Essential Baby Checklist

September 21, 2023

Baby Wardrobe Essentials

4-8 onesies with envelope folds and snaps at the crotch
4-8 kimono-style shirts with snaps or envelope folds
4-8 pants (footies are a great option)
4-8 one-piece pajamas
1-3 rompers or dress-up outfits
1-3 front-buttoned sweaters or jackets
4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary)
1-3 newborn hats (broad-brimmed for summer, soft cap for winter)
No-scratch mittens (optional)
2-3 swaddles
Bunting bag or fleece suit for winter
Lightweight and heavy stroller blankets
Gentle laundry detergent

Baby Nursery Essentials

Crib, mini crib, or bassinet
Firm, flat crib mattress (snug fit)
2-4 fitted crib sheets
Rocking chair or glider
Baby monitor
Diaper changing table or dresser with changing pad
Toy storage
White noise machine (optional)
Diaper pail (optional)
Cool mist humidifier (optional)

Baby Diapering Essentials

2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers or 6-10 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 diaper covers
2-3 large boxes of unscented baby wipes
2 large tubes of diaper cream
Diaper bag

Baby Bath Essentials

Baby bathtub
Baby shampoo and body wash
2-4 hooded baby towels
Soft washcloths
Baby lotion (optional)

Baby Feeding Essentials

8-10 bottles and nipples (both 4- and 8-ounce)
Bottle brush
Dishwasher basket for small items
Formula (if not nursing)
Breast pump (if breastfeeding)
Milk storage bags (if breastfeeding)
Nursing pads (if breastfeeding)
Nipple cream (if breastfeeding)
High chair (for later use)
4-8 bibs
4-8 burp cloths
Baby feeding pillow (optional)
Bottle warmer (optional)
Bottle sterilizer (optional)

Baby Health Essentials

Baby nail clippers or file
Baby thermometer
Petroleum jelly and sterile gauze (for circumcision care)
First aid kit
Cradle cap brush
4-6 pacifiers (optional)
Baby toothbrush (for when baby's first teeth erupt)

Baby Gear Essentials

Infant car seat or convertible car seat
Baby carrier (optional)
Baby swing or bouncer
Play mat

Ensure you have these baby essentials ready for your little one's arrival, making the transition into parenthood smoother and more enjoyable.

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