New Baby Checklist: Everything You Need Before You Bring Your Baby Home

New Baby Checklist: Everything You Need Before You Bring Your Baby Home 1

Diapers? Check.
Breast pump? Check.
Dirty diaper bin? Uh-oh.

Be sure to have everything ready for when your newborn arrives with this handy checklist.

DIAPERING

  • Diaper rash ointment
  • 2 changing table pads
  • 2-4 changing pad covers
  • 2-4 simple grasping toys
  • Dirty diaper receptacle
  • Wipes or cotton cloths
  • Small thermos to hold warm water (for cleaning babies younger than 6 weeks)
  • Plastic wipes holder (for the diaper bag)
  • 2-4 packages newborn and/or size 1 diapers
  • 12-18 cloth diaper covers (if using cloth or disposable inserts)
  • 24-48 (or more!) prefold cloth diapers and covers 

CLOTHING

  • 4-6 infant t-shirts
  • 6-8 short sleeved onesies
  • 4-6 long sleeved onesies (more for a winter baby)
  • 4-8 pajama sets
  • 1-2 wearable blankets (sleep sacks) 
  • 6 pairs socks
  • 2 pairs soft booties
  • 4-6 pairs stretch cotton pants
  • 4-6 bibs
  • 2-4 Cotton sweaters or button-up sweatshirts
  • 2 Knit caps
  • Sun hat
  • 2-3 pairs no-scratch mittens
  • 4-5 seasonally appropriate outfits for going out and about

FEEDING

  • Nursing pillow
  • 6 burp cloths
  • 2-6 bottles equipped with newborn nipples
  • Formula (if not breastfeeding)
  • Bottle brush
  • Insulated bottle holder for diaper bag
  • 2-4 Nursing bras and/or tank tops
  • Nursing pads for bras
  • Lanolin nipple cream
  • Breast pump
  • Milk storage bags
  • High Chair

CLEANING

  • 2-3 hooded towels
  • 2 packs of washcloths
  • Cotton swabs
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby body wash
  • Infant bathing tub
  • Baby nail clipper
  • Soft brush 
  • Digital thermometer
  • Bulb nasal aspirator or NoseFrida
  • Mild soap for laundry

LINENS

  • 4 receiving blankets
  • 2-4 cotton blankets 
  • 2 swaddlers (optional)
  • Cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper with cotton sheets
  • 2 crib mattress pads
  • 2 waterproof liners (one for the bassinet and one for the crib)

NURSERY

  • Crib and mattress
  • Glider/rocking chair and footrest
  • Dresser
  • Hamper
  • Baby monitor with receiver, or baby monitor camera linked to smartphone
  • Changing table
  • Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer
  • White noise machine and/or music player

ON THE GO

  • Rear-facing infant car seat with head support padding
  • Stroller
  • Sun shields for car windows
  • Mirror to see baby from the front seat
  • Pack N’ Play portable bed
  • Diaper bag
  • Sling, soft front carrier, or wrap

PLAY

  • Bouncy seat
  • Baby books
  • Smartphone for camera
  • Baby music  
  • Playmat with toys attached
  • Squishy baby ball or Oball
  • High contrast (black and white) art prints, mobile, or books

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