list of baby things to buy malaysia

It’s 2019 and all of a sudden so many of my ex-classmates are having babies! In fact, we even have a mummy WhatsApp group to share our questions and stories. And because I’m the most senior one there- the only one to have 2 kids at the moment- all my first-time-mummy friends are asking ME for a list of items to buy for their baby and advice on what’s not necessary.

So, instead of having to type out and re-think every single time someone asks me this question, I thought why not come up with this baby shopping list- so I can share with them what i think is necessary and what’s not.

So here’s a baby shopping list which I personally think are necessities, and which I think are not necessary when you are shopping for your first baby.

 

The Big Bulky Items

Necessary:

  • Crib or co-sleeper
  • Crib mattress
  • Car seat (For extra savings, pick one that fits newborn till at least 18 kg)
  • Stroller (Pick one that is newborn friendly and can use till at least 3 years old)
  • High chair / Booster seat (not an issue till 4- 6 months onwards)
  • Cupboard / Dresser  – For baby’s clothes
  • Changing table – Because changing on bed/ floor hurts my back

Not Necessary:

  • Bassinet (You’ll only use it till 3 months, so don’t waste your money!)
  • Rocking chair (Although nice to have especially when you’re nursing baby)

Linens

Necessary:

  • 2 fitted crib sheets (at the very least!)
  • Crib bumper that ties on securely (some people worry that they’re a SIDS risk; to me they’re just on the sides, so it keeps baby safer if they were to bang their head)
  • Several thin cotton receiving blankets
  • 2 waterproof mattress protectors

Not Necessary:

  • Pillows (Babies actually don’t need pillows, plus they’re a SIDS risk)
  • Mattress padding

 

Diapering

Necessary:

  • 2 packs of newborn diapers to start
  • Wipes (lots of them- for when you’re out)
  • Cotton balls + small pail (I feel water is the best compared to wipes, so at home I use cotton balls with water  to wipe them clean at every diaper change)
  • Diaper rash ointment (a must!)
  • Waterproof changing table pad
  • 2-3 changing table pad covers (usually cotton or terry cloth and only if u decide to get a changing table)
  • Trash can with a lid (For all those dirty diapers)

Not necessary:

  • 4-5 waterproof square or rectangular pads for under baby’s bottom Baby cream (if your baby has dry skin)
  • Non-talc powder (to help the diaper area dry faster)
  • A diaper stacker (though they’re pretty)

 

Bath Time & Grooming

Necessary:

  • Bath tub
  • 2 hooded towels
  • 4 washcloths / Sponges
  • Baby head-to-toe wash
  • Nail scissors/nail clippers/nail file set
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton balls
  • Baby comb and brush set

Not Necessary:

  • Bath seat or inflatable tub-within-a-tub (for after 6 months)
  • Bath toys
  • Mesh bag to hold bath toys
  • Bath thermometer

 

Clothing

Necessary:

  • 7 or more snap-crotch bodysuits/onesies
  • 3-4 T-shirts and/or side-snap shirts
  • 7 snap-up rompers
  • 7 shirt-and-pant sets
  • 7 pairs of pyjamas and/or sleep suits
  • A few baby hats
  • A few pairs of booties and/or socks
  • A few swaddles

Not Necessary (although super cute to have):

  • Baby hangers for the closet
  • A special outfit to bring baby home in and/or show her off
  • Several diaper covers (for when she wears her beautiful dresses)
  • Shoes (until baby is walking outside, i.e., the toddler years)

 

Breastfeeding

Necessary:

  • 2-3 Nursing bras
  • 2-3 of nursing pads (on standby- I found that I didn’t even need them in the end)
  • 6 or more cotton bibs
  • 6 or more burp cloths / napkins
  • Breast pump (electric if you’ll use it every day at work, otherwise a hand pump is fine)
  • Several bottles and nipples (only if someone else will be feeding baby pumped breast milk- example if you need some me-time or if daddy is taking a shift)
  • Breast milk storage bags or

Not Necessary:

  • Nursing pillow (Found that it wasn’t comfy for me, I preferred normal pillows)
  • Nipple cream (instead of nipple cream, you can apply your own breast milk over your nipple and let it dry )

Mummy Tip: Depending on when or if you’re going back to work, breast pump can either be purchased before baby arrives or just weeks before going back to work.

 

Formula Feeding (If for certain reasons you can’t breastfeed)

Necessary:

  • 4 or so bottles with newborn nipples
  • Bottle-cleaning brush
  • 6 or more cotton bibs
  • 6 or more burp cloths / napkins
  • Bottle sterilizer (Steam or UV – it’s up to you!)

Not Necessary:

  • Bottle warmer (heating in hot water takes the same amount of time- depending on amount of milk)
  • Bottle-drying rack
  • Dry formula dispenser

 

Going Out

Necessary:

  • Diaper bag filled with diapers, wipes, and a spare outfit
  • Front carrier or baby wrap (especially in the early days)
  • Nursing cover / Scarf (if you’re breastfeeding)
  • Potable hot water thermos (If baby is on formula)

Not Necessary:

  • Formula dispenser (I just use the normal container from Ikea)
  • Big diaper bag for overnight trips (Any bag also can la!)
  • Hanging Stroller organiser (Just get a diaper bag that can hang on stroller)

 

Solid-food Feeding

Necessary (But not an issue until 4 to 6 months):

  • High chair / booster seat
  • Plastic bibs
  • Infant feeding spoons
  • Infant bowl
  • Baby food maker (find one that steams and blends)

Not Necessary (but useful- especially if you’re a working mum):

  • Baby food containers / cube trays
  • Food warmer (if you have a bottle warmer already- use that.)

 

Playtime

Nothing absolutely necessary, but it’s nice to have (for 4-6 months onwards):

  • Wide, soft play-mat (for tummy time, sitting and rolling)
  • Soft books and board books
  • Rattles
  • Soft blocks
  • Toys that attach to the stroller
  • Something plush that crinkles, rattles, and squeaks
  • Baskets to store toys in all the key places: baby’s room, the living room, the kitchen

Don’t bother:

  • Walker (Walkers can be dangerous – Many doctors I’ve interviewed are also against walkers as they are going against baby’s natural development to crawl then only walk )
  • Activity gym (You’ll only be using it for a very short period)
  • Jumper

 

The Medicine Cabinet

Necessary:

  • Thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Baby- friendly warm oils for gas

Nice to have:

  • Baby oil for massages
  • Teething ointment or other teething remedy
  • Vapor cream and/or vapor bath
  • Saline nose drops
  • Anti-gas medicine

So these are the things which I personally think are necessary and what’s not. Of course the choice it’s up to you. We all have different lifestyles and go about things differently. But i hope this Baby Shopping List helps you to have an idea and hopefully ease your mind a little.

Happy Shopping mummies!

Written by Lily Shah
Lily is a mum of two boys who loves to share her experience as a new mum going through motherhood. She also has a passion for fashion and loves empowering other women to be strong and confident.

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