One of the main questions for a pregnant woman is considering the list of necessary purchases for a newborn – what should it include? What to buy for the baby and what are the essentials and accessories for the baby?
Sometimes the checklist for the baby may be too long and full of unnecessary things, at other times – purchases could be insufficient.
So, if the term is getting closer, your tummy is growing, and you still don’t know what to include on your baby shopping list, you’re probably already getting a bunch of tips, most of them contradictory.
Of course, it is up to each individual to decide what price is good, what to buy for the newborn, as well as what is more priority. Some parents prefer to rely on the major and most important items, while others, have shopped everything until the child’s third birthday.
Here is an example checklist of baby clothes, accessories and cosmetics, as well as what a mom will need for the first days after birth.
For sure the list can be expanded with any other accessories and appliances such as baby monitors, heaters, humidifiers, slings, etc., but these buys are not always necessary from the first day after birth and depend on the needs, preferences and budget of each family.
NEWBORN BABY ESSENTIALS
Necessary baby buys for sleep and walk:
- Cot, bassinet or crib
- Flat mattress (can be used for both the cot and the bed)
- Mattress protector
- Waterproof urine mat
- 2-3 sets of bedsheets for the crib
- 2-3 cotton blankets that fit in the crib (the thickness depends on the season of birth)
- A musical toy for the crib
- Baby stroller (it can be bought after childbirth)
- Stroller mattress
- Infant car seat – Group 0+
- Cloth or disposable diapers
- Diaper bag
- Disposable wipes
- 2-3 long sleeve undershirts or onesies (preferably with front fastening)
- 2-3 short-sleeved undershirts or onesies (if the baby is born in winter, you can take more with long sleeves)
- 3-4 overalls depending on the season
- 2-3 pairs of rompers
- 5 pairs of pants
- 2-3 stretchy sleepers (try with front zippers)
- Baby no-scratch mittens
- 1-2 hats (depending on the season)
- Socks, booties 3-4 pairs
- Baby sweaters or cardigans (for winter babies)
- Stroller weather shield (for winter babies)
- Bunting bag or snowsuit (for winter babies)
- Changing mat or changing pad
List of baby bathing and hygiene accessories:
- Hooded towel
- Soft washcloths
- Baby shampoo and body wash
- Baby soap or cleanser
- Baby bath cap
- Baby lotion (optional)
- Baby thermometer and water thermometer
- Baby bath tub (plastic)
- Baby safety cotton swab
- Baby nail scissors (better than nail clippers)
- Baby soft hair brush
- Moisturizing baby cream – can be used both in aggravated conditions and for prevention
- Wet wipes – fragrance free, must not contain any alcohol or parabens
Baby feeding accessories:
- 4-5 baby bibs
- Bottles. For breastfeeding – one large (250-260ml) and one small (120-150ml). For formula feeding – 2-3 large and one small. In both cases it is preferable that the bottles are anti-colic.
- 2-3 newborn pacifiers (additionally, you can buy or diy a pacifier clip)
- Small spoon for giving water. Keep in mind that breastfed babies do not need additional water.
- Bottle sterilizers and pacifier sterilizers
- Brushes for cleaning bottles and pacifiers (usually sold as a set)
- Feeding pillow
- Breast milk storage bags
List of necessary products for mom in the first days after birth:
- New mom disposable maternity pads
- Underwear – regular cotton panties, nursing bra
- Breast pump
- Nipple cream
- Nursing pads
Do not reserve in advance with a lot of clothes and toys, because it is likely that your family and friends will give you similar gifts.
Don’t buy too many diapers, because until you find the right brand and size for your baby, you may have to try a few of them.
Also, do not stock up on pacifiers and bottles, because your baby may not approve of the pacifier, and in case you decide to breastfeed, you won’t need many bottles. Possibly only one bottle for water (and glucose – in the beginning while the baby has jaundice), but keep in mind that very often breastfed babies do not drink water at the beginning.