As your little one prepares to make his debut, you’ll start thinking about all those things you’ll need to keep your child happy and healthy. On top of the essentials like cribs, strollers, and baby monitors, there are also a whole host of new items that you might not have even considered before. From bottle warmers and changing tables to bibs and burp cloths, there are a lot of different clothing and accessories that your new baby will need.
There are so many products out there that it can be hard to know where to begin when shopping for your newborn. Come on down to Zawadi Baby Shop and we will help you narrow down your shopping checklist, because baby shopping can be overwhelming!
Before your baby arrives, you’ll want to make sure that the nursery is stocked with all of the essentials that he’ll need to get started. This checklist will help you make sure that you have everything you need for a safe and healthy little environment for your baby.
Crib – Your baby will spend most of his time in his crib, so it’s important to choose something that meets all of your safety requirements. Also, make sure that it’s easy to clean and that it fits with the style of your nursery.
Changing table – If you plan on changing your baby on a table, make sure that it meets all the safety requirements, including a non-slip pad and easy-to-clean materials.
Bassinet – Many parents find that using a cradle-like bassinet is a great way to transition their newborn into the crib. There are various styles and functionalities, so make sure to choose something that will best fit your nursery.
Baby monitor – If you want to be able to keep an ear out for your baby, a baby monitor is an essential piece of equipment. They come in a variety of different styles and price points, so consider what’s most important for your family.
Diaper pail – Disposing of your baby’s dirty diapers can be a messy affair, so it’s important to choose a model that has a good seal and a means of odor control.
Changing pad – Babies are messy, and changing them can result in a splash zone, so be sure to choose a pad that’s easy to clean.
Lots of blankets – There are so many things you’ll need blankets for, including swaddling your baby, covering the stroller, and keeping him warm while he sleeps. Choose a variety of different fabrics, including light and heavy blankets, to meet your needs.
Night light – If you want to be able to check on your baby during the night, a night light is an essential addition to any nursery. Be sure to choose one that complies with any safety standards that your baby’s room might have.
Crib bedding – Crib bedding is an essential match for your baby’s nursery. There are a variety of different styles and designs, so you’ll be sure to find something that matches your style perfectly.
Diaper stacker – Diaper stackers are a great way to store your baby’s diapers and wipes. There are a variety of different styles and materials, so choose one that suits your nursery perfectly.
Feeding your baby is an essential part of parenting, and there are many items on our newborn checklist that can help make the process go more smoothly. Consider the following necessities for baby feeding time:
Burp cloths. These are designed to protect your clothing when you burp your little one, in case they spit up a little (or a lot!). You could also use a receiving blanket for this, but a burp cloth is smaller, making it easier to manage.
Nursing cover. A nursing cover helps shelter you and your little one while breastfeeding. It typically comes with a strap you can tie around your neck to keep it in place. You can also use a receiving blanket as a nursing cover, but as it doesn’t have a strap, it may slip off more easily.
Receiving blankets. A receiving blanket is a thin blanket that’s often sold in packs of two or more. We’ve added them to your newborn baby checklist because they are so versatile. These blankets can work as nursing covers and burp cloths, and you can also use them to swaddle your baby.
Nursing pillow. For some extra comfort for both you and your little one, consider getting one of these U-shaped cushy pillows. These firm pillows give your newborn somewhere to rest other than your arms, which can also take some of the weight off your body, too.
Bibs. Bibs are certainly an essential item, as they can help protect your baby’s clothes from milk, formula, and drool
Bottles and nipples. Whether you plan to breastfeed or formula feed, baby bottles are must-haves for your newborn checklist. You can choose from glass and plastic options; some of the plastic varieties come with a bottle liner insert to reduce the amount of air your newborn swallows. When choosing a bottle, consider the nipple shape and size. You may need to try a few different nipples before finding one your newborn likes.
Breast pump. You can use a manual pump or one that’s electric or battery-powered to express breast milk when needed, such as if you return to work or if you’ll be away from your newborn for longer stretches. Some models pump both breasts at the same time.
Bottle warmer. It can be tricky to safely heat your baby’s stored breast milk or formula. A bottle warmer can be a true time-saver, and therefore, a baby essential, as it helps ensure the milk is evenly warmed.
Milk storage bags. These little bags help you compactly store breast milk. They’re usually single-use products and may allow you to store milk without having to use bottles for storage purposes. As a bonus, you can usually pump directly into the bag.
Bottle sterilizer. You may like the convenience of a sterilizer to keep things like bottles and nipples hygienic, though washing them thoroughly by hand or in the dishwasher works just as well. Some sterilizers come combined with a bottle warmer.
It’s fun to shop for (or be given) adorable, mini-size baby clothes. Keep in mind that newborns grow out of smaller-sized clothes quickly, sometimes in a matter of days, so you might want to buy bigger sizes, too.
Besides being cute, newborn baby clothing is an essential item for your checklist. Don’t forget to include layers (unless you live in a particularly warm climate). It’s usually best to dress your newborn in one more layer than you’re wearing yourself.
The following are the most important things to buy for your baby’s wardrobe
Pajamas or sleepers or sleeping sacks. Your baby will spend much of their time snoozing, so sleepwear is certainly part of the newborn essentials. Whatever type of sleepwear you choose, you’ll probably want a style that covers your baby’s feet, some pajamas do, as do sleepers and sleeping sacks. Some sleeping sacks allow babies to also wear pajamas underneath.
Undershirts and one-piece outfits. Some styles close with snaps between the legs, which offers easy access for diaper changes. Depending on what the weather will be, choose items with short or long sleeves, and choose between ones that keep your newborn’s legs entirely exposed or full-body options that cover the legs and feet.
Sweater or jacket. To keep your little one warm, nothing on this newborn baby checklist beats a sweater or a jacket. Cardigans and jackets are easier to take off than pullover sweaters and can be left open in the front as the weather fluctuates.
Socks or booties. You’ll need lots of socks and maybe some booties, too. Your newborn doesn’t need real shoes yet—these won’t be necessary until they start walking outside.
Knit hat or cap. If it will be cold when your baby is born, have one of these on hand to ensure their head is kept nice and warm.
Mittens. Cute little mittens are great for the cooler months.
You might be surprised by how much you need when you take your little one out and about. To make sure you have the essentials, our newborn checklist includes all the gear you might need when you’re out with your baby:
Car seat. A car seat is one of the essentials on our newborn baby checklist. Your baby will need one the moment you ride home from the hospital and for every car ride thereafter. Choose a rear-facing car seat that meets the latest safety standards and is suitable for your newborn’s size and weight. Ensure the car seat is properly fitted to your car and installed facing the back, all before your due date.
Stroller. There are many stroller styles on the market, including car seat carrier strollers, travel systems, and full-sized strollers, all of which can work from the newborn stage. Check that the stroller you like meets the latest safety standards.
Baby carrier. This item can be super useful to keep your baby close as you move around, while also leaving you with your hands-free. Baby carriers come in several styles, including wraps, slings, front packs, and backpacks. Keep in mind that some baby carriers need a newborn insert to be used safely for this age group.
Diaper bag. As one of the most important baby essentials, you’ll be thankful you have a diaper bag that fits all the things you need when you’re away from home with your little one. Diaper bags come in designs that range from functional to fashionable. With a backpack diaper bag, for example, you won’t even look like you’re carrying baby gear.
Portable crib. If you’re planning to travel or take your baby to Grandma’s, a portable crib may be an essential item for your lifestyle. Check that the portable crib you’re considering meets the latest safety standards.
Portable changing pad. A portable changing pad can also help ensure you always have somewhere clean to change your little one’s diapers. The pads usually roll up quite compactly to fit in most diaper bags.
Disposable diaper pail. These are great for having somewhere to store your baby’s dirty diapers, no matter where you are.