Your little bundle of joy will soon be here. You have waited 9 months for their arrival and clearly need to prepare everything they need before their arrival. Gathering all the newborn baby essentials can be an intimidating task
However, don’t worry, we have you sorted!
When you are just done with intense labor, you do not want to find yourself looking for items to cover your baby.
So, set these items separately beforehand that are especially useful in the first 6 weeks after the arrival of your child.
Keep reading this article to know what are important items your child will need right away to buy them before delivery.
Newborn Baby Essentials: Clothing
As they open their eyes into the world, your child will first need to be clothed.
When it comes to clothes, remember that your child will soon overgrow them.
Hence, there is no need to buy several of the same sizes.
Therefore, you actually need a mix of sizes in case they grow out of them really quickly.
But not too many even if they look super cute.
Plus, do not forget that a baby will need layers of clothing, especially if it is cold.
So the essentials for your newborn are:
- A side tie or side snap T-shirts
- Normal T-shirts 4 to 6 in quantity
- 4 to 8 pajamas or pants
- Onesies around 4 to 6
- 2 gowns
- Rompers and dres sup outfits from 1 to 3
- Around 4 to 7 socks
- Buttoned sweaters and jackets around 1 to 3
- Leggings and undershirts
- 1 fleece suit
- 1 to 3 hats
The average fit for a newborn’s clothing is for a baby weighing around 5 to 7 pounds.
Your child will soon outgrow that size in a matter of weeks.
Hence, a small quantity is fine as long as you don’t have to keep them changing because of spit-ups.
You can dress up your baby in T-shirts and leggings or pants in the day.
The stretchy pants are usually very comfortable for your child.
Plus, till their umbilical cord does not separate, use the side snap T-shirts.
However, something even more important than their daywear is their sleepwear.
Choose pajamas that cover feet too to keep them warm or go for sleeping sacks.
One-piece outfits will also make your life easier as you can change the diaper using the snaps between legs.
Plus, if it’s still cold, buy sweaters and jackets but also clothes with full sleeves.
Socks and booties will also cover their feet.
While mittens will keep their hands warm in the winter.
However, remember that kids do not need shoes until they start walking so that is unnecessary.
Additionally, you may also want to buy a swaddle blanket.
In the first few weeks, you may want to swaddle your child and a warm blanket will come in handy to cover them.
These are the basic clothing items but you can always buy a special clothing item for an upcoming occasion or event.
Newborn Baby Essentials for Feeding
It is recommended that moms should breastfeed their child for the first 6 months.
However, if you have a condition whereby you cannot breastfeed your child, then formula milk will suffice their needs.
Though, this is one thing that will keep happening round the clock in the initial days.
So you will be requiring several items.
Make sure they are immediately accessible if your little one starts crying for food in the middle of the night.
If you are not breastfeeding then ask your doctor which formula milk is best to feed your child.
Baby Bottles and Nipples
You will need at least 8 to 10 feeding bottles and nipples.
These should be of both 4 and 8 ounces.
However, you will have to experiment first with nipple shapes and sizes that your baby likes.
On the other hand, if you are breastfeeding then having a breast pump is a necessity.
These are available as manual or electric pumps.
Why are they a necessity? Because you can feed your child even if you are away.
Hence, when you are getting late at work, you at least know that there’s a bottle of milk your child can drink.
Other than that, moms also need disposable nursing pads, nipple creams, milk storage bags as well as nursing bras.
Bottle Sterilizer and Brush
If you are using feeders then it is extremely important to wash them thoroughly.
For that, you will require a bottle brush.
Moreover, in order to simplify your life, you can sterilize the bottles in a sterilizer.
Though, its alternative is to simply boil the bottles.
Hence, it is not a necessity.
It could be a newborn baby gift from a relative or friend rather than something you need to buy as an essential.
Similarly, a bottle warmer is an optional item that is usually with a sterilizer.
Whenever you are feeding your baby, you will need a bib.
They will drool or may spill milk while drinking. Sometimes they may even vomit it out right after drinking.
So, if you do not want to keep changing their clothes, make sure they have a bib on.
Plus, use a U-shaped nursing pillow so that your child can rest comfortably other than on your arm.
Other than that, you can use a nursing cover or receiving blanket to shield you and your child while feeding.
Diapering and Bath Items
It may be your first time changing diapers and while it may look excruciating, you will soon get the hang of it.
It is not the most fun part of parenting but can actually give you some memories along the way.
What’s more, certain items can actually make your life easier.
Diapers and Wipes
These two are absolutely necessary and you will need them in large quantities.
Your baby may need up to 70 diapers in a week.
However, you may not be sure about their size beforehand so get varied sizes but small packs so you do not waste them.
Plus in order to clean them, you will require wipes.
If they are cold, warm them in your hands, you do not need a fancy wipe warmer.
Though wipes can be replaced by a clean washcloth that you can dip in warm water to protect from cold.
To carry all of this, new moms should have a diaper bag.
If your child gets a rash from diapers which is quite common, then having a diaper rash cream handy help.
Ask their healthcare provider what rash cream to apply.
A changing table and pad can make things rather easy for you.
This dedicated place to change diapers with shelves containing wipes and other items you need will save you time.
Moreover, having a pad on the table will keep your child comfortable during the change.
Bath Tub and Shampoo
Once you finally learn how to hold your baby properly, it is time to give them a bath.
You do not need a special bathtub for your child but have something that will suit their small size.
Next, you also need to clean them with mild soap and shampoo.
Go for baby items designed specifically for newborns and do not expose them to the harsh chemicals you use on your body as an adult.
Towels, Washcloths and Moisturizer
Once they are done bathing, it is time to clean them using a soft washcloth or towel.
Towels with a hood can quickly dry your child’s wet hair in cold winters, so go for them.
Next, moisturize them with a baby lotion that is unscented.
Health, Nursery and Travel Items
Health Essentials for Babies
Having a first aid kit nearby can help in quickly finding a solution o your baby’s problems.
Therefore, keep these items prepared beforehand.
- Baby thermometer for when they run a fever
- Nail clippers and trimmers to prevent scratching
- Adhesive bandages
- Petroleum jelly
- Hairbrush in case your child gets cradle cap
- Bulb syringe to remove mucus from their nose
- Gentle detergent to wash your child’s clothing and bedding supplies
- Babyproofing supplies is a part of baby essentials first year when they start to walk or crawly and are likely to get hurt
You may want to make your nursery pretty but first, add some important items to provide your child comfort.
- Crib for sleeping in for at least 16 hours daily in the first few days
- The crib needs a firm crib mattress so that your child can sleep comfortably
- Crib sheets that do not move
- White noise machine that helps your kid fall asleep
- A rocking chair
- Humidifier to keep the air moist
- A mobile with colorful shapes hung on the wall away from your child’s reach will keep them entertained.
During the first six weeks and beyond, you are not always going to stay at home with your child.
Rather, you will go outside with your child and to spare the realization at that time of how many things you need, buy them in advance.
- A convertible car seat
- Baby carrier, that you can wear around when your hands are already occupied. This is also a wrap
- Portable changing pad for diaper change on the go
- Diaper bag for storing wipes and diapers, though a big tote bag will suffice too
- Stroller, for when you are out and about
- A baby bouncer, playmat and some stuffed toys to keep their journey fun
If you have all of these newborn baby essentials ready then you will not have to worry whenever your child needs something.
You can provide and soothe them with what they require.
Hence, always have these items in place ready before your child opens their eyes to the world.