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Preparing for a new baby can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. To help you get started, here’s an ultimate checklist for newborn baby essentials and some helpful tips from our experience.
This newborn baby essentials checklist will help you pass through the newborn stage as easily as possible. And please, don’t forget that the number one thing a baby needs is a sound sleep, and so do you. Sleep will help you to keep your sanity and be able to take care of your newborn baby.
So, let’s get started with that!
Essentials for newborn Baby sleep
When it comes to newborn sleep, creating a safe and comfortable sleeping environment is essential. It’s important to note that newborns have different sleep preferences and needs, so it may take some time for you to figure out what works best for your baby. Always prioritize safety and consult with healthcare professionals if you have any concerns about your baby’s sleep. So, here we go:
- Crib, Bassinet, or Co-sleeper: Provide a safe and separate sleep space for your newborn. Make sure the crib or bassinet meets safety standards and has a firm mattress with fitted sheets.
- Swaddling Blankets: Swaddling can help soothe and comfort newborns. Have a few lightweight and breathable swaddling blankets on hand to wrap your baby snugly.
- Sleep Sacks or Wearable Blankets: Once your baby outgrows swaddling, sleep sacks or wearable blankets can provide warmth without the risk of loose blankets in the crib.
- Blackout Curtains or Shades: Creating a dark and sleep-friendly environment can help your newborn differentiate between day and night. Use blackout curtains or shades to block out excess light.
- Baby Monitor: A baby monitor with audio and/or video capabilities allows you to keep an eye on your sleeping baby from another room, providing peace of mind.
- Safe Sleep Guidelines: Familiarize yourself with safe sleep practices recommended by organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics. This includes placing your baby on their back to sleep, avoiding loose bedding or soft objects in the crib, and ensuring a smoke-free environment.
- Nighttime Diapering Supplies: Keep diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream nearby for nighttime diaper changes. I wouldn’t opt for overnight diapers for added absorbency, but just change the diaper, so your baby can sleep better.
- Nighttime Feeding Supplies: Make sure that your baby get all the milk they need to grow and thrive. In order to keep nighttime breast feeding or bottle feeding rituals short and pleasant, make sure that you always have a clean bottle and you can warm breast milk or formula in a minute.
- Comfortable Clothing: Dress your baby in comfortable, breathable clothing suitable for the temperature of the room. Choose onesies, sleepers, or pajamas made of organic cotton.
- Pacifier: Some newborns just cannot do without their pacifiers. No pacifier, no sleep, so make sure, your little bundle of joy has one that they like.
Newborn sleep patterns can be unpredictable. Remember to be patient and flexible as you navigate your baby’s sleep needs, understanding that newborns sleep in short cycles and may wake frequently for feeding, diaper change and comfort. And don’t forget: Sleep in every minute you can! You need it too and you deserve it!
Essentials for feeding your newborn bAby
A baby feeds around the clock in the first weeks, so be prepared. Here’s a newborn baby essentials checklist for feeding.
As a new mom, there are several breastfeeding essentials that can make your breastfeeding journey more comfortable and convenient. Here are the ones that helped me:
- Breast pump. I must say, that I was very surprised that it took at least 48 hours for me to start “generating milk” after giving birth. I was not expecting that and I was terrified that I could not feed my hungry baby. Extremely strange feeling to have the breast pump at first, but hey! It all worked out thanks to the breast pump, I was able to breastfeed for more than 6 months. There are manual and electric options available, so choose one that suits your needs. I do not recommend the manual one, for me it was a hell a lot of work to make it work. The one that I used at home was Lansinoh and I found it much more convenient also for traveling than the big one Medela that I got from the hospital at first. If you don’t have any issues with breastfeeding as I did, a breast pump can be also helpful if you plan to express and store breast milk.
- Milk storage containers and bags. If you pump milk, you must store it in the right container in the fridge or freezer.If you’re planning to pump and store breast milk, you’ll need storage containers or bags specifically designed for breast milk. Make sure they are BPA-free and have airtight seals. I went for glass containers and cried my eyes out, when I broke or spilled full bottles. So, be careful with glass containers, they are indeed safer than the BPA -free ones, but also more fragile and nothing for tired hands.
- Burp cloths and bibs. Get at least a dozen, organic cotton works best. These are a must, whatever feeding method you choose. Milk flowing from the mouth of your little sunshine or a little spit-up when you’re burping them is a usual sight.
- Nursing Pillow: A nursing pillow is a must have. It can provide support and help you position your baby comfortably during breastfeeding sessions. It can help reduce strain on your back, neck, and arms.
- Nursing Bras: Make sure that you have comfortable, cotton nursing bras that provide easy access for breastfeeding. Look for bras with adjustable straps and easy-to-open cups.
- Nursing pads. Nursing pads help absorb any leakage between feedings and keep your clothes dry. You can choose between reusable cloth pads or disposable ones. I used reusable.
- Nipple cream/ Lanolin. Breastfeeding can sometimes (unfortunately mostly) lead to sore or cracked nipples. Nipple cream or lanolin can provide relief and promote healing. I used lanolin, that’s completely safe for your baby and it helped me big time.
- Nursing Cover or Shawl: If you prefer privacy while breastfeeding in public, a nursing cover or shawl can offer you coverage and discretion.
- Breastfeeding-friendly Clothing: Invest in comfortable, loose-fitting tops or dresses that allow easy access for nursing. Look for tops with front buttons, zippers, or wrap styles.
- Breastfeeding Books or Resources: Consider having a few breastfeeding books or online resources handy to help you navigate common breastfeeding challenges, learn proper latching techniques, and get tips on maintaining a healthy milk supply.
- Water Bottle and Snacks: Breastfeeding can be thirsty and hunger-inducing work. Keep a water bottle and some healthy snacks nearby to stay hydrated and nourished during breastfeeding sessions.
Please keep in mind that every mother’s breastfeeding journey is unique, so what works for one person may not work for another. Assess your needs and preferences as you go. I did consult with a lactation consultant and she provided valuable guidance and support as I was navigating this new experience. So, you if experience any difficulties, do not hesitate to ask for support.
Formula feeding essentials:
If you have chosen to formula feed your baby or for one reason or other you cannot breastfeed, there are several essentials you’ll need to ensure a smooth and convenient feeding routine. Here’s a list of formula feeding essentials:
- Formula: Choose an appropriate formula for your baby’s age and nutritional needs, and make sure that your baby likes it too. There are various types available, such as ready-to-use, liquid concentrate, and powdered formula. For my newborn baby, I’ve started with a liquid concentrate until my breast milk was available. Then, I used powdered formula when I did not have enough breastmilk to feed my baby.
- Feeding times and amount of milk. Make sure that you write down your feeding times and the amount of pumped milk or formula that feed to your newborn.
- Bottles: Select a few baby bottles with nipples that suit your baby’s feeding style and age. Start with a few 4-ounce and 8-ounce bottles to accommodate different feeding volumes. I’ve used glass bottles, that are easier to clean and safer for food storage than BPA-free plastic.
- Nipples: Bottles often come with nipples, but you may want to have extra nipples on hand in case they wear out or need replacement. Nipples come in different flow rates, so choose the one suitable for your baby’s age and feeding pace. I had to go through tens of nipples, because my baby did not like most of them, so make sure, your baby likes them before you buy a bunch. Also, never forget to sterilize them.
- Bottle Brush: A bottle brush with a small nipple brush attachment is essential for cleaning bottles and nipples effectively. Look for a brush with durable bristles to ensure thorough cleaning.
- Sterilizer: You may choose to sterilize your baby’s bottles and accessories to ensure they are clean and safe. Sterilizers can be electric steam sterilizers, microwave sterilizers, or sterilizing tablets or solutions. You also can just boil the nipples and bottles for 5 to 6 minutes in a big pot.
- Formula Dispenser: If you plan to be on-the-go or need to prepare formula in advance, a formula dispenser with separate compartments for pre-measured formula servings can be convenient.
- Insulated Bottle Bag: An insulated bottle bag can help keep prepared bottles warm or cold while you’re out and about.
- Burp Cloths: Keep a good supply of burp cloths or bibs handy to catch any spit-up or spills during feeding sessions. Use organic cotton, if you have a choice.
- Bottle Warmer: A bottle warmer can be helpful in quickly and safely heating refrigerated or room-temperature formula to a comfortable temperature.
Remember, it’s important to follow the instructions on the formula packaging and consult with your pediatrician for specific guidance on formula preparation, feeding schedules, and any additional equipment you may need.
Essentials for newborn baby diaper changes
When it comes to diaper changes for a newborn baby, having the right essentials can make the poopy cleaning process shorter and straightforward. Here’s a list of essentials for newborn diaper changes:
- Diapers: Make sure that your newborn baby is comfortable in the diapers and they don’t get a diaper rash. Once, you are sure that you have found the right product, stock up diapers, depending on your preference. Have an adequate supply to ensure you don’t run out quickly.
- Baby Wipes: Choose gentle and unscented baby wipes that are specifically designed for sensitive newborn skin. 99% Water works best. Consider buying them in bulk to ensure you have enough on hand.
- Soft Washcloths: Keep a stack of soft washcloths or reusable wipes for gentle cleaning during diaper changes. They are ideal for wiping away any mess or for extra sensitive skin.
- Diaper Rash Cream: Keep a diaper rash cream or ointment to provide relief and protect your baby’s delicate skin from diaper rash. Look for products with zinc oxide as active ingredients.
- Changing Pad: A changing pad or mat provides a soft and clean surface for diaper changes. You can choose a portable one or a changing pad that attaches to a dresser or changing table.
- Waterproof Changing Pad Covers: Have a few waterproof covers for your changing pad to protect it from diaper leaks or spills. These covers can be easily washed and reused.
- Diaper Pail or Trash Can: Use a diaper pail or a dedicated trash can with a lid to dispose of soiled diapers. Look for one that has a mechanism to lock in odors.
- Diaper Bag: Invest in a spacious and functional diaper bag to carry all your diaper-changing essentials when you’re on the go. Make sure it has compartments to keep items organized.
- Extra Clothing: Have a few spare sets of clothing readily available in case of diaper blowouts or leaks. Include onesies, pants, socks, and hats for quick changes.
- Distraction Tools: Keep some small toys, a mobile, or a musical toy nearby to distract your baby during diaper changes, especially as they grow more active.
Remember to always prioritize safety during diaper changes, keeping one hand on your baby at all times to prevent accidental falls. Regularly check the temperature of wipes and creams before using them on your baby’s skin. Additionally, wash your hands before and after every diaper change to maintain good hygiene.
Essentials for newborn bathtime
For most new parents bathing a newborn seems like rocket science. But, don’t worry, you’ll get used to it, and as your baby grows, she’ll enjoy it too.
- Two towels with a hood. Cover your baby in a soft towel after their bathtime so they won’t get cold.
- Baby-friendly cleansing gel. Your baby’s skin is very sensitive in the early days, so invest in a high-quality, gentle cleansing gel.
- A tub and a bath support seat. These two items will make bathing a newborn a lot easier and risk-free.
- Soft hair brush. To comb your baby’s hair. Some little ones are born with a lot of it!
Essentials for newborn health and hygiene
Babies need a little grooming, just like adults.
- Nail clippers/scissors. Every parent’s biggest nightmare is having to deal with those tiny nails. Try clipping them while your baby is sleeping.
- A bulb syringe to clean the nose. Sleeping with a stuffy nose is no fun.
- Thermometer. A must-have in case your baby is not feeling well.
- Fever medication. It’s best to be prepared in case an emergency strikes in the middle of the night.
Essentials for your newborn’s wardrobe
Those little clothes are so cute, right? However, keep in mind that your baby will outgrow them very, very soon, so don’t buy too many.
- Seven onesies. One for every day of the week, although you must be prepared that you may have to change and wash them a lot more often. As already mentioned, accidents happen.
- Seven bodysuits. This is the most useful piece of clothing you’re baby will need for the next three years. Choose long or short sleeves, depending on the season.
- Pants. Footed pants are the best if you don’t want to spend your day searching for small socks around the house.
- Cardigans. Choose them wisely so they’re easy to put on.
- Scratch mittens. Newborns tend to scratch themselves with those tiny nails, so mittens come in handy to protect their gentle skin.
- Socks. Buy a pair or two, just in case.
- A jacket. It depends on the weather, but you’ll need it for colder days.
- A baby-friendly washing detergent. Regular washing detergent could irritate your baby’s sensitive skin.
Essentials for going outside with a newborn
Going outside benefits babies and moms, so be prepared and enjoy long walks in the fresh air.
- Car seat. It should be facing backward and appropriate for your baby’s age and weight.
- Stroller. You’ll need something light, easy to maneuver, preferably with a big storage basket underneath for shopping. Newborns should lie flat on their backs, but your baby will start trying to sit up from six months on. So it’s best to choose a stroller suitable for all ages.
- Baby carrier. Various types of slings are what babywearing consultants recommend for newborns.
- Diaper bag. You don’t need a special bag, but you do need to put all the baby gear somewhere, even if it’s a regular bag. You need diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, a burp cloth, and whatever you use for the feeding method of your choice.
- A winter footmuff. That’s essential to have if you’re baby is born in winter.
Don’t worry if you don’t have everything on this checklist for baby essentials when your little one makes their long-awaited arrival. As you get used to living with a newborn, you’ll see which items have a place in your routine and which don’t.