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What to Buy for Baby

Use our handy checklist to make sure you have everything you'll need once baby arrives.

Here's everything you'll need when baby comes... for the first few weeks. (Items with an asterisk are must-haves.)

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[ ] 4-8 bodysuits or onesies (wide head openings and loose legs)

[ ] 4-8 undershirts or vests (snaps at neck or wide head openings, snaps under crotch)*

[ ] 4-8 one-piece pajamas*

[ ] 2 blanket sleepers for winter baby

[ ] 1-3 sweaters or jackets (front buttoned)

[ ] 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits*

[ ] 4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby walks)*

[ ] 1-3 hats (broad-brimmed for summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for winter baby)*

[ ] No-scratch mittens

[ ] Bunting bag or fleece suit for winter baby

[ ] Swimsuit for summer baby

[ ] Gentle laundry detergent

Nursery

[ ] Crib, cradle or bassinet*
• Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart
• Corner posts no more than 1/16 of an inch above frame
• No cutouts in headboard or footboard
• Top rails at least 26 inches above mattress

[ ] Firm, flat mattress fit snugly in crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)*

[ ] 1-3 washable crib mattress pads

[ ] 2-4 fitted crib sheets*

[ ] 4-6 soft, light receiving blankets*

[ ] 1-2 heavier blankets (for colder climates)

[ ] Rocking or arm chair

[ ] Music box, sound machine or CD player

[ ] Crib mobile with black and white images (remove when baby can support self on hands and knees)

[ ] Baby monitor

[ ] Nightlight

[ ] Dresser

[ ] Toy basket

[ ] Swing or bouncy chair

Changing

[ ] Changing table or cushioned changing pad for low dresser or bureau, with safety strap or railing*

[ ] Changing table pad*

[ ] Changing table pad cover

[ ] Diaper pail

[ ] Diaper pail liners

[ ] Diaper cream*

[ ] Unscented baby wipes (causes less irritation)*

[ ] Soft washcloths*

[ ] Tissues (for you)

[ ] 6-10 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 diaper covers, or 2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers*

Bath

[ ] Baby bathtub

[ ] Baby soap*

[ ] Baby shampoo

[ ] 2-4 soft towels or hooded baby towels

[ ] Baby hairbrush

[ ] Soft washcloths (use a different color or pattern than your diaper washcloths!)

Feeding

[ ] 10-16 bottles and nipples, both four and eight ounce (if fed strictly by the bottle, baby will go through about ten in the four ounce size per day)*

[ ] Liners, for disposable bottles

[ ] Bottle warmer (cuts down on nighttime trips to and from the kitchen)

[ ] Bottle sterilizer (if your dishwasher doesn’t have one)

[ ] Bottle brush

[ ] Dishwasher basket for small items

[ ] 4-8 bibs

[ ] Burp cloths (or cloth diapers)*

[ ] High chair

[ ] 2-4 pacifiers

[ ] Formula (if not nursing)*

For nursing moms:

[ ] 1-3 nursing bras (Breasts swell following birth, so start with one size larger than your maternity bra. Wait until size settles down -- about two weeks after birth -- to purchase additional bras.)

[ ] Nursing pads

[ ] Nipple cream

[ ] Nursing pillow

[ ] Pump (even if you plan only to nurse, a pump will allow you to leave milk for baby if you want or need to separate)*

[ ] Milk storage bags*

Medicine Cabinet

[ ] Baby nail clippers or blunt scissors*

[ ] Cotton balls (don’t use swabs to clean baby’s nose or ears)

[ ] Baby thermometer*

[ ] Bulb syringe/nasal aspirator

[ ] Medicine dropper or spoon with measurements

[ ] Petroleum jelly and sterile gauze (for circumcision care)*

[ ] Infant acetaminophen (Tylenol)

[ ] Antibiotic cream

[ ] Saline nasal drops

[ ] Baby gas drops

[ ] Disinfecting hand soap (for you)

Travel

[ ] Infant or convertible car seat*

[ ] Stroller (reclining to almost flat for infants)

[ ] Diaper bag

[ ] Changing pad

[ ] Baby carrier/sling

For Mom

[ ] Ice packs (in case of tearing during birth or swelling after)

[ ] 2-3 week supply of ultra absorbent sanitary pads

[ ] Panty liners

[ ] Hemorrhoid wipes and cream (can become necessary after labor, even if pregnancy was free of problems…sorry)

-- The Bump Editors

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