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baby needs list for mother and baby

Prepare yourself for the arrival of your new baby with the help of this shopping list for baby essentials.You can download the free printable list of baby needs at the bottom of this page.

There are so many things you have to remember and so many things you may never have thought of, especially if you become a parent for the first time. Some of the items you will need to buy before your baby is born and others you can buy during baby’s first year.

Get a hospital bag ready about a month before your baby is due, so you won’t be unprepared when your baby decides to come before the predicted date.

List of baby needs for the hospital

list of baby needs for the hospital


Newborn checklist.

  • Receiving blanket + another warm blanket.
  • Diapers & wipes.
  • Outfit for newborn (onesies,shirts).
  • Diaper bag.
  • An outfit for when you take baby home.
  • Infant seat. The law requires an installed infant seat for when you leave the hospital.


Checklist for Mom

  • Nightgown or pajamas. If you will be breastfeeding choose a nightgown that opens at the front.
  • Bathrobe.
  • Slippers and socks. Avoid walking barefoot on hospital floors.
  • Toiletries (comb, toothbrush, deodorant..etc)
  • Camera to capture baby’s first moments.
  • Nursing bra.
  • A few magazines and a battery operated CD player.
  • Some extra pillows.
  • Loose fitting outfit for when you leave the hospital.
  • Health insurance card.


Even if you prefer to let your newborn sleep in your room for a while, it is sensible to prepare the nursery before your baby is due.

Sometimes it can take a while for new furniture to arrive. Besides most expecting parents find it very exciting to decorate the nursery for there new baby.


Baby item list for the nursery

  • Crib or bassinet
  • Crib mattress
  • Changing table
  • Crib bedding and sheets
  • Mattress pad

For decorating:

  • Curtains
  • Wallpaper
  • Lamps and nightlight
  • Toy chest
  • Mobiles
  • Rocking chair
  • Dresser


List of baby needs for in the home.

  • Playpen
  • Bouncer seat
  • Swing
  • Potty chair
  • Toys and books
  • Growth chart
  • Highchair
  • Baby walker


Safety checklist for childproofing:


List of baby needs for bathing a baby

  • Baby bath tub
  • Hooded towels
  • Bath toys
  • Wash cloths
  • Baby bath soaps and lotions
  • Cotton balls
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Nail clippers


For diapering

  • Cloth or disposable diapers
  • Safety pins
  • Waterproof protector
  • Baby wipes
  • Changing mat
  • Nappy pail


Baby needs health checklist.

  • First aid kit
  • Thermometer
  • Fever reduce.
  • Cotton balls
  • Nose drops
  • Disinfectant
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Vaporizer


List of baby needs for clothing.

  • Onesies
  • Socks and booties
  • Mittens
  • Cotton shirts
  • Pajamas
  • Pants
  • Sweaters
  • Winter coat


List of baby items for feeding your baby.

Bottle feeding.

  • Baby bottle
  • Nipples
  • Bibs
  • Sterilizer
  • Bottle cleaning brush
  • Drying rack
  • Bottle warmer
  • Teethers
  • Plastic sip cup


For breastfeeding.

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List of baby needs for traveling.

  • Infant to toddler car seat
  • Backpack carrier
  • Light weight or collapsible stroller
  • Travel or portable playpen
  • Inflatable baby bathtub
  • Plastic feeding set with utensils
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, shade and glasses)


And a diaper bag with the following items for baby:

  • Diapers & wipes
  • Plastic bags for soiled diapers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby food
  • Bibs
  • Bottles
  • Disposable changing pad


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