You’ll spend plenty of time with your new little bundle of joy, and you’ll probably want to make sure you have all the right baby supplies on hand to keep them comfortable and safe. That’s why we compiled a list of newborn essentials, including everything from diapers to bottles.
Diapers and wipes
You’re going to need a lot of diapers to keep up with the demands of your new baby. We recommend you start with a few boxes of newborn-size disposables, then upgrade to a bigger package as your baby grows. Swaddlers that offer leak protection are also a great choice for the first few months.
Onesies and pants
Keeping your newborn warm is important, so you’ll need to stock up on baby onesies that snap between their legs to help them stay cozy while they’re sleeping. You’ll also want a few pairs of socks, too. Babies lose a lot of heat through their heads, so you’ll want to keep them warm with a hat or a cap.
While you’re buying clothes, you’ll also want to include a few pairs of pajamas, sleepers or sleeping sacks for your newborn. These sleepwear options are easy for your newborn to put on and remove, and they’re usually made of soft fabrics that don’t irritate their sensitive skin. Some sleeping sacks also have padding for their feet.
Toys and books
Having toys to play with is another must-have for your newborn. Rattles, shakers, musical toys and stuffed animals are all good options.
You’ll need a place to store your baby’s clothes while you’re at work or away for longer periods of time. Changing tables are convenient, but you can also use dressers or chests of drawers. Alternatively, you can place a laundry basket next to your nursery glider or rocking chair.
Sterilizers and bottle warmers
If you’re planning on formula feeding your newborn, it’s a must-have to sterilize bottles and nipples before use. These sterilizers can help to reduce the risk of bacteria growth and other contaminants in your baby’s milk. Some come with a warmer as well.
A breast pump is an essential for breastfeeding mothers, but it’s also helpful if you plan to feed your baby with formula. There are electric or battery-powered models that are easy to use and can be used for both breasts at the same time.
Toys and books for your baby
Your baby isn’t going to sit still long enough to get bored, so you’ll need lots of toys in their nursery. Some favorites we’ve reviewed include rattles, rattler rattles, musical toys, stuffed animals and teddy bears.
A humidifier in your nursery helps your baby breathe easier. It also helps your newborn avoid suffocation, which can lead to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
A firm crib mattress is a must-have for the safety of your baby’s head. You’ll also need fitted sheets that fit the mattress perfectly, and a waterproof mattress cover.