Baby equipment essentials – the ultimate list

What did we really need, what is just something that you use twice and then either the child is already too big for it or you don’t need it at all for a long time – no matter if impractical, rejection of the baby or simply superfluous?

After one year as a “heavy user” you can find our list of favorites here.

Diaper changing

  • Changing station
  • Cushion for that
  • Diaper pail
  • Diapers in the smallest size

At home

  • Babybay/ crib or cradle
  • Crawling blanket
  • Waterproof pad
  • Mattress cover + protector
  • Blanket + covers
  • Wool blanket
  • Cuddly toy
  • Baby monitor

Care products

  • Bath partition (better than a bucket or tub, because you won’t need them after half a year or the mini won’t fit in them after a few weeks)
  • Washcloth
  • Wet wipes
  • Cream
  • Hooded towels
  • Bath thermometer
  • Baby brush
  • Baby nail scissors (be careful, the fingernails may only be cut for the first time after 6 weeks!)
  • Clinical thermometer
  • Burp cloths
  • Pacifier

Food & Drink

  • Bottles (Also with nipple in size 0, as it is carried for example by Avent: this is the smallest there is, because baby should not have it easier than to drink at the breast. Unfortunately, you usually have to buy these nipples separately, get smart)
  • Sterilizer (saves boiling if you have the bottles in constant use)
  • Bottle brush
  • Initial formula “pre-milk” (also as a backup if breastfeeding doesn’t work out right after birth – be sure to get advice from your midwife on this)
  • Bib for the first porridge (from about 4 months)

On the way

  • Rain cover for the stroller
  • Blanket for the stroller
  • Carrier (we still love our Rookie!)


If you’re like us, the washing machine is in constant use – “diaper-gate”, or a diaper accident, was quite common after all… unfortunately. We were also very happy about our dryer!

  • 5 rompers 58-62
  • 5 Bodies 58-62
  • 6 Sweaters/ Jackets Long Sleeve
  • T-Shirts
  • Hats (1x thick and 1x thin)
  • Warm jacket
  • Tights 50-58
  • Socks (3 pairs each thin and thick)
  • Mittens
  • Pajamas: We have only needed from size 74, because then so slowly a day / night rhythm has set. Otherwise, the mini sleeps all noses long anyway and it is not worth it to change him or her extra. The little clothes should be comfortable anyway, because all a little person does at that age is lie down!

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