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Newborn Baby Shopping List: Everything You Need to Buy Before Your Baby is Born

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Are you an expectant mom who is due soon for delivery? In this post, you will see an essential newborn baby shopping checklist of everything an expectant mom needs to buy for the baby, including clothes, bedding, baby carriers, feeding and more. Read on for a list of important baby items to buy for use right after your baby is born, and thereafter.

Most first-time parents often struggle with knowing the things needed for a new-born baby. When getting ready for delivery, it is a great idea to prepare a baby checklist in order to give you an idea of how much to budget for your new baby, before its birth. This article will give a quick guide to making your baby checklist. It's very tempting to overspend and buy more than what you really need but our newborn baby checklist below will provide you a list of the absolutely essentials to prepare before your newborn arrives. Read on to see the list.

Essential List of Things to Buy Before Your Baby is Born

Feeding - Newborn List
  • Baby Formula for mothers with twin or those that do not want to do exclusive.
  • Nursing pillow helps you comfortably support your baby during feedings to avoid back pain for nursing mothers.
  • Nursing bra(s) - for tender or  swollen breasts.
  • Breast pads for absorbing milk to avoid spilling.
  • Breast pump If you plan on exclusive breastfeeding (this is optional, but nice to have fi you can afford it)
  • Feeding bottles and teats, brush for washing bottles
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Hot water Flask
  • Burp cloths protect your clothes from liquid or milk spills.
  • Bibs
  • Baby high chair
Health - Newborn List
  • First aid Kit
  • Digital thermometer
  • Baby nail scissors
  • Humidifier 
Baby Safety
Baby Entertainment
  • Pacifiers and toys: Keeps babies distracted 
  • Baby swing and bouncers: Keeps babies calm
  • Baby carrier - babies love to be held closely for warmth
  • Baby strollers also for ease of moving your baby around.
  • Car seat- For newborn babies you either use a: a rear-facing infant seat   or a convertible seat.


  • Baby bathing Set:
  • A soft but thick towels (big and small)
  • Wash cloth by gerber
  • Baby soap, lotion, oil and Powder like: pears baby, Aveeno baby popularly known in Nigeria by most mothers.
  • Baby soft brush for hair
  • Petroleum Jelly like the Blue seal Vaseline 
  • Olive oil serves as moisturizer for babies
  • Baby nail scissors or clippers
  • Cotton wool balls and rubbing alcohol

  • Diaper changing bag  can contain everything you need when going out
  • Diapers – to start with, buy a good number of small-sized disposable Huggies or Pamper diapers 
  • Nappies – buy a few cotton nappies or cloth diaper  
  • Bucket with a secure lid for soaking before washing 
  • Wipes for cleaning your baby's bottom during changings.
  • Diaper cream or petroleum jelly 
  • Diaper disposal system or disposable trash bag 
  • Baby wipes 
  • Changing table
  • Changing mat
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • A sizeable box or bag to pack baby items
  • Clothing for newborns (onces) like carter or gerber baby wears
  • Day clothes - Special outfits or two taking baby out or on display.
  • Mittens - Many new-born easily grow long nails, with it they can scratch their faces or any part of their body.
  • Mittens 
  • Sets of sleep suits
  • Cotton Shirts 
  • Cotton pants to fit
  • Leggings or pull-on pants 
  • Cotton sweater
  • Knit cap
  • Hats 
  • Sock and shoes


  • Baby cot or Crib
  • Mattress: Shop for Mattress to fit your baby’s basket or cot 
  • Sheets as require, baby sleeping and bag blankets.
  • Mosquito net.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, body cream, comb and deodorant.
  • Sanitary pads - for a heavier flow.
  • Disposable Pants for ease of laundry

What to wear for mothers
  • Nightgown and robe- Make sure they open in the front if you are planning on breast feeding.
  • Flat Slippers- During early labour it is always recommended to walk around. 

Important Notes Before Making a List of Things to Buy For a Newborn Baby

Make Two Separate Baby Lists

It's important to make 2 different lists  - (1) the hospital bag list and (2) the list of baby things to keep at home, for use when your new baby comes home. 

The Best Time to Start Newborn Baby-Shopping

Buying your newborn baby's needs early, around the 33rd week of pregnancy, will save you a lot of money, as you have enough time to find the best bargains.

Shop Wisely: Now you Know Things To Buy As An Expectant Mother  - Not All Baby Things Are Essential
There you have it for our must-have list of things to buy in preparation of the birth of a newborn baby. Be careful not to overspend; not all baby things are are must-have items. We've seen many expectant, nearly due Nigerian moms buy more baby things than they actually need - they end up not using most of the things they bought. Don't make the same mistake.

Hopefully, using the newborn baby list above as your shopping list, you will be able to save lots of money. Atleast now you know things expectant mothers should buy before delivery.

Thanks for reading, and if you enjoyed reading this article, please help us to share it with your friends - facebook it, tweet it, instagram it, email it.

Before you go, I would like to hear your feedback or comments - let me know if there's anything I forgot to add to the list above.


  1. Thanks! This makes much sense. I have a lot of work to do.

    1. I am happy you found what you were looking for.

    2. This comes handy. Thanks for savin me frm ransackin my on wht to go for. Thumbs up sis! But is buyin baby stuff at 33rd week not outrageous?

  2. This blog is amazing! Thank you so much.... keep up the good work.

    1. Sugar fairy, thanks for the compliment.

  3. Oh boy, this list is long o. Need to start buying now, though it about 6 months away from delivery.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, you might want to know What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for Delivery.

  4. God bless you for this. Pls can I have a round figure so I can know wat to budget for this. Im getting close. Thank you, pls waiting for ur response. God bless ur work in Jesus name.amen

  5. Pls waiting for ur response ma. Thank you

  6. You can make a budget of about 80k to 100k for everything you need befor your baby is born because babies grow faster than you envisage, so you may not need to buy a few and more as the baby grows. But if you need only to buy must have baby items you can budget say 50k check out this post

  7. Before the baby come, we need to make everything ready for him/her. It's just an awesome blog. You have added all the stuffs that we need to shop earlier. Baby Products Online. Thanks for such a great article. It's really an informative one for the new mothers. Keep sharing more blogs.

  8. Thanks so much, this really makes sense. I really need to start shopping now.

    1. It will interest you to know we have a list of Websites to Shop Maternity and Baby Products in Nigeria

  9. I have read your post. That's great information. Thanks for sharing this blog. I did a search and found your blog and glowing review. It's been a big help! Thanx!

  10. I'm so glad I found this blog.I'm not a first time mum though but every time feels like a first time! Good job dear.pls keep it up.

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  12. Wow! Very interesting piece

  13. this is shopping list is really important for baby. this is informative post for newborn baby. helpful

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  15. My wife almost fought me on this! GOD bless you real good ma. Baby shopping mall here I come!

    1. Thanks my brother, i am glad you found this list of baby things to buy in Nigeria for an expectant mother. Check out our article on Must have baby items for first time mothers.

  16. This blog is really amazing. Thanks for the post

    1. You are welcome dear, you may want to look through our article on 3 Reasons Why Every Parent Should Buy a Baby Car Seat

  17. Enter your comment...Thank Dear Sis. Fro Saving Me From Bringing An Entire Baby Shop Into My House Thereby Spending More Than Neccessary. God Bless You Real Good.

  18. You are welcome my dear, i am glad this article is helpful. Check out our other articles from maternity to baby.

  19. Though i am still looking unto God for my baby things,this makes it easy for me to know what to buy even though I might eventually go for second hand things.I am glad I found this.Thanks so much

  20. I'm just 5 weeks but too excited to just start shopping
    Thanks for this

  21. I used to be recommended this website by means of my cousin. I am not positive whether this publish is written via him as nobody else recognize such
    distinct about my trouble. You're incredible! Thanks!


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