How to prepare for a baby – the first-year essential guide

Thursday 13th February, 2020

Points to note before you read this article: This is a hefty guide on how to prepare for your baby’s first year, which comes with a YouTube Video. You can watch the video alongside reading the article if you like, but you may need to enjoy more than one cup of your favourite beverage to get through this long, but informative guide So, please muscle through, as I will provide tips, tricks, discounts and deals where possible.

Also, some links are affiliate links which means I may earn a commission at no cost to you if you click through. Items marked with a ‘*’ are gifted by the respective brand in return for a 100% honest review.

Whether it’s your first or your fifth, every baby comes with baggage and a whole heap of preparation. I had my third baby four months ago and my lounge looks like a baby has thrown up all over it. Yet, I still didn’t buy half as much stuff as I did nine years ago when I had my first. But, there seems to be a rite of passage that everyone goes through – buy all the unnecessary stuff until you realise what really is necessary.

You don’t have to go through that rite of passage anymore as I’m here to help. So, I present to you my first-year essential guide on how to prepare for a baby. If I miss anything out please comment below as I plan to regularly update this guide.

Check out the full video here:


Added protection for winter babies       

KURA Organics gifted us a beautiful KURA Organic Wrap in Sorbet* which keeps baby warm when they are in the car seat and pushchair. The outer fabric is a five gauge reverse jersey knit in a two-colour striped design and has a chunky knit alongside the organic cotton yarn. The lining fabric is soft and non-toxic so it keeps baby safe and warm. The poppers ensure a quick and easy fastening without disturbing baby when you want to keep them either warm or cool. You can machine wash this blanket in 30-degree wash and it fits babies up to six months old. It’s very easy to use, you open up the blanket and feed the car seat straps through the blanket’s holes. Then with the blanket open, you place baby into the car seat and then wrap them around with the blanket, fastening at the button. It’s -2 outside at the moment, so we are definitely using the KURA blanket during car and stroller trips. I also use it as a handy blanket when I’m out and about as well.

Kura Organics Baby Travel Blanket