10 free things a baby needs most

Most parents when embarking on this epic parenting journey will wonder many times what a baby needs most .

a baby needs most

Whether we are rich or poor doesn’t matter too much to our babies. Most of  babies basic wants are ones that really aren’t material. Shelter and warmth obviously do cost money but this is a list about the top free things babies need most ….

  1. calm
  2. cuddles
  3. smiles
  4. milk
  5. fresh air
  6. sleep
  7. love
  8. stimulating
  9. security
  10. safety

Mine also adored being sung too and this was a huge part of their security and well being and stimulation. Being talked too was also high up their conveying love and stimulating them.

Last year I looked at some research on what made children happy and time with their family featured really highly.  Time and attention are really important too and should also be on the list!

Babies are a lot of effort , they require energy, creativity, stamina , resilience  and commitment far more than they require shiny designer prams and glossy nurseries. I think one thing all babies need is a strong, devoted carer.

Over to you …

Do you agree with this list ? What would ybe on your list ..what do you think a baby needs most?



  1. January 31, 2014 / 8:35 am

    Definitely sunshine and fresh air! I know it makes me sound like my granny but babies should sleep outside! My 2 did as long as it wasn’t actually raining their morning nap was in the garden in the pram!
    Love the list – pretty much as mine would be!
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  2. Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork
    June 20, 2014 / 10:25 am

    I love this list, so sweet and so very true. I would definitely add ‘talking’ too – my little boy is starting to talk and he loves it when I have proper conversations with him about his day. I can’t imagine that ever changing – what child doesn’t want their parent to take the time for a good old chat?

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