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12 innovative baby nursery essentials

By Mim Jenkinson and sponsored by Mayborn.

Getting the nursery ready for your new baby is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable parts of pregnancy.

From stocking up on nappies to adding beautiful, decorative touches, we want to create a nursery that is cosy and comfortable for our new bundle of joy.

There are essentials for a nursery that most families buy early, such as nursery furniture, nappies and skin care. But as well as the nursery must-haves, there are also many innovative products around that can make a new parent’s life so much easier.

It can be a little overwhelming to know what is right for you and your new baby. So we’re sharing some items for a newborn baby that help to make the first few months of parenthood even easier and more enjoyable!

They’re all from the beautiful and practical ranges at The Gro Company and Tommee Tippee. As well as sharing more info about each product, you can find out more about how it might be right for you by reading reviews from other Aussie parents who have tested and tried each one.

This list of baby nursery essentials also has great gift ideas. So if you’re an aunt or uncle-to-be, or your best friend is about to have their first baby, you might be inspired by these beautiful ideas too.

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12 baby nursery must-have items

1. The Gro Company Groegg2

A gentle night light can add a cosy glow to a nursery at night and comfort your little one. The Groegg2, with large and bright design, makes it easy for new parents to check their baby is resting at the correct temperature too.

Yellow Gro Company Gro Egg 2 sitting at the corner of a nursery table

A yellow glow suggests a comfortable temperature for babies and children to sleep in, while a blue glow suggests it’s too cold, and a red glow suggests it’s too high. The colours act as a handy tool so you know instantly whether to cool or heat the room, to modify baby’s clothing, to use a different tog Grobag Baby Sleep Bag (or, for non-sleep bag users, to alter the level of bedding).

Find out more about Groegg2 here and read reviews from other parents here.

2. Groswaddles and Swaddle Grobags

 The hip-healthy Groswaddle range features super cute lions, zebras and hippos in a lovely dove grey design.

The special shaped pocket design ensures legs are in a hip-healthy position, so you don’t have to worry about over-tightening. It’s perfect for naps or night-time and an ideal first step before moving into their first Grobag Baby Sleep Bag. With the Groswaddle your newborn baby feels cuddled and safe, a feeling that promotes a good night’s sleep for baby and parents alike.

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The revolutionary new 2 in 1 Swaddle Grobag enables you to swaddle your baby’s arms in or out for a great night’s sleep. Plus, when your baby is sleeping soundly, that should mean more shuteye for mum and dad as well!

The Swaddle Grobag is reassuringly snug on top with a hip healthy leg space on the bottom, keeping your little one secure all night just like when they were in Mummy’s tummy. Poppers on the armholes allow for swaddling with arms in or choose arms out for the freedom of a newborn Grobag. The Grosnug is the first stage to providing your baby with a safer, comfortable, and content night’s sleep.

You can find out more about Groswaddles here and read reviews from other parents here.

Find out more about Swaddle Grobags here and read reviews from other parents here.

3. Grobags

Moving on to the classic Grobag – there’s no need for any additional sheets or blankets as the Grobag keeps your baby at an ideal temperature and has zips on all sides for easy access. We’re talking about those middle of the night nappy changes!

Baby Lying Inside a Cot Wearing a Pink Gro Company Scandi Harvest Grobag 1.0 Tog

Grobags are super soft, comfortable and machine washable.

Find out more about Grobags here and read reviews from other parents here.

4. Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy Disposal System

On the subject of nappy changes, if it’s cold, raining or dark outside, you’ll loathe taking a nappy out to the bin if you don’t have to. This is where the Sangenic comes in!

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The innovative Sangenic Tec nappy disposal system from Tommee Tippee offers anti-bacterial protection from germs and odours, individually sealing each nappy away in seconds. The system is easy to set up, easy to use and easy to empty, meaning you can spend less time changing and more time with baby.

Find out more about the Sangenic here and read reviews from other parents here.

5. Tommee Tippee Breast Pump

If you’re planning to breastfeed or express milk, a breast pump can quickly become a new mum’s best friend. Closer to Nature Breast Pumps make is reassuringly easy to give a new baby the benefits of breast milk when feeding time requires a bottle.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump Whole Set with Accessories

Discreet and comfortable to use, their BPA-free electric breast pump system has soft silicone cups designed to mimic a baby’s natural feeding action, whilst providing gentle and efficient expression offering maximum comfort for mum.

Find out more about Closer to Nature Breast Pumps here and read reviews from other parents here.

6. Tommee Tippee Bottles

With the most breast-like teats ever made, Closer to Nature bottles flexes like mum and feels like mum because babies prefer it that way.

1x 250mL Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Glass Feeding Bottle

The bottle, shaped like a breast, has guaranteed acceptance and an anti-colic valve that reduces excessive air flow, allowing your baby to ingest more milk and less air.

Find out more about Closer to Nature Baby Bottles here and read reviews from other parents here.

7. The Gro Company Grocomforter

Soft baby toys and baby comforter toys are a great companion for your little one.

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The Ollie the Owl Comforter is made from plush soft velour and is the perfect new friend for your little one, with tactile features for newborns to explore and fingerholes so it can be used by parents as a puppet to amuse and engage.

This beautiful comforter is suitable from birth and is machine washable too.

Find out more about the Grocomforter range here.

8. Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind

If you’re taking your new baby on a trip, or staying overnight with family, you’ll want to create a snoozy sleeping environment if there is too much light flooding in.

Stars and moons_Gro Anywhere Blind

The versatile Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind has been designed to ‘go’ anywhere with you and can be put in place in minutes. It creates a cosy nursery away from home and will be your travel companion for years to come as your baby grows up.

Find out more about the Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind here and read reviews from other parents here.

9. Tommee Tippee Soothers

Tommee Tippee soothers have a symmetrical orthodontic teat to help optimise baby acceptance and help babies hold the soother in their mouth while supporting natural oral development.

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The range of Newborn soothers are perfectly suited for smaller newborn mouths and shaped like a bottle teat for a more familiar feeling for babies.

Find out more about Tommee Tippee Soothers here and read reviews from other parents here.

10. Ollie the Owl Light and Sound Sleep Aid

This beautiful sleep companion plays four comforting sounds (heartbeat, rainfall, static white noise or Brahms lullaby) and has a gentle warm glowing tummy.

Gro Company Ollie the Owl Light & Sound Sleep Aid

Ollie the Owl creates a lovely soothing environment for your baby to drift off to sleep in and the built in CrySensor cleverly listens in and reactivates to help keep them calm should they stir.

Find out more about Ollie the Owl here and read reviews from other parents here.

11. Tommee Tippee Bibs

These gorgeous bibs are super soft for baby and super tough on mess.

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Whether it’s oh-so-soft bibs for newborn feeding, wipe-clean bibs or Roll n Go Bibs, designed to catch all those messy spills on the go, the range has them covered.

Find out more about Tommee Tippee Bibs here and read reviews from other parents here.

12. Groclock

What about an idea for your toddler’s nursery?

With the Groclock, you can teach your children to understand when it’s time to get up. It’s as simple as telling them to stay in bed until you see the sun!

Gro Company Groclock Daytime Sun Display

The Groclock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it’s time to spring out of bed. For older children there is also a digital display so they can learn to tell the time, as well as look for the arrival of the sun.

Find out more about the Groclock here and read reviews from other parents here.

We hope our list of nursery essentials from The Gro Company and Tommee Tippee has helped you plan what you need for your new baby.

You can find out more about The Gro Company range here and Tommee Tippee here.

Set up your new nursery with products that will make your life easier and your baby more comfortable and cosier.


This competition has closed: the lucky winner is A. Niven, Oakden, SA. 

This prize pack, worth $103, includes:

  • 1 x Groegg2
  • 1 x Swaddle Grobag – Newborn COSY Bennie the Bear
  • 1 x Hip Healthy Groswaddle – Bennie the Bear
  • 1 x Light and Sound Sleep Aid – Bennie the Bear
  • 2 x Tommee Tippee Milk Feeding Bibs
  • 6 x Tommee Tippee Bottles
  • 1 x Tommee Tippee Sangenic
  • 2 x Tommee Tippee 0-6 month Soothers

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