Newborn baby essentials

Being prepared for Your Baby ’s first homecoming will make the transitioning phase easier for the whole family. Here’s what you should purchase and prepare.

Transportation back from the hospital

  • Carseat 
  • Stroller
  • Baby carrier
  • Diaper bag 

For the nursery

  • Crib, cradle or bassinet
  • Firm, snug-fitting mattress that fits snugly inside the crib
  • Fitted crib sheets
  • Humidifier
  • Mosquito net or cover
  • White noise machine (for noisy households) 
  • Light baby blanket 
  • Mobile 
  • Nightlight
  • Waterproof pads

Feeding

  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • 2x breast pumps
  • Milk storage bags/containers
  • Nursing bras, clothes
  • Breastfeeding cover 
  • Nipple cream 
  • Milk warmer
  • Breastfeeding pillow

Feeding additionals (for babies who will be formula-fed)

  • Baby formula, suitable for Newborns
  • Feeding bottles
  • Bottle cleaning formula 
  • Bottle cleaning brush
  • Bottle carrier 

Diapering

  • Disposable/cloth diapers 
  • Waterproof changing pads
  • Baby wipes 
  • Changing table 
  • Baby powder or lotion (to prevent rash)

Bathing

  • Newborn-sized bathtub
  • Q-tips (to clean Your Baby ’s belly button)
  • Small towels 
  • Baby-friendly soap and shampoo
  • Cleansing sponge 
  • Thermometer (to measure bathwater temperature) 
  • Baby oil
  • Soft baby brush
  • Gauze pads (for gum cleaning)
  • Baby nail clippers

Clothing

  • Swaddle
  • Onesies 
  • Newborn pajamas 
  • Newborn hat 
  • Scratch mittens 
  • Natural detergent 
  • Socks, soft baby boots

First aid/medical necessities

  • Baby thermometer
  • Bulb syringe (to remove mucous)
  • Baby tylenol or fever reducer
  • Medicine spoon
  • Rash lotion

Other day-to-day essentials

  • Firm floor mattress for daytime naps 
  • Baby flooring mats
  • Pacifier

For visitors

  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Hair tie
  • Hand soap 

 

Sources:

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