Newborn Checklist: Everything You Need Before Your Baby Arrives

The ultimate newborn baby checklist can help you determine what you'll need to purchase and prepare as you get ready for the baby's birth.

Your little one will be here before you know it! That is why we have prepared this Checklist to help you best prepare for your impending arrival.


Knowing what to shop for is key, so we have come up with a starter kit that will tick off all the boxes on your checklist, and see you through the first few months of your beautiful baby’s life.

Here Is Your Ultimate Checklist:

Feeding:
If you are breastfeeding, you don’t really need any equipment.

Some nursing mothers like to have these items:
  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Breast pump
  • Milk storage containers (here are some essential safety tips on storing breastmilk)
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras (if buying before baby is born, buy one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)
  • Breast pads (disposable or washable)
  • Lotion for sore nipples
If you are formula feeding:
  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Formula (be sure to check expiry date and note the lot number in case of recalls)
  • Thermal bottle carrier

Diapering:
If you are using re-usable cloth diapers:
  • Several dozen (4 or 5) cloth or reusable diapers
  • 8 waterproof covers
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment or another 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 (it’s better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows quickly)
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment or other barrier cream to prevent rash
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom
Clothing
  • 8 undershirts or onesies (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
  • 5 nightgowns (for use until the cord falls off)
  • 8 one-piece stretchy sleepers (go for ones with zippers; new moms swear by them!)
  • 5 pairs of pants
  • 2 newborn hats
  • 8 pairs of socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits
  • 2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face
  • 2 cardigans or jackets, more in winter
  • Bunting bag or snowsuit for winter baby
  • Laundry detergent for infants
  • 4 outfits for dressing up (optional)
Blankets
  • 3 large cotton blankets
  • 8 receiving blankets (they also make handy burp cloths)
Bathtime
  • 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

Bedtime

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)
  • Sleepsack

Other necessities

  • Approved infant safety seat for car
  • Stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat
  • Nail clippers or scissors
  • Bulb syringe for suctioning mucous
  • Baby thermometer
  • Eye dropper or medicine spoon
  • Medication in case of fever
  • Baby monitor

Nice-to-have items
  • Change table (or just use change pad on top of dresser or bed)
  • Rocking chair for feeding and swaddling
  • Playpen
  • 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
  • Mobiles
  • Night light
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