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Best newborn essentials for 2020 – must haves for stress-free start to parenting


When welcoming your little one to the world, it’s easy to be convinced that you need every single baby item from the Argos catalogue.

On top of working out how to care for your tiny human, getting ready to welcome a baby into your life and ensuring you have the right checklist can be just as overwhelming.

While nappies, wipes, clothes, blankets and pushchairs are the basics, there are a few products that can help make parenting that little bit easier.

So instead of spending a fortune and filling your house with over-priced and irrelevant products, we’ve listed out the top essential baby products for new parents below.

Best newborn essentials

1. Elvie Single Electric Breast Pump



Elvie Single Electric Breast Pump

While there’s plenty of much cheaper breast pumps out there that are more than decent at getting the job done, if you can afford to go for something a bit more expensive, you can get a lot of bonus features for your money.

The Elvie electric breast pump is a single pump is super silent for discreet expressing – it’s also wearable and able to operate via a mobile phone app – pretty neat right?

For busy mums, and mums on the go this wearable device is perfect. It fits inside your bra and is shaped like a breast, so won’t look super suspect underneath clothing.

The free app allows you to check your pumping history, as well as control the device remotely, so wherever you are and whatever you’re doing – expressing milk doesn’t have to take a backseat.

Price: £249, Boots – buy here now

2. Mamas & Papas Ocarro Complete 9-piece Travel System Bundle



Mamas & Papas Ocarro Complete 9-piece Travel System Bundle

A travel system is essential to get around safely and conveniently with your baby and this nine-piece baby travel system bundle comes with all the bells and whistles.

The all-terrain pushchair has puncture-proof wheels and a footmuff to keep baby snug in the cold weather.

The one-stop bundle includes a carrycot, adaptor, cup holder for your coffee (very important), a changing bag, parasol, and car seat.

The system adapts easily from carrycot to use from birth to six months, to pushchair from 6 months to four years old, and the car seat allows you to seamlessly do everything from shopping to day trips. What more could you need?

Price: £1,329, Mamas & Papas – buy here now

3. Pura 100% Plastic-Free Biodegradable Baby Wipes



Pura 100% Plastic-Free Biodegradable Baby Wipes

Whether you’re mopping up a mess around their chops or you’re doing the ever so necessary bum changes, baby wipes are essential for getting your little ones mess-free.

If you’re about to become a new parent, you’ve probably heard the saying that you can never have too many wipes, take it from us – it’s the truth.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly wipe, these Pura wipes are 100% plastic free, 100% compostable and recyclable. You’ll also get 70 wipes in this pack, that’s a lot of bum changes.

Each Pura wipe contains 99% water and organic aloe vera and no perfume, alcohol or chlorine and are suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin, certified vegan and are accredited by the British Skin Foundation, Allergy UK, the FSC and the Soil Association

Price: From £22.86, Amazon for 10 packs (700 wipes total) – buy here now

4. SnüzPouch Sleeping Bag



SnüzPouch Sleeping Bag

With parents changing their baby’s nappy on average three times a night, the SnüzPouch sleeping bag helps them to do that with the least disturbance possible.

The handy nappy change zip makes the process quicker and easier, keeping your baby snug and cosy while you do it. What’s more, the sleeping bag’s made of top-quality cotton for super-snuggly sleep.

Price: From £29.95, Boots – buy here now

5. Hugo & Me Organic ‘Milking It’ set



Hugo & Me Organic ‘Milking It’ set

Celebrate in luxury, welcome your new arrival to the world with this set from organic, high-quality baby clothing brand Hugo & Me.

This gorgeous set comprises of an adorable ribbed bodysuit in organic oat cotton with ‘MILKING IT’ printed across the chest in black text.

The bodysuit has Claude & Co woven tabon the sleeve, a popper crotch and easy dress envelope shoulder.

Complete your little ones outrageously cute look with the matching organic oat rib leggings.

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Price: £24 each, Hugo and Me – buy here now

6. Nimble Cuddle Lover fabric softener



Nimble Cuddle Lover fabric softener

This 100% allergen-free fabric softener is an absolute must have from leading plant-based cleaning brand, Nimble.

Powered by naturally derived cleaning ingredients, Cuddle Lover leaves clothes super soft and is ideal for sensitive skin.

The thoughtfully designed formula safely softens fibres without using harsh chemicals, which can aggravate sensitive skin.

It’s also fragrance-free, so no chance of any nasty skin-irritating residues being left behind on fabrics.

Cuddle Lover provides up to 70 washes from a single 1 litre bottle. Costing just £5, it’s great value for money, as well as being kind to skin.

Price: £4.99, Amazon – buy here now

7. Ergobaby Embrace Baby Carrier for Newborns



Ergobaby Embrace Baby Carrier for Newborns

Get cosy, comfortable snuggles with your baby in this bestselling newborn baby carrier.

Crafted from a lightweight soft-jersey fabric, it distributes baby’s weight evenly and supports the ergonomic frog-leg, M-shaped position that’s healthy for your baby’s hips.

Offering handy head support, it’s designed with the softness of a wrap and the structured support of a carrier for the best of both worlds.

Price: £79.90, Amazon – buy here now

8. Mamas + Papas ‘Hello World’ knitted two-piece set



Mamas + Papas ‘Hello World’ knitted two-piece set

Mamas & Papas’ Welcome to the World newborn clothing collection is full of adorable outfits that are perfect for making first impressions and this co-ord is no exception.

Made with super soft cottons that are gentle against baby’s sensitive skin, this is a stunning first outfit you’ll want to treasure forever.

The Textured Jersey Bottoms & Bodysuit set includes a true knit jumper with chain stitched embroidery which reads ‘Hello World’ and features raglan sleeve opening mock horn button fastening.

The stripe leggings include an elasticated waistband for a comfortable fit for your new bundle of joy.

Price: £29, Mamas & Papas – buy here now

9. The Little Green Sheep Moses Basket



The Little Green Sheep Moses Basket

This Moses basket is suitable for little ones from day one up until they are around six months old.

Making a warm welcome for your little one, this safe and comfortable knitted Moses basket is ideal.

It’s the most natural sleeping environment possible for your little one, with a strong natural palm leaf basket and a special chemical-free Little Green Sheep mattress.

Committed to sustainable and ethically sourced materials, each mattress the brand makes is made from just four components.

Bonus? The basket also comes with a certified organic knitted cotton liner in a co-ordinating dove colour. Super-cute.

Price: £79.95, The Little Green Sheep – buy here now

10. SnüzPod4 Bedside Crib



SnüzPod4 Bedside Crib

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, John Lewis – buy here now

11. Love to Dream Swaddle Up Starter Pack



Love to Dream Swaddle Up Starter Pack

The practice of baby swaddling has long been around and continues to be a popular method for parents to soothe their newborns.

Not only does swaddling provide a tight (but comfortable), familiar womb setting for new babies, it’s also useful to keep their curiously flailing limbs from startling them once they are settled. Despite the wide range of options on the market, swaddles can still stump plenty of first-time mums.

The worry of not having the right technique or leaving our little one too warm can be a bit much when we’re already worried about pretty much everything else – and that’s where the Love to Dream Swaddle Up comes in.

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This award-winning and revolutionary sleepwear bills itself as the most uncomplicated swaddle on the market, and we’re finding it hard to disagree.

It’s is designed for infants who prefer a more natural arm position and boasts a ’hip-healthy’ design that works with your baby’s natural sleeping position to give both parent and child a restful night’s sleep.

The ingenious design combines all the benefits of a traditional swaddle with the ease-of-use and safety of a sleepsuit.

The soft, clingy fabric around the baby replicates the feeling of being in the womb, while arms are up in a natural position and hips are free to wriggle and move.

Price: £64.99, Love to Dream – buy here now

12. Baby Mori Zip-Up Sleepsuit



Baby Mori Zip-Up Sleepsuit

Sleeved bodysuits are 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 grow from Mori is made up of 70 per cent viscose from bamboo and 30 per cent organic cotton.

It features a concealed zip, 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: £32.50, Baby Mori – buy here now

13. Hugo & Me Nellie Elephant Hooded Towel



Hugo & Me Nellie Elephant Hooded Towel

Baby bath towels may not seem like the most important item to add to your list of must haves but an ultra-soft cosy towel to wrap your newborn in after bath time can mean a much happier, warm baby who’s ready for bedtime.

This Nellie Elephant hooded towel from high-quality baby clothing brand Hugo & Me is made from a super-soft and beautifully thick absorbent cotton, ideal for snuggling up after a splish-splash in the bath.

Its size at 74cm x 68cm makes it a perfect and manageable size for that first newborn bath – supersoft, incredibly safe and made from 100% cotton.

The cute elephant detailing means the towel is not only a modern baby essential but also makes a perfect choice for newborn or baby gifting.

Price: £24, Hugo & Me – buy here now

14. My Expert Midwife’s Soak for Bits



My Expert Midwife’s Soak for Bits

This brand new bath soak is an absolute must-have for new mums.

From award-winning skincare brand My Expert Midwife, Soak for Bits is a soothing bath soak specifically designed to restore the perineum and help women recover after childbirth.

It’s made with premium quality Epsom Salts, to rejuvenate tired and aching bodies, and contains expertly chosen essential oils like tea tree, bergamot, and calendula which have been shown to provide instant relief from perineal soreness, and arnica which can soothe muscle aches and reduce swelling, providing new mums with much needed relief from perineal discomfort after birth.

Relaxing baths after childbirth should be an essential part of a new mother’s postpartum recovery routine and adding a scoop of this soak can further aid recovery, by encouraging blood flow to the perineal area and helping to reduce soreness and inflammation.

Price: £29.50, my Expert Midwife – buy here now

15. Woodland Animals changing mat



Woodland Animals changing mat

A changing mat is essential to ensure you’ve got a hygienic space to clean your baby on.

The stylish option from GLTC’s Ryn Frank collection is waterproof and easily wiped down without fading the design.

The mat is padded offering complete comfortability whether they’re placed on a changing table or harder surface.

It’s suitable from birth, it’s designed to fit most changing tables but is supportive enough to be used on the floor.

Raised edges also give you peace of mind that your baby won’t roll off or away during the changing process.

We recommend buying two and keeping one upstairs and one downstairs in your home to save unnecessary dashes in a nappy emergency.

Price: £15, Great Little Trading Company – buy here now

16. Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra



Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

When shopping for the arrival of your new child, you know you’re in full mum mode already when you forget about essentials for yourself.

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Investing in some decent nursing bras is an essential, and can be worn during the later stages of pregnancy too for sensitive breasts. Bravado’s soft and comfortable designs are highly rated.

Go for maximum comfort and throw in a feminine pop of colour with this pink seamless silk maternity bra by Bravado.

The luxe fabric feels sumptuous while the stretch fabric moulds to your changing shape. The wire-free style is also a nursing bra with drop-down cups, and will take you comfortably through from bump to baby. Also available in black and white.

Price: £34, ASOS – buy here now

17. Bellamoon Full Moon 7-in-1 Pregnancy & Nursing System



Bellamoon Full Moon 7-in-1 Pregnancy & Nursing System

Whether you’re bottle feeding or breast feeding, having a helping hand when it comes to comfort and positioning can make all the difference.

This handy number is an award-winning, multi-functional system that will support you and your growing baby, from your first trimester of pregnancy right the way through your incredible breastfeeding journey until baby is 18 months of age.

It offers seven different functions, making it one of the most versatile baby products in the world. Throughout pregnancy the ‘Mother’s Pillow’ supports pressure points in your neck, back and hips, as well as your growing bump.

When baby is born, it transforms into an ultra comfortable, protective cocoon for the most relaxing lateral breastfeeding experience.

It’s one of the pricer options on the market but the BellaMoon continues to grow with your baby with different configurations for tummy-time, nursing in public and beyond.

Price: £169, BellaMoon – buy here now

18. BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light



BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light

This travel cot is a compact, portable baby bed and a breeze to put up, even one handed.

It’s suitable for newborns and children up to 3 years old and is light at only 5kg, durable, and even comes complete with a carry case.

In one quick and simple movement, the travel cot pops open, ready for use so it’s super easy to move around the house or take if you’re spending the night away with your baby.

The design also includes full mesh sides, meaning you can see everything baby is getting up to and both the mattress cover and cot fabric are removable and can be machine washed.

Price: £188.95, Amazon – buy here now

19. Maxi Cosy Coral and ISOFIX base



Maxi Cosy Coral and ISOFIX base

Choosing the right car seat can be daunting for new parents, given the range on the market and the fact that they can all start to seem the same.

But for us, the Maxi Cosy Coral strikes the perfect balance of top-notch safety, comfort for your newborn, and a stylish silhouette – all without breaking the bank.

It’s compatible with Maxi Cosy pushchairs but also with many others thanks to the handy adapters.

You can purchase the matching ISOFIX base for quick click-in and click-out ease and it’s innovative modular design combines the highest car safety standard with an advanced and easily detachable lightweight soft carrier.

The soft carrier weighs just 1.7 kg and features handles which are conveniently retractable and ensure comfortable use for both the parents and their newborn.

Price: £239, John Lewis – buy here now

20. Cheeky Chompers Comfort & Chew Teething Gift Set



Cheeky Chompers Comfort & Chew Teething Gift Set

Some babies are born with their first teeth. Others start teething before they are 4 months old, and some after 12 months.

It’s anyone’s guess when your little one will start getting their first little gnashers through so this teething set from Cheeky Chompers is the perfect newborn essential to have ready.

The set included the award-winning reversible Neckerchew chewy dribble bib for dribbling and chewing, an Animal Teether with it’s easy to hold design and multiple textures for the perfect bite, and a Handychew – a compact teething toy bursting with sensory features that lets little ones chew and play.

And when they’re looking for snuggles, the Comfortchew is a baby comforter that will help them to settle, with it’s soft fabric, fleece reverse, sensory tags and chewy teether attached.

Price: £42.99, Cheeky Chompers – buy here now

21. Avery Row changing bag and mat



Avery Row changing bag and mat

This gorgeous organic cotton changing bag and mat will have you cemented as the envy of mums the world over.

Ideal for keeping all of those essential products in one place, the wide canvas strap adds extra comfort and support.

As well as being super practical it is also beautiful, with soft quilted fabric, in a rich deep cinnamon colour and is lined with Avery Row’s Peaches pattern – to match the travel changing mat.

The bag perfect for on the go and can be used as a day bag when the little one grows up.

Price: Changing bag £58 and travel baby changing mat £30, Not On The High Street – buy here now





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