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March 22, 2024 3 min read

9 Essential Baby Items Every New Parent Needs

Becoming a parent is an exciting journey filled with joy, love, and countless new experiences. Lots of parents tell us that they go into baby stores and feel so overwhelmed by all the options available. From feeding and changing to sleep and safety, there are essential items that every new parent needs to navigate the early days of parenthood. Let's take a look at 10 essential items.


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Safe Sleep Space

A safe and comfortable sleeping space is essential for your newborn. Most parents will sleep with baby in their room for the first few months. Whether you choose a traditional cot or a cosy bassinet, make sure it meets current safety standards and provides a firm, flat surface for your baby to sleep on. You might be surprised by how firm baby mattresses are, but be reassured that that's what's safest for baby.

You might want to consider a bassinet with wheels or handles so that you can move baby around for sleeps in different parts of the house during the day. 


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Car Seat

A car seat is one of the most important purchases you'll make for your baby's safety. In New Zealand you won't be allowed to leave the hospital without a car seat for your baby. Choose a rear-facing car seat that meets all safety regulations and is appropriate for your baby's age, weight, and height. If you purchase your car seat fro Global Baby one of our trained team members will install it correctly in your car for you. 


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A reliable strolleris a huge help for parents on the go. Look for one that's lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. A parent-facing seat is a huge bonus. Consider your lifestyle and terrain when choosing which stroller suits you best.

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Nappies, Wipes, and Wash Cloths

Choose from disposable or washable options based on your preferences and lifestyle. Babies go through a lot of nappies in the first few weeks, so keep that in mind when you're stocking up your changing supplies. 

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Feeding Supplies

Whether you're breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, having the right feeding supplies can help with the journey. Breastpads can help with those leaky boobs, and Nipple Balm helps with cracked nipples. You might also want to invest in bibs, burp cloths, a steriliser, and a feeding pillow.


Swaddle Blankets

Swaddle blankets are versatile essentials that provide warmth, comfort, and security for your newborn. Choose soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo. Swaddling can help soothe your baby to sleep and prevent them from startling awake during the night.

Baby Monitor


A somewhat controversial addition to the list, as many parents will sleep with baby in their room and therefore not need a baby monitor. However, a reliable baby monitor can be helpful if your baby naps in a different room to you during the day. With a baby monitor you have peace of mind and are able to keep an eye on your baby from anywhere in the house and garden. 

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Baby Carrier or Wrap

Babywearing is a convenient and comforting way to keep your baby close while still being hands-free. Choose a baby carrier or wrap that's ergonomic, comfortable, and suitable for your baby's age and weight. Look for options with adjustable straps, padded shoulder straps, and breathable fabrics for maximum comfort. 

A wrap might look difficult to use, but with a bit of practice they're quite easy and very comfy!

Health and Safety Essentials

As baby grows, and depending on the style and design of your home, you may need to look into baby-proofing and safetly products like safety gates and window stays. You might also want to consider covering electrical sockets, and installing kiddy-proof locks on cupboards.

Check out our range of baby products at globalbaby.co.nz

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