There is a long list of to-do items to take care of when you are preparing for a baby to arrive. This includes shopping for the many essentials that all babies require. The number of supplies a newborn needs can take new parents by surprise. You can help them by giving gifts that their baby truly needs. The key is to figure out which items are essential. Here is a complete list.
Feeding: A baby’s feeding needs will be determined by the parents’ decision to use formula or breastfeed. Either way, you will need a support system and the following supplies.
- BPA Free plastic or glass bottles
- Bottle sterilizer
- Bottle /nipple brush
- Burp cloths
Nursing mothers also need:
- Milk storage bags
- Breast pump
Clothing: New parents quickly learn that babies grow out of their clothing super fast. Do not buy too many clothing items because the baby won’t use them all. All you need:
- Three to four swaddling blankets
- Two to three lightweight blankets
- Six sleepers
- Eight to ten onesies in a mix of long and short sleeves
Furniture: A safe sleeping space is highly important for a new baby. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that babies sleep in a safe area and that cribs are clutter-free and have a firm mattress.
- Firm mattress
- Changing Table
- Chest of drawers
- Rocking chair
Bathtime: Until the baby’s umbilical cord heals, which can take up to two weeks, a baby will only receive sponge baths. Parents will need:
- Thermometer to test water temp
- Mild baby soap
- Baby shampoo
- Small cup for rinsing
- Hooded towel
- Baby bathtub (must be manufactured after 2017)
On the move: Most of the time you will be cuddled up at home with your baby, but there will be times that you need to be hands-free. Parents suggest:
- Baby sling, carrier, or wrap -This will allow you the freedom to make a sandwich or snack, grocery shop, play with your toddler, or catch up on your emails.
- Baby swing
- Strollers – You can find a great selection of prams online.
- Pacifier – A pacifier is a must-have to help soothe your newborn. The one-piece kinds are the safest. Avoid two-piece pacifiers as they can present a choking hazard.
- A fully stocked diaper bag
- A hat if your baby is outside and exposed to the sun or wind
Diapering: When it comes to choosing cloth diapers or going the disposable route, there is no right answer. Parents should decide what will work best for their lifestyle. The most important thing is to stock up! There will be about six wet diaper changes per day in addition to poopy diapers from every meal.
- Changing pad or liner
- Diaper cream
- Dirty diaper bags
- Diaper pail with a tight lid
- A change of clothes
Medicine: There are always some first aid basics to have on hand for a newborn baby.
- Rectal or underarm digital thermometer
- Nasal saline drops
- Nasal bulb
- Cool mist humidifier
- Diaper cream
- Baby antibacterial cream
- Small bandages
- Safety nail scissors
Newborn Activities & Entertainment: Play is an important part of a newborn’s overall learning, development, bonding, and wellbeing. Interaction such as singing and counting toes helps newborns learn about their environment. Screen time is not recommended for babies younger than two years. Playtime and toys that are recommended for newborns include:
- Soft toys and rattles
- Play Gyms
- Musical toys
- Textured toys
- Unbreakable crib mirrors
Laundry: To properly care for your baby’s clothes, you will need to select a good and safe detergent. There are a lot of brands out there. Be sure to choose something that is fragrance-free and won’t irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. Be sure to wash your baby’s laundry separately for the same reason.
Bedtime: Newborns require frequent feedings. Your baby will take several naps throughout the day and wake up several times throughout the night. Use these items.
- Baby books
- Soft music
Although the list of items that newborn babies need is long, shopping for them doesn’t have to cause stress. This list of essentials newborn baby items that are needed in a baby’s first months will help you choose baby gifts that parents will use and appreciate.