Preparing for Your Baby: Everything You Need for Your Newborn

A visit to a baby store can be overwhelming for new parents, with a virtually infinite array of baby supplies of every stripe. Babies require lots of supplies, but not nearly as many as the sales consultant at your local baby store might have you believe. Decorations, tons of cute clothes and a lot of toys are great if you can afford them, but the truth is that you really only need the basics in order to give your baby a great start. Here are the things you absolutely must check off of your baby-shopping checklist.

Feeding Supplies
Newborns need to eat, and many parents are surprised at how much their babies eat! If you’re planning to breastfeed, you’ll need the following supplies:

Feeding Supplies
Newborns need to eat, and many parents are surprised at how much their babies eat! If you’re planning to breastfeed, you’ll need the following supplies:

• Breastpump—most parents find that electrical breastpumps are easier to use, though they also tend to be more expensive. Consider renting one.
• Breastfeeding bottles
• Breast milk storage containers. While many people simply store their breastmilk in bottles, it’s safer to store them in storage bags or specialty breastmilk containers which can be used for freezing the milk.
• Breastfeeding pillow
• Breastfeeding cover
• Nursing bra and nursing pads

Despite the benefits of breastfeeding, time and convenience considerations cause some parents to choose formula instead. If you’re planning to use formula, or if you plan to use a mix of breastmilk and formula, you’ll need the following:

• Bottles. The more bottles you can afford, the better, because this means fewer washings
• Bottle sterilizer
• Brush bottle cleaner
• Infant formula. Consult with your pediatrician about the best choice for your needs, and buy at least three canisters in preparation for your baby’s arrival.

You don’t need baby food, teething biscuits or other items for a newborn; The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that babies should not have solid foods until they are six months old.

Transportation Supplies
You’ll need supplies to transport your baby the moment you bring her home from the hospital, so make sure you have everything loaded up in your car. Items you’ll need include:

• Carseat. Make sure the seat is installed properly. Many police and fire stations will show new parents how to install carseats for free.
• Stroller
• Baby backpack or carrier. While this is optional, many parents find that it’s easier to wear their babies than to maneuver strollers through crowded areas.

Diaper Supplies
In the first few months of your child’s life, you’ll go through hundreds, and maybe even thousands, of diapers. To make diapering easier, get the following:

• Boxes of diapers in several sizes. Your baby will quickly outgrow her newborn diapers. If you have a preemie, you may need to buy diapers especially for very small children
• Diaper rash ointment
• Baby wipes
• Hand sanitizer
• Changing pad or changing table
• Diaper genie or sanitizer. While this is optional, it can make diaper changes easier and cleaner.
• Diaper bag with a wet bag compartment for dirty diapers you can’t throw away

Health and Comfort Supplies
Every new parent quickly learns that a fussy baby can ruin an otherwise wonderful day. Stock up on these supplies to minimize crying and distress.

• Baby swaddler in several sizes. Wrap this around your baby to help her sleep
• Pacifier. Some breastfeeding parents opt not to use pacifiers
• Humidifier
• Infant first aid kit
• Nasal bulb to clear baby’s sinuses
• Thermometer
• Baby bath tub to attach to the sink
• Tear-free baby soap and shampoo
• Soft-bristled baby brush

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