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Newborn Baby Essentials: What are You Going to Need?

Newborn Baby Essentials: What are You Going to Need?

While preparing to bring your newborn home, finding what baby items are truly necessary might seem a bit overwhelming, especially for new parents.

2020/03/17

While preparing to bring your newborn home, finding what baby items are truly necessary might seem a bit overwhelming, especially for new parents. Whether it is a cozy baby girl sweater or simply a new crib, you might probably feel like your baby will need everything under the sun. So, let’s stick to the basics with our newborn baby essential list.

Clothing and Layette

Newborn Baby Essentials: What are You Going to Need?

Baby girl sweaters and essentials

  • 5-8 onesies or other soft outfits
  • 3-4 baby sleepers or sleep sacks
  • 5-7 pairs of baby socks
  • 2-3 winter clothing like some baby boy or baby girl sweaters
  • 1-2 newborn hats (depending on the climate)

Although you may want some cute outfits first, your baby doesn’t really need anything fancy in those first few weeks. So, just going for simple, plain, budget-friendly clothing is totally fine. When making these purchases, you should also think about how often you plan on doing laundry and when your due date is.

Your baby can be comfortable when wearing a hat, but this is entirely up to you. For example, your baby should wear a hat to keep him or her warm outside when the weather is cold. And your baby likely does not need it at home.

Also, during the cold winter days, items like baby sweaters are a better option than stuffing your newborn with clothes as they can also make your baby uncomfortable rather than cozy. Overall, it mostly depends on the weather to pick your newborn cloth essentials.

Besides, it’s best not to overstock newborn clothing items because your baby will outgrow them faster than you think. And, because babies shouldn’t sleep with blankets, having some baby sleepers or sleep sacks around should come in handy.

Diapers

Newborn Baby Essentials: What are You Going to Need?
  • 2-3 packs of disposable diapers (you need to have enough diapers for at least two days)
  • 1-2 packs of disposable wipes or 12 cloth wipes
  • 1 bottle of diaper rash cream
  • A cloth-diaper detergent (if you need to wash diapers)
  • Waterproof pad for diaper changes
  • A diaper pail or receptacle (optional)

Of course, diapers are always on top of the list when it comes to baby essentials. However, choosing the suitable kind of diaper for your little one can be quite confusing and stressful.

Whether you decide to use cloth diapers or disposables, remember that both have their own pros and cons. So, choosing what works for your baby and your lifestyle should be a challenge. If you feel a bit too busy, then disposable diapers are great options to save your precious time. That said, many families still use both clothes and disposable diapers for their babies. So, we recommend you try out both to see what you like best.

Note that newborns can go through 8-10 diapers a day. Therefore, make sure you have plenty of diapers around. But, you also don’t need to stock up too much.

Bedding and Sleep Needs

Newborn Baby Essentials: What are You Going to Need?
  • A crib, cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper
  • Crib mattress, a mattress that fits properly in the cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper
  • 3-4 fitted sheets for crib, cradle, bassinet, or co-sleeper
  • 1 waterproof crib mattress cover or a waterproof pad to lay under the crib sheet
  • Baby monitor

No matter what bed you choose for your newborns, it is recommended by the AAP that babies should sleep in the same room with their parents for the first 6-12 months. Also, bumpers, blankets, pillows, and soft toys are not recommended to place in your baby’s bed.

Nowadays, diapers have really great absorbents, so you don’t have to clean up a lot. But still, waterproofing your mattress and stocking up on new sheets for bedding changes will come in handy. Additionally, make sure to have a baby monitor around to check your baby’s sleep when you leave the room.

Baby Feeding Supplies

Newborn Baby Essentials: What are You Going to Need?
  • 7-9 burp cloths
  • 4-5 bottles or more if you’re bottle-feeding
  • A bottle brush for cleaning bottles
  • A variety of bottle nipples in different sizes
  • Breastfeeding pillow, nursing pads, and nipple cream
  • Breast pump

If you plan on formula feeding, then it’s good to discuss the formula brands and types you go for with your doctor before bringing your baby home. On top of that, you will need a lot of burp cloths no matter what feeding method you choose.

We hope you have known what baby items you should prepare for your baby’s arrival now. Just let us know if you have any questions about newborn essentials in the comments below.

Laura.Bartlett

Laura.Bartlett

Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.