Dossier: Pregnancy

What are the must-haves for a new baby?

A baby doesn’t need much in the first few weeks. However, there are a few items that you and your baby will need directly after the birth. Which items are essential?


  • Breastfeeding bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Breastfeeding pillows
  • Special teas for nursing mothers
  • If you want to pump milk: Breast pump and bottles (you can rent electric breast pumps from the pharmacy)

Baby bottles

  • 3 to 4 bottles with teats in the smallest size
  • Bottle cleaning brush
  • Bag for freezing breast milk
  • Bottle warmer, optional
  • Steriliser, optional
  • Thermos flask for preparation on the move

Baby care equipment   

  • A few packets of nappies (smallest size – don’t buy too many, because newborns grow quickly) or cloth nappies
  • Wet wipes
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Washcloth
  • Baby washing lotion
  • Towel with hood
  • Bath thermometer
  • Muslin cloths
  • Thermometer
  • Baby hairbrush
  • Baby nail scissors
  • Rounded nail scissors


  • 6 to 8 vests/bodysuits – short or long-sleeved depending on the time of year
  • 6 babygros or long-sleeved shirts with trousers
  • 2 pairs of socks; in winter an additional 2 pairs of thick socks
  • 2 pairs of tights
  • 1 pair slippers
  • 4 jumpers or cardigans
  • 1 jacket 
  • Soft cotton hat for summer, warm woolly hat for winter 
  • In winter: gloves and jumpsuit   

On the move

  • Push chair
  • Cover and sun screen for push chair
  • Baby car seat 
  • Baby carrier
  • Changing bag
  • Baby blanket
  • Travel cot, optional