Ultimate Checklist For Your New Baby

Diapering

  • Essentials You Need:
    • Diapers
    • Wipes
    • Plastic wipes holders (or wipes with resealable flap)
    • Diaper Pail or Garbage Can (your choice!)
    • Diaper Pail Refill Bags Refills
    • Diaper Cream or Coconut oil
    • Diaper Changing pad (with safety strap)
    • 1-2 covers for changing pad
    • 3-5 waterproof pads for changing pad
    • Petroleum Jelly (for circumcisions)
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • Wipes Warmer

Bathing and Cleaning

  • Essentials You Need:
    • Baby Bathtub or bathing support* Think “easy to store”
    • Baby body wash
    • Baby shampoo*Can get an all-over wash
    • 2-4 Hooded Towels
    • 4-6 Baby Washcloths* Can double as clean-up for feeding later
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • Shampoo Rinse Cup
    • Bath Kneeler
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Bath Toys
    • Bath Toy Storage
    • Bathtub Spout Cover

Clothing

  • Essentials You Need:
    • 4­-8 Bodysuits (Long and
    • Short ­Sleeved)
    • 2-4 caps
    • 8-12 Pairs of Socks
    • 1-­2 Wearable Blankets
    • 2­4 Gowns
    • 6-8 Footie Pajamas with zipper
    • 4­-8 Pairs of Pants
    • Coming Home Outfit
    • Seasonal Clothing (swim trunks, holiday clothing, if desired)
    • 7 feeding bibs
    • 7 drool bibs
    • 1-3 Soft Sweatshirts
    • 2-4 baby blankets
    • Baby hangers
    • 10 Swaddling Blankets
    • 8-16 receiving blankets (can double as burp cloths!!)
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • No­Scratch Mittens *The nurses at the hospital recommend socks. The mittens don’t really stay on, and the socks have much more elastic!

Nursery & Decor

  • Essentials You Need:
    • Crib
    • Crib Mattress
    • 2-­3 Waterproof Mattress Pads
    • 3+ Fitted Crib Sheets
  • First Weeks Sleep Solution:
    • Cradle or Bassinet
    • Rock n’ Play
    • Snuggle Nest or DockaTot
    • Make your own co-sleepe
    • Dresser
    • Lamp
    • Night light
    • Hamper
    • Storage Baskets/Bins
    • Wall Hangings or Decal
    • Shelving for Books
    • Diaper Stacker** optional
    • Glider & Ottoman **See DIY link
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Attachable Crib Toy or Soother
    • Mobile
    • Accent Rug
    • Toy Chest
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • Matching Quilt, Dust Ruffle and Valance You don’t need these things. The sets are sold for hundreds of dollars. You will be just fine with 2-4 fitted sheets.
    • Sound/White Noise** baby can grow dependent on this to sleep

Nursing & Feeding

  • Essentials You Need:
    • If you are breastfeeding:
      • Insulated Bottle Tote and reusable Ice
      • Breast Milk Storage Containers (Kiinde)
      • Cleaning Wipes (if you will be pumping out and about or at work)
      • Nursing Bras (Aenley from Amazon, great for sleeping and very comfortable)
      • Nursing Pads (Lasinoh)
      • Soothing Ointments (Medela)
      • Gel Pads These didn’t really do much for me
      • Nursing Pillow  This was only used for a few weeks. I would recommend getting one used or not at all. Regular pillows work as well.
      • Nursing Cover (Many places offer these for free; second hand is great also)
      • Breast Pump
      • Breast pump tubes and attachments
  • Feeding items below are needed for both breastfeeding with pumping and Bottle Feeding:
    • Microwave sterilizer (or you can boil stuff)
    • 4-6 Bottles and Nipples
    • Different sized nipples for bottle
    • Bottle Warmer
    • Bottle Brush
    • Bottle Drying Rack
    • Bottle Sterilizer (microwave or machine)
    • Formula (as a back-up to breastfeeding or as main nutrition if not breastfeeding)
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Highchair Bumbo chair attachment
    • Splat Mat *or old shower curtain!
    • Make­Your­Own Baby Food Gear * Or use your existing Magic Bullet and the Kiinde milk pouches can double
    • Infant Bowls and Spoons
    • 2-4 Sippy Cups
    • 2-­3 Teethers
  • Things You Can Probably Do Without:
    • Dishwasher Basket
    • Formula Dispenser or holders for travel

Baby Gear & Travel

  • Essentials You Need:
    • Stroller or Travel System
    • Car Seat
    • Extra Car Seat Base (for second car)
    • Baby Carrier
    • Playard
    • 2-3 Playard Sheets
    • Diaper Bag for Mom and
    • One for Daddy, too
    • Changing Mat
    • Swing
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Toys For Car Seat & Stroller
    • Entertainer and/or Jumper
    • High Chair
    • Umbrella Stroller
    • Waterproof Seat Liner
  • First world things:
    • Stroller Rain Cover
    • Stroller Hooks (maybe)
    • Car Mirror
    • Car Window Shade
    • Stroller Netting
    • Cup and Snack Holder for parents
    • Car Seat Bunting/Cover

 

Safety/Health

  • Essentials You Need:
    • Baby Monitor
    • Thermometer
    • Nasal Aspirator
    • First Aid Kit
    • Nail Clippers and Emery Boards
    • Brush and Comb
    • Gentle Laundry Detergent
    • Baby Tylenol by supervision of doctor for age and weight and dosage
    • Baby Motrin* 6 months and up and by supervision of doctor for age, weight and dosage.
  • Things That Can Wait:
    • Shopping Cart/Restaurant Highchair Cover
    • Humidifier
    • Safety Gates
    • Safety Locks, Covers, and Cushions
    • Furniture and Television Straps
    • Baby Toothbrush
    • Teething Gel

 

Toys & Learning

  • Activity Mats and Gyms
  • Rattles and Travel Toys
  • Developmental Toys
  • Books
  • Stuffed Animals