Parenting Hacks: The Newborn Baby Box

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When we had the little lady three years ago, we lived in a flat which was surprisingly convenient when you have a newborn baby. Since then we finally managed to get on the housing ladder after many years of saving, and last spring we bought our first family home, a three bedroom semi-detached house on the fringes of Surrey in a beautiful leafy suburb.

Living in a house with a newborn the second time round is a whole new experience. I am constantly up and down the stairs, which is great exercise but not always ideal when you have a crying newborn and a demanding toddler that are both vying for your attention at the same time. I learned pretty quickly after the little man was born that it would make sense to have some things downstairs as well as upstairs so created a newborn baby box with all the things that we use all the time. Its been really useful and such a time saver, and since I havent come across any posts talking about these I thought I’d share ours!

Our newborn box has a mixture of things that we need for nappy changes and feeds, as well as a few toys and includes:

Aden + Anais Portable Changing Mat

I recently discovered that Aden + Anais make portable changing mats and was lucky enough to get my hands on one for the little man. This gorgeous changing mat is perfect for quick nappy changes downstairs. Its made from the same beautiful cotton as their muslins so its light, breathable and oh so soft on the little mans bottom. I love that it rolls up and away neatly after each use and that you can wash it unlike most other portable changing mats that we’ve had in the past.

The Little White Co Wrist Rattles

We never had wrist rattles for the little lady the first time round, but these caught my eye in The Little White Company last week and I just had to get them. They are so sweet. I’ve always been in two minds as to whether wrist rattles actually help little ones find their hands and feet any quicker, and if they did im not sure whether it makes that much of a difference. But these were adorable and the little man doesn’t have very many toys of his own yet so I decided to get them.

Sudocrem Care + Protect

I’ve written about using Sudocrem Care + Protect in my hospital bag post and my changing bag post and six weeks on its nice to say that we are still using it and it is still our go to nappy cream. It’s a lovely, light product and smells nice so if you have a little one and havent tried it yet then I would definitely recommend it.

Medela Purelan

I’ve also written before about using Medela Purelan in my changing bag post and breastfeeding diaries post and again this is something that I am still using. I’m lucky enough not to really have sore or cracked nipples after six weeks of breastfeeding, but I still like to have this little tube of magic around in case I need it at any point.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes

These are our go to wipes alongside Water Wipes which we only discovered since having the little man. We used Huggies Natural Care wipes with the little lady as she was prone to nappy rash and these were perfect for her sensitive skin. We still use them around the house now and decided to continue using them the second time round. I love the smell and thickness of these which is so different to most baby wipes.

Joules Muslin

I like to keep a small muslin on hand for feeds and this Joules one is perfect. I love the really fun and colourful print and was lucky enough to pick this up in their sale a couple of months ago. It’s a standard muslin size, but feels so much smaller after switching to swaddles and extra large muslins for everything else.

Fragranced Nappy Sacks

We have a nappy bin at home for most of our nappy changes, but I like to keep a pack of nappy sacks in the box for the ones that don’t make it upstairs and need to be contained. We’re more likely to use nappy sacks when we’re out and about than when we’re at home, but if you didn’t have a nappy bin then these would be very useful to have in the box.

Lamaze Rusty the Robot

We love Lamaze toys and decided to pick up this robot for the little man a couple of weeks ago when we were in our local toys r us. The little lady had the equivalent Lamaze doll when she was a few months old so it’s quite nice that he now has his first Lamaze toy. It’s really bright and colourful and has lots of sensory features to entertain the little one, although he’s still a little bit young to properly engage with it.

Next Elephant Rattle

This cute little elephant rattle from Next was bought as a gift when the little man was born. It’s a lovely toy that is small enough to fit in the box and is perfect for pulling out during nappy changes to distract the little guy.

I’d love to hear what you think about our newborn box, and if you have a newborn box what must haves do you keep in yours?


This is a collaborative post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. August 11, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    I still have a little basket that lives downstairs in our house with a fold up mat, nappies, wipes, bags and cream in so I don’t have to trek upstairs every time I need to change a nappy. When my two were little we also had a stash of muslins downstairs too! x #KCACOLS
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    • August 12, 2016 / 12:57 am

      It’s so handy isn’t it! I love just knowing that it’s all there, it’s also really easy for other people to be able to help you if everything’s all together for them already πŸ˜‰

  2. August 11, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Some fab things in here. Afte moving on from water and cotton wool for cleansing after nappies we used cheeky wipes – reusable cloths that are kept in water with essential oils for a natural antibacterial. Arthur has sensitive skin and these were a great natural product. They do weaning cloths too. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again
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    • August 12, 2016 / 12:33 am

      Those sound great! Our first had very sensitive skin too and something like that probably would been great for her. Wish I’d know about things like these then! πŸ™‚

  3. August 11, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    What a great idea! We are in a house too and the stairs were a really pain in those early days – I wish I’d thought of this #KCACOLS
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    • August 12, 2016 / 12:30 am

      Thanks! It’s definitely a time and energy saver lol

    • August 12, 2016 / 12:30 am

      Oh I agree, I love the colours! And so creative with the design too, fab toys for little ones πŸ™‚

  4. August 12, 2016 / 12:19 am

    I love the idea of a newborn box – these are such beautiful things. We love Lamaze toys too and have about 4, which E still loves at 15 months so worth the money I think πŸ˜‰ Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS hope you come back again next Sunday! x
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  5. August 12, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Some lovely, must have items here. Both mine loved Lamaze toys. We have a little set of drawers dedicated to everything now mine are bigger and I have two but newborn baskets are a lovely idea πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

  6. August 12, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Some lovely things here. I think sudocrem is a brilliant product I used to use it myself too #kcacols
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  7. August 12, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Love the idea of this, and you’ve definitely got everything you would need. Even though we are in a flat, we had a similar thing in the lounge when Clem was little. It meant I didn’t have to run around trying to find something at the last minute.x #kcacols #dreamteam
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