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What To Put On Your New Baby Checklist

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What To Put On Your New Baby Checklist

Newborns are a source of joy for parents, but they do come with certain anxieties. If you are a new parent, you may wonder what you need to get your new baby as you get ready to welcome it to the world. The early days are especially important for adjusting and you want to get as much right as possible. So, we have here a few things we think are essential for a newborn.

Feeding

Breastfeeding is as about equipment-free as you can get. All a mum needs are her baby and her breasts and she is good to go. Breastfeeding does come with certain difficulties for some mothers and you may need help here. Aside from having a lactation support person on hand, just in case, you may need a few breastfeeding supplies.

A few of these items are there to make nursing more comfortable and easier. Others will help you overcome challenges as you breastfeed. You have probably realised that there are many products out there for new mums and figuring out what you need can be stressful. Don’t worry! We got you! 

  • Lots of bibs
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Burp cloths
  • Supportive nursing bra (if you get this before the baby is born, by one cup larger than you size at pregnancy)
  • Nursing pads (disposable or washable)
  • Breastfeeding clothes
  • Milk storage containers (here is everything you need to know about storing breastmilk)
  • Breast pump
  • Storage Bags and containers
  • Nipple Creams, Ointments, and Lotions
  • Breast shells
  • Nipple shields

If you are using formula, these are some items you might want to have:

  • Formula (check the expiry date and keep track of lot numbers in case it’s recalled)
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Thermal bottle carrier
  • Burp cloths
  • Lots of bibs

Diapering

In the early months of your newborn’s life, your little munchkin will seem to do nothing but poop and pee, keeping you on permanent diaper duty. You will need to brace yourself for a torrent of diaper changes. Cordon off a place to use as a changing station. It can be anything from a dresser, a desk or full-on changing table. It should, regardless of what it is, be, at a minimum, 36″ to 43″ above the floor, so you can change diapers without excessing bending. If you are not sure about measurements, your local boutique baby store should be able to help. The legs should be steady, we don’t want any accidents! Have plenty of storage space so you can keep everything you need. The changing pad can be flat or contoured, either is fine, preferably, one with a strap that you can fasten around your baby like a belt. Outfit your changing station with the following:

If you decide to use reusable diapers:

  • 4 or 5 dozen reusable diapers
  • Disposable wipes or a few dozen washcloths
  • 8 waterproof covers
  • Baby ointment or other barrier cream to prevent rash
  • Safety pins, Velcro or Snaps secure the diapers

For disposable diapers:

Unpack them ahead of time and stack them neatly so you have them ready for use when you need them.

  • Two boxes of newborn-size diapers (babies grow quickly so do not buy too much in case your baby outgrows them)
  • Disposable wipes or a few dozen washcloths
  • A barrier cream or Baby ointment to prevent rash

Blankets

  • 8 receiving blankets
  • 3 large cotton blankets

Bathtime

  • 12 washcloths
  • 1 plastic tub for infants
  • 3 soft-hooded towels
  • Baby cleanser or soap
  • Soft-bristle hair brush for babies

Bedtime

For co-sleeping:

  • Sleep sack
  • 4 fitted crib sheets
  • Firm mattress 
  • 3 waterproof pads to put underneath the baby
  • Light comforter 

For a crib:

  • Sleep sack
  • Approved crib mattress or crib
  • 3 mattress covers (waterproof)
  • 4 fitted crib sheets
  • 4 light blankets that fit the crib

This should get you started for your baby’s major needs.