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List Of Things A Newborn Baby Needs

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time or a second-time mum; you’re always going to come up with the list of things a newborn baby needs before you deliver. 

If you walked down this road a year ago, you might remember some of the essentials for a newborn. Some of us have a large age gap between our kids, so every time we are about to give birth,  we have to prepare the baby items list. 

To make things easier, I have split the list of things a baby needs into categories depending on how and when they are used. These categories are:

  • Diapering items
  • Nursery items
  • Clothes
  • Playtime
  • Bathing

These are the items needed once the baby arrives. Some things might be required as your child grows, but let’s look at this list of things a newborn child needs first. 

Diapering Checklist

Baby diapers
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Diapering isn’t all about diapers only.  Most first-time parents face it when it comes to changing diapers, but the good news is you get the hang of it after a few days. The diapering checklist involves other items like:

  •  Diaper bag
  •  Unscented wipes
  • Diaper rash creams
  • Diapers (you can have a combination of both disposable and cloth diapers)
  • Changing table
  • Changing pad
  • Wash clothes

I recommend you arm yourself with three boxes of disposable diapers and about six dozen cloth diapers. I’m sure you feel like that’s a lot for a newborn but let me tell you something, there’s nothing like overbuying diapers. These little ones use lots of diapers, and it’s better to have more than purchase less. 

Baby Bath Essentials

The bathing time is the most exciting thing about the parenting journey, especially when the child is still an infant. Watching your little one enjoy the warmth of the water gives you a spark of joy.

The only problem comes when handling the slippery baby. But this shouldn’t scare you because you learn how to handle your child better as you continue to care for them. 

The following are the baby bathing essentials:

  • Baby shampoo and body wash
  • Baby bathtub
  • A cup to scoop water when bathing the baby
  • Baby moisturizer
  • Soft cloths
  • Hooded baby towels
  • Baby lotion 

Feeding Checklist

Feeding is the most important part of your parenting journey; you have to set your mind to feeding your baby around the clock. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to breastfeed exclusively or pump; you still need a lot of feeding items. 

Below are the most important feeding essentials for a newborn:

  • Atleast eight bottles of -4 and -8 ounce
  • A bottle brush
  • Nipples
  • Formula (in case you’re not nursing)
  • Milk storage bags
  • Nursing pads
  • Burping cloths
  • Breast pump
  • Baby feeding pillow
  • Nipple cream
  • Bottle sterilizer
  • Bottle warmer
  • Bibs
  • Nursing cover
  • Receiving blankets
  • Dishwasher basket for cleaning small items
  • Bottle drying rack

Clothing Checklist

Baby cloths
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Shopping for other items in the checklist of newborn things might not be as fun as purchasing tiny clothes. However, you must be careful not to buy clothes too small because newborns outgrow clothes quickly. 

Don’t get carried away by the cuteness of the baby’s clothes, and buy tiny outfits for your baby. Mix the sizes so you won’t have to return to the shop for bigger clothes if your child is born bigger. 

While buying clothes for your baby, do not forget to purchase layers, especially if you’re living in a cold place most of the time. 

Checkout the clothing list below:

  • Swaddle blanket
  • Sleepers
  • Sleeping sacks
  • Undershirts
  • One-piece outfits
  • Leggings
  • Stretchy pants
  • Socks
  • Onesies
  • Hats 
  • Tshirts
  • Mittens
  • Snowsuit
  • Sweaters and jackets
  • Pajamas
  • Lightweight and heavy stroller blankets

Nursery Checklist

Baby Nursery
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Before we go through a nursery checklist, you need to understand that a baby nursery demands adorable decor. Ensure that the nursery is well painted, has the ideal lights, and has the necessary decorative items. 

Besides that, you will need the following items to make the nursery an ideal and comfortable space for your newborn:

  • A baby crib or baby cot
  • A crib mattress
  • 3-4 baby crib sheets
  • A rocking chair
  • Baby monitor
  • Diaper pail
  • Toy storage
  • Diaper changing table
  • White noise machine

Playtime Checklist

baby toys
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Although you’re essentially checking out these baby essentials for newborns, you might also want to purchase baby toys early. Below are some of the items you will need for your baby’s playtime:

  • Playmat
  • Baby swing
  • Baby bouncer
  • Portable play yard
  • Toys

Your worries are settled because you know what to purchase for your newborn. Go ahead and have fun as you shop for your little one.

Gloriah Mnyaki
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