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Newborn checklist: Everything you need

You will probably feel very nervous if this is your first pregnancy. What do I need? Did I missed something? What should I do? I bet these questions are circulating in your mind daily. This ultimate newborn baby checklist can help you decide what you’ll need to purchase and prepare before your baby arrives.

So what do you actually need to have on hand for the first month with your newborn.

Clothing

Usually need to prepare extra as they can easily get dirty, plus they can’t be wash in time.

**Please seperate your newborn and adult clothes in laundry, and only use special laundry detergent made for infants.

  • 10 undershirts or (mix of short-sleeve & long-sleeve)
  • At least 5 nightgowns to be use until the cord falls off (normall on the fifth days)
  • 10 one-piece sleepers with zippers (stretchable)
  • Few newborn hats (optional)
  • 6 pairs of pants
  • 10 pairs of socks or booties, to be wear when necesseary
  • 6 pairs of mittens, prevent newborn from scratching their face
  • 6 muslin warp (can be handy to keep your baby calm)
  • 2 receiving blankets
  • Jacket or cardigan and snowsuit if its winter

Feeding

Depending on if you’re breastfeeding or formula feeding. If you’re breastfeeding, you don’t really need any extra items.

However, here’s a list of handy items for exclusively breastfeeding mums.

  • Breast pump
  • Milk storage (if you are using breast pump)
  • Bibs (for feeding or burp)
  • Nursing pillow (optional but can be handy)
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Nipples lotion
  • Bottles with nipples (to be used with stored milk)

If you are formula feeding, you will probably need these

  • Bibs
  • Dozen of 4oz and 8oz bottles with nipples
  • Baby-safe detergent
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Formula Milk (replace with soy or goat if your baby’s intorelance with cow milk)
  • Thermal water bottle

Diapering

Disposable diapers

  • 1 or 2 boxes of newborn-size diapers (Do not store too many in advance as baby grows quickly)
  • Changing pad (disposable or washable)
  • Baby ointment (prevent rash)
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom

Washable cloth diapers

  • Dozen of cloth diapers (with snaps or velcro)
  • Dozen of waterproof covers
  • Changing pad (disposable or washable)
  • Baby ointment (prevent rash)
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom

Bathtime

  • Baby bath tub
  • Dozens of washcloths (do not share with cleaning bottom)
  • Soap specially for babies
  • Couple of cotton-hooded towels

Bedtime

We always recomended parents not to share the same mattress with their newborn due to safety measurement. However, if you are planning to co-sleeping with your newborn, here’s few things you might need

  • Firm mattress (not a waterbed)
  • Couple of waterproof mat (place under baby)
  • Soft fitted sheets
  • Small light comforter (for newborn)
  • Baby sleep sack (do not share blanket with your newborn)

Sleep in a crib

  • Baby crib and mattress
  • Couple of waterproof mat (place under baby)
  • Soft fitted sheets
  • Small light comforter (for newborn)
  • Baby sleep sack
Other necessities
  • Infant safety seat for car (if you always travel by car)
  • Stroller that reclines
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Baby thermometer
  • Change table (optional)
  • Rocking chair for feeding and swaddling (optional)
  • Playpen (to be use until they can walk)
  • Sling or baby carrier
  • Diaper bag
  • Couple of pacifiers (if you plan to use them)
  • Rattles and other baby toys
  • Night light (best not to use any)

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