3 Vogue Editors (And Mums) Share Their Newborn Baby Essentials

Spotlighting practical products that have all been tried and tested by Vogue mums, this guide will ensure you have everything you need to navigate those first foggy yet magical months with a newborn. From choosing a cot to deciding which car seat to buy, no item has been overlooked.

Anita Worlidge, the founder of Anita’s House, a consultation service that has become a go-to for thousands of parents seeking advice on what they need to buy for their baby, acknowledges that shopping for a new baby can be overwhelming. “You can feel bombarded with information from friends, family and the internet,” she says. “It is so easy to over buy, or buy products that just aren’t quite right for you and your new baby, or miss essential items that you didn’t even know you would need.” She points out that getting your baby essentials right from the start means you’ll avoid buying twice, but it will also save you time and stress, leaving more room for you to enjoy life with your new baby.

What do you need for the first 3 months with a newborn?


Newborns might be small, but they require a lot of equipment. SNOO is a smart cot that rocks your baby to sleep, keeping them settled for longer. It also compiles data, allowing you to track your little one’s sleep patterns. Consider a bedside crib to keep baby close to you during night feeds, and a sleep pod for daytime naps.

SNOO Smart Sleeper

£1,145HarrodsShop Now

SnüzPod Bedside Crib

£200John LewisShop Now

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

£160DockATotShop Now

Mokee Moses Basket

£124£103MokeeShop Now

The Basket Room Moses Basket

£152AmaraShop NowBedding

Bedding is key to creating the optimal sleep environment for a better rest for your baby (and you). Invest in soft, temperature controlling sleeping bags, and extra layers of blankets and muslins for sleep on the go. Make your muslins go further by buying swaddle size – that way they can serve as a blanket, swaddle, milk sick protector or a nursing cover when needed. It also cuts down on the amount of stuff you need to think about packing in order to leave the house.

3 Vogue Editors (And Mums) Share Their Newborn Baby Essentials

Organic Baby Sleeping Bag

£40The Little Green SheepShop Now

Muslin Blanket

£55Etta LovesShop Now

Cotton Muslin Swaddles

£30Aden + AnaisShop Now

Mothercare Cotbed White Starter Set

£10BootsShop NowBaby bouncers

A baby bouncer is crucial as a safe place for your baby to sit early on, and another base for them to be positioned in. The Baby Bjorn Bouncer is one of the originals and best. Simple, comfortable and foldable, it’s a staple, and as your baby grows, they’ll work out they can rock themselves by kicking their feet.

Bouncer Bundle with Toy

£250Baby BjörnShop Now

Crochet Baby Hammock

£89BinibambaShop NowBaby carriers

There’ll be many moments when you need your hands free, but baby does not want to be put down. A good supportive baby carrier can help to solve this conundrum. They’re not just for walks or buggy-free trips to the shop, baby carriers are a lifesaver if you have a baby that needs calming, a contact nap or soothing during the “witching hour” at home.

Baby Carrier Harmony

£190Baby BjörnShop Now

Tiba + Marl Baby Carrier

£130Tiba + MarlShop Now

Artipoppe Zeitgeist Baby Argus

£320HarrodsShop Now

Ergobaby Omni Dream Baby Carrier

£175John LewisShop NowBuggies

Invest in a pram that will grow with your baby, serving as a bassinet in the early weeks, and later a comfy chair for walks, naps and daily journeys. Your stroller should be compact enough for your car, and must be able to handle the environment in which you intend to use it. (The Babyzen YoYo is a good choice for frequent travellers who need a pram that will slide easily into an overhead compartment.)

Bugaboo Fox 3 Carrycot and Pushchair Seat

£1,045BugabooShop Now£1,045BootsShop Now

Stokke® Xplory® X

£899STOKKEShop Now£899John LewisShop Now

Micralite GetGo Stroller

£395MicraliteShop Now

BABYZEN YOYO² Chassis, Newborn Kit & Colour Pack Bundle

£614.95John LewisShop NowBaby bottles

Whether you intend to use them for breast or formula milk, making sure you have a supply of baby bottles from the outset will ensure you’re prepared. Not only does it allow for someone else to help out with feeding, it gives you more feeding options – essential when you don’t know how a day is going to pan out.

Mam Anti-Colic Bottles

£14BootsShop Now

NUK First Choice+ 150ml Temperature Control Bottle

£19BootsShop Now

Dr Brown's Options + Starter Pack

£29John LewisShop Now

Avent Baby Bottle

£15PhilipsShop NowSterilisers

Until your baby turns one, it’s important to sterilise bottles, breast pumps, and dummies if you use them. This will kill lingering bacteria that’s potentially harmful to your baby and their immature immune system. Along with the classic microwave and electric steam sterilisers, UV sterilisers are becoming more popular, largely because they can be used to sterilise more than just baby products. They use ultraviolet light to sterilise, meaning they’re chemical-free as well as fast.

Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser

£69.39AmazonShop Now

Vital Baby Nurture Advanced Pro UV Steriliser

£119.92AmazonShop Now

Tommee Tippee Steriliser

£36BootsShop NowChanging mat

Investing in a changing mat (or two for use in different locations in the house) is important. It should be comfortable and hard-wearing – you and your little one are going to be spending a lot of time using it. Bumbo’s changing mat is shaped so that it supports baby’s neck and head, and the raised side walls and ergonomic shape ensures they won’t roll off. Its soft foam is not only easy to clean, it isn’t cold to the touch either, so more comfortable on your little one’s bare skin.

Olli Ella Nyla Baby Changing Basket

£55Mamas & PapasShop Now

Bumbo Changing Mat

£73KidlyShop Now

Liewood Graphic Stroke Khaki Fritz Changing Pad

£47Alex And AlexaShop Now

Cam Cam Copenhagen Changing Cushion

£58AMARAShop NowDummies and teething toys

Dummies can help to settle cranky babies, and teething toys can soothe irritated gums. Personal choice comes into the equation here, but if you’re shopping for soothers, start with these simple, BPA-free teat-shaped dummies.

Matchstick Monkey Teething Toy and Gel Applicator

£10John LewisShop Now

Hevea Crown Round Soother

£6.50AmazonShop Now

Kidly Dummy 2 Pack

£9KidlyShop Now

Sophie La Girafe Teether

£16Jojo Maman BebeShop NowNappies and nappy bags

You’ll get through a lot of nappies. Make sure they fit well and are soft on your baby’s skin, to make them as comfortable as possible. Equally as important is the changing bag you keep the nappies in when you’re out and about. Lots of storage and compartments are key.

Prada Re-Nylon Changing Bag

£1,350MytheresaShop Now

Changing Bag Ocean Blue With Nordic Forest Lining

£62Not On The High StreetShop Now

Tiba + Marl Elwood Changing Rucksack

£150SelfridgesShop Now

Kit & Kin Eco Nappies

£8BootsShop NowBabygrows

Your baby will live in cosy, comfy babygrows for the first year and, to be honest, you’ll wish you could too. Look for zip-up or popper styles like those from John Lewis and Jojo Maman Bebe, for quick and easy changing at night.

Peter Rabbit Zip-Up Sleepsuit

£26JoJo Maman BebeShop Now

Baby Stars Long Sleeve Sleepsuit, Pack of 3

£13John LewisShop NowNursing

Breast pumps, nipple cream and feeding pillows are all worth considering to help you with feeding. The Elvie electric hands-free breast pump has revolutionised pumping with its discreet design and smart app. It stores data so you can track things like the time since your last pump, and the amount of milk you pumped in a session.

Lansinoh Therapearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Pack

£13John LewisShop Now

bbhugme Dot Print Nursing Pillow

£74John LewisShop Now

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream

£9.99£7.89AmazonShop Now

Elvie Single Electric Breast Pump

£269BootsShop Now

Medela Freestyle Flex 2-Phase Double Electric Breast Pump

£234BootsShop NowBaby monitor

Baby monitors have come a long way in the last couple of years. Video monitors are now capable of gathering data that allows you to analyse your baby’s sleep like never before. With crystal clear video, and added extras such as temperature and motion and breathing alerts, a good monitor will give you peace of mind once you’ve put baby down for the night.

BT Video Smart 5inch Screen Baby Monitor

£139John LewisShop Now

Angelcare AC327 Baby Monitor with Video

£160John LewisShop Now

Babymoov YOO Moov Motorised Video Baby Monitor

£199.99£179.99AmazonShop Now

Nanit Pro Baby Monitor & Wall Mount

£300Mamas & PapasShop NowSleep tech

From white noise that can help send your baby off into a deep sleep, to buggy rocking devices that will keep them snoozing as you finish your coffee, these gadgets are potential game-changers.

Lulujo Moonie Humming Friend Baby Nightlight

£64.95AmazonShop Now

Rockit Portable Baby Rocker

£39.99£38.50AmazonShop Now£39.99JoJo Maman BebeShop Now

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise

£59.99AmazonShop Now

Sweet Dreamers, Ewan the Dream Sheep Night Light

£29.99AmazonShop NowBaby bath time

Daunting territory at first, but arm yourself with the right equipment and bath time will become one of the nicest parts of your day with your baby. A key piece of equipment is a baby bath or support, which will also eliminate back pain for you, as you won’t be huddled over the bath holding your baby. It’s also crucial to get the temperature right – a water thermometer makes this a breeze.

Under The Sea Wash Mitts

£15Jojo Maman BebeShop Now

Bear Hydrocotton Hooded Baby Towel

£28The White CompanyShop Now

this works Baby Sleep Gentle Wash

£14LookFantasticShop Now

Angelcare Happy Seal Baby Bath Room Thermometer

£19.99AmazonShop Now

Shnuggle Baby Bath

£24.95£19.99AmazonShop Now

Newborn Baby Bath Support

£20£15NubyShop NowCar seats

It’s become the classic Instagram post: leaving the hospital with the new bundle of joy in their baby seat. It’s not just a photo prop though – you’ll find you can have one that fits to your buggy, one that grows with them, and even one that converts into a stroller, which is perfect for travelling as it’s two pieces of equipment in one.

Doona™ Infant Car Seat

£329DoonaShop Now

Silver Cross Dream i-Size Newborn Baby Car Seat, Donington

£195John LewisShop Now

Maxi Cosi Mica Pro Eco

£320Maxi CosiShop Now

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