Baby Essentials

When I was pregnant, I did a lot of research and scoured through lots of lists. Now that my baby is born, I have a better idea of the items which are absolutely necessary, nice-to-have, and those which are more like a want than a need. 

Baby Checklist
*Nice to Have:

  • CocoonaBaby
    I bought a pre-loved one and was skeptical about using it because guidelines recommend that babies sleep on a flat surface but Elise slept SO WELL in the CocoonaBaby. It can only be used for a few months though.

Preparing for Baby’s Room

  • Baby co-sleeper
    For the first few months, it is more convenient to have a co-sleeper like the Arm’s Reach for easy access to the baby. We use a Moses basket.
    Anything is fine as long as it is a flat enclosed cushioned space. Babies in Finland sleep in cardboard boxes.
  • Playpen
    Not needed until baby is older. Haenim is a popular brand. 
  • Play mat/Baby gym
  • Wind-up mobiles/ Merry-go-round
    Not very necessary. Babies are easily soothed by cuddling if they aren’t hungry or uncomfortable.
  • Bumper
    I have a Breathable Baby mesh bumper for her cot.
  • Cot sheets
  • Mattress protector
  • Changing table
    Not needed. We have an IKEA inflatable babycare mat which has been extremely useful. We have two, one near our bed for easy changing and another one near her cot.
  • Chest of Drawers
    or storage chests from Muji or Toyogo, whichever works. Mine’s a chest of 4 drawers from IKEA
  • Swaddles
    We have a few muslin cloths, but the SwaddleMe is a godsend. Not even the best escape artist can escape a SwaddleMe. Swaddling helps curb the startle reflex in newborns and lets them sleep more soundly.
  • PacifiersThere are positive and negative effects of pacifiers, but I prefer not to introduce pacifiers to her. 
  • Mittens
    Necessary until baby is 6 weeks old
  • Bootees
    Necessary until baby is 6 weeks old
  • Diapers
    Disposable diapers or cloth diapers, if you don’t mind the extra laundry.
    For disposables, Merries and Huggies are more absorbent compared to the rest. 
  • Nasal cleaner
    I use the bulb type from Pigeon. Some mothers prefer the tube cleaner.
  • Clothes
    If you’re on a budget, pre-loved is the way to go. 90% of Elise’s clothes are pre-loved.
  • Long and short sleeves
  • Rompers
    Bodysuits are pretty but a huge pain to put on and take off. I recommend the front button baby bodysuits from Uniqlo or zippered types. 
  • Handkerchief
  • Safety pins
  • Face towels
  • Cotton balls etc.
  • Nail clippers
    Babies come with sharp nails but it’s recommended to cut them only after 1 month. I have the Pigeon baby nail scissors and little 
  • Cream to prevent nappy rash
    I use Bepanthen, but Desitin Blue is highly raved among mummies.
  • Ruyi oil/Minyak Telon
    For relieving wind in the tummy which causes discomfort.
  • Thermometer

    Easy to put on and take off. I have no idea why she hates changing clothes.


    SwaddleMe helps to stop her from attacking my boob. 

Preparing for Baby Bathing

  • Wipes
    Jeju wet wipes for the budget conscious, or Pigeon. 
  • Baby bath tub
    Use one with a bath sling such as the Fisher Price Sling ‘n’ Seat or Summer Infant Baby Bather so you don’t have to handle a wriggly baby with one arm.
  • Bath towel
    Mothercare hooded bath towels have been very useful in drying her up after her bath. 
  • Baby soap/shampoo/lotion
    Mustela, Baby Gaia, California baby and Cetaphil Baby are widely used brands that are gentle on baby’s skin. 
  • Cotton buds
  • Baby oil

Preparing for Feeding Baby

  • Milk bottles
    She is 1 month old but drinks expressed breast milk from Tommee Tippee, Medela Calma, Avent and Pigeon when she is not latched on. Pigeon has the softest teat but Calma doesn’t seem to produce as many air bubbles. It’s not the easiest teat to suck from, though. 
  • Bottle scrub brush
  • Warmer Hot water in a bowl does the same in a shorter time.  
  • Steriliser
    I’m using a UV steriliser which also dries and stores my equipment.
  • Highchair
    I have a Fisher Price one with adjustable recline, but a basic one from IKEA does the job. 

Bringing Baby Out

  • Play gyms/Play matsGood for tummy time. 
  • Bouncer
  • Stroller
    Mine’s an Aprica Karoon which I have yet to use as I’m always babywearing.
  • Baby carrier
    I use ring slings from Moms in Mind. I also have a Pognae baby carrier. 
  • Toys
    Lamaze infant toys are popular for infant stimulation.
  • Diaper bag
    Any large, study and roomy bag will do. 
  • Changing mat 
  • Nursing cover

Mummy Care

  • Breast Pump
    I’m using Spectra 9+ and it’s light and portable with good suction. Both Spectra and Medela produce quality pumps. 
  • Breast milk bags / bottles
    Jaco Perfection/Boots for mummies on a budget.
  • Hands-free Bra
    To hold your pump so you have both hands free to do something other than stare at your pump. I use one from Simple Wishes, but some women just cut two holes in their sports bra. 
  • Maternity Dress/ Pyjamas with front opening for breast feeding
  • Nipple Cream
    Lansinoh or Medela Purelan contains lanolin which soothes sore nipples. I have emu oil which is very moisturising.
  • Cotton balls
  • Breast pads
    Didn’t use these. 
  • Disposable panties
  • Sanitary pads
    I used Kotex 42cm night pads

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