“The List” For A Newborn

“The List” For A Newborn

Here is “The List”:

  • Car seat (must have one to be discharged from hospital with baby, see carseatlady.com for recommendations)

  • Sling/baby carrier:

    • 1 wrap-style carrier, stretchy or woven (Moby, Didymos, Hug a Bub, etc.)

    • 1 adjustable ring sling carrier (Maya Wrap), avoid pouch style for newborns

    • Ergo, Beco or other structured carrier (best for 15 lbs/3-4 months and up)

  • Co-sleeper or bassinet so baby can sleep near parent(s) in early months per AAP

  • Crib, mattress & 2-3 fitted sheets (if not exclusively co-sleeping)

  • A book about newborns (The Baby Book by Dr. Sears or Baby 411 for basics)

  • Baby bathtub

  • For bathing: unscented baby soap/shampoo, soft terry cloth washcloths and hooded towels

  • Diapers

    • If disposable nice to have 1-2 packages of newborn size

    • If cloth, at least 6 covers and 10-20 inserts and Snappis if needed

    • 1 package of sensitive wipes (no alcohol or perfumes) or washcloths or Viva paper towels and a thermos of warm water to use as wipes

    • Diaper cream or coconut oil

  • Plan for where to change baby; could be:

    • Changing table with changing table pad

    • Dresser with wide enough top for changing table pad

    • Or just a changing pad for a “mobile” changing area!

  • Burp cloths/receiving blankets (“Chinese prefold” cloth diapers work well)

  • Swaddling blankets (lightweight muslin Aden & Anais are good and/or Miracle Blanket or ErgoBaby Swaddler)

  • Newborn and 0-3 month size outfits for baby (approximately 10 onesies/kimono shirts; 5 sleeping gowns; 5 long-sleeved onesies/sleepers)

  • Newborn first aid kit (thermometer, nail clippers, nail files, baby acetaminophen, bulb suction/Nose Frida, etc.)

  • Stroller

    • Consider lightweight easily foldable options

    • May not need stroller for months

    • Can use car seat in low-cost, lightweight Snap n’ Go base

  • Diaper bag or backpack

  • Optional: bouncy chair, baby swing

  • If nursing:

    • A few nursing bras (no underwire) and breast pads (either cotton or disposable)

    • Pumping bustier if pumping frequently (Simple Wishes, PumpEase or Easy Expressions are all good)

    • Vitamin D drops (Carlson for Babies Vitamin D)

    • Breast pump (double electric pump recommended if you plan to pump frequently, check with your insurance company about getting a free pump)

    • Breastmilk storage bags (like Lansinoh brand)

    • 4 oz. bottles & nipples (slow flow silicone) like Dr. Brown’s narrow, Playtex Ventaire narrow, Evenflo Classic Silicone, Truvent Evenflo or Nuby Parent’s Choice

    • A book about breastfeeding (The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is recommended)

  • If formula feeding:

    • 4oz and 8oz bottles and nipples

    • Bottle warmer

    • Formula