There are many products to choose from for every aspect of a baby’s first year. It all varies from finding a car seat, bassinet and/or crib, feeding and changing diapers to bathing and traveling. Starting the day with a formula for newborns if not breastfeeding; get ready for bath time with the gentle shampoo & body soap that you prefer and a little bathtub for your baby.
Every parent would need to be prepared for a day of errands, work, college or getting to the babysitter with the right diaper bag, car seat and strollers; or browse through a big selection of cribs, bassinets, and child-sized beds for a good night’s sleep.
A list of baby necessities must-haves
- Car seat: Your baby is going to need something sturdy to last for the first couple of years and most definitely be a priority so you can bring your baby home from the hospital. A rear-facing car seat would be ideal to get first then eventually get a front-facing car seat as your baby grows unless you grab one of the Graco Milestone All-in-1 Convertible Car Seat.
- Bassinet/Crib/Sleeper: In the early weeks of your baby’s life, he/she will want to be fed quite often and be a lot easier to have her/him in the same bedroom with you. Most bassinets are portable and can easily use a sleeper. They can easily move from room to room as needed. As your baby grows and “graduates”, the new crib can be placed into their own nursery.
- Mattress (for the crib)
- Bedding: Recommend getting at least 2 sets of crib sheets and a waterproof mattress pad cover.
- Changing table (optional but ideal to have): Having a designated area for diaper changes is going to make life so much easier. You can stock it with all the supplies you may need. You can stock up with diapers, a waterproof changing pad, wipes, diaper rash ointment, and a covered trash can.
- Night Light: Having a dim light to be safely left on in an outlet or turn on/off as needed is and will be a life-saver for the times you decide to stumble out of bed to check on your precious little one at night or for a night feeding. The last thing you want to do is turn on a bright light. “Ah! That’s bright, ouch my eyes!” Imagine your baby’s reaction when that light turns on.
- Baby bathtub: A very convenient way to bathe your baby in a tub that would fit right into your sink.
- Bath supplies: To bathe your little one, the basic necessity items you will need would be baby soap and gentle shampoo, sponge, and a comb.
- Bibs: It doesn’t hurt to have a few of these handy!
- Bottles and formula: A must have! Grab a few bottles, at least 3 or 4. Having a warmer and sterilizer for the bottles is only a nice littler bonus.
- One-piece outfits & undergarments/rompers: You could choose between sleepers, undergarments, and rompers depending on the climate and time of year for their first few months.
- Booties/socks: These help with keeping your baby’s feet warm. Look for the ones with fairly strong elastic around the ankles, especially for the babies who may kick a lot.
- Diaper bags: For those times when you want to get out of the house, it’s very handy to have to carry around what you would need for a day out.
- Stroller: An exciting time to have a stroller. For the day you’re ready to show your baby off to your neighbors, friends, and family.
- Playpen and/or baby gates: As your child grows and becomes more active, you’ll need it for your peace of mind!
- Baby Mobile: A little something to help preoccupy your baby if he/she wakes up. It’s soothing, also helps with developing motor skills, and cognitive skills.
Oh, wait a minute…don’t forget to stock the medicine cabinet, too!
The basic first-aid kit checklist. You will need at least a basic kit for dealing with minor issues at home or while outside of your home.
Newborn Nursery Kit: Great for grooming your baby’s hair, fingernails, and toenails, cleaning his/her nose. Comes with a tidy little storage box. Neat-o!
- Medicine dropper or oral syringe
- Your baby’s prescriptions if any
- Nose syringe
- Thermometer/Digital Thermometer
- Baby acetaminophen or baby ibuprofen
- Sterile bandages/gauze and band-aids
- Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher with UVA & UVB protection)
- Calamine lotion
- Petroleum jelly
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There are so many choices you could choose from and I know everyone has a budget they want to stay within. Some of them are a necessity and some are not. Just call the “are not” as “the extras” you might want.
The baby’s checklist I have provided is a great guideline for you to go by to care for your little one, whether you are in search of nursery furniture before or after the baby’s arrival or if you want to find a gift for a baby shower or to get a stroller, walker or battery-powered swing or clothing for your child. It’s all your call, you decide what’s best. I’m only giving suggestions.
Have a look around and enjoy. Also, please feel free to leave a comment below of anything you might be interested in or want to add your thoughts or any questions you might have. I would love to hear about them.