Newborn Checklist: 40 Baby Essentials To Stock Up On Now
With your baby’s due date right around the corner, it’s time to fill your house with all things baby! We’ve created a newborn checklist so you can be sure to stock up on the necessities that will see you through the first couple of months.
Newborn Checklist: Nursery
1) Crib Or Bassinet
One of the most basic baby essentials: somewhere for your sweet one to lay their head. Decide if your baby will sleep in a bassinet (or cradle) in your room before moving to their crib.
2) Crib Sheets
To provide your baby with a safe, comfy place to sleep, outfit their crib with crib sheets and nothing more. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in a bare crib without blankets, pillows, or toys.
3) Changing Table
Set up a place in your nursery to make the diaper-changing process easier. Some parents have a changing table, while others use a changing pad on top of a dresser.
Either way is fine as long as your little one is secure!
4) Rocking Chair
You’ll spend many sweet moments rocking your baby to sleep, nursing, or reading books. Go with a comfortable rocking chair or glider that will serve you well for years to come.
If your changing table doubles as a dresser, you’re good to go. If not, purchase a dresser or decide where else you’re going to store your baby’s cute clothes.
7) Clothes Hamper
Just like you’ll need a dresser for your newborn’s clean clothes, you’ll need a clothes hamper to contain all of their dirty clothes — between spit up and blowouts, there will be lots!
8) Diaper Pail
For as much dirty laundry as your baby will produce, they’ll produce even more dirty diapers! A diaper pail or trash can is essential.
9) Baby Monitor
There’s nothing quite like the peace of mind that comes from taking a peek at your little one without having to tiptoe into their room. A video baby monitor makes it easy.
10) White Noise Machine
A white noise machine can help drown out street noise, barking dogs, and clanging pots so your newborn can sleep like a baby for both naps and nighttime.
11) First Aid Kit
Newborn Checklist: Feeding
12) Nursing Pillow
13) Nursing Bra And Pads
Stay comfortable with a nursing bra that fits correctly and nursing pads to keep your bra and your clothes dry between feedings.
14) Breast Pump
A breast pump is another feeding essential. Read our breast pump guide for new moms to learn about different reasons for breast pumping, how much you should pump, and how to wean off of it.
15) Nipple Cream
While breastfeeding is a beautiful connection between you and your little one, sometimes it can result in sore or cracked nipples. Use Mustela’s lanolin-free Nursing Comfort Balm to moisturize and protect your nipples, ease discomfort, and help replenish and restore your skin.
Whether you’re bottle-feeding exclusively or just need bottles on hand for when you’re not with your baby, bottles and the right nipples are a must.
17) Baby Formula
If you aren’t breastfeeding, talk with your pediatrician about the various baby formula options and choose the one that you feel most comfortable with.
18) Insulated Bottle Carrier
An insulated bottle carrier is great for when you know you’ll feed your baby a bottle on the go.
19) Nursing Cover
For breastfeeding while you’re out and about, many moms use a nursing cover. However, a swaddle or light blanket will also get the job done.
20) Bottle Brush Or Dishwasher Basket
You’ll need some way to effectively clean all the bottles your baby will go through. To wash by hand, you’ll need a baby bottle brush. Or, for the dishwasher, a basket will make things easier.
Bibs are an obvious essential, but we don’t want you to forget them!
22) Burp Cloths
Burp cloths are another thing you’ll want to have plenty of! You’ll be dabbing spit up left and right.
Newborn Checklist: Diaper Changing
Diapers should be on the top of your newborn checklist, and your first task is to decide if you’ll use cloth or disposable diapers. Second, we don’t recommend buying for months at a time. You don’t know how big your baby will be or how quickly they’ll outgrow a certain size!
24) Diaper Wipes
To keep your baby’s bottom squeaky clean, you’ll need wipes on wipes on wipes. Wipes have nothing to do with your baby’s size, so go ahead and stock up (try out Diaper Wipes Bundle to help get you started).
Additionally, our Cleansing Wipes are a mommy favorite! Not only do our Cleansing Wipes keep skin smooth, clean, and healthy, they are also great for removing makeup.
25) Diaper Cream
Diaper cream isn’t just for when your baby has a diaper rash. Mustela's Diaper Rash Cream 123 is a 3-in-1 product that both prevents diaper rash and relieves irritation and redness.
Plus, it’s gentle on your baby’s delicate skin! It’s fragrance-free, phenoxyethanol-free, hypoallergenic, and infused with zinc oxide to create a comfortable, protective barrier.
If your baby has extra sensitive skin, we recommend trying our Diaper Cream with Olive Oil and Aloe. Our talc-free formula leaves a moisturizing layer on your baby’s skin to soothe and diminish redness at every diaper change.
Newborn Checklist: Bath Time
You’re going to need a towel to dry your tiny baby after a bath. However, it doesn’t have to be a special, hooded baby towel — although those are awfully cute!
A regular bath towel will get the job done as well.
27) Soft Washcloth
When it comes to washcloths, a small one designed for babies might serve you better than a regular washcloth. Plus, a super-soft baby washcloth will be gentle on your newborn’s skin (this is especially important for babies with eczema-prone skin).
28) Baby Tub
Until your newborn’s umbilical cord falls off, stick to sponge baths. After that, a baby tub will come in handy. Feeling unsure about how to bathe such a tiny one? Read our article here.
29) Baby Wash Or Shampoo
Keep your baby clean with a gentle wash like Mustela’s plant-based 2 in 1 Cleansing Gel, which can be used as both a wash and shampoo.
Or suds up with Foam Shampoo for Newborns, made with 99% naturally derived ingredients and designed to minimize cradle cap flakes.
30) Comb Or Brush
Your newborn might not have a head full of hair, but you’ll still need a comb or brush.
31) Baby Nail Clippers
Some parents choose not to clip their baby’s nails for the first several weeks of their life, opting for baby mittens instead. But whether you clip right away or wait a while, baby fingernail clippers are essential!
Newborn Checklist: Clothing
32) Daily Basics
Newborns don’t need fancy clothes. Here’s what they’ll probably wear day in and day out:
- Short-sleeved onesies
- Long-sleeved onesies
- Footie pajamas
33) Seasonal Clothes
Since this is a newborn checklist, we’re not talking about buying a bunch of nine-month swimsuits or winter coats.
Instead, think about the season your baby will be born in as well as the weather where you live, and shop accordingly.
34) Baby Hangers
Depending on how you organize your baby’s nursery and store their clothes, you may need hangers.
35) Baby Detergent
Newborn skin is delicate. It’s important to use a gentle or hypoallergenic detergent when you wash your little one’s clothes.
Being wrapped in a swaddle might not seem comfortable to you, but it does to your newborn! Since they’re fresh out of the womb, they find comfort in being tucked into a swaddle. Have several on hand.
Newborn Checklist: Traveling
37) Car Seat
A car seat is a must since you can’t even bring your little one home from the hospital without one!
38) Diaper Bag
Whether you’re taking a trip or simply running an errand, you likely won’t manage without a fully equipped diaper bag. Click here for a diaper bag checklist so you don’t forget a thing!
Choose the right stroller and it will see you through the newborn days and well into the future! If you’re venturing outside with your newborn, don’t forget to protect your baby from the sun and lather up with mineral sunscreen when necessary.
40) Baby Carrier
Wearing your baby is more convenient than you might think! Check into baby carriers and slings to see what suits you best.
Ready And Waiting
Using our newborn checklist, you can stay organized and make sure you have all the necessities for the first couple of months. Gather essentials like nursery furniture, Nursing Comfort Balm, diapers and wipes, and a car seat.
The rest — things like baby-proofing gear, a high chair, and baby spoons — can come later. Once you have everything collected, all that’s left to do is eagerly wait for your sweet one to arrive!