Newborn Essentials Checklist
Baby‘s coming home soon – do you have what you need to keep baby comfortable? Footie pajamas and onesies, baby towels and bibs are all on your list – but how many is enough? Use our Newborn Essentials Checklist for New Parents to help you plan so that you can focus on the most important thing, your growing family.
❑ Sleeping gowns – Pick up at least 6 or 8 sleeping gowns. They‘re much more comfortable in the heat than stretchies. They make a great second layer over onesies, and are cool, loose and comfortable for baby in the summer.
❑ You can never have enough onesies. Whether you use them to layer underneath winter outfits or as the only thing baby wears in the summer, you‘ll go through several a day. An even dozen isn’t really too many at all.
Note: DO use them in the summer. They‘ll keep your baby cooler than being in a diaper alone because the cotton absorbs moisture and wicks it away from the skin.
❑ Footies are very handy. Stick with 100 % natural fabrics like stretch cotton or cotton terry for the summer. For the winter, heavier footies should go OVER a onezie rather than against the skin to prevent irritation. 6-8 footies should be enough to start with.
❑ Pick up one or two sweaters or sweatshirts to keep baby warm in wintertime or on cooler spring/summer evenings.
❑ Four to six pairs each of booties and socks should be plenty. Cotton stretchy ones will be far more comfortable for baby than nylon.
❑ One special take-me-home outfit is a must for those memorable homecoming pictures with close family and friends.
❑ Half a dozen baby washcloths are a must. They‘re far thinner than regular adult washcloths, and less likely to irritate baby‘s skin.
❑ Four to fives hooded towels will go a long way. They‘re handy for wrapping a baby up from head to toe after a bath,especially in a cool house.
❑ Bibs are another of those things you just can’t have enough of. Drool bibs are fine for tucking under baby‘s chin to keep drool and spit-up from staining clothing. You won’t need the bigger bibs for feeding for a while, but pick up one or two to have on hand.
❑ Burp cloths are another of those things you just can’t have enough of. Burp cloths are great to keep those inevitable spitups from getting all over you and baby and provide a soft spot to lay baby’s head.
❑ Receiving blankets make a great all purpose essential. They‘re the perfect size for swaddling baby, or tossing over your shoulder for privacy while nursing. You‘ll use them lay on the floor or on a changing station before you put the baby down, spread them over the stroller or baby seat in the sun – in other words, for just about everything. Half a dozen is certainly not too many.
❑ A few packs of diapers with umbilical stump protection (but don’t go overboard, because your baby will grow out of these unbelievably quickly).
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