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Bringing Home Baby: A Checklist for New Parents

Here is a great list of items that new parents should have on hand before bringing home baby. Speaking from experience, I would have loved this list about 11 years ago when I had my first child. Preparation is key to surviving those first stressful days with a new  little one . Don t end up being the frazzled parent roaming the grocery store at one in the morning searching for crib sheets and baby wipes!

On the road again .

  • Car seat
  • Stroller
  • Baby neck brace for support (These are often included with the car seat)
  • Pacifiers

A soft place to land .

  • Crib (if it s a hand-me-down or used crib, make sure it meets current safety standards)
  • Crib mattress
  • Bassinet/cradle (make sure it s mobile so you can move it around with you)
  • Two to three fitted crib sheets
  • Four or more cotton receiving blankets
  • Mattress pads
  • One to two waterproof liners

It s your turn to change the baby .

  • Diapers. Disposables: Two 40-count package of newborn (birth weight under 8 pounds) or of size 1 (birth weight over 8 pounds)

For those brave, environment friendly folks .

  • Cloth: Two to three dozen, plus six to ten waterproof outer pants, and two to three sets of diaper pins, eight to ten all-in-ones or diaper system covers; two to three dozen diaper systems inserts
  • Baby Wipes: 3 packages of quality brand wipes. Trust me; you will want quality brand wipes that will protect your hands when a  blow-out  occurs!
  • Diaper bag: Not all diaper bags are created equal. Look for one that is made from sturdy material that will wear well. Look for a diaper bag that is easy to clean, easy to carry, has plenty of storage compartments, and neutral colors that won t make your husband question his masculinity

Dressing baby .

  • Four sleeping outfits or one-piece sleepers with attached feet
  • Six side-snap T-shirts
  • Four to six one-piece undershirts that snap around the crotch (can be worn under clothing in the winter or as an outfit in the summer)
  • A small baby cap
  • Six pairs of socks/booties
  • Two to three soft, comfortable daytime outfits. Try to only purchase a few newborn sizes and then focus on 6 month clothing and up. You will be amazed how quickly your baby will grow into the bigger sizes
  • Cotton sweater or light jacket

Mom, I m hungry!

If you're planning to nurse:

  • Three to five nursing bras
  • A box of washable or disposable breast pads
  • Lanolin cream for sore or cracked breasts
  • Breast pump if you expect to use one (manual or electric). Electric pumps are worth the extra money spent
  • Four small baby bottles with newborn nipples for storing expressed breast milk
  • Plastic storage bags, so you can freeze milk
  • Three burp cloths

If you're planning to formula-feed:

  • Six 4- to 5-ounce bottles
  • Bottle nipples
  • Bottle brush
  • One canister of Enfamil to have on-hand, unless Pediatrician recommends a different formula for your child


  • Plastic infant bathtub
  • Three soft hooded towels
  • One pack of baby washcloths
  • Baby body wash /shampoo
  • Small-sized nail clippers
  • Zinc-oxide diaper rash ointment
  • Soft brush and comb
  • Mild laundry detergent

Momma called the Doctor ..

  • Infant's Tylenol or Dr. approved fever-reducer
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Digital rectal thermometer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Petroleum jelly

Not Necessary, but Nice to have .

  • Baby monitor
  • Changing table
  • A rocker or glider
  • Sling or strap-on soft carrier
  • Boppy
  • Infant swing
  • Bouncy seat
  • Live-in nanny and/or maid. Just kidding (not really)

You can find many of these items at one of our favorite baby retailers featured on our TopTenREVIEWS Online Baby Stores Review, where We Do the Research So You Don t Have To.