebabyformula

    • December 15, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      We discovered the onsies with mittens when he was about a year old – I wish I’d known about them sooner they are amazing!

  5. December 15, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    I agree with all of these (except we haven’t used a dummy, but I know they are vital to so many). Have you tried Aldi muslins, they’re so soft (I recommend them to everyone, and haven’t tried the Asda ones, so they might be the same).
    Nappy bins seem like a con, but are SO worth it 🙂
    Great post thanks for sharing and hope you can join again next week #TheBabyFormula

    • December 15, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      I don’t know what I’d do without the nappy bin – had it 2 years now it’s amazing! Ohh good tip about the Aldi muslins- the Asda ones are pretty absorbent but not very soft even when tumble dried! x

  6. December 16, 2015 / 11:35 am

    Apologies for my slow response,

    A great list here! We stupidly didn’t use scratch mits when Rowan was born and he ended up with quite a few scratches.

    We have that nappy bin and it’s brilliant,

    Of course you can’t go wrong with muslins, we still use them!

    Thanks for linking up with #TheWishlistLinky

    Laura x

  7. December 16, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    These are all a must and I wouldn’t have survived without them. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  8. December 18, 2015 / 5:30 pm

    This is a great list and must haves!
    Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky

  9. Agent Spitback
    December 19, 2015 / 10:20 am

    Oh yes, the Muslins were a lifesaver for me! Definitely on the must have list. Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

  10. moderatemum
    January 10, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    I still use muslins! I don’t know how I lived without them. I use them to wash my face everyday now. #anythinggoes

    • January 11, 2016 / 6:35 am

      Brill idea! I’ve still got a pile of them from when little one was a baby. They saved us from sick many a time especially as he had bad reflux!!

  11. Alyssa Nicole Zapinski
    July 21, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    Scratch mittens are by far one of the best things ever. Babies have the sharpest nails ever.

    • mummyitsok
      July 21, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      I know right?! How can someone so small be so dangerous!

  12. October 5, 2016 / 12:37 am

    I have those exact muslins, socks, and mittens! I love the Swaddle Me blanket wraps also. They have Velcro, so you do not have to protect the art of swaddling. They also make sizes to grow with your baby. I would add those to the list!

  13. January 23, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I found mittens got lost in the washing machine along with the odd socks! But did find a use for the odd sock pair and that was….mittens! Agree with Muslims and dummies too!

    • mummyitsok
      January 28, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      I think we have more odd socks than matching pairs!

  14. Rose M.
    February 18, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    I have the muslin blankies and they were great for my summer baby, but I find flannel ones are more versatile and absorbent. I don’t have a single other item on this list for my 2 little ones and I don’t feel that they are missed in our home.

    • February 21, 2017 / 2:55 pm

      Flannel ones sound great – love that they are more absorbent 🙂

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