Baby Checklist: Everything You Need Before Bringing Your Baby Home

baby checklist

Having a baby is a life-changing experience. And, the road ahead is sure to be one with many twists and turns. So, you need to get ready for everything because the journey has just started! For new parents, there are some baby essentials that are going to be absolutely critical to providing proper care for your little one. And, there are some things that might be considered unnecessary. In this baby checklist, we have arranged the baby essentials in a few fundamental categories, from clothing to sleeping. Note all of these on your list, and you’ll be just fine! Wait no more, let’s start making your baby checklist.

Clothes

Baby checklist

In the first year with the new baby, you will need clothes that suit for every season of the year. Generally speaking, it’ll be a good idea to shop for clothing that is deemed ‘0-1 years’ or ‘infant’ in size. While your baby is going to grow significantly in the first year, you shouldn’t have to worry about them outgrowing their first outfits until they are at least 6-month-old. Look for clothes that are all-cotton or as close to it as possible. Although polyester blends have higher durability and a more considerable price, they also can irritate your baby’s skin in some cases. To make sure you’re ready to keep your newborn snug, cozy, and comfortable, you will need:

  • 4-6 infant t-shirts
  • 6-8 short-sleeved 
  • 4-6 long-sleeved
  • 4-8 pajama sets
  • 6-8 pairs of socks
  • 4-6 pairs stretch cotton pants
  • 2-4 cotton sweaters 
  • 2 knit caps and a sun hat
  • 2-3 pairs no-scratch mittens
  • 1 pair soft booties (optional)
  • 4-5 seasonally appropriate outfits for going out
  • Infant snowsuit and/or bunting (if you plan to go out in the cold)
  • Baby laundry detergents 

Nursery 

Modern nurseries are far from what our parents and grandparents used to raise us. Even with these day technology developments that can make most things more convenient for new parents, some ‘tried and true’ basics are needed for a safe nurturing baby nursery. So, at the very least, you need to prepare:

  • A safe place for your baby to sleep
  • Storage for your baby’s clothes and other items
  • A changing diapers area

If you’re pressed for space, you can probably still nix a white noise machine or humidifier. They can go a long way in making your baby more comfortable. For your baby nursery, you may also want to shop for:

  • A crib and a bassinet
  • Glider/rocking chair
  • Dresser
  • Baby monitor
  • Changing table
  • Humidifier or vaporizer (optional)
  • White noise machine (or you can just use your smartphone)

Baby Diapers

It’s impossible to prepare for the arrival of your new baby without giving thoughtful consideration about diapers. There are choices like reusable cloth diapers, disposable diapers, or a combination of the two. On the one hand, cloth diapers can be a fantastic money-saver and environment friendly. However, they require more effort to clean, which might not be a great choice for busy moms. On the other hand, there are some hybrid diapers that can reusable, flushable, and eco-friendly.

In addition, baby wipes also come in a wide variety of options. You’ll need to choose between pre-moistened or dry, disposable or reusable cloth. Ideally, a balanced mix of all of these is best, as situations will call for all of them at some points. To cover all of your bases, be sure to get:

  • 1 or more changing table pads
  • 2-4 changing pad covers
  • 2-4 simple grasping toys (for distraction during changes)
  • Dirty diaper receptacle
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Wipes or cotton cloths
  • A diaper bag 
  • 2-4 packages of newborn or ‘size 1’ diapers
  • 12-18 cloth diaper covers (if you use cloth diapers)

Feeding Essentials

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to feeding your newborn baby. And, it’s a good idea to consult with your pediatrician to determine a plan for optimal nutrition. And, the most important decisions you’ll need to make centers around using formula vs breastfeeding. If you do choose formula, you’ll want to be 100% comfortable with the ingredients in the recipe you choose. And, if you’ll be opting for extended breastfeeding, it will help to have a strategy in place for managing your baby’s transition to bottles. For new mothers, breastfeeding might continue into the toddler stage, which will require a supply of nursing bras and tank tops. As you make your way down your baby needs list, don’t forget these feeding items:

  • Nursing pillow
  • 6-8 burp cloths
  • 2-6 bottles (equipped with newborn nipples)
  • Bottlebrush
  • Insulated bottle holder for a diaper bag
  • 4-6 bibs
  • 2-4 Nursing bras or tank tops
  • Nursing pads and nipple cream if needed
  • Breast pumps
  • Milk storage bags or bottles

Bathing and Wellness Essentials

Due to the small size, babies don’t need a significant time investment to bathe. And, it often won’t require having a full bath in the bathtub or committing to an hour-long activity to keep your baby clean and comfortable. Specially designed infant tubs and hammocks can make bathtime much easier for you and your child. Baby items needed for bathing include:

  • 2-3 soft towels or hooded towels
  • 2 packs of washcloths
  • Cotton swabs
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby body wash
  • Infant bathing tub
  • Baby nail clippers
  • A soft brush for babies
  • Digital thermometer
  • Nasal aspirator 
  • 2-3 pacifiers

Sleeping

Nothing soothes a mom like a sleeping baby. To create a comfortable, warm, and snuggly place for your baby to snooze, you’ll want to include these:

  • 4 receiving blankets
  • 2-4 cotton blankets
  • 2 swaddles (optional)
  • 1-2 wearable blankets (sleep sacks)
  • 2 crib mattress pads
  • 2 waterproof liners (one for the bassinet and the other for the crib)

Remember blankets should range in weight and thickness to suit the indoor temperature, and there should never be so much bedding that it could disrupt your baby’s regular breathing.

Baby Essentials for “On-The-Go

No matter where you go or what you do with your baby. You should bring everything that your baby needs at home because they probably will need it on-the-go! On top of that, you should take advantage of handy, time-saving products designed for easy use any time your baby is away from home. And, Here is the rest of the baby checklist:

  • Infant car seat
  • A stroller
  • Sun shields for car windows
  • Diaper bag and a wet bag (if using cloth diapers)
  • Sling, soft front carrier, or wrap
  • Toys

Don’t forget to read the safety disclaimers that are printed on baby products before buying it. As you make progress through your baby checklist, it can be quite difficult to keep track of everything in it. But, there is no need to stress out, do what you need to relax and then back to preparing. So, go ahead let’s start shopping for basic needs for your baby!