BUYING all the baby gear you need for your first born is expensive.
Parents pay an average of £11,498 in the first year of having a child, according to LV.
It can be hard to work out what items are worth slashing out on – and what ones to avoid.
That’s why we’ve listed our must-buy products recommended by mums.
To help them sleep
- Ewan the sheep, £39.99 – buy now
This white noise machine helps little ones settle at night.
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It emits soft sounds at a low base frequency that babies hear in the womb, known as pink noise and has a calming pink glow.
It automatically activates when your baby stirs in the night. Cuddly and practical – the perfect combo.
For sleeping soundly
- Moses basket, £80 – buy now
It's the ultimate debate – do you have a next to me crib or a moses basket?
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We use this in the living room for day time naps and it can be easily moved from room to room. We love the pretty liner too.
If you’re bottle feeding
- Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep, £121.99 – buy here
The easy-to-use machine prepares bottles to the right temperature and volume in under two minutes. That means no boiling and cooling in pots and pans.
It’s compatible with most bottles and formulas.
To keep them calm
- baby swing, £184.99 – buy now
This newborn swing helps soothe babies by rocking them side-to-side.
We love that it's bluetooth enabled and use it play baby's favourite music.
If you're breastfeeding
- Tommee Tippee Wearable breast pump, £199.99 – buy now
If you're planning to breastfeed then a pump can be useful to help increase your milk supply – or you may be keen to share the load and get your partner to bottle feed.
We love that this pump allows you to feed directly from it, rather than decanting into a bottle, as it's compatible with screw rings and teats.
For sleeping (or napping) safely
- Purflo sleep tight baby bed, £135 – buy now
This is the only baby best that has been certified for safe overnight sleeping.
Babies love the feeling of being surrounded, just like in the womb and mum's swear by them for night-time or naps.
It's suitable from birth until eight months.
For avoiding a smelly home
- Twist and click Tommee Tippee nappy bin, £39.99 – buy now
Babies go through an average of 7-8 nappies a day as newborns, so having some where to dispose of them close to your changing table is essential.
For playtime and development
- Sensory blocks, £22 – buy now
Help the development of your little one's brain with sensory toys. We love these blocks, which come in eco-friendly wood.
It will keep your tot entertained for hours.
To support you with feeding
- La Maman wedge breastfeeding pillow – £80 – buy now
Feeding a baby takes its toll on your shoulders and arms, so use this pillow to help support you.
We love the different styles and colours, so you can pick one to suit your home.
For soft play at home
- Taf toys savannah foam playmat, £59.99 – buy now
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We loved using this on our hard wood floors – but it's great if you have carpets too as it's wipe clean.
Perfect for messy play or tummy time, so you'll get lots of use out of it.
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