Baby Essentials | The Complete List For New And Expecting Parents
Getting ready to welcome a baby into your home can be exciting, overwhelming, and everything in-between. One of your biggest tasks is to fill your house with the things you’ll need to take care of your little one. But it can be hard to know which items are baby essentials and which ones you can live without.
To help you figure out what to buy, the experts at Newton Baby have organized the baby essentials into seven categories: nursery, clothing, diapering, bath time, feeding, health and safety, and playtime and carrying. We’ll tell you the must-haves for each category and you can let your family’s preferences dictate the rest.
Baby Essentials: The Nursery
Designing your little one’s nursery can be one of the most enjoyable parts of expecting a baby! Take your pick from plenty of colors and themes to create an attractive and safe space for your baby, where they will play, grow, and sleep the night away.
A Crib And Mattress
That said, your baby can immediately start sleeping in a crib if you prefer. This can be a bonus because your little one won’t outgrow a crib as fast as they will a bassinet or cradle — in fact, a standard-sized crib mattress can even see your child through their toddler years!
Your baby will spend a lot of time sleeping, so it’s important to choose a crib and crib mattress that are safe and easy to clean.
Newton’s Crib Mattress is 100% breathable and 100% washable. This means your baby can breathe straight through the mattress and you can easily keep it clean. Say goodbye to mold, bacteria, and allergens!
Or let your baby sleep directly on the mattress and keep an extra mattress cover on hand for a quick late-night change when accidents happen.
Other Nursery Necessities
You’ll also need somewhere to store clothes and change diapers. Use a traditional changing table, or simplify by using a dresser or chest as a changing table as well (if the space and height are right).
Here are a few other nursery items you’ll want to have:
- Rocking chair or glider
- Nightlight or lamp
- Clothes hamper
Baby Essentials: Clothing
Between spit up, blowouts, and other inevitable messes, your new baby will go through a lot of clothes! How many of each item you should buy depends largely on how often you plan to do laundry.
Here are the essentials you’ll need (based on doing laundry once or twice per week):
- Onesies (5-7)
- Sleep sack or swaddle (2-3)
- One-piece footed pajamas (4-5)
- Sweaters or jackets (1-2)
- Dress-up outfits (1-2)
- Pairs of socks or booties (5-7)
- Newborn hat (2)
- Winter hat (2)
- Summer hat for the sun (1)
- Pants (5)
- Shirts (5)
- Scratch mittens (3-4)
- Winter mittens (1)
- Swimsuit (1)
Last but not least, don’t forget to stock up on baby hangers and gentle laundry detergent to keep everything clean and tidy.
Baby Essentials: Diapering
From day one, you’ll need to have the diapering essentials on hand. Your baby will go through a lot of diapers! Before purchasing supplies, decide if you want to use disposable or cloth diapers.
If you opt for disposable diapers, stock up! Babies typically go through fewer diapers as they get older, but in their first month or so, expect to use up to 10 diapers per day. That’s somewhere around 300 diapers!
If you’re using cloth diapers, buy at least 15 (more if you don’t plan on washing every other day). Don’t forget you’ll also need diaper covers and fasteners for cloth diapers.
General Diapering Necessities
No matter which diaper option is best for your family, you’ll also need these basics for diaper changing:
- Changing pad
- Diaper pail and liners
- Diaper rash cream
- Diaper wipes
- Diaper bag
Expert tip: While we’re on the subject of leaky diapers, blowouts, and the like, having an extra mattress cover and a waterproof mattress pad will make your life easier when your little angel leaves you with a mess in the crib.
Baby Essentials: Bath Time
When it comes to bath time, there are several cute (but unnecessary) products and fun bath toys to choose from. For now, let’s stick to the basics that you’ll need to keep your baby squeaky clean.
To start with, you need a baby bathtub. Once you have a place to bathe your little one, the rest is pretty simple.
Before The Bath
Always test the water temperature before putting your little one in the bath. A bath thermometer will help you keep the water at the perfect temperature so your baby isn’t too chilly or too warm.
Additionally, put a faucet guard in place so your little one doesn’t bump their head on the hard bath or sink faucet.
During The Bath
To cleanse your little one, you’ll need several soft baby washcloths, a gentle baby soap or bath wash, and baby shampoo (to make things even simpler, consider getting a two-in-one baby body wash and shampoo).
Tip: Keep a plastic cup in the bathroom to easily rinse the soap off of your baby.
After The Bath
To finish up your bathtime routine, you’ll want to have a baby hairbrush and towel on hand (the hooded baby towels are especially adorable, but you can also use a regular towel).
Baby Essentials: Feeding
When it comes to feeding your infant, the big decision you have to make is if you’re going to breastfeed or formula feed. Later, your baby will eat solid foods and will need a highchair and several baby spoons, but let’s focus on the essentials for those first few months.
Formula Feeding Essentials
If you’ve chosen to formula feed, here’s a list of must-haves:
- Bottles with nipples
- Dishwasher bottle basket
- Bottle-cleaning brush
- Baby formula
- Bibs (lots of them!)
- Burp cloths
- Insulated bottle carrier for traveling
If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll need the items from the list above (except the formula) in order to bottle feed when you’re unable to nurse. In addition, you’ll need a breast pump and breast milk storage containers.
Nipple cream, nursing bras, and breast pads are also important to make things as easy and comfortable as possible for you.
Baby Essentials: Health And Safety
Whether you’re giving medicine or buckling your little one in for a car ride, your baby’s health and safety is your top priority.
To care for your baby when they’re sick and to keep them in tip-top shape daily, stock up on these health and first-aid supplies:
- Nail clippers (or nail scissors or a file)
- Bulb syringe
- Baby thermometer
- Medicine spoon
- Medicine Syringe
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Petroleum jelly and gauze (if you have a circumcised little boy)
- Baby medicine (talk to your pediatrician about what you should have)
As soon as your little one figures out how to roll over, you’ve got a baby on the move. Time to babyproof!
When it comes to purchasing babyproofing gear, at the very least you’ll need baby gates for the top and bottom of stairs, cabinet and drawer latches, outlet covers, and a fireplace bumper if your home has a fireplace.
A car seat should be at the top of your baby essentials list. You’ll need a car seat just to get your baby home from the hospital, so make sure you purchase one well before your due date!
Baby Essentials: Playtime And Carrying
Between reading books and enjoying tummy time on the floor, it’s important to have the right toys available for your little one. While there’s no one toy that’s a must-have, consider things like a baby swing, baby books, rattles, soft blocks, or a bouncer seat.
You’ll also want to have the right baby equipment for the activities that your family enjoys. A stroller is a must-have for most families.
Think about your family’s hobbies — for example, if you and your family love hiking, a baby carrier will be a necessity for you while other parents will be content with a sling to use around the house.
With this guide, you can be sure that your home and nursery are outfitted with the true baby essentials — like diapers, a car seat, and a Newton Baby Crib Mattress.
At the end of each day, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your little one is getting the sound, safe sleep they need on Newton Baby’s breathable, comfortable, and durable crib mattress.
Now all that’s left to do is eagerly await the arrival of your sweet baby!