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New Baby Checklist: Everything You Will Need to Buy Before Your Due Date

If you are an expecting parent, knowing everything you need to buy before your baby arrives is very important. While it may be tempting to spend time looking for decorations for your baby’s room, you need to first remember what the essentials are. Here is a look at what you need to include on your new baby checklist.

  1. Newborn Diapers
    The first item on your new baby checklist should be the diapers you’ll need when you first bring your baby home. Having a supply of diapers at home immediately available after the pregnancy will take a load of stress off of your shoulders. However, do not buy more than a small pack of newborn-sized diapers. Your baby could be born too large for this size, or may quickly grow out of the size.
  2. Breast Pump and Bottles
    If you are planning on returning to work shortly after your baby is born, a breast pump can become one of your most valuable tools. For breastfeeding moms, a breast pump allows you to multitask while preparing future meals for your baby or gives you time to rest while your partner takes a turn feeding your child. Additionally, a breast pump can help to stimulate milk production in those first days following the pregnancy.
  3. Crib or Bassinet
    It may not seem like it at first, but your baby will sleep and will, therefore, need a good place to sleep. Make sure you a sturdy crib or bassinet for your child. This essential piece of furniture will be used frequently, so be sure you find one that is sturdy. Also, ensure you find a sleeping mattress that fits snugly into the crib. For safety, no more than two fingers should fit between the mattress and the edge of the frame.
  4. Baby Clothes
    This should go without saying, but your child will need to be clothed. Your new baby checklist should include at least a few outfits for those first days at home. You can get these clothes gently used from consignment shops or even get hand-me-downs from friends who have had children already. Plus, a newborn layette can be purchased that comes with multiple sets of clothes for your baby. Be sure you also buy a hat for your baby -- a wide-brimmed hat for a summer baby and a warm knit hat that fits around the ears for a winter baby.
  5. Car Seat
    Many hospitals and birthing centers will not actually allow you to take your new child home with you in your vehicle unless you have a car seat. Be sure you get a car seat early on to make the search a slow and easy one. You can check the National Child Passenger Safety Board for additional information on how to make your drive as safe as possible. If possible, try to find a car seat that will connect to and double as a stroller as well. 
Last Updated: March 15, 2016