Essential Newborn Item Checklist

Published : 27/06/2018 10:05:39
Categories : Newborn Ideas

Essential Newborn Item Checklist: All you need before the baby arrives

The ultimate checklist for your newborn baby can aid you in deciding what you’ll need to buy and prepare as you get ready for baby’s birth.

Things you need on hand for your new born during the early days.

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o 8 undershirts/onesies (Mixture of short/long sleeves)

o 5 nightgowns (For till cord falls off)

o 8 one-piece stretchy sleepers (The one with zippers; new mothers loves them!)

o 5 pairs of pants

o 2 newborn hats

o 8 pairs of socks/booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits

o 2 pairs of scratch mittens, prevents baby from scratching his/her face

o 2 cardigans or jackets, for cold environment

o Laundry detergent for infants

o 4 outfits for dressing up (optional)


o 3 large cotton blankets

o 8 receiving blankets (they also make handy burp cloths)


For breastfeeding mothers, you don’t really need any equipment.

However, nursing mothers like to have these items:

o Bibs

o Burp cloths

o Breast pump

o Milk storage containers

o Nursing pillow

o Nursing bras (For those buy before baby is born, buy a cup size larger than your current pregnant bra size)

o Breast pads (Washable/Disposable)

o Lotion for sore nipples

If you are formula feeding:

o Bibs

o Burp cloths

o 8 four-ounce bottles with nipples

o 6 eight-ounce bottles with nipples

o Bottle and nipple brush

o Baby Formula (be sure to check expiry date and note the lot number in case of recalls)

o Carrier for Thermal Bottle


If you are using re-usable cloth diapers:

Several dozen (4 or 5) cloth or re-usable diapers

8 waterproof covers

1 diaper pail

Changing pad

Baby ointment or other barrier cream to prevent rash

Snaps, Velcro or safety pins to secure re-usable diapers

Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom

If you are using disposable diapers:

Two boxes of newborn-size diapers (Not to buy too many in advance in case your baby grows too quick)

1 diaper pail

Changing pad

Baby ointment or other barrier cream to prevent rash

Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom


1 plastic infant tub (or use a large dishpan in the sink, or take baby in the bath with you)

12 washcloths, not used on baby’s bottom

Baby soap or cleanser

Baby soft-bristled hair brush

3 soft-hooded towels


If you are using a crib:

Approved crib and crib mattress

3 waterproof mattress covers

4 fitted cribsheets

4 light blankets that fit in the crib

Sleep sack

If you are co-sleeping:

Firm mattress (not a waterbed)

4 fitted cribsheets

3 waterproof pads to place under baby

Light comforter (keep away from baby’s head)

Sleep sack

Other Necessities

Approved infant safety seat for car

Stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat

Nail clippers or scissors (or just bite off baby’s nails as needed)

8 Bulb syringe for suctioning mucous

Baby thermometer

Eye dropper or medicine spoon

Medication in case of fever

Nice to have Item

Change table (or just use change pad on top of dresser or bed)

Rocking chair for feeding and swaddling


Sling or baby carrier

Diaper bag

1 or 2 change pads

Plastic hangers for closet

Sun shade for car windows

2 or 4 pacifiers (if you choose to use these)

Rattles and other baby toys


Night light


Reference: Today's Parent


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