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Your Ultimate Checklist of Baby Essentials

Streamline your shopping list with this checklist of all the baby must-haves.

There are a ton of to-dos when prepping for baby’s arrival, and shopping for all the baby essentials is not least among them. From setting up the nursery to gathering the gear for sleeping, eating and diapering, it’s easy to keep busy buying baby must-haves. After all, the amount of baby supplies a newborn requires can take any mom-to-be by surprise. But how do you figure out which are the baby items you can forget about, and which are the essential baby items you can’t live without? Don’t stress: We’re breaking it all down for you. Read on for a complete list of things you need for a new baby.

Baby Wardrobe Essentials

It doesn’t get much cuter than tiny baby clothes, but you’ll want to pick out practical baby things that’ll keep your newborn comfy and cozy. When it comes to clothing, these are the baby must-haves:

  • 4-8 onesies (envelope folds at the shoulders and snaps at the crotch)
  • 4-8 shirts (kimono-style with snaps or envelope folds at the shoulders)
  • 4-8 pants (footies can be a great option)
  • 4-8 one-piece pajamas
  • 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits
  • 1-3 sweaters or jackets (front buttoned)
  • 4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby starts walking
  • 1-3 newborn hats (broad-brimmed for a summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for a winter baby)
  • No-scratch mittens
  • 2 wearable blankets for the winter
  • Bunting bag or fleece suit for the winter
  • Lightweight and heavy stroller blankets
  • Gentle laundry detergent

Baby Nursery Essentials

A baby’s room calls for adorable decor for sure, but you’ll also need furniture and baby bedding that will make infant care all the easier (and safer). Here are the baby essentials for any nursery:

Baby Diapering Essentials

Changing a diaper may seem daunting at first, but trust us, you’ll get the hang of it—and these baby must-haves will help you pick it up even faster. Check out this list of baby necessities for diapering:

Baby Bath Essentials

Bath time can be tons of fun—at least, once you get a handle on that slippery baby. Best be prepared with all the right gear. These are the baby must-haves for the bath:

Baby Feeding Essentials

Be prepared to feed your newborn around the clock—which means, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’re going to need a whole bunch of baby things for mealtime. Here are the important baby supplies to stock up:

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Baby Health Essentials

Don’t forget: Babies need the occasionally grooming too. And if your child happens to get sick, you’ll want to have the right baby essentials on hand. Here’s what to buy:

Baby Gear Essentials

Whether you’re on the move or relaxing at home, you’ll need to need have some key baby gear at the ready. After all, at some point you’re going to need your arms back! Here are the baby must-haves to have on hand:

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Updated November 2019