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"Baby's on the Way"

by Kris Cormier

A new baby can bring lots of joy, but also lots of work! Be sure to have all the essentials prepared at least a few weeks before your baby is due to arrive (in case she or he is early!). At very minimum, your little one needs a warm and safe place to sleep, clean and dry clothes and diapers, nutrient-rich milk to drink, and most importantly, a loving parent close by. Beyond that, there are still some nice little extras that a new parent would want to gather up. Here is a list of commonly purchased baby items:

Baby Needs Checklist:


  • Crib
  • Crib Mattress
  • Crib sheets
  • Crib skirt
  • Decorations
  • Changing Table
  • Bassinet
  • Receiving blankets
  • Knitted/heavy blankets
  • Baby monitor
  • Crib Mobile

Feeding Supplies:

  • Nursing Pillow
  • Nipple lotion
  • Disposable Nursing Pads
  • Bottles (if bottle feeding)
  • Bibs
  • Soothers & Clips
  • Feeding Fork
  • Feeding Spoons
  • Sippy cups
  • Feeding bowls
  • Highchair
  • Portable highchair
  • Booster seat


  • Infant car seat
  • Diaper bag
  • Infant carrier
  • Infant Sling
  • Stroller
  • Car toys
  • Car sun shades
  • Child view mirror
  • Travel toy organizer
  • Warm carseat cuddle bag


  • Outfits
  • Sleepers
  • Onesies/undershirts
  • Infant caps
  • "Coming home" outfit
  • Socks and Shoes
  • Knitted Booties
  • Snowsuits (if winter baby)
  • Sweaters (if weather is cool)
  • Light Sleeping Bag
  • Warm hat (if winter baby)


  • Disposable diapers - newborn size
  • and/or Cloth diapers - newborn size
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper pail
  • Change pads


  • Infant Bathtub (with newborn seat)
  • Older infant Seat (ring)
  • Hooded bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Bath mat
  • Baby wash
  • Baby shampoo
  • Bath toys

Medicine Cabinet:

  • Baby Grooming Kit
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Baby oil
  • Lotion
  • Nose syringe
  • Infant gas drops
  • Infant cold drops
  • Pain Reliever - Infant drops
  • Antibacterial hand soap
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Teethers

Entertainment :

  • Exersaucer
  • Jumper
  • Music
  • Puzzles
  • Bouncer
  • Rattles
  • Board books
  • Learning toys
  • Play yard
  • Toy frame
  • Activity mat
  • Stuffed animals
  • Blocks
  • Portable Open-Top Swing


  • Stroller/playpen net
  • Clothes hamper
  • Clothes hangers
  • Baby gate

* This article is Kris Cormier 2006-2010 and may be printed without the author's permission for personal use only. It may not be distributed, modified, or sold.
* Updated August 2010 with more modern info.

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