What Do I Need For A Newborn

Expecting a baby is an exciting time!  And it can also be a scary time – How do I take care of a baby?  What does a baby need?

Having things ready and on hand for when your little one enters the world will make the transition to parenthood easier and smoother.

So you ask, “what do I need for a newborn?”

Below is a list of items that are good to have on hand for your new baby.

You can always get more things, but this will get you off to a good start.


Newborn Baby Checklist

Newborn Clothing:

  • Onesies
  • Pajamas / Sleepers
  • Socks and booties
  • T-shirts (the kind that snap at the crotch are nice)
  • Newborn hats/caps (even in summer, helps them keep warm, especially at night)
  • Sweater or warmer fleece clothing
  • Mittens and warm coat if born in winter

Diapering Needs:

  • Newborn diapers (2 packages)
  • Size 1 diapers (have 1 package on hand – babies grow fast and go through a lot of diapers)
  • Wipes for in the house and for your diaper bag
  • Cloth diapers if you choose to use them
  • Diaper pail or trash can
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Waterproof changing pad

Newborn Feeding

If nursing:

  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads for bras
  • Nursing pillow can be helpful
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pump can be helpful

If bottle feeding:

  • Bottles with newborn nipples
  • Bottle brush for cleaning bottles
  • Insulated bag
  • Bottle warmer
  • Formula

 Baby’s Furniture:

  • Bassinet (not necessary, but some parents keep a bassinet in their bedroom and a crib in the nursery)
  • Crib with mattress
  • Dresser
  • Rocker – Glider with footrest is a nice option

Baby Linens:

  • Bassinet sheets
  • Crib sheets
  • Hooded towels and washcloths
  • Receiving blankets
  • Burp cloths
  • Blankets for baby
  • Bumpers for crib
  • Mattress pads

Baby’s Bath Time:

  • Infant bath tub
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby body wash
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Baby nail clipper
  • Soft baby brush

Taking Baby Out:

  • Rear facing infant car seat with head support
  • Stroller
  • Portable crib
  • Diaper Bag
  • Sling / Baby carrier can be nice

Other items:

  • Nasal aspirator
  • Digital thermometer
  • Humidifier or vaporizer

Everyone is different and everyone will have different needs.  You may find you don’t need everything on this baby checklist.  Newborn needs vary.  You may need more.  Use this list to get the basics.  The most important thing you can do for your baby is to love him or her!

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