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Expecting a baby? Here’s the checklist all new parents need

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Back home with your bundle of joy and you’re confused about the ‘essentials’, the ‘must-haves’ and the ‘may-be’.

 

To simplify the chaos, we’ve put a newborn essential checklist together that can help you prepare for your new arrival.

 

SAVE IT.PRINT IT.SHARE IT. And stress less knowing you’re ready for what’s to come.

 

 

for stress-free Feeding

□ 10-16 bottles and nipples, both 4- and 8- ounce (if fed strictly by the bottle, your baby will go through about 10 in the 4-ounce size per day). Read our complete baby bottle guide to know more here

□ 10 bibs (these get soiled really quickly)

□ 4 Burp cloths

□ 4 pacifiers

□ 2 Bottle brushes

□ 1 Bottle Sterilizer

□ 1 Bottle & Food Warmer

□ 1 Bottle Drying Rack

□ 2 Feeding Pillows

□ Formula.Incase you are formula feeding, learn more here

□ 1 High Chair. Find a high chair for the little grown up ones here

 

for comfortable Nursing

□ 2 Breast Pumps

□ 8 Nursing Bras

□ 10 Nursing tops & nightwear  (front open)

□ Disposable Maternity Breast Pads

□ Nipple Cream. Learn more about nipple blisters here

□ Stretch Mark Creams

 

for Clothing

□ Body Suits (full sleeves / half sleeves/ full length / half length)

□ Rompers

□ Onesies   (wide head openings and loose legs)

□ one-piece pajamas and 2 piece separates

□ Button down vests (snaps at neck or wide head openings, snaps under crotch)

□ Socks

□ Cotton Cap

□ Mittens / Booties

□ Jackets, jumpers, beanies, and cardigans (for winter babies)

□ Singlets and sun hats (for summer babies)

□ Baby hangers

 

Shopping for cute little clothes before the birth of your baby is so exciting. It’s always a good idea to have some basics ready for when they’re born.

 

for safe and secure Sleeping

□ Baby Pillow. You can find one here

□ Bassinet and bassinet sheets (cotton)

□ Crib, complete with a waterproof mattress cover, fitted sheets, and bumpers

□ Bolsters and Baby dohar

□ White noise machine or soother

□ Mosquito net

□ Swaddling Blankets

□ Cot mobile

 

For Diapering

□ Diaper bag

□ Baby wipes

□ Diapers

□ Diaper Changing Mat

□ Muslin nappies with plastic outside

□ Diaper pail and liners

□ Small thermos to hold warm water

□ Nappy cream

□ Packs of cotton wool

□ Diaper rash cream. Yes there will be bumps, rashes, and spots – here’s how you can prevent them

□ Waterproof sheets

 

For Bathing

□ Hooded towels

□ Packs of washcloths

□ Baby shampoo and soap

□ Massage oil. Massage is a great way to bond with your baby, try using one of these lovely oils to get started.

□ Baby bathtub and bath toys

□ Baby nail clipper

□ Soft brush and comb

□ Mild soap/detergent for laundry

 

for easy Outings

□ Stroller. If you’re wondering which one to get, check out some mom recommendations here

□ Playmat with toys attached

□ Portable playpen

□ Rear-facing infant car seat with head support padding

□ Toys – Rattle, Musical or chime toy,  squishy balls, infant play gym, bouncing cradles and baby swings

□ Baby carrier/ sling

□ Baby playbooks

□ Sun shade for car windows

 

for Safety and Security

□ Baby Monitor with 2 receivers. Find the most suitable one here

□ A room thermometer

□ Air Purifier / Humidifier. Find one that’s most suited for your  room here

□ Steamer or vaporizer

□ Plug socket covers, cupboard and window catches

□ Furniture corner protectors

First Aid Kit. A quick checklist to what you must have in your first aid kit

□ Infant and/or child thermometers (both digital and ear or rectal)

□ Colic relief solutions. Find out more about colic here

□ Antihistamines and calamine lotion as recommended by your doctor, for insect bites, hives, and allergic reactions

□ Rubbing alcohol swabs to clean thermometers, tweezers, and scissors

□ Petroleum jelly

□ Antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes

□ Irrigating eye wash to rinse irritants from eyes

□ Nasal aspirator bulb (not a pointy-ended ear syringe)

□ Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks

□ Child-safe sunscreen. Find a sunscreen for your child skin type here

□ Child-safe insect repellent. Here’s a range of mommy recommended products, perfect for both warding off and treating that itchy bump

□ An assortment of adhesive bandage strips in various sizes and shapes (for children’s sensitive skin, get the less-sticky kind)

□ Gauze rolls (1/2 to 2 inches wide) and Gauze pads (2 by 2 inches and 4 by 4 inches)

□ Adhesive tape

□ Sterile cotton balls and Cotton-tipped swabs

□  Non-latex gloves

□  An oral syringe or calibrated cup or spoon for administering medicines

□  A hot water bottle and an ice pack

□  A small flashlight to check ears, nose, throat, and eyes

 

While the list is long, the most important things your newborn needs are your love and attention. Fortunately, that’s free!

 

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By Prerna S Joon

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