When will you make your newborn checklist? The newborn baby checklist helps you keep track of the things you need to buy before you run to the labor room.
Shopping for a newborn can be very exciting, especially if you are a first-time parent, and more so if you are a shopaholic mum. You may want to buy the entire world for your new arrival. But you also need to be realistic, prudent and frugal enough to realize that newborn baby items, specially the clothes and shoes, would only last for a couple of months till the newborn outgrows them to one size bigger.
Compiling the newborn baby checklist:
The size of a full-term newborn baby is known as size zero.
You may feel that some of the items in the following newborn checklist are not suitable for you. This list is made to provide maximum help to you, but you need to use your own judgement to decide about the final purchase.
For example, it’s very obvious that if you already have some hand-me-down newborn baby clothes, you may want to cut down some of the items on the new baby checklist.
The following newborn checklist has been divided into categories to make it easy for you to understand. Print this newborn list before going out for shopping, take it with you, highlight the items you need to buy and cross these items as you purchase them. This will make your life a lot easier.
Items for your newborn’s room:
- Cot/ Crib with mattress
- Changing table or changing mat
- Dresser or chest of drawers for storage
- fitted sheet (at least 4)
- Baby blanket
- Night bulb
- Nasal aspirator or saline drops
- Dirty-diaper bin
Items required when you go out with your baby:
- Carry cot
- Car seat
- Diaper Bag
The diaper bag will carry an extra pair of clothes, diapers, baby lotion, wipes, a small toy, plastic bag to throw dirty diaper, bibs and powdered formula milk along with a sterilized baby bottle (provided your infant takes formula milk).
- 7 vests or bodysuits
- 7 sleep-suits
- 3 pairs of socks or booties
- 2 baby hats or bonnets (to keep the tiny head warm)
- 1 sweater (At least one. You can increase the number if your infant is born within the rainy season or in a colder environment)
- 5 pieces of soft muslin cloth or bibs (for wiping your baby’s delicate skin)
Remember, when it comes to ‘style versus comfort’, comfort is always the clear winner.
- 2-3 nursing bras
- Breastfeeding Pillow
- 7-8 breast pads
- Breast pump (manual or electric)
- feeding bottles – if you plan to express your breast milk
If you plan to bottle-feed:
- 3-4 feeding bottles
- Bottle sterilizer (machine or liquid). You can also boil the bottles instead.
- Formula milk
Diapers and associated stuff:
- Wet wipes
- Nappy cream or a rash cream
- Baby bath
- Baby oil
- Baby shampoo
- Soft sponge
- 2 baby towels
- Baby Lotion
Remember, you will be giving your newborn a sponge bath till his umbilical cord sheds off.
Make sure you buy all the needed baby items and in moderation. Newborns tend to grow and develop at a faster pace and a lot of clothes that once used to fit them well, may soon look tight on them.
Finishing up your newborn shopping in advance and preparing a baby bag to take it to hospital will be a good idea. You never know when your water is going to break, and the last thing you want would be to run to the shops with a newborn.
Don’t forget to customize this newborn checklist according to your needs and preferences. And who doesn’t love shopping? Enjoy!