Baby Must-Haves: List Of Items For The First Year

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Having a newborn can be exciting and scary at the same time. When I had my first child many years ago, it was pretty much trial by fire. My husband and I had to figure everything out along the way as we were, by and large, unprepared. Being prepared beforehand is very important and this checklist will help you with that. Here, we present a detailed baby items list of must-haves for the first year:

Feeding Essential Items

If you are breastfeeding:

Nursing bras – you probably need a bra that is one cup size larger

 

Breast pads (disposable) – helps with potentially embarrassing spills as well

 

Breast pump

 

Lotion for sore nipples

 

Milk storage containers

 

Nursing pillow – helps you support the baby’s weight while feeding

 

Bottle warmer – human milk proteins are delicate, so you want to be careful not to microwave, which may lead to overheating

 

If you are formula feeding:

Bibs and burp cloths

 

Four-ounce and eight-ounce bottles with nipples (with brushes) – babies will typically go through ten four-ounce bottles per day

 

Baby formula – check the expiration date and lot number (in case of any recalls)

 

Thermal bottle carrier – for keeping milk warm when going out

 

Bedtime

Pajamas – when dressing your baby, get pajamas that are the easiest to put on or remove, without any snaps or decorative materials. Ribbons and ties may look nice, but they are choking hazards and should be avoided

 

Socks and booties – keep your baby warm, especially in the winter

 

Crib and crib mattress

 

Fitted cribsheets

 

Light blankets that fit in the crib – be careful about layering too many blankets on your baby. Your baby will not be able to kick off blankets if they get too warm!

 

Sleep sack

 

Air Purifier – it is important to keep the air in your baby’s living environment clean. Get the best air purifiers with high CADR (clean air delivery rate) ratings for common air contaminants such as dust, smoke and pollen

 

Light comforter – remember to keep this away from the baby’s head

 

Waterproof mattress covers

 

Toiletries

Plastic infant tub – your baby will learn to love getting in here for the shower

 

Talcum powder – great in helping to absorb moisture

 

Baby shampoo

 

Baby lotion – keeps your baby’s skin supple

 

Aqueous cream – often aqueous cream is enough to get your baby clean; you don’t have to bathe them everyday

 

Barrier cream – protects your baby from rashes

 

Baby oil

 

Baby bath towels

 

Blankets

Large cotton blankets

 

Receiving blankets – can also be used as burp cloths

 

Diapering

Diaper bag

 

Diaper pail

 

Changing pad

 

Barrier cream / Baby ointment – help prevent rashes

 

Disposable wipes – for cleaning your baby’s bottom

 

Water-proofs

 

Reusable diapers – these can be great spit clothes even if you do not use them for diapers

 

Other Nice-to-Have Items

Baby Seat for the Car – very important if you are taking your baby out anywhere

 

Baby Shoes – some find even the best baby shoes unnecessary, but this is more a matter of personal taste. For the most part your baby should not be walking outdoors anyway.

 

Baby monitor – these work wonders and allow you to monitor your baby even when you are doing other things. The best baby monitors save you time and energy while helping you keep an eye on your baby

 

Baby stroller – ideally one that can recline so your baby can sleep easily. Also look for one that can fold easily so storage is not an issue.

 

Nail clippers – some parents simply bite, but I wouldn’t advise that

 

Baby thermometer

 

Medicine spoon

 

Rocking chair – for feeding and swaddling

 

Baby carrier

 

Playpen

 

Pacifiers – at least two in case one gets lost or dirty

 

Petroleum jelly and sterile gauze – for care post-circumcision

 

Baby Sense – great book by an author from South Africa, another baby essential for understanding your baby better

 

Raising your first baby does not have to be daunting. There are many resources available online to help, such as this baby items list.

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