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Moses basket or crib

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Your baby will need to sleep in a moses basket or crib for the first 12 weeks as a cot is just too big. A crib is slightly larger than a moses basket and will probably do for the first 5-6 months depending on your baby's size - it will certainly last longer than a moses basket. Both cribs and moses baskets are available with stands or rockers which can be quite soothing for a baby. If you opt to buy either a crib or moses basket second hand, it is important that you buy a new mattress.

Our mums say:

"Make sure to get a mattress with a wipe down cover - much easier to clean!"

Shnuggle Cotton Waffle Hypoallergenic and Silent Moses Basket
Amazon | £ 74.95
Shnuggle Folding Pine Moses Basket Stand
Amazon | £ 23
Natures Purest Moses Basket - Pure Love
Amazon | £ 87.99
Eco Rocker - Moses Basket Static Stand
Natural Baby Shower | £ 24.95
Kiddicare Bedside Crib
Kiddicare | £ 39.99
Saplings Bethany Swinging Crib
Amazon | £ 64.95
Bloom Alma Max Crib
John Lewis | £ 589.99

Sheets for moses basket or crib

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Check the size of your mattress before buying these. You will need fitted sheets for a moses basket/ crib and also a larger size for cot / cotbed. Ideally buy a couple of sheets as babies tend to spit up frequently after a feed and have nappy leaks.

Our mums say:

"Pillow covers fit moses basket mattresses perfectly, so this is a good way to save a few pennies."

Clair De Lune Fitted Moses Basket Sheets
Babythings4U | £ 7.99
John Lewis Baby Fitted Terry Moses Basket / Pram Sheets
John Lewis | £ 12
Fitted Sheets
Mamas & Papas | £ 13
Pack of 2 Flannelette Flat Sheets for Cot or Cotbed
Mothercare | £ 6

Blanket

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A few cotton blankets are needed for both moses basket / crib and cot / cot bed. Check the size of your moses basket / crib / cot etc. to ensure you get the right size sheets.

Woven Check Blanket
The White Company | £ 22
John Lewis Baby Receiving Blanket
John Lewis | £ 16
Classic Stripe Cashmere Baby Blanket
Not On the High Street | £ 120
Heart Baby Blanket
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 20

Swaddles

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Newborns are swaddled in the hospital, as a tight swaddle inhibits their startle reflex by gently restricting arm and leg movement. This will help the baby have longer, uninterrupted sleep.The startle / Moro reflex first appears in utero, and fades at 3 to 4 months as the brain matures.

Our mums say:

"You can also use a blanket for this - you just need someone to show you how."

Gro Swaddle, Organic Plain
Tesco Direct | £ 7.12
Grobag Swaddling Blanket
Mothercare | £ 12.50
Summer Infant SwaddlePod
Mothercare | £ 9.99
Extra Large Elephant Print Muslin
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 10

Chest of drawers

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You will need some sort of storage for your baby's clothes, whether it's a chest of drawers or other equivalent.

HEMNES Chest of 6 Drawers
IKEA | £ 140
Mothercare Lulworth Changing Unit
Mothercare | £ 300
Boori Madison 4 Drawer Chest
John Lewis | £ 599

Laundry bag or basket

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Babies go through a lot of clothes with milk coming up and nappies leaking, so a laundry basket just for baby is useful. You may also want a bucket with lid for soaking any soiled clothes.

Enormous Laundry and Storage Bags
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 6
2 Pack Bambino Mio Laundry Bags
Mothercare | £ 7.15
Gingham Laundry Bag
Not On the High Street | £ 16

Room thermometer

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This tells you the temperature of your baby's room. In the first few months of your baby's life it is important to make sure they are not too hot or cold. Room temperature is also thought to be linked to cot death. The temperature of the room can help you decide what type of Gro Bag and how many blankets the baby will need.

Our mums say:

"Thermometers often come free when you buy a Gro-Bag."

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Brother Max Whale Bath & Room Thermometer
Mothercare | £ 14.99
BrotherMax 3-in-1 Thermometer
Amazon | £ 35.68

Baby monitor

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A baby monitor allows you to monitor you child from a different room. Monitors vary in sophistication and come with a huge variety of different features. Read our Baby Monitor Guide to find out more.

Our mums say:

"I left our more expensive monitor at a friends one weekend and had to buy a very cheap one - ended up hearing my neighbours baby and their conversation about EastEnders!"

BT 250 Digital Audio Monitor
Amazon | £ 47.50
BT Baby Monitor and Pacifier
Amazon | £ 87.99
Philips AVENT SCD 525 DECT Audio Monitor
Amazon | £ 99.44
Angelcare Rechargable Sound & Movement Monitor
John Lewis | £ 89.95
Motorola MBP36S Digital Video
Amazon | £ 99.99
iBaby
Amazon | £ 159.78
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Sound, Movement & Video Monitor
Mothercare | £ 74.99

Cot or cotbed

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You will need a cot / cotbed when your baby is a bit bigger - generally from 3-6 months. These have a base that can be moved as the baby grows. To begin with it will be quite shallow so you can lift the baby out easily and they don't feel they are in a large bed. Check the user instructions to make sure you have your babies base at the right level. A cotbed is longer than a cot and converts to a toddler bed. Our mums say: "If you have space for a cotbed you may save money by buying one rather than using a cot and then buying a children's bed - the saving is mainly on the mattress. However, you can get children's beds fairly cheaply, so if space is an issue a cot will do just fine."

Our mums say:

"If you have space for a cotbed you may save money by buying one rather than using a cot for 18 months and then buying a children's bed - the saving is mainly on the mattress. However, you can get children's beds fairly cheaply so if space is an issue a cot will do just fine."

Kiddicare Compact Cot
Kiddicare | £ 50
Mothercare Darlington Cot
Mothercare | £ 99
NScessity BabyBay Co-Sleeping Cot
Amazon | £ 190.03
bloom Alma Papa Cot
John Lewis | £ 490
Babymore Eve Sleigh Cot Bed
Amazon | £ 199
East Coast Austin Cot Bed
Mothercare | £ 179.99
John Lewis Rachel Cotbed
John Lewis | £ 180
Out Of Stock - Boori Eton Cotbed
John Lewis | £ 599

Mattress for cot or cotbed

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It is worth researching mattresses - if you buy a cotbed you may well want to buy a better mattress as it will need to last longer - some have a water proof layer and a top layer that can be zipped off and washed when accidents happen - such as a nappy leak. Matresses are thought to have been a factor in cases of cot death (for further details please click on the find out more link), so it's important to choose the right one and always buy a new mattress should you borrow a cot / cotbed or buy second hand.

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VYSSA SKÖNT Cot Mattress
IKEA | £ 40
Mothercare Spring Interior Cot Mattress with Amicor, 60 x 120cm
Mothercare | £ 74.99
John Lewis Spring Cot Mattress
John Lewis | £ 80
NScessity Baby Bay Co-Sleeping Cot Foam Mattress
Natural Baby Shower | £ 34.50
bloom Alma Papa Coco Mat Mattress, 60 x 120cm
John Lewis | £ 170
John Lewis Premium Foam Cotbed Mattress
John Lewis | £ 60
Mothercare Spring Interior Mattress with Amicor, 70 x 140cm
Mothercare | £ 89.99
Premium Spring Interior Mattress, 70 x 140cm
Mothercare | £ 99.99
Hippychick Mattress Protector Fitted Sheet Cot / Cotbed
Amazon | £ 19.95

Sheets for cot or cotbed

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You will need at least a couple of sets of sheets - cot sheets are smaller than cotbed ones, so be sure to check the size of your mattress before purchasing.

Mothercare Flannelette Flat Sheets
Mothercare | £ 11.99
2 Pack Jersey Fitted Sheets
Mothercare | £ 11.99
John Lewis Baby Fitted Terry Cot Sheets
John Lewis | £ 17
John Lewis Baby Fitted Terry Cotbed Sheet
John Lewis | £ 19
B.sensible 2-1 Fitted Sheet & Protector
Amazon | £ 23.50

Sleeping bag/Gro Bag

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Sleeping bags for your baby, fastened with either poppers or zippers, that your baby sleeps in. They stop them from kicking off sheets and blankets, allow movement whilst sleeping and keep the baby warm at the same time. Gro Bags come in two togs, one for winter and one for summer. They are also available in different colours and different sizes. Generally you start using these at 12 weeks and it's worth buying a couple for each age range.

Our mums say:

"I made do with the cheapest options for my first child, but managed to get second hand Jojo Maman Bebe ones for my second, and they were so much better. They fitted better and were longer, allowing more movement. They also have a zip instead of poppers which means the baby can't climb out of them. This is useful if you're having to sleep train your baby, as the last thing you want is to risk waking them up to put their Gro Bag back on."

"Having detachable sleeves on a Gro Bag great in cold winter months."

Slumbersac Baby Sleeping Bag
Amazon | £ 17.99
Slumbersac Baby Sleeping Bag
Amazon | £ 21.99
Slumbersac Baby Sleeping Bag
Amazon | £ 17.99
John Lewis Baby's Sheep Print Sleeping Bag
John Lewis | £ 18
John Lewis Baby Star Travel Sleeping Bag
John Lewis | £ 14
Special Convertible Sleep Bag
Vertbaudet | £ 25
Embroidered Summer Sleep Bag
Vertbaudet | £ 17.50
Embroidered Sleep Bag
Vertbaudet | £ 25
Mothercare Elephant Snoozie Sleeping Bag
Mothercare | £ 4.50
Grobag Anorak Sleeping Bag
Mothercare | £ 33
Grobag Grobots Sleeping Bag
Mothercare | £ 18.50
Out Of Stock - Rainbow Toddler Sleeping Bag
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 26
Out Of Stock - Toddler Towelling Sleeping Bag
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 7
Nautical Lightweight Toddler Sleeping Bag
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 28

Cot mobile

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A mobile attached to the cot that moves or plays music which comforts the baby, helping it to get to sleep. There are lots of musical and decorative choices to match your nursery; the mobiles we've chosen here are the best rated and most awarded.

Tiny Love Classic Mobile
Precious Little One | £ 39.95
Tiny Love My Nature Pals Mobile
Argos | £ 24.99
Tiny Love Sooth And Groove Princess Mobile
Amazon | £ 49.47
Chicco Magic Stars Cot Mobile
Amazon | £ 69.25
Tiny Love Magical Night Mobile
Amazon | £ 44.99
Chicco Magic Pink Stars Cot Mobile
Kiddicare | £ 81.49

Comforter

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A teddy or blanket that is soft and easy to hold to reassure the baby while sleeping. Also popular are blankets with soft tags around them for the baby or toddler to feel.

Rabbit Baby Comforter
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 10
Cow Comforter
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 10
Bredita Duck Baby Soother
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 11
Monkey Comforter
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 10
Little Taggies Comforter
Amazon | £ 7.25
Jellycat Bashful Bunny Blankie
John Lewis | £ 15
Personalised Embroidered Comfort Blanket
Not On the High Street | £ 20.50
Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse
Amazon | £ 20.34

Wardrobe

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You will need some sort of storage for your baby's clothes.

Our mums say:

"If you are pushed for space, a chest of drawers is more important than a wardrobe."

HENSVIK Wardrobe
IKEA | £ 80
Mothercare Darlington Wardrobe
Mothercare | £ 250
Sophia Wardrobe
John Lewis | £ 550

Nursing chair

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A specially designed chair for feeding your baby milk, and it's especially useful when breastfeeding. It's built for comfort which can help relax mother and baby and make feeding easier.

Our mums say:

"I quickly gave up night feeds in bed in favour of a nursing chair. Essential to feel comfy, relaxed with glass of water and snack ready! I found mine very cheap secondhand."

Kiddicare Nursery Chair and Stool
Kiddicare | £ 99.99
Kub Haywood Glider Nursing Chair and Footstool
John Lewis | £ 148.99
Olli Ella Mo-ma Glider Nursing Chair
John Lewis | £ 975

Breastfeeding pillow

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A good subsitute for a nursing chair if you are on a budget - it supports mother and baby at feeding time.

Our mums say:

"I found this essential to be comfortable and it helped get my baby in the right position. I was also able to relax, read, drink and snack whilst feeding!"

DreamGenii Maternity and Nursing Pillow
John Lewis | £ 37.95
DreamGenii Nursing Pillow Cover
John Lewis | £ 15.99
Multi-Purpose Body Support Pillow
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 45

Black out blinds or curtain liners

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These block out the light helping babies to sleep longer - especially during the day and over the summer months.

Our mums say:

"If you want your baby to sleep longer - especially when it's getting light early - black out blinds or curtian liners are fantastic."

"It's good to get your baby to sleep in a variety of darknesses as you cannot always guarantee darkness or blackout blinds when away from home."

Baa Baa Blinds
Amazon | £ 23.99
Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind
Amazon | £ 23.99

Night light

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This low light allows you to see round the nursery during night feeds without waking the baby up fully by turning on the light. It also acts as a reassuring aid for older babies and toddlers if they wake up in the night.

Grobag Egg Thermometer and Night Light
Amazon | £ 19.09
Slumber Buddies
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 25
Animal Cordless Night Lights
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 24

Air humidifier

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This helps babies with congestion and can really aid sleep. You may find your baby is quite congested for the first few weeks after he/ she is born and this is perfectly normal.

Our mums say:

"I don't know how I lived without one for so long. They're expensive but worth every penny."

Vicks 3.8 Litre Paediatric Cool and Pure Air Humidifier
Kiddicare | £ 79.99
Bionaire BU1300W-IUK Ultrasonic Compact Humidifier
Very | £ 35

Sleep positioner or wedge

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This helps keep the baby in a position that is comfortable to sleep when it's struggling with congestion or reflux. Once the baby is able to roll over freely and starts to move around during sleep, positioners should no longer be used. It shouldn't be used for infants under 6lbs/2.7kgs.

Our mums say:

"I did try one of these as my son kept rolling and then couldn't sleep. The positioner didn't stop him rolling and I just found it hard to lie him in position without disturbing him."

Prince Lionheart Back To Sleep Positioner
Amazon | £ 29.99
Clevamama Clevasleep Positioner
Amazon | £ 24.99

Bed blocks

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These blocks are placed under one end of the cot; this raises it for babies that are suffering from reflux and can't lie flat. It's also useful if the baby has a heavy cold.

Our mums say:

"Alternatively, try a towel folded under the head end of the mattress."

Spacebabies Baby Bed Blocks
Amazon | £ 39

Cot bumper

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If you have a cot with bars then the bumper stops hands / feet getting caught up..however it is worth checking up to date guidelines as bumpers can overheat a baby and are not recommended for newborns.

Mothercare Butterfly Fields Cot Bumper
Mothercare | £ 34.99
Whale Bay Bumper
Mothercare | £ 29.99
Out Of Stock - Cot Bumper
Vertbaudet | £ 30.80
Cot Bumper
Vertbaudet | £ 27.30
John Lewis Farmyard Bumper
John Lewis | £ 35
John Lewis Bird Applique Cot Bumper
John Lewis | £ 35
John Lewis Baby Noah's Ark Bumper
John Lewis | £ 35
Noah's Ark Cot Bumper
The White Company | £ 65

Duvet and cover for cotbed

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A duvet is not needed or recommended for a baby until it is at least 12 months.

Our mums say:

"A good way of making the transition from cot to bed easier is by letting your toddler choose the pillow and duvet cover for their new bed."

John Lewis Value Cotbed Duvet
John Lewis | £ 18
Out Of Stock - Standard Junior and Cot Bed Duvets
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 23
Mothercare Butterfly Fields Cot Bed Duvet and Pillowcase Set
Mothercare | £ 24.99
Mothercare Whale Bay Cot Bed Duvet and Pillowcase Set
Mothercare | £ 24.99
Out Of Stock - Duvet Cover
Vertbaudet | £ 17
Duvet Cover
Vertbaudet | £ 20.30
John Lewis Farmyard Cotbed Duvet Cover and Pillow Set
John Lewis | £ 35
John Lewis Bird Applique Cotbed Duvet Set
John Lewis | £ 40
John Lewis Baby Noah's Ark Cot/Cotbed Cotton Duvet Cover Set
John Lewis | £ 40
Circus Duvet Cover Set
Not On the High Street | £ 63.50
Horse Print Duvet Cover And Pillowcase
Not On the High Street | £ 63.50
Dinosaur Single And Cot Bed Duvet Set
Not On the High Street | £ 63.50

Quilt for cot or cotbed

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A quilt gives an extra layer to bedding in winter and looks nice in your baby's cot/cotbed. Quilts can also be used as floor mats for younger babies.

John Lewis Farmyard Cotbed Quilt
John Lewis | £ 35
John Lewis Floral and Chambray Cot/Cotbed Quilt
John Lewis | £ 35
John Lewis Baby Noah's Ark Cot/Cotbed Quilt
John Lewis | £ 40
Mothercare Whale Bay Cot Bed Quilt
Mothercare | £ 39.99
Out Of Stock - 3 Piece Nursery Bedding Set
Joules | £ 55
Out Of Stock - Joules Cot/Cotbed 3 Piece Nursery Bedding Set in On the Farm
Joules | £ 55
Rabbit Nursery Quilt Set
Not On the High Street | £ 39
Noah's Ark Cotbed Quilt
The White Company | £ 85

Child pillow

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This is a small pillow. Most babies don't use these until they are at least 18 months.

Our mums say:

"Both my boys had a small pillow from 18 months, but neither used it until they moved into a child bed."

John Lewis Value Junior Pillow
John Lewis | £ 6
Clevamama ClevaFoam Toddler Pillow
Argos | £ 19.99

Decoration

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Decorating may not be essential, but the chances are you'll be dying to get your nursery looking gorgeous. Here's some lovely stuff we've found to inspire you!

Long Gingham Curtains and Tie Backs
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 49
Butterfly Rug
Vertbaudet | £ 54
Personalised Pink Polka Wall Letters
Not On the High Street | £ 2.50
Butterfly Flutter Wall Stickers Set
Not On the High Street | £ 19.95
Out Of Stock - Set of 3 Fairy Scatter Cushions
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 10
Out Of Stock - Bird Cage Lampshade
Vertbaudet | £ 15.60
Pink Gingham Giant Storage Bucket
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 34
Puddle Duck Bookends
Not On the High Street | £ 29
Fairy Wall Hook
Not On the High Street | £ 7.50
Fairy Light Switch Cover
Not On the High Street | £ 4.95
Long Gingham Curtains and Tie Backs
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 49
Striped Border Rug
Great Little Trading Co. | £ 165
Personalised Letter Wall Stickers
Not On the High Street | £ 5
Star Set Wall Sticker
Not On the High Street | £ 25
Out Of Stock - Set of 3 Nautical Scatter Cushions
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 29
Out Of Stock - Handmade Red Stars Lampshade
Not On the High Street | £ 40
Denim Blue Stripe Basket Set
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 45
Fire Engine Bookends
Not On the High Street | £ 18
Sailing Boat Light Switch Cover
Not On the High Street | £ 7
Out Of Stock - Galactic Wall Hooks
Great Little Trading Co. | £ 9
Yellow Gingham Curtains and Tie Backs
Jojo Maman Bebe | £ 49
Out Of Stock - Rug
Vertbaudet | £ 41.30
Safari Animal Wall Stickers
Not On the High Street | £ 26
Out Of Stock - Set of 3 Animal Pictures
Vertbaudet | £ 11.40
Clothes Line Display Frame
Not On the High Street | £ 29.95
Out Of Stock - Photo Frame Height Chart
Great Little Trading Co. | £ 24.80
Jungle Bedside Lamp
Vertbaudet | £ 16.50
Out Of Stock - Wall Stickers
Vertbaudet | £ 17
Jungle Animals Light Switch Cover
Not On the High Street | £ 7
Out Of Stock - Stackable Storage Box
Vertbaudet | £ 13.30
Farrow & Ball Paint
Homebase | £ Prices vary

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