A Concise List of Essentials for a Newborn Baby

Babies may be small, but you would be surprised to find out how much they actually need.  Babies themselves may not need all of the essentials, but having them around will certainly help make those sleepless nights a little bit better for the parents.  Here is a concise list of baby essentials that are sure to make the first few months and beyond a little bit easier for everyone.

What to Buy for the Home

–          Crib and crib mattress

–          Cradle or bassinet (to place in your room for the first few months)

–          Bedding for crib, cradle or bassinet

–          Chest of drawers

–          Change table

–          Change table pad

–          Baby monitor

–          Glider and ottoman (makes feeding the baby a lot easier and more comfortable)

–          Change pad cover

–          High chair (not needed right away)

–          Laundry hamper

–          Diaper pail and liners

–          Decor for the nursery

–          Window curtains

–          4-6 crib sheets

–          Duvet cover/quilt

–          Bumper pads (not needed right away)

–          Waterproof mattress pads

–          Crib blankets

–          Crib mobile

–          Lamp

–          Night light (makes night time diaper changes a lot easier)

–          Clock

–          Bookcase/shelves

–          Nursing pillow

–          Activity play mat

–          Swing

–          bouncer

Taking your Baby on the Go

–          Stroller

–          Stroller toys

–          Diaper bag

–          Infant car seat

–          Car sun shade

–          Toddler car seat (once your child meets the height and weight requirement)

–          Sling/soft carrier

Health Care

–          Thermometer

–          Humidifier

–          Nasal aspirator

–          Medicine dropper

–          Teething gel

–          Medicine spoon

–          Vaporizer

–          Anti-scratch mittens

–          Nail clippers

–          Wipes

–          Teething toys

–          Pacifier and clips

–          Diapers

Baby Bath Time

–          Baby bath tub

–          Bath seat

–          Bath toys

–          Cotton swabs

–          Washcloths (4-6)

–          Hooded towels (4-6)

–          Toothbrush (not needed until the first tooth comes in)

–          Baby shampoo

–          Baby soap

–          Moisturizer

Keeping the Memories

–          Camera/video camera

–          Camera charger/batteries

–          Baby record book

–          Photo album

–          Birth announcements

–          Thank you notes

–          Growth chart

–          Tooth fairy box

Baby’s Closet

–          Receiving blankets (6-8)

–          Gowns (4-6)

–          Undershirts (6-8)

–          Bodysuits (onesies) (6-8)

–          Sleep sacs

–          Booties

–          Slippers

–          Hats

–          Bunting bags

–          Snow suit

Feeding Baby

–          Breast feeding

–          Breast pump

–          Bottles

–          Storage bags

–          Nursing pads

–          Nursing bras

–          Burp cloths

–          8 oz bottles (8-12)

–          4 oz bottles (4-6)

–          Extra nips and caps

–          Sterilizer kit

–          Bottle warmer

–          Bottle/nipple brush

–          Bottle drying rack

–          Soft tip spoons

–          Baby dishes

–          Bibs (cloth ones will come in handy once the drooling starts)

Keeping Baby Safe

–          Outlet plugs

–          Appliance locks

–          Corner guards

–          Gates

–          Window locks

–          Cabinet locks

–          Toilet seat locks

–          Door knob covers

–          Stove covers

–          Smoke detectors

–          Carbon monoxide detectors

–          First aid kit (in the home and in the vehicle)