Baby Needs: Checklist For Newborns

If you are expecting a new addition to your family, you will need to prepare for the occasion. Of course, this is a difficult task that must be tackled, by both parents. For new parents the task will even be more difficulty, because you are going to need to purchase all new baby essentials, which can be quiet expensive. Remember that it is crucial to take advantage of your baby shower, because this is a great opportunity for you to make some great gift requests. Below you will discover some great tips that will help you with this huge baby project.

Preparing Early

While most expecting mothers will question, “When is the best time to start preparations”, well there are no rules that are set into stone, when it comes to starting a checklist, but you should wait until you are in your second trimester, which begins at the 13th week and concludes at the end of the 27th week, to purchase baby items.

You will have gotten over the morning sickness phase and will be starting to feel up to the task of preparing for your newborn. With the exciting movement that you first experience your baby move, you will begin to realize that your life is getting ready to make a huge transformation for the better.

Preparing the Nursery

You and your baby will be spending the majority of time in the nursery, during the first few months of life, which is why it is important that you decorate it accordingly. Some essentials that you will need for the nursery include:

  • Infant Crib
  • Infant Changing/Dressing Table
  • Musical Mobile
  • Glider or Rocking Chair
  • Crib Mattress
  • Nursery Essentials Organizer
  • Closet Organizer
  • Peel and Stick Wall Decals (optional)
  • Bassinet (optional)
  • Diaper Pail (liners or trash bags)
  • Infant Laundry Basket

Diaper Changing Essentials

You will be doing a lot of baby diaper changes, within the first weeks of your baby’s life, so it is important to stock up on these essentials.

  • Newborn Diapers (disposable or cloth)
  • Hypoallergenic Baby Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Cream (prevention and relief)

Feeding Essentials

Whether you have decided to breastfeed or bottle feed, you will definitely need to stock up on the supplies that will allow you to safely feed your baby.

  • Breast Pump
  • 4-9 Ounce Baby Bottles
  • Burping Pads
  • Baby Bottle Sterilizer
  • Baby Bottle Brush
  • Baby Bottle Drying Rack
  • Baby High Chair
  • Baby Bibs
  • Breast Milk Bags
  • Breast Milk Storage Bottles
  • Slow-Flow Nipples, Travel Caps, Screw On Lids, and Rings (anti-colic vents preferably)
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Baby Formula (if you are not breastfeeding)
  • Adjustable Nursing Pillow
  • Baby Safety Spoon
  • Baby Mash and Serving Bowl (perfect for homemade baby foods)
  • Baby Food Maker
  • Baby Food Storage Bowls or Freezer Silicone Tray
  • 50′ Diameter Floor Splat Mat (fits under most high chairs to protect floors)

 Travel Gear

  •  Diaper Bag
  • Newborn Car Seat
  • Infant Portable Playard (optional)
  • Stroller
  • Infant Baby Carrier
  • Travel Changing Pad
  • Backseat Organizer (optional)
  • Infant Travel Bed
  • Baby Carrier or Baby Wrap
  • Baby Backpack Cross Country Carrier (optional)
  • Baby Bottler Insulated Cooling Bag

 Bath Gear and Essentials

  • Newborn Bathtub
  • Infant Towels
  • Infant Wash Cloths
  • Baby Body Wash and Shampoo
  • Infant Shower Cap
  • Baby Bubble Bath
  • Baby Lotion

Baby Health Essentials

  • Digital Thermometer (rectal for newborns)
  • Baby Nasal Aspirator Bulb Syringe
  • Baby Nail Clippers with File
  • Baby Hairbrush
  • Medicine Syringe or Pacifier Medicine Dispenser
  • Teething Ring
  • Baby to Toddler Weight Scale
  • Newborn Pacifier
  • Baby Toothbrush
  • Fingertip Toothbrush for Infants (great for massaging gums of teething baby)

Newborn Attire

  • Booties
  • Newborn Rompers
  • Newborn Body Suits
  • Cotton Beanie Hat
  • Elastic Waistband Comfy Pants
  • Infant Dress with Leggings
  • Onesies Sleepers
  • Cargo Shorts or Bloomers
  • Newborn Jumpers
  • Newborn Gloved and Footed 1-Piece Suit
  • SleepSack Wearable Blanket
  • Layette Set
  • Snowsuit with Mittens

Baby Linen

  • Crib Fitted Sheets
  • Crib Bumper
  • Crib Skirt
  • Infant Duvet
  • Duvet Cover
  • Crib Pillow
  • Pillowcase
  • Comforter
  • Newborn Blanket
  • Waterproof Mattress Pads

Newborn Entertainment

  • Newborn Swing
  • Bedtime Story Books
  • Jumperoo or Baby Bouncer
  • Twist and Fold Baby Gym Mat
  • Baby Rattles

Baby Extras

  • Video Baby Monitor
  • Infant Nightlight
  • Sound Machine (optional)
  • Humidifier (optional)
  • Baby Gates
  • Home Childproofing Products

Mommy Items

  • Breast Pads
  • Nursing Bras
  • Skin Moisturizers (to combat dry skin and stretch marks)
  • Maternity Attire
  • Belly Band or Maternity Belt
  • Pregnancy Pillow


When purchasing baby products, be sure that they are constructed out of plastic or silicone and are free of BPA, phthalate, latex, and toxins, because you want your baby to be healthy and safe.