Truth be told, what baby needs don’t go far beyond milk, baby clothes, and your TLC. But, the 21st century brought about new tools and equipment for parents and their growing child. These tools make taking care of yourself and your child more affordable and accessible, while even leaving room for a little bit of pampering. For first-time parents, everything sounds like a good idea, so identifying needs versus wants can be daunting. Here’s a baby essentials list, along with some extras to make baby happy and mothering a little easier!
What Baby Needs: Basic Necessities and Nice-To-Haves
What Does Baby Need For The First Three Months?
It seems all your newborn baby does for the first few months of life is feed, sleep, and poop! From these three, you can zero in on a newborn baby needs’ checklist. A premature baby may have special needs, so adjust accordingly. Here’s a list of things you need for a new baby.
Clothing and Diapers
Parents can get easily carried away shopping for cute baby clothes. Hold back and check this list for the basic baby clothes needed for newborns (and make sure you always have some extras of each in your diaper bag).
- Onesies and/or infant gowns
- Socks (at least 1 for each day of the week)
- Newborn hats
- Baby sleepers or sleep sacks
- Cloth or disposable diapers
- Baby wipes
- Waterproof Pad
- Burp Cloths
Fact: infants love to bathe. They may cry, but a good bath will relax babies and send them off to slumber. Here is what you’ll need to keep bathing time refreshing and enjoyable for babies.
- Soft washcloths
- Hooded towels
- Infant bathtub with seat insert
- Baby toiletries, including diaper rash cream
Bedding and Sleep Implements
You might be tired but a baby’s cry in the middle of the night will send you flying to the crib. Create the right space for a safe and good night’s sleep. Infants soon fall into a sleep time pattern you’ll be able to get the hang of.
- A crib, a cradle, or a bassinet (make sure they follow crib safety standards)
- Crib mattress
- Fitted crib sheets
- Heavy and light blankets
- Lightweight blankets
- Waterproof mattress cover
If you’re breastfeeding, you may opt for a breast pump and other accessories (breast pads, nursing bras, and nursing pillows, mother’s milk storage gear). While breast milk is best for newborns, it’s understood and accepted that many choose to formula feed–no judgments here! If you’re bottle-feeding, check the list below for the things you will need for feeding time.
- Safe and quality feeding bottles
- Bottle nipples
- Bottlebrush and natural cleaning equipment
- Sterilizing gear
- Pacifiers or soothies
- Feeding gear for starting solid foods
Are Baby Slings Safe?
Generally, baby slings are safe to use, but they pose some threats when used incorrectly. Follow these tips to be sure, when picking a baby carrier:
- Talk to your doctor
- Read and follow the instructions carefully
- Make sure your baby’s face is visible to you all the time
- Bend with your knees and not over your waist
- Check your baby’s position every now and then
What Baby Clothes Should I Buy?
Having a baby is so exciting, sometimes we forget our babies won’t stay small for long. In our excitement, we tend to shop for things our babies won’t need. Buy fancy baby clothes for a special occasion, but it isn’t wise to break the bank on daily-use items. Save the big bucks for other expenditure (like a durable infant car seat). When buying baby clothes, keep in mind how fast babies grow. It is also wise to consider all of the baby clothes you will get as gifts. Take all this into account so you don’t end up having a room full of baby clothes. Here’s a guide on what baby clothes to get for every stage of babyhood.
Newborn to 6 Months:
- Side snap onesies
- Undershirts with crotch snaps
- Avoid baby clothes with zippers and drawstring
Six To Twelve Months:
- Shirt and pants set
- One-piece pajamas
- Pick bottoms with snap closures for changing diapers
What Must I Look For In A Baby Bottle?
When it comes to infant bottles, now is the time to be particular. You can splurge on feeding bottles or you can find great, safe bottles that will still leave enough money for a top of the line infant car seat. Consider these tips when picking the best bottles for babies:
- Safe, expert-approved (BPA-free plastic, silicon, glass)
- Low flow bottles so your child can control the flow of milk with each suck
- Must have proper venting design to reduce colic and gas
- Nipple must look and feel similar to Mom’s
What Should I Consider When Getting A Baby Bouncer?
- Consider seat material, head support, seat inclination, and padding
- Check for durability, base width, portability, and materials used
- Check if it’s non-slip
- Must have safety features such as security straps and weight limit
- Follow the rules, regulations and safety guidelines as indicated
There you have it, super mamas! All the things you want to know about what baby needs to keep them happy. This should also help when making a baby shopping list for first-time moms. You can start adding things you’ve missed or cross off the things babies doesn’t need after all. Now you can start making a baby checklist that won’t break the bank before your bundle of joy makes it to your arms. Check this Pottery Barn Baby Registry checklist for more tips and ideas on what baby needs!
Do you have anything to add to this checklist? We’d love to hear from other parents so share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on December 20, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.