It can definitely be exciting and frightening at the same time in expecting your first baby, and as first time parents it can be even more stressful. There are so many things you need to worry about, and don’t even know where to start. The most important thing first time parents can do is to become prepared.
Preparation is crucial in important life events, and many items will be needed that come with having a baby. First time baby checklist has it broken down into categories listing most of the essential items you and your baby will need. You do not want to leave anything out.
- Crib and a firm mattress: Crib can be purchased and put together early on so it’s ready; mattress must be firm.
- Fitted crib sheets (2): Always good to have an extra one.
- Waterproof crib mattress pads (2): It will keep your baby’s mattress clean and dry.
- Bassinet and bassinet sheets: A bassinet will be needed since babies should be sleeping in the same room as parents are in for the first few months. Two sheets will be needed for the bassinet to change out.
- Baby monitor: Will be nice to monitor your baby from anywhere. Some monitors are sophisticated and can monitor your baby’s heart rate and breathing.
- Changing table: Make diapering designated to a changing table and not have to worry about any furniture becoming damaged.
- Night light: It can be used for either breastfeeding or checking up on your baby during the night.
- Hamper: Keeps all those dirty diapers enclosed.
- Glider/rocking chair: This will make your baby fall asleep faster as they like to be rocked back and forth.
- Dresser: You can keep all of your baby’s clothes organized in one spot, and you can change their diapers right on top.
- Cool mist humidifier: This will become handy during summer, and can ease up on stuffiness/congestion.
- White noise machine: Babies love the sound of white noise which will help them sleep and stay asleep, but not every baby likes one of these.
- Receiving blankets (5-6): Babies like to be kept swaddled.
- Diapers: Whether you are using traditional, cloth, or re-usable diapers, you will need plenty of these as babies go through on an average of 8 diapers a day. Stick with one brand at a time just in case of a diaper rash breakout.
- Snaps/safety/velcro pins: Grab a bunch only if you plan on using re-usable diapers.
- Diaper rash ointment (1): Will become handy in case of a break-out.
- Wipe warmer: Keep one bag of wipes in here as it will keep it warm when ready for use.
- Unscented baby wipes or washcloths: You will need plenty and plenty of these as they will run out fast during diaper changes.
- Changing waterproof pads (4): These will be placed under your baby’s body during a diaper change in case of an unexpected mess.
- Nursing pillow: Will become handy whether you are breastfeeding or not, but it will allow for your arms to rest on one of these.
- Nursing bras and pads (2): Only if you are breastfeeding; nursing bras provide easy access. Pads will become handy for your bras as your nipples will tend to leak from time-to-time.
- Nipple cream/lotion: Only if you plan on breastfeeding as this will be used as a precaution that will keep your nipples intact.
- Milk storing bags: You can pump milk straight into a bottle, but many use specialty storage bags for milk to be freezed and thawed easily. You can start off with one box, and buy more as time goes by.
- Burp cloths (6-12): Burp cloths become handy during each feed, and you want to make you have one available each time. You can always get more if you find out your baby spits up more than usual.
- Breast pump: If you plan on breastfeeding, will need to pump in between your baby’s breastfeeding sessions. There are plenty of pumps available on the market with a portable pump as an option.
- Bottle warmer (optional): This can be used in warming up your baby’s bottle. Portable bottle warmer’s have made it a convenient when your out and about.
- Bottle washer/sterilizer/dryer: You can purchase this item that does all three mechanisms, and skip the hassle of washing and drying all those bottles and pieces in keeping your precious hands dry and crack free.
- Bottle-drying rack (optional): Becomes handy in drying bottles, nipples, pacifiers, and more which all will be kept in one area.
- Bottles (6-8): If you don’t plan on breastfeeding, you will need 4 and 8 oz bottles, and these come in stainless steel, glass, or plastic. Your baby will start off with the 4oz bottles first, and then advance to the 8oz bottles as they age.
- Newborn nipples: Supply a few extra more than your bottle count as they would need to be replaced after constant use, but at the same time have 1-2 different nipple types as your baby might be picky.
- Bottle and nipple brush (2): These will be used to clean bottles, small parts, inside of nipples, and other crevices the big brush can’t reach.
- Formula: Many options to choose from. Talk to your baby’s pediatrician and they can provide advice in choosing the best one, but make sure you have enough stock for an entire month.
Solids (4-6 months)
- Bowls (2-3): Get bowl that have a suction cup on the bottom of the bowl, because your little one will start to become more active.
- Baby spoons (1-2)
- Waterproof bibs (5): These will be easy to clean, and they come with a pouch to collect all falling foods.
- Sippy cups (3): These come with a lid and a spout for easy drinking which will help your little one train to hold a cup.
- Dishwasher rack/basket (optional): This will keep all of your baby washable items in one area.
- Hats: One pack of newborn or as I would like to get 0-6 months which can help save money.
- Bibs (8-10): Bibs will almost be always needed during feeding, and it’s always good to have extra when your baby starts to drool or spits up more.
- Scratch mittens (2 pairs): Scratch mittens are great to have that will protect your baby’s face when they start to become more active.
- Short and long sleeve onesies (a mix total of 8): Short onesies that envelope fold at the shoulders and snap at the crotch are excellent. Long sleeve onesies are also great when temperature start to cool down.
- Sun hat: When necessary.
- Hangers: As many as you need.
- Warm blankets (2): These will always keep your little one warm especially during winter. One can be used for inside the house and one for on-the-go.
- Fleece onesies (8): Mix of zip-up or buttoned onesies will be needed during winter.
- One-piece pajamas (4-8): Pajamas are great during the night.
- Socks and booties (8 pairs): Socks will be needed to keep your baby’s feet warm when it starts to cool down.
- Pants (5 pairs)
- Zip-up jacket (2)
- Tops (4-8): You can mix or match your baby’s outfits.
- Wearable blankets (2): During the fall and especially winter, these wearable blankets will keep your little one warm during the day and at night.
- Baby detergent: Many brands are made specifically for babies because it needs to be gentle on their skin.
- Hooded towels (2): Hooded towels are great after your baby takes a bath, and their head needs to be covered in staying warm.
- Soft washcloths (4-6): You will need something gentle to use on your baby’s skin during a bath.
- Cotton swabs
- Baby shampoo and body wash (2): Babies need their own shampoo and body wash.
- Newborn bathing tub: Choose one that is sturdy enough.
- Baby nail clippers or file: These can help smooth or clip your baby’s nails safely.
- Soft brush or comb
- Baby lotion
- Bath toys: These float and will engage your baby as they bathe each time which will become more fun as they age.
- Petroleum and sterile gauze: This will be needed for circumcision care, but sometimes you might get this from the hospital before you leave.
- Swing or bouncer: Babies can be put down in one of these to be bounced up and down when your baby starts to move and kick more. Other times, it can be used for them to just relax.
- Baby books: Babies can see black and white in their early stages of development as this can be a good way to introduce reading to them.
- Playmat: You will need to get one of these which will become handy when they start to roll over and especially crawl; some come with dangling toys for your little one to play with.
- Rattles and toys: Its nice to have a few soft and rattle toys for your baby to be occupied with.
- Teething toys: These toys are specifically designed for when your baby starts to teethe which can provide relief for as needed.
- Saucers: Activity center is another name for saucers as babies can be placed in one spot with various toys to be played with.
- Toy box or basket: You can keep all baby toys in one spot.
- Infant car seat with head support padding: There are plenty of car seats to pick from, and make sure you have done your research before making a purchase. The head support padding provides extra cushion when your baby is in the car seat.
- Stroller: There are plenty of car seats to pick from, and make sure you have done your research before making a purchase
- Sun shield for car window: When necessary.
- Diaper bag: This is a must-have item that allows for you to place all of your baby’s diaper and feeding essentials on-the-go.
- Soft front carrier (optional): You can grab one of these if you want to carry and see your baby at the same time when running errands.
- Portable bottle warmer: Becomes handy when you need to warm your baby’s milk on-the-go.
- Safety gates: These gates can block off areas where your baby can’t have access to when they start crawling or walking.
- Outlet covers: Prevent your little one from pocking inside an outlet.
- Cupboard and drawer latches: Keeps these areas secure when your little one starts to grab everything.
- Toilet seat locks: Keep your little one and their toys from playing inside the toilet.
- Anti-tip straps and wall anchors: When your little one starts tugging and playing with everything, you would want to anchor your TV and other furniture from tipping over.
Nice to have
- Pacifiers (2): Buy at least one type of pacifier as your baby may be picky. Pacifiers can calm and soothe your baby even when they start to become fussy.
- Medication: Keep at least one bottle of medicine for your baby so you have it available when needed. Talk to your baby’s pediatrician for more information.
- Nursing cover: This will become handy when you want to breastfeed when privacy is needed.
- First aid kit: Always good to have this available just in case.
- Bulb nasal aspirator: Babies can’t clear their own passageways, and this tends to be very helpful.
- Digital thermometer: You can either get one specifically to test the water before bathing, or you can get one for taking your baby’s temperature.
- Stroller cover: You will need a cover when sun is shining in your baby’s face or if it starts to rain unexpectedly
- Portable playpen (optional): This playpen can be pulled for your baby when they want to play on-the-go.
Start a list yet?
I know it looks like a lot of items, but it is reality, and this first time baby checklist will ensure most of your baby’s essentials to be available and ready to go.
You don’t have to go crazy in buying these items in bulk, but rather buy a few and then you can add plenty more as the days go on. Enjoy this experience and have fun buying your baby’s essentials.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this, and please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.