If you’re in the last weeks of pregnancy, you probably already have your hospital bag packed and ready to grab when you go into labour, but what about the things you’ll need when you bring the little one home? It’s easy to forget some of the new-baby essentials, so here’s our checklist of the most important newborn necessities.
What you’ll need depends on the season, because if you buy baby a sweater in the summer, it will be outgrown by the time cold weather comes around! There are certain items of clothing that all babies need, like undershirts and onesies. Have plenty of these, because you’re going to need them.
Baby will also need a few nightgowns and stretchy sleepers, preferably ones with zippers. You’ll also want to stock up on pants, hats and socks or booties. A newborn also needs a couple of pairs of “scratch mittens” to keep him from scratching his face with his tiny nails.
For a winter baby, you’ll need cold weather gear like sweaters or jackets, a bunting bag or snowsuit. Be sure to stock up on laundry detergent that’s safe for infants, because you’ll be using a lot of it. Dress-up outfits are optional, but they’re so cute you probably can’t resist buying a few!
These take a beating, so have at least three large cotton blankets on hand. You’ll also need about eight receiving blankets that can double as burp clothes.
If you’re going to use disposable nappies, you should have two boxes in the newborn size. Don’t buy too many at once, just in case the baby is born too large for that size or outgrows them quickly. Other items you’ll need are a nappy pail, changing pad, ointment or cream for nappy rash and washcloths or disposable wipes.
If you’re going with reusable cloth diapers, buy at least four or five dozen, plus a few waterproof covers and snaps or safety pins to keep the nappies in place. You’ll also need the pail, pad, etc., mentioned above.
Bath and bedtime
For bathing baby, you’ll need an infant tub, washcloths, baby soap, a baby hairbrush and several hooded bath towels. For baby’s crib and mattress, get a few fitted crib sheets, waterproof mattress covers and light blankets.
Don’t forget these!
Two of the biggest newborn must-have items for your checklist are an approved car safety seat and a stroller. Other useful things to have are baby nail scissors, a bulb syringe, a thermometer and an eyedropper. You’ll also need a diaper bag to carry all of your baby stuff around in!
There are other things you can pick up after baby arrives, but as long as you have everything on the newborn checklist, you and baby should be all set for his first few weeks at home! Relax knowing you have everything you need for newborns—at least for now.