Baby Essentials: The Ultimate Newborn Checklist

Chris Gill July 09, 2020
Baby Essentials: The Ultimate Newborn Checklist

When a new addition to the family is on the way, there’s obviously so much to prepare for. Between planning for breast and bottle feeding, baby registry, expressed milk and cloth nappies, down to planning your baby car seat and nappy bag, it’s a busy time. So busy, that it's hard to know where to start when it comes to bub’s wardrobe.

From bodysuits and muslin wraps to singlets and booties, the newborn checklist seems to be never-ending. But fear not, soon-to-be mums and dads, Boody is here to help. Whether you’re new to parenting or on to baby number three, every parent can do with a bit of help or a gentle reminder as to what they need to buy for their little bambino on the way.

Here’s our Ultimate Newborn Baby Checklist to give you a helping hand when you’re planning to buy baby clothes.

What baby clothes do you need to buy?

When it comes to preparing for your newborn, finding the right baby clothes is usually right at the top of the list. But where do you start? Bub will grow so quickly, it seems wasteful to dress your little princess or prince in clothing just because it’s ‘trendy’. This is why we suggest keeping it simple and sticking to the basics when it’s time to buy clothing for your little one.

1. The Onesie

Baby onesies

Whether you’re having a winter baby or a summer baby, a onesie is a timeless staple that belongs in the wardrobe of every little cherub. Our adorable Baby Long Sleeve Onesie is wonderfully soft on baby’s skin and super cosy for snuggle time. Crafted from organically-grown bamboo, our onesies are durable and breathable – perfect for little explorers.

2. The Bodysuit

Baby bodysuits

A bodysuit is another handy addition to your newborn’s wardrobe. Also a good choice all year round, a bodysuit is easy to put on bub and ideal for layering. Our comfy Baby Sleeveless Bodysuit is perfect for your baby girl or boy and makes an ideal, nappy-covering all-in-one. Featuring discreet colour-matched press studs for easy nappy-access, our bamboo baby bodysuit is truly a must-have.

3. The Singlet

Baby singlets

A newborn’s wardrobe should be stocked up with comfy basics that are perfect for layering, which is what makes a singlet so essential. Perfect for helping bub maintain a consistent body temperature, singlets can be slipped under any outfit, or worn alone when it’s boiling hot outside. Our Baby Singlet is finished off with our gentle signature elastic trim, so it can easily be pulled over any little one’s delicate head.

4. The T-Shirt

Baby t-shirts

When it comes to staple pieces to stock up on for baby’s arrival, it doesn’t get more essential than a classic crew neck t-shirt. Perfect for teaming with an adorable pair of pants or shorts, a simple tee is an easy go-to staple for your little bundle of joy. Our Baby T-Shirt is silky soft and features a handy shoulder opening, secured by delicate colour-matched press studs. Perfect for pulling off when bub makes a mess!

5. The Long-Sleeve Top

Baby long sleeve tops

A great alternative to a classic tee, a long-sleeve top is another great all-rounder. Great for layering or wearing alone, a long-sleeve top is also ideal for protecting bub’s delicate skin from the harsh Australian sun. Our Baby Long Sleeve Top is cut from our signature organically-grown bamboo fabric, which is luxuriously-soft but resistant.

6. The Shorts

Baby shorts

When it’s warm outside, a cute pair of shorts are perfect for showing off bub’s dear little legs. At their best when breathable and ultra comfy, shorts are an adorable staple for baby. Our Baby Pull on Shorts are designed with our stretchy bamboo fabric and an elastic waistband, making them easy to pull on over bodysuits or paired with a simple tee. Cuteness overload!

7. The Pants

Baby pants

In addition to a sweet pair of shorts, a comfy pair of pants will also make a great addition to your newborn’s wardrobe. The key here is to opt for a roomy pair that will allow ease of movement and big cloth nappy bums. Our Baby Pull on Pants are ultra soft and roll up super small – perfect for keeping a spare pair in the nappy bag.

8. The Finishing Touches

Baby accessories

Last but in no ways least, you’ll want to think about the finishing touches of your newborn’s capsule wardrobe – socks, wraps and accessories. From muslin wraps for swaddling to a quality baby bib, these baby products will make all the difference to your newborn checklist. Our Baby Socks are handily anti-fungal, anti-odour and thermo-regulating, while our Baby Beanie & Booties keep tiny heads warm thanks to our exceptionally-soft jersey knit fabric.

What is the baby clothes size guide?

You’re probably wondering what size clothing you will need for the little one on the way. It’s important to remember that newborn sizes differ from one baby to the next, and babies grow at different rates. They also, like us adults, have different body shapes and sizes. Clothing sizes also vary slightly from brand to brand, but here’s our Baby Size Guide to get you started:

Boody Size

Weight (KG)

Height (CM)


up to 4kg

up to 55cm


4kg - 6kg

up to 62cm


6kg - 8kg

up to 68cm


8kg - 10kg

up to 76cm


10kg - 12kg

up to 84cm

Boody Size

Weight (KG)

Height (CM)


How quickly will baby grow out of clothes?

As mentioned previously, every baby is different and grows at a different rate. But the best rule of thumb to go by is that 000 will fit most babies, so is your safest bet. That said, if your baby is on the smaller side, a 0000 is probably more in line with what you’ll need to be buying.

So there you have it, soon-to-be mums and dads. Our Ultimate Newborn Checklist to help you deck bub out in the most essential everyday staples. We hope it helps to make a few decisions easier for you – now there’s only another million things to think about! Shop all our babywear now.

Other newborn checklist essentials

1. Nursery furniture

We all know bub's room requires adorable decor, but it's the furniture you fill the nursery with that's really important. Not only will it make caring for your baby easier, but safer, too. Here are the newborn baby checklist essentials for the furniture in your nursery:

  • A crib or cradle
  • A rocking or armchair
  • A baby monitor
  • A nightlight
  • A toy basket
  • A dresser

2. Baby bedding

Any new parent will know how sacred sleep is, for both them and their little one. To make sleep just that little bit easier during those early weeks and months, ensure to invest in some essential baby bedding:

  • Light receiving blankets
  • Washable crib mattress pads
  • Fitted crib sheets
  • Heavier blankets for when it's cold

It's a good idea to have a few of each of the above for when each piece of baby bedding needs to be washed.

3. Health essentials 

From feeding must-haves to health and safety staples, there is a range of health essentials you'll need to ensure you stock up on before bub arrives:

  • A pump (if breastfeeding)
  • Nursing pads (if breastfeeding)
  • Milk storage bags (if breastfeeding)
  • Nipple cream (if breastfeeding)
  • Nursing pillow (if breastfeeding)
  • Formula (if not breastfeeding)
  • Burp Cloths
  • A first aid kit
  • A baby thermometer
  • Baby nail clippers

4. Nappies

Many parents will dread having to change nappies, but they soon pick it up. Having some simple baby essentials on hand will help you get the hang of it even quicker:

  • A nappie bag
  • Nappie cream
  • A changing table or cushioned changing pad
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Soft washclothes
  • Cloth diapers (much better for the environment than disposable ones!)

4. Other baby essentials

From rushing out the house in the morning to preparing for dinner, there are some final baby essentials that are important to own:

  • A high chair
  • A stroller or infant carrier
  • A convertible car seat
  • A baby swing or bouncer

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How to swaddle a baby in a muslin wrap


How to swaddle a baby in a muslin wrap

Whether you’re asking yourself ‘what are muslin wraps used for?’, ‘how to swaddle a newborn’ or ‘when to stop swaddling baby’, we’re bringing you a step by step lowdown with pictures. What are muslin wraps used for? If you’re totally new to the muslin wraps game, don’t worry. Many of us have been there. And, while you might already know about swaddling a baby, what you might not realise is there are plenty of other ways to use muslin wraps in your little one’s early days. Feeding If you’re feeding while on the go, a muslin wrap is a great cover to stop bub getting distracted. Tuck the muslin into your bra strap and place the soft fabric across bub’s cheek to keep them safe and comfy. Note: Always ensure there’s an opening to allow fresh air to flow through. Burping Aside from swaddling, burping is one of the most popular uses for the muslin wrap. The soft, thick and absorbent fabric will make sure whatever you’re wearing stays clean when you pat your little bambino gently on the back. Teething Not everyone knows this, but a muslin wrap can even be used as a teether! How does that work, we hear you ask? Simple. Just freeze a small cube of breast milk, or boiled water if your bub is a bit older, wrap it in a muslin, twist the ends to hold in place and let your little teething tot chew away. Swaddling Last but not least, muslin wraps are used to swaddle baby to sleep. Muslin wraps tend to be light and flexible, so bub doesn’t overheat, and firm enough to allow your little one to feel comfy and safe. But how exactly do you swaddle with a muslin wrap? We take a look at how to swaddle with the best swaddling technique. How to swaddle a baby with a muslin wrap Ok, so it’s time to get down to some safe swaddling. First things first, you need to lay the muslin wrap out in a diamond shape. Once you’ve done this, fold the top corner down roughly a quarter. Then, place bub on the turned corner so that the corners of the muslin spread out from bub’s arms. Next, hold your little bambino's right arm down at their side. Pull the muslin over that arm, across the body. If bub is much smaller than the muslin, roll them to the side to smooth the rest of the muslin across the back. The muslin needs to be tight, but baby should still be able to bend their waist. Note: always make sure their hips are free to move. Hold down bub’s left arm before pulling the bottom corner up and tucking it under their left shoulder. Move the right corner over your little treasure's body before finally pulling it firm by placing them on their side and wrapping the excess around the back. The results? You’ll know when bub quickly falls asleep. So, what sort of swaddle products should you be looking for? Well, bamboo is the perfect fabric for swaddling as it’s ultra soft and durable. Our feather-light muslin wraps are crafted in 100% bamboo viscose, a fabric that features an open weave for ultimate breathability. Although delicate, these bamboo swaddles can stand up to all the required laundering, while their superior absorbency makes them an essential for all new parents. Or, as pictured above, you could use our Stretch Jersey Wrap as an alternative to the muslin wrap. Double it over, wrap, pull firm, and tuck the ends in well to trap even the squirmiest of kids. It works a charm for little Houdinis! But when is it time to stop swaddling? When to stop swaddling baby It’s important to note that you can stop swaddling your baby whenever you feel it’s best. While most people use swaddling during the newborn stage, before phasing it out around three or four months, it’s also common for babies to be swaddled when they’re six to nine months old. Most babies will begin to reject swaddling at a certain age, although not all. That said, the average age to stop swaddling bub is roughly three or four months. Newborns are born with the Moro reflex — a startle reflex — and most babies don’t outgrow it until they’re four or five months old. For this reason, be careful when stopping the swaddle too early. If your baby’s Moro reflex is still strong, they may startle themselves awake at night and during nap time. If your baby is able to break free of their swaddle, this doesn’t always mean that it’s time to stop swaddling. But if bub is persistently breaking free of their swaddle each night, it’s either time to stop swaddling or switch to a safer muslin wrap. Warning: Never allow babies to sleep face down. If your baby is rolling over onto their tummy while they sleep, it’s time to stop swaddling. Safety must always be top of mind when it comes to swaddling your baby! Although swaddling for sleep is generally all good, it’s important you don’t swaddle your little one all day long. Babies also need to move freely so they can develop their gross motor skills and become stronger. How to stop swaddling baby Some babies aren’t dependent on swaddling for comfort, making them much easier to stop the process. Other babies, however, can become very dependent on swaddling to help them sleep — making weaning them away from their cosy muslin wraps much harder. If your bub has become dependent on their swaddle to sleep, it’s probably time to stop! We recommend gradually easing your little one off their swaddle. Begin by leaving one arm or leg unswaddled, before moving on to both arms or legs. Before you know it, you’ll have reached a stage where your little bambino isn’t being swaddled at all. So, there you have it, newbie parents. It’s time to start swaddling!

How to cope with a new baby during COVID-19


How to cope with a new baby during COVID-19

Bringing your baby home from the hospital can be a surreal experience. There is a great deal of tears (from baby and parents), laughter, cooing, and chaos. But you don’t have to do it all by yourself – there are often family members and friends lining up to help you. At least, this was the case until 2020. With Victoria currently locked down and the threat of the second wave of the pandemic looming over the rest of Australia, isolation has become more important than ever. Of course, if you have a new baby at home, this can be easier said than done. In addition to handling your responsibilities as a new parent, you are also having to cope with the realities of parenting during COVID-19.  This can leave new parents feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Even if you have older children (which brings with it different challenges such as what’s being posted across social media), the idea of bringing up younger children during a pandemic is enough to put pressure on any parent. If parenting during COVID-19 is something that you’re struggling to do, here are some top tips to help you out during this difficult time.  Make sure you’re splitting duties  Before the outbreak, it was easy to get help from willing family members and friends. At the very least, you had a grandparent or two willing to hold the baby while you took a shower or ran some errands. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible anymore – new parents are on their own. Needless to say, this can lead to you feeling overwhelmed, since you have to juggle quite a bit more. So, how can you cope in this instance? Here, it is all about the division of labour. You and your partner should be equally sharing responsibilities. This way, the work gets cut in half. Not to mention, you will have a lot more time to spend together as well.  Take care of yourself  Whether it is the demands of being a new parent or the worries regarding COVID-19, it can be easy to stop taking care of yourself. You may not eat proper meals or fail to exercise on a regular basis. Not only can these bad habits compromise your health, but it can also have a negative impact on your mental health.  So, start by planning out your meals a little better. Not in the mood to cook? Look for healthy foods that you can whip up quickly, maybe even without turning your stove on. Keep the processed foods to a minimum and load up on fruits and vegetables instead.  If you can get some fresh air and exercise, do try to manage this. Take the proper precautions to wear a mask and ensure that your baby is well-protected to. Carry hand sanitiser and check that no one comes to close to you and your little one. You should also exercise indoors as well. Take a portable bed or cot and keep your little one beside you. Then, workout as needed. It will make you feel a whole lot better.  Look for online healthcare support It is natural to freak out about how your baby is doing as a new parent. Every sneeze or too-long cry can seem suspicious. To ensure that your baby is in peak health, accumulate a number of online healthcare contacts. This could be a paediatrician, pediatric nurse, or even a doula.  Just have someone that you can call or message if you have any questions. This way, you will be able to put your mind at ease and take some of the stress out of being a new baby. Remember that if you have serious concerns, though, it is best to take your baby to a hospital.  Social distancing doesn’t mean an end to socialising  The main problem with isolating during the pandemic is the feelings of isolation that come along with it! This can increase when you have a new baby. After all, this was supposed to be a time for you to show off your little one to family members and friends. Thus, you may feel especially removed from those closest to you, particularly your parents. Well, just because you need to partake in social distancing doesn’t mean that the socialising has to come to a total stop. Use technology to keep you with the people in your life. This is particularly important for new grandparents. They can often feel like they are missing out and may feel rather down about it. Video calls on a regular basis, however, can make them feel more involved.  These calls can be detrimental for your sanity as well. Talking to people – especially ones that haven’t thrown up on you that day – can act as a stress reliever. You can voice concerns, talk about any issues you may be facing, or simply gossip!  These are all the ways that you can cope as a new parent during the pandemic. It will be tough, but this is definitely something that you will be able to manage and get through.  Written by Chathurika Kahavita