A lot of new parents are at a loss as to what they might and might not need when their new born baby arrives in their home. The first thing I would advise anybody to do is to organise a baby shower, or at least try to get an idea of what people are going to buy. You don’t have a baby shower so that you can get your friends to buy you as many cute baby clothes as possible – you do it so you know what you will have when the baby arrives and that way you don’t end up spending your precious money on something you will already have! I am a big believer in practicality when it comes to having a baby and the more you can plan out the better.

You will also want to have bought a pram and a car seat by the time you are 29 weeks pregnant. This should give you a nice little bit of leeway in case you have any early arrivals! Beyond these two essential things, a lot of the planning will depend on how you plan to raise the baby. Even if you are determined to breast feed, it is a good idea to have some new sterile baby bottles, just in case you have any problems in the early days, and you should also make sure that you have some new born baby milk in the house.

Just remember that a baby’s basic needs are food shelter and warmth. As long as you can give them all that you are halfway there.