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Baby Checklist: Everything You Need To Buy Before The Baby Arrives

Baby Checklist: Everything You Need To Buy Before The Baby Arrives

Newborn baby checklist! The weeks flies by when you're pregnant and it’s not long before the third trimester is here. If you wait too long before you start preparing for the baby’s arrival, you will become overwhelmed. Click here to get a checklist of everything you need to buy for the baby.Newborn baby checklist! The weeks flies by when you're pregnant and it’s not long before the third trimester is here. If you wait too long before you start preparing for the baby’s arrival, you will become overwhelmed. Click here to get a checklist of everything you need to buy for the baby.

Checklist, Check!

Are you a list person? Do you write to-do lists every day, grocery lists before going to the store, and lists of what needs to get done before the new baby arrives? Well, at least that’s how I roll. I am a list person.

Nine months can feel like a long time to get things done. But the weeks flies by and it’s not long before the third trimester is here. If you wait too long before you start preparing for the baby’s arrival, you will become overwhelmed.

 

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How To Prepare For A New Baby

For the first couple of months you’re probably just trying to wrap your head around that you’re pregnant. Maybe you’ve been trying for years to get pregnant or maybe it’s the greatest surprise of your life. Wheater or not you planned it, a baby is coming and it’s time to get ready.

When you’ve finally understood that you’re actually going to be a mom, it’s time to start preparing for the big day. The day you’ll be giving birth to your child. You read all the books on the subject, talk to your doctor about different types of pain relievers, and spend almost every waking moment visualizing that scary, but exciting day.

Something else that might be a bit scary to think about, is telling your boss about the pregnancy. Will your boss be glad and supporting. Or perhaps unpleased and disappointed? How long can you afford to stay home and how much money can you survive with each month? Financial planning is a big and important part of having a baby. And it’s time to start planning because the clock is ticking.

Money is a touchy topic and right frankly, it can be a relationship killer. But if you don’t have your finances in order, you don’t know how much you can spend with a good conscience. You don’t want to bring a new baby into a family life full of debt. But at the same time, you want to give your child everything that it deserves and needs.

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Newborn baby checklist! The weeks flies by when you're pregnant and it’s not long before the third trimester is here. If you wait too long before you start preparing for the baby’s arrival, you will become overwhelmed. Click here to get a checklist of everything you need to buy for the baby.

What Does A Baby Really Need?

So what does a baby need? It’s not uncommon for new parents to buy a lot of things that they think is necessary but then never uses. It’s a jungle of baby products out there and it’s easy to get caught up and spend more money than you originally planned to.

A baby doesn’t really need anything other than food, safety, and a clean diaper every now and then. But let’s face it. Shopping for a baby is fun. And I think that you do want to purchase some clothes and other things for the little one, growing in your belly (second hand is awesome if you’re on a budget or want to think about the environment). Am I right?

 

What To Buy For The Baby

For all the list persons out there. Here is a checklist of everything you need to buy before your baby is born.

Clothing

What to buy for the baby - Clothes

It’s hard to know in advance what size your baby will have when he or she is born. Pajamas from one brand can be the size of a pajama for a 3-month old of another brand. I recommend you to look at the length of the clothes, and not only buy the smallest size. You never know the length of your baby.
For the first couple of months your baby will need:

  • 2 Pajamas/Sleepers
  • 5 Shirts/Bodysuits (Side-snap)
  • 4 Stretchy Pants (I prefer pants with feet)
  • 4 Pairs of Socks
  • 4 One-Piece Outfits
  • 2 Hats
  • Seasonal Items
    • Hat (Winter or Summer)
    • Booties
    • Zip-up Sweaters
    • Fleece Jacket
    • Overall

Don’t forget to wash all of the clothes with gentle detergent. If you don’t have a washer in your house and can’t do laundry whenever you want too, you might want to add some extra body suits.

Diapers

What to buy for the baby - Diapers

For the first couple of months, you’ll probably change between 10-12 diapers a day. Babies poop a lot and I can’t tell you how many times my kids have pooped right after a diaper change. We use disposable diapers but you could also go for cloth diapers.

  • Diapers (Buy from 2-3 different brands to find your favorite)
  • Wipes

Things that are good to have, but aren’t essential:

  • Changing Pad or Table (If you don’t have room for a table, get a changing pad and change diapers on your bed or the carpet. You could also use a towel instead of a changing pad)
  • Diaper Cream
  • Diaper bag
  • Diaper Pail

Bathing

What to buy for the baby - Bath Time

Babies don’t need to bathe all that often. But most babies find it very relaxing and soothing.

  • Baby Oil (I don’t use soap or shampoo in the first couple of months. Baby oil is more gentle.)
  • Bath Thermometer

Things that are good to have, but aren’t essential:

  • Bath Tub (The sink works fine in the beginning.)
  • Towel (Your usual towel work, but they can be a little too big.)


Feeding

What to buy for the baby - Feeding

Wheater you’re planning on breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby, it’s best to be prepared. You don’t really need anything if you’re planning on breastfeeding. But chances are that your breasts will leak of milk in the first couples of weeks and nursing pads are good for preventing your bra to get wet.

  • Nursing Pads
  • Breastfeeding Cream
  • 2-4 Nursing Bras
  • 8-10 Burp Clothes

If You’re Bottle Feeding:

  • 6 Bottles
  • Formula
  • Bottle-Drying Rock
  • Bottle and Nipple Brush

Things that are good to have, but aren’t essential:

  • Nursing Pillow
  • Nursing Cover
  • Breast Pump
  • Bags for Storing Milk
  • 2-4 Pacifiers

Nursery/Sleeping

What to buy for the baby - Sleeping

Newborn babies sleep for 16-18 hours a day. And let me tell you, they can sleep anywhere. When my kids were babies, they slept in the bed, in the car, in the stroller, in the bouncer, on the play mat, in the carrier, but most of all, on me. At night, you can let your baby sleep in a crib or bassinet in their nursery or in your bedroom, or perhaps next to you in your bed.

  • 2 Blankets

Things that are good to have, but aren’t essential:

  • Crib
  • Crib Mattress
  • 2 Crib Sheets
  • 2 Waterproof Mattress Pads
  • Soft Baby Pillow
  • Dresser
  • Baby Bouncer (Our kids loved the bouncer from Baby Björn. I used to sit on the couch, watching tv, while bouncing the baby with my foot.)
  • Mobile
  • Bassinet
  • Baby Nest (We used a baby nest all the time with our firstborn, but our second child hated it)


Gear

What to buy for the baby - Gear

If you’re not planning on giving birth at home, you’ll probably need an infant car seat. You can buy, rent or borrow a car seat, but never, ever ride the car with your baby in your arms. It’s not safe and you shouldn’t do it even for the shortest trip.

Health and Safety

What to buy for the baby - Health and safety

If you think that your newborn baby is sick or in need for medicine, call your pediatrician.

  • Baby Laundry Detergent
  • Nail Trimmers and Clippers for Babies
  • Thermometer

     Things that are good to have, but aren’t essential:

  • Baby Monitor
  • Baby Movement Monitor
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Other

What to buy for the baby - Other

A newborn baby doesn’t really need a lot of things. You’ll come a long way with love, food, and safety. But if you do want to buy some things for your child, chances are, you’ll be overwhelmed with all of the ”must have” objects out there. I hope that my checklist of what to buy for the baby helps you. At least a little bit.

Before you leave, make sure to check out the guide on What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag – A Complete Checklist.

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13 Comments

  1. Melissa

    This is such a great comprehensive list! Thank you for putting it together.

    Svara
  2. Bethany

    This Is a great resource for moms to be. I like that you suggested freezing meals ahead of time. That was a game changer for me when I had my third baby. Having lots of dinners ready eliminated a lot of stress.

    Svara
  3. Bailey @Simplymombailey

    as a baby gear minimalist (yet connoisseur), I love your list! Babies really don’t need much of anything. I’ve never really used a baby bath tub, or a crib, or pillows or too many clothes. Just keep it simple

    Svara
  4. Chantel B

    I remember with each pregnancy, I would look for a list of what to have when the baby was born. This is an important part and you have. great list here!

    Svara
  5. Kristen

    Having the fridge full of food was great to me. I really didn’t feel like going out to get food the first couple of weeks

    Svara
  6. jhilmil

    Wow, this is such a helpful post for mums.

    Svara
  7. Sjaneen

    I love the practicality of your lists. As a fellow list mamma I appreciate the organisation of your lists making it easy for me, and any new mom, to decide and figure out what we mighth need.

    Svara
  8. RAmbling mum

    Great info, definitely helpful for soon to be first time mums. It’s so daunting trying to prepare yourself before the baby comes!

    Svara
  9. Caitlin Patoka

    I completely agree about baby not needing as much as most first-time moms buy. When I had my 4th I barely bought anything and didn’t even dig out most of the baby gear we had saved from our previous kids. Nursing bras were probably the most useful thing!

    Svara
  10. Catie

    I love that cribs were part of your ”things that are good to have but not essential category”. I had a crib with my first and it ended up being a repository for clean laundry. We co-slept with the rest and it that’s what worked best for our family

    Svara
  11. angela

    Love that you have such a pretty list for new Mamas out there. Being ready makes all the difference!

    Svara
  12. Maria

    This is the kind of list for me. Having OCD I needed a detailed list..and this sounds right to me. I may have over packed for my first and eventually learned with the next two what to really take. This is so helpful for soon-to-be mamas. Thank you for sharing this.. I know so many women who look this up.
    xo, Maria|https://imommy.co

    Svara
  13. liz Cleland

    Definitely a great start to everything you need for having a baby!

    Svara

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