When anyone asks me what to buy someone as a baby shower gift, I often suggest a good quality muslin. New parents really cannot have enough muslins! They are great for burping, mopping up sick and spills, using as a breast feeding cover up or even a swaddle.
9. Baby hat
Babies cannot regulate their temperatures independently until they are around 24 months old, so it’s important they are kept warm even if you aren’t feeling particularly cold yourself. I would always pack at least one hat in your bag for outings so you have it if you need it.
Some may see this as an optional item, but I see it as a total essential. If you are pregnant with your first baby, trust me when I say that you won’t want your birth partner to leave you even for one second whilst you are in the delivery room. You both need to be fed and watered, so things like energy bars, biscuits, sweets and drinks are great additions to your bag meaning no one has to disappear to forage for food!
There are obviously other items that are essential in those first few days/weeks such as a safe and working car seat, nappies, cameras, feeding equipment and toiletries.