The birth of a baby is not only great joy but also a great responsibility. The first purchases for the future baby are the most memorable, trembling and a little anxious. To avoid unnecessary excitement, we recommend checking whether everything is ready for the baby’s arrival home. We have included only the most valuable and necessary things in this list.
Essential Checklist of Things to Put on Baby Registry or To Buy Before Due Date
CLOTHING MUST HAVES
Before you start the pleasant process of buying clothes for your baby, remember that clothes for newborns should be as comfortable and high quality as possible. Take into account that baby clothes must withstand frequent washing, so choose a soft and durable fabric.
Despite the desire to buy all the possible beauty, which is now available, I advise you to avoid decorative patches on clothing for a newborn because they can sometimes irritate the baby’s skin.
Manufacturers of children’s clothing start with a size for newborns. If your baby is tiny, many brands offer clothing for premature babies. My niece was born very petite, while my older daughter almost immediately came in size 0 to 3 months. It’s hard to predict what it will be like in your case, so I advise you not to get too excited about buying too many clothes until you meet the baby and know what size will fit.
The following are the clothing essentials that your baby will require:
Sleepers (7-9): These are essentially pajamas that can be worn for sleeping and playing purposes. Because babies nap regularly, they are incredibly convenient. If possible, choose ones that zip down the front and the leg – this makes changing diapers a cinch. Sleepers are good both for daytime and night ware.
Stretchy leggings (7-9): These make it simple to swap out a piece of dirty clothing without changing the entire outfit. As your baby grows, an elastic waistband will fit easily over her diaper and stomach, expanding with her as she eats more.
Bodysuits (7-9): These are baby shirts (either short or long-sleeved) that you pull on over your baby’s head and snap into place under his diaper to keep him warm. After a diaper blow-out, the stretchy neckline comes in handy because it allows you to pull the soiled bodysuit down rather than pulling it over your child’s head.
Warm clothing. Depending on the time of year when the baby is due, you might need a few fleece jackets or sweatshirts. Make sure that they are easy to put on and take off. Fleece jumpsuits are also comfortable and warm.
Hats. Also, depending on the time of the year, a baby will need either a broad-brimmed sun hat for sunny days or a warm hat that covers the ears in the winter.
Socks. Don’t go for expensive one as they are easy to lose. Socks sets are a good solution here.
SLEEPING MUST HAVES
The first thing you need to prepare for your baby is her sleeping place. It must be comfortable and safe. In the first months of life, your baby sleeps most of the time. Sound sleep is essential for the healthy development of your baby. Therefore, you need to pay special attention when choosing a bed.
A crib for the baby or a bassinet (up to 6 months)
Measure the size of the crib and the size of the place where you plan to place the bed;
If choosing a bed with a pull-out drawer, make sure there is room for the drawer to extend and the crib to be moved around for cleaning.
The mattress plays a vital role in shaping your baby’s body and also affects the quality of sleep:
- The mattress should fit the size of the bed. There should not be any empty spaces between the headboards and the mattress, which could traumatize the baby. It is best to choose a mattress of medium hardness; it is best for babies of any age.
- An ergonomic mattress cocoon baby may serve as an alternative to an ordinary mattress. In such a mattress, which mimics the baby’s posture in the womb, the baby lies in a physiologically correct grouped position, which improves the quality of sleep, reduces the number of colic and regurgitation.
Night light with adjustable brightness
Nighttime awakenings of the baby are a common occurrence. It is necessary to create a cozy atmosphere in the room that will not disturb sleep. Therefore, a soft glow night light will be very convenient for the mom if you need to change a diaper or feed the baby.
An important point. Materials should be natural, hypoallergenic. For newborn babies, do not use pillows.
- Set of bedding without puffy pillows with removable covers (1-2)
- Waterproof mattress cover (1)
- Zippered sleeping envelopes. If you are not a supporter of rigid swaddling, sleeping envelopes would be a good alternative for you. In addition, they replace unsafe standard blankets, which can cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For more information and advice on reducing the risk of SIDS and Suffocation, please visit the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Blankets. But not to cover the baby in the crib, but to put it on the bed or sofa before putting the baby there.
This gadget lets you keep an eye on your baby even if you are away. Many models will fit any family budget. It was a perfect invention that saved me, especially in the first months when I always checked if everything was okay when my daughters were asleep. The monitor helped me not have to go into the room every time I started to worry. With my first baby, I was worried about everything.
Using a humidifier in the room where your baby sleeps can help to relieve congestion and keep your baby comfortable. Because it increases the amount of moisture in the air, it can also benefit dry, chapped skin. Make sure to clean the machine regularly to avoid introducing mold into the air.
DIAPERING MUST HAVES
Diapers. If you plan to use disposable diapers, you may want to start with small packs of a few different kinds in case some types irritate your baby’s skin or don’t fit properly at the beginning.
A wetness indicator is available on some diapers these days, making it much easier to determine when to change the diaper.
Keeping track of how many wet and soiled diapers your newborn goes through each day is also a good idea. Urinating frequently is an indication that a baby is receiving sufficient milk or formula to thrive and grow. As a result, many diaper brands include a wetness indicator on their diapers.
Diaper Rash Cream. Rash cream is essential, especially for newborns. Choose organic creams without chemicals.
Wipes. Opt for wipes that are not scented. It will keep your baby’s skin less irritating.
Diaper Pail. I would recommend you to get a diaper pail which will keep all smells in the pail. It doesn’t matter if you use disposable or reusable diapers because there are now models for both options.
Diaper bag. Now this accessory will become a must-have whenever you leave the house. Choose a multi-purpose diaper bag with lots of compartments for wet wipes, diapers, bottle compartments, space for clothes, changing pad etc.
Changing Table: You’ll be changing diapers regularly, and a changing table can make the process much more comfortable for you. If you think a bed can replace a changing table, trust me – your back will not appreciate it. It is a necessary attribute for a newborn baby. In addition, you will always have everything you need on hand and organized.
BATHING MUST HAVES
Bathing is an essential part of care. For this process to be comfortable and safe for the baby and convenient for parents, should pay attention to the following points:
- Choose a comfortable tub with a hole for drainage and non-slip plastic.
- When choosing the option of bath placement on legs – measure the size of the legs and the length of the drain hose;
- When choosing the option of bathing the baby in a shared bath – buy a lounger in the bath for the baby.
Bath thermometer. If you are comfortable testing the water with your wrist, this is not necessary. However, if you are unsure, a thermometer may be worthwhile.
Hooded towels (3-5) with a corner made of soft cotton
Hypoallergenic baby bath products. You should look for no-tears formulas to avoid any irritation to your baby’s eyes and skin. Also, try to avoid products with fragrances, which mainly contain phthalates.
HEALTH MUST HAVES
The First-aid kit includes items such as an infant thermometer, antiseptic ointment, and bandages. Baby grooming tools such as nail clippers and a hairbrush are also included in many of these sets.
Nasal aspirator: Use this tool in conjunction with saline drops to clear your baby’s congested nose.
Baby nail scissors, clippers, a nail file, or an emery board are all tools that can be used to safely trim and smooth your baby’s nails.
Baby-friendly dishwasher and laundry detergent
A soft-bristled baby hairbrush is handy for dealing with cradle caps.
BREASTFEEDING MUST HAVES
Burp cloths: Lightweight burp cloths (or cloth diapers) are ideal for catching spit-up and wiping up other bodily fluids from babies. You can get 5-6 in the beginning and purchase more if necessary later on.
Bibs: It can be helpful to have few bibs during breastfeeding. If your baby spits up a lot, they will be indispensable to keep your baby’s clothes dry. As with burp clothes, I don’t recommend that you buy a lot of them at once. It is better to take 3-4, and if you need to use them, you can always buy more later.
Nursing bras (at least 2): Don’t try your regular bras. Because your breasts have changed, you will require a different fit to be comfortable. On the other hand, nursing bras allow your baby to get to the breast quickly when it’s feeding time, especially if you are outside the home.
Nipple cream. This is where I would not advise putting off such a purchase until later, looking at the need. It is better to have it in your arsenal from the beginning.
Breast Pump. The use of a breast pump can be beneficial for several reasons, including feeding your baby and relieving engorgement. Depending on your needs, breast pumps can range from the most uncomplicated hand pump to the most efficient electric model that allows you to pump from both breasts simultaneously.
Milk Storage Bags. If you are always with your baby, you can squeeze the milk directly into the bottle. If for some reason, you need to be away a lot, then an excellent solution for you would be specially designed plastic storage bags, which take up little space in the freezer and can be defrosted quickly.
BOTTLE-FEEDING MUST HAVES
Bottles: Start with bottles that are 4 or 5 ounces in size. They’re ideal for the small amounts of breast milk, or formula newborns consume in a single feeding session. When your baby is about four months old, or whenever his or her growing appetite makes larger bottles more practical, switch to 8- or 9-ounce bottles.
Baby Formula. There are various infant formula options to choose from – check out the best formula brands and speak with your health care provider for more information. You will need enough formula to last for a few weeks.
Sterilizing equipment, such as:
- cold-water sterilizer,
- microwave or steam sterilizer.
Bottle brushes are helpful for thoroughly scrubbing small parts and crevices in bottles, bottle parts, and nipples that are difficult to reach.
Insulated bottle carrier: Insulated bottle carriers are available in sizes ranging from one bottle to a half-dozen bottles. Keep bottles and/or breast milk warm or cool in one of these containers when you’re on the go.
Walks and trips are an integral part of a young parent’s life. For walks to be fun and easy, you need to think about this issue in advance and consider all the nuances of your lifestyle.
Season. If your baby is born in spring or summer, you can get by with a lightweight, compact stroller. During the winter season, choose a stroller more closed with a spacious cradle, so the baby will feel comfortable in winter clothes.
Walking place. If you are planning to walk in places with relatively smooth roads, then you suit the urban stroller type with medium-diameter wheels. In the countryside, the advantage of a stroller with good cross-country ability.
Car Seat: A properly installed infant car seat is a must. Despite the possible temptation, refrain from buying a used car seat. If you decide to purchase a used car seat, be sure to check to see if it has been in an accident. In this case, under no circumstances use such a seat!
In my opinion, it is not precisely baby must-haves when you can use a stroller when you are out and about and a bouncy seat or swing at home. However, a carrier is the only piece of equipment that allows you to do your own thing, hands-free, while your newborn baby rests against your body.
It is helpful if you need to navigate crowded areas such as airports and sports stadiums. Additionally, this is a fantastic tool if you enjoy hiking and want to bring your baby along.
Parents use a baby carrier when the baby is very young, from newborn age up to 4-6 months. Other parents continue to use a baby carrier well into the toddler stage. Get the most out of it before your child learns to walk and becomes interested in exploring on her own.
This is the essentials you need to put in baby registry and your checklist before you due date.
Baby Items That Are Not Essential, but Which is Nice to Have
Nursing Pillow is a comfortable, useful, and cozy thing. Of course, it is not a product of prime necessities for a nursing mother, but with its help, the comfort in this in its own pleasant and necessary thing will increase at times. After all, a young mother may spend several hours a day feeding her baby. A soft, comfortable nursing pillow will make this process more comfortable, if only because it will free your hands and can assist you in avoiding straining your shoulders or neck.
Baby Wipes Warmer
Changing your baby’s clothes at night, or wiping his face during or after sleep with a warm cloth will help your baby avoid the unpleasant feeling of being touched by a cold cloth.
White Noise Machine
The use of white noise or soft music in the background can help many babies sleep better and fall asleep more easily.
You can also heat bottles of breast milk or formula in a bowl of warm water, but using a bottle warmer is much easier and faster.
Mobile for crib
A mobile with bright colors is a great source of entertainment for a newborn. Some of them have music and a nightlight, as well. Once your baby is old enough (approximately by four months) to get up on her knees, remove mobile to avoid injuries by pulling mobile down.
Take into account that in the first few months your baby does not need bath toys. But once your baby is a little older, they will be a great tool to instill a love of water procedures.