Pregnancy

NEWBORN CHECKLIST: FOR FIRST-TIME PARENTS

Buying things for little ones is even more exciting before they are born. First-time parents are overwhelmed looking at the wide variety of products available and not able to decide what to buy for the baby. When I was expecting my baby, being a first-time mom, I didn’t have any knowledge of what to buy and had to do a lot of research on things to be bought for my little one.

I’m here sharing with you guys the knowledge I gained in the process of my research! This newborn checklist will help the first-time parents figure out the essentials you need to buy before the baby is born.

CLOTHING ESSENTIALS

  • 5 T-shirts
  • 7 Onesies that snap at the crotch ( both long- and short-sleeved)
  • 5 Full-length Sleepers ( long and short-sleeved)
  • 10 Pants
  • A pair of jeans
  • 5 pairs of Socks
  • 5 pairs of Mittens
  • Two pairs of Soft booties
  • 3 Knit caps
  • 2 Zip-up sweatshirts
  • A Jacket and a snowsuit if it’s a winter baby!
  • Receiving blankets

Tip: You can buy a few extra pairs of socks and mittens as they always get lost for some reason and you will not mind having an extra pair lying around!😅

DIAPERING ESSENTIALS

  • A large pack of newborn diapers ( Any brand of your choice)
  • 3 Diaper changing mats
  • A large pack of wet wipes ( Any brand of choice)
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Diaper genie or a dust bin

FEEDING ESSENTIALS

The feeding essentials differ depending on breastfeeding or formula feeding:

  • IF BREASTFEEDING:
    • Bibs
    • Burp cloths
    • Breast pump
    • Milk storage containers
    • Nursing pillow
    • Nursing bras
    • Breast pads (disposable or washable)
    • Lotion for sore nipples
    • Nursing cover
  • IF FORMULA FEEDING
    • Bibs
    • Burp cloths
    • 2 pairs of 4-ounce bottles
    • 2 pairs of 8-ounce bottles
    • Bottle and nipple brush
    • Formula (check with the pediatrician on which brand to buy)
    • Thermal bottle carrier
    • Bottle drying rack

BATHING ESSENTIALS

  • An infant bathtub
  • Baby body wash
  • Wash clothes
  • 2 hooded towels

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

These are the things required when you go out with an infant

  • Travel system ( stroller and car seat)
  • Car mirror
  • Car seat cover
  • 3 fleece blankets
  • Diaper bag

BEDTIME ESSENTIALS

  • If you are using a crib:
    • Crib
    • Crib mattress
    • Waterproof mattress covers
    • 3 fitted sheets
    • Sleepsack
    • Swaddle blankets
  • If you are co-sleeping:
    • Firm mattress ( A king mattress would be better :p)
    • Sleepsack
    • A side sleeper ( optional)
    • Swaddle blankets

Soothing ESSENTIALS

  • Baby swing
  • Pacifiers
  • Infant bouncer
  • Swaddling blanket
  • Playmat for tummy time
  • Small plush toys or rattles
  • Infant gas relief drops

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

  • A portable closet or dresser for storing baby’s clothes and essentials
  • Grooming kit ( nail- trimmer, hairbrush)
  • Thermometer

Consider yourself covered if you have this checklist. But this list doesn’t hold you back to buy any other items you love for your little munchkin! There are thousands of products to explore and buy. Happy shopping! 😀

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