By Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, Visiting Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

You’re having a baby! And with a baby comes a host of items you need to buy. It’s a good thing Singaporeans love to shop because there’s plenty of that for you and your partner now. These are items you should be preparing before bringing your baby home.

The second trimester is a good time to get started on this shopping list as that’s when you’re likely going to have more energy, coming out of the fatigue and nausea of trimester one, and right before the upsize of trimester three. So get ready, set, and shop!

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Baby Care Shopping List

baby care shopping list

  • 2-3 hooded towels
  • 2-4 wash cloths
  • Baby bath oil
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby body wash
  • Baby laundry detergent
  • Baby shampoo
  • Bath thermostat
  • Bathing toys
  • Comb
  • Cotton buds
  • Safety nail clippers
  • Soft sponge
  • Baby bathtub

Related: Baby has come home: dealing with changes

Bottle Feeding Shopping List

Can of milk powder surrounded by baby milk bottles

  • 5 bibs
  • 6-8 bottle teats/nipple
  • 6-8 bottles
  • Baby milk powder
  • Bottle brush
  • Bottle warmer
  • Steriliser kit

Related: The Essentials of Bottle-Feeding

Breastfeeding Shopping List

breastfeeding shopping list

  • 3 nursing bras
  • 5 bibs
  • 6-8 bottle teats/nipple
  • 6-8 bottles
  • Box of breast pads
  • Breast milk storage bags
  • Breast pumps
  • Feeding pillow
  • Loose shirts
  • Nipple cream
  • Privacy shawl

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Changing Shopping List

changing shopping list

  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • Changing mat and cover
  • Cotton buds
  • Cream
  • Disposable bin bags
  • Nappies/diapers
  • Sealable bin/bucket
  • Wash cloth

Related: Baby Up and About Safely

Clothing Shopping List

clothing shopping list

  • 1 fleece outfit
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 pair of mittens
  • 1 shawl
  • 1 sweater
  • 2 caps or baby hats
  • 2 swaddle blankets
  • 3 pairs of scratch mittens
  • 5 cardigans
  • 5 footed trousers
  • 5 one-piece outfits, or onesies
  • 5 one-piece pyjamas
  • 5 pairs of socks

Related: First days of our lives with baby

Furniture Shopping List

furniture shopping list

  • Blackout curtains
  • Bouncer seat
  • Changing table
  • Cot/crib
  • Cot/crib mattress
  • Dresser
  • High chair
  • Infant swing
  • Mattress sheets
  • Moses basket

Related: Week 38: Get Ready: Baby's on the Way

Safety Shopping List

safety shopping list

  • Baby monitor
  • Disinfectant hand soap
  • Night light
  • Forehead or digital thermometer

Related: Safe home for your baby

Sleeping Shopping List

sleeping shopping list

Related: Helping Baby Sleep

Toys Shopping List

toys shopping list

  • Activity mat
  • Baby soft books
  • Bath toys
  • Chime/music
  • Comforters
  • Cuddly toys
  • Dummy/pacifier
  • Musical mobile
  • Rattle
  • Stroller toys
  • Teething ring

Travel Shopping List

travel shopping list

  • Child view mirror
  • Front carrier/sling
  • Infant car seat
  • Stroller with full recline
  • Travel bag
  • Travel cot/crib

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Read these next:


  1. Tan, T., Tan, K., Tan, H., & Tee, J. C. (2008). The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth.. New Jersey: World Scientific.

  2. Health Promotion Board. (2013). Healthy Start for your Pregnancy. Singapore: Health Promotion Board.