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Everything You Need For Your New Baby And More

This list comprises of everything you need for your new baby, where to get it, and even more vital information including but not limited to safety precautions and tips. Keep in mind this list is from an experienced Newborn Care Specialist.

Bath/health/hygiene:

  • Wash cloths: You will use a lot of these as they are good for spit up and bath time. The best ones to get are the cheapest ones you can find. They are thin and do the trick. I think you can even get them at the dollar store.
  • Bath towels: It is a pain getting wet from those thin baby towels. You are going to want to get some thicker towels that are baby size. They carry them at Target. They are basically just mini adult towels.
  • Baby Soap: Aveeno! Aveeno has products that are much more natural and gentle on baby’s skin. Johnson and Johnson are alright but they have a lot of chemicals that you can avoid by using Aveeno.
  • Bath tub: Bathing baby can either be wonderful or it can make your back hurt like a bitch. The best way to bathe baby is to just bathe them in the sink. I hate having the separate baby bath tub and I’ll tell you why. They are slippery so baby can go under pretty quickly, they are huge, and you have to drain them. I like the seats that look like bouncers because they fold in half and your baby stays still in them and are supported. They are just mesh. You can get them at Babies R Us.
  • Lotion: Baby’s skin is delicate, a nice lotion will help to keep their skin moist.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Baby Emery boards: (they are square and yellow and are perfect for their little nails)
  • Nasal Aspirator: The hospital will give you this.
  • Colic calm, Colic ease or Gripe water: for gas
  • Rectal Thermometer: The hospital will give you this
  • Vasaline
  • Baby hair brush: The hospital will give you this

Travel:

  • Baby Sling or Carrier: You DO NOT want one of those $20 ones from Kmart because babies are heavy and your back will start hurting very quickly. The two brands that come to mind are the moby wrap and Ergo Baby as well as baby Bjorn. I know you are thinking, well heck those are expensive. Yes, but ebay and craigslist are wonderful resources for finding these cheaper. You may not even want a baby oidit is nice not to have so much stuff to lug around.
  • Car Seats and strollers: I know you are thinking, oh great, so many to choose from and they are all so expensive and how do you even know which one to choose. Alright so car seats are tricky. Car seats are also one of the most important things you need for your baby. Shoot me a message with your email if you are unsure of which to get and I can send you in the right direction and give you an individual suggestion. One car seat could be good for someone, but not right for you. Same goes for strollers.
  • A lunch box for bottles: Make sure to get ice packs too.
  • Travel Wipes case
  • Divided formula container

Nursery:

  • Cribs/furniture: So furnishing the nursery is expensive. To help keep down on costs, you should go to Ikea. You can get cribs as low as $80 and you can get dressers and changing tables as well. Remember to get the crib mattress! If you are getting a used crib make sure that the slats are no more than 2 3/8” apart as these are the new safety standards.
  • Rocking chair: These are a must have. The best place to get them is on craigslist. You can find great deals. Just make sure they are the mommy ones with lots of cushions and an ottoman to put your feet up and you will be all set.
  • Sound machine: This will be a life saver. Babies love any kind of white noise. You can purchase a little machine or you can download songs off of itunes, burn them onto a CD and use them in any player. A good product is called “Rock-a-bye baby” they are CD’s that are made from real songs and turned into instrumental versions to help babies sleep.
  • Bedding: I think bedding is really special. Get the cheap crib and splurge a little if you can on bedding. It is a nesting thing.
  • Baby monitors: If your baby is going to sleep in a separate room, you should use a monitor in case they wake up. Moms these days like to be able to see their baby on a video monitor but as long as you hear them, it doesn’t matter what kind of technology it has. I would just go for one that works.
  • Humidifier: You will need one of these in the winter. If your baby will be going to daycare prepare for lots of colds. Vapor rub on the bottoms of their feet and on their chest does wonders.
  • Hamper: Easiest thing to do is to just get a laundry basket and fill it up. It might not look as good but it is easier.
  • Crib sheets: 100% cotton. You will need 3.
  • Mattress pad (waterproof): two of these
  • Mobile: Babies enjoy them and it is just nice to have.

Diapering:

  • Diaper changing pad: wonderful things. They make some nice minky covers to go over them too.
  • Waterproof pads: These are great for on the changing pad (if you have a boy) and they are also great under the sheets where your baby will be laying their head in case they puke. You will need 3 of these.
  • Diaper Genie: You don’t need one of these but it keeps the smell out of the house.
  • Wipes: Mustela has some great wipes that smell good too. I would suggest you put anything mustela on your registry as it is more expensive. For wipes other than mustela, whatever works. If your child has a problem with scents, get unscented. A wipe warmer is an added luxury that keeps baby from crying.
  • Diaper bag: You really could use anything as a diaper bag, but a great item that could go on your registry is a Ju-Ju-be diaper bag. I swear I could spill anything in this bag and it will come right out, no smell, no stain, no stickies. Best company ever. They even come with so many pockets and a memory foam diaper pad for on the go.
  • Diaper Cream: Butt paste! Butt paste does a better job of doing what it is supposed to do rather than desitin because it has a lot more zinc oxide in it which is a skin protectant.
  • Diapers: 2 options. Disposable or cloth. Disposables are easier but awful for the environment and not so great on your pocket either. Cloth diapers are a pain the butt, they don’t breathe well, they don’t fit under some clothes, but they are better for the environment and you can save A LOT of money. Use pampers during the day and use Huggies at Night. There is a method to this madness. Pampers don’t have a great overnight diaper but they are better during the day, and Huggies will keep your baby dry all night.
  • Antibacterial gel: This is great for using after diaper changes.

Feeding:

  • Bibs: If your kid spits up a lot (reflux) then you will use about 5-10 per day (no joke). You can buy the cheap ones (make sure they are soft and not the plastic ones) and absolutely make sure that they have a snap in the back instead of Velcro. This is important because when your child gets older, you will still be using bibs for meal time and toddlers like to rip off the Velcro ones. With snaps, that doesn’t happen.
  • Bottles: If you will be using bottles at any point I would recommend Doctor Brown. His bottles are good for reflux babies and he has so many different nipple sizes so it gives a custom fit for your child. Get 6 of the 4oz size and 6 of the 8 oz size. Get 6 preemie nipples, 6 #1 flow nipples, and 6 #2 flow nipples. (assuming you get dr.brown)
  • High chair: Alright, chances are you don’t have a lot of space, who does right? Well, to save on space and $ I would suggest a clip on chair or a booster. Ikea also has a great high chair that is very lightweight and inexpensive.
  • Burp cloths: Alright, so get the really cheap ones similar to the wash cloths just bigger. They are good for just about any use. (I got some for college. Lol)
  • Nursing pillow: Do some research on which one is right for you.
  • Formula: If you are planning to use formula, do your research. 99% of formula’s on the market use GMO’s. These include DHA and ARA. Except that the DHA and ARA in these formula’s are not what is seen in breast milk, they are genetically modified and can cause a lot of distress to the gastrointestinal tract of a baby. Therefore, it is best to use formulas without DHA and ARA added which is mostly likely organic formula. I suggest Nestle Good Start but make sure it does not have DHA/ARA also known as Lipil. I also do not recommend soy formula as it may cause retarded growth and vitamin deficiencies.
  • Pacifiers: The hospital will give you a bunch of these so don’t worry. Just be aware that if you are breast feeding, it is advised that you do not use them for the first 4 weeks to ensure your child does not develop nipple confusion. Pacifiers can help prevent SIDS.
  • Bottle brush: Okay, so if you are hand washing bottles, you will know how much of a pain it is. I suggest a bottle brush that rotates and also one that has a nipple brush on the end. They are a life saver. OXO also has a keychain with different small nipple/bottle part cleaners on it that is inexpensive and handy to have.
  • Bottle Drying rack: You want something with A LOT of space. Dr.Brown has one that is amazing.
  • Breast pump: Your OB/GYN or the hospital will be able to lend or let you rent one
  • Breast milk storage bags: for the freezer.

Clothes:

First off lets go over the Newborn Clothing rules:

Air temp Clothing Rules

Over 80 degrees Diaper, 100% cotton swaddle blanket

75-80 degrees Diaper, T-shirt, swaddle blanket

70-75 degrees Diaper, gown and knit or flannel blanket

Below 70 degrees Diaper, gown, double swaddle and hat

The Ideal temperature for your baby is between 68-72 degrees.

You will need:

• 10 short sleeve onesies

• 6+ sleepers

• 5+ newborn gowns

• 4 pairs socks

You should have 25% size 0-3 months, 75% 3-6 month clothes.

  • Sleep Sacs: These are important. Babies aren’t allowed to sleep with blankets so they need a sleep sac to keep them warm. For the first few months, get them the brand Woombie as they are easy swaddlers that will help soothe your baby. After that go with Halo. You will need about 2-3 unless you want to do laundry all the time.
  • Receiving blankets: steal as many from the hospital as they will let you take. They are good as a car seat blanket, car seat rain shield or sun shield, diaper changes, you name it. If you get woombies you won’t have to use these for swaddling. You will want 4+ of these.
  • Clothes: Don’t buy any clothes until after you have your baby shower. Make sure to put the things on this list on your registry too. For clothes though you will need: Sleepers, gowns, socks, cotton pants, onesies, zutano booties (only ones that stay on). BTW babies are typically only in newborn size clothes for the first 3 weeks, if they ever fit in to them to begin with anyways.

Misc:

  • Laundry detergent: You are going to want to get baby laundry detergent and use it on your clothes too for the first little while. It is dye and fragrance free which is better for baby’s skin. For a brand I suggest dreft.
  • Dishwasher basket: You will need a special dish washer basket. My favorite is the munchkin brand one because there is a place for the nipples separate from the rest of the basket and then there are 2 little baskets for bottle parts and pacifiers. It is small enough and it is cheap.
  • Night lights: Put these everywhere you are going to be in the middle of the night for feedings and changing diapers. You want baby to start associating night and day so don’t be turning on all the lights.

Gear:

  • Bouncy seat/Swing: Lifesaver, just read the reviews on this one. Honestly, as long as it works, you should be all set.
  • Pack and play: These are great if you have 2 floors in your house. It allows for a changing station and nap area separate from baby’s room. You will need some pack and play sheets too. About 2-3
  • Toys: you don’t need anything for a few months. Just get a couple of books. One of my favorites for infants are the “that’s not my _________” book. They are sensory books that are quick reads and cardboard. Something that is great is a boppy seat and also an activity mat for those early months.


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