Items Needed for Baby

You’ve been counting down the days until your little one arrives. Part of the nesting instinct is to guarantee you have the materials your newborn will need before they enter their very different environment. To keep the transition from womb to nursery a pleasant experience, it is wise to begin organizing and setting up in advance. This outline offers a general guide to ensure your bundle of joy is comfy-cozy, as well as a few items of convenience for you. 

√ Hospital

Documents: If you’ve made a birth plan, be sure to have it printed and readily available in your hospital bag. Any insurance IDs or hospital paperwork should also be completed before delivery.

Outfit for Mom and Baby: Pajamas or something loose and comfortable is preferred for Mom. Any outfit pre-chosen for Baby is appropriate for his or her first day home.

Receiving blanket: Some parents like to use their childhood blanket; others can’t resist the adorable pattern that caught their eye in the store. In either case, if you have a special blanket you’d like to wrap your new family member in, pack it!

Car seat: Most hospitals will not let you take your bundle of joy home without having a car seat properly secured first. It’s recommended to attempt this task a few times before fastening your newborn in. Be sure to follow any FDA regulations on car seats and take note of any recalls.

√ Nursery

Changing table: If you choose to purchase a changing table, buy a soft changing pad for your infant to lie on as well.

Diapers: Unless you want your tiny tot pooping on everything else, diapers are a must have. A few packs of newborn size are required at first.

Wipes: Baby wipes are easy, disposable, and keep a clean bum.

Diaper rash cream: Your kid-o may develop some sort of diaper rash, but diaper rash cream can medicate the area gently.

Crib and crib mattress: Be sure the crib complies with today’s safety standards and has not been recalled. Sadly, cribs do not come with crib mattresses. The mattress should be firm and fit snuggly in the crib to prevent any hazards that could occur while your child is sleeping.

Bedding: Babies do not use much in terms of bedding; a few simple crib sheets suffice.

Baby monitor: Purchasing a video, sound only, or movement sensing monitor is a great way to keep track of your tiny tyke during naps and night sleeping. There are many baby monitor options available, find one that suits your comfort and eases your worries.

Swaddle: Infants prefer to be tucked in, especially the first month or so, while dozing. Velcro swaddles are the more convenient way to go, but any type of blanket used to swaddle your baby is great.

Diaper bag: A handy-dandy on the go tote for all your child’s daily care products.

Nightlight: To comfort your little one in the dark and guide you while you check in on him or her.

√ Eating

Breast pump/storage: If you plan to breastfeed exclusively, it’s best to purchase a pump ahead of time to familiarize yourself with it before pumping begins. Pumping is used to provide caregivers with bottles, or if Mom simply wishes to take a break from the desires of a hungry infant.

Formula: Feel free to purchase some formula if this will be your tot’s meal, but be sure not to go overboard. Some infants do not take to the first brand of formula parents try.

Bottles: Even if breastfeeding is how you are going to feed, you should only need two bottles. This includes nipples, and nipple rings. When posed with the question of which bottle nipple is best on, Pediatric Gastroenterologist Mark Corkins responded, “Most full term babies will accept whichever nipple they’re offered if they’re hungry, so I wouldn’t worry too much about this.” Depending on which type of bottle you choose to purchase, you might require bottle liners as well.

Spit rags: Used to clean up a host of messes, you could literally stock up on as many of these as you’d like.

Frozen foods: Not for your baby, but for you! Those first few weeks can be hectic. Having a pile of frozen foods (created before Baby arrives) available when hunger strikes may be a delightful gift to yourself.

√ Health, safety and hygiene

Clothes: Choose clothes resembling your own style. Whether you decide on gowns for diaper changing ease, sleep’n’play for daywear to nightwear, or simple onesies and socks, be sure your snuggle-bug is dressed to suit your environments temperature.

Pacifiers:  Infants have a hankering to suck. Pacifiers fulfill this desire and they are a great tool in assisting your little one to sleep. In an effort to reduce the risk of SIDS, offers the suggestion of using a pacifier at bed time.

Shampoo: At some point, your kid-o will need a bath. According to, “mild baby shampoo” is the essential soap to use.

Petroleum jelly: Used in circumcision care.

Small gauze squares: Used in the aid of circumcision care.

Nail clippers: To prevent scratches to the face or inside your little one’s mouth, nail clippers are a great alternative to mittens.

Thermometer: For those sudden changes in skin temperature, be on the safe side with an underarm, rectal, or forehead thermometer.

There you have it, the everyday essentials to care for your newborn… And a bit more! In his book “Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year” Dr. Scott W. Cohen says it best, “You are soon going to realize that all your baby does is eat, sleep, and poop.” Even so, it’s important to help your child feel safe and secure in their new home by providing them with a well prepared sanctuary. Read ideas to minimize the cost of some of these baby prerequisites.