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Newborn Essentials: The Ultimate Shopping List

SSC Team
  Jul 5, 2022 6:06 AM

If you're the parents for the first time, there're tons of things you need to prepare for your baby. Here we list the must-have newborn essentials so that you will not miss anything.  


Overview

There are a number of newborn essentials that you need to prepare for your baby in the upcoming months. Some are obvious, like clothing, diapers, or a crib, but you may overlook some things. 

That's the purpose of this article, list out essentials for your newborn so that you do not miss anything. 

The list of essential items:

  • Baby clothes

  • Diapering

  • Baby gear

  • Feeding 

  • Sleeping 

  •  Bathing


Clothing

Infants grow fast, so baby clothes sizes are organized by age. You can find clothes for age ranges, often as newborn, three months, six months, nine months, and 12 months. However, some brands may vary in their sizing, so you had better find information about weight and height to ensure that the clothes fit your child. 

Make sure that you have a couple of outfits of the next size up before your baby really needs it. New clothes are not always the best choice. Sometimes, you can still find secondhand ones that have high quality at reasonable prices. 

In general, look for soft, skin-friendly, roomy, and breathable clothes. Besides, try to avoid clothes with dangling strings, tassels, and ribbons which may be choking hazards.

Baby clothing is often more expensive than adults' as they are made without harsh dyes and harmful chemicals. As a baby's skin is sensitive, you must use gentle, baby-friendly laundry detergents in order to prevent skin irritation.


Diapering

Diapering is one of the most important and indispensable things for infants. Your baby may probably go through eight to ten diapers each day, so make sure that you always have a stockpile. If you use disposables, you should start with different small types in case certain kinds irritate your baby or don't fit. 

Moreover, there're some supporting accessories that you need in diapering:

  • Diaper pail: An excellent diaper pail will help your house keep clean and smelling sweet. Some are specialized in cloth diapers; some are for disposable diapers.

  • Baby wipes: you should choose wipes made of polyester, cotton, wool, or rayon fibers. As they are usually for one-time use, they're sold in a package. Unscented wipes may be less irritating to your child's skin. 

  • Diaper rash cream: You may have to try several diaper rash creams before you find the one that works well and won't irritate your baby's skin.

  • Changing table or pad: you will not want your bed to get dirty when changing diapers. A standalone changing table or pad may help a lot and make your work more comfortable.


Baby gear

  • Carriers: If your baby can only sleep if you hold him/her, then a sling will help you lull him/her to sleep while having two hands free to do other things. 

  • Strollers: Strollers are indispensable to taking your baby out. There are several types of strollers you can see on the market: lightweight strollers that can be folded, jogging strollers, or even strollers that can be changed to be car seats. Consider your purpose and requirements to choose the most suitable type for your baby. 

  • Car seats: Your baby needs a safe car seat. For infants, you can choose infant car seats or convertible car seats that you can use when your kid grows up. Some safety regulations have changed over the years, so you need to update all the current guidelines. Moreover, it would be best to learn when to change the car seat to protect your children. 

  • Baby backpacks: You definitely need a baby backpack when you bring your baby to travel or visit relatives. It helps you carry dozens of small but essential items and sometimes lets your hands free. 

  • Baby floor seats: Baby floor seats are essential for babies around four months of age who usually have good head control. You kid may sit on it and play with toys while you bustle around the room.


Feeding

  • Feeding pillows: Those pillows are specially designed for feeding babies while you're nursing or bottle-feeding. They keep the babies in position and reduce pressure on your shoulders and your neck. 

  • Burp cloths or bibs: a cloth or bib can keep your baby's clothes dry. You should use burp cloths for infants from 6 to 12 months and bibs for children from 8 to 10 months old. 

  • Bottles: You may need several baby bottles following your baby's growing stages. A newborn usually starts with a 4-ounce bottle, and you will have to change an 8-ounce one when your baby drinks more. 

  • Bottle brushes: It would be hard for your hands to clean the bottle as they're too big. Bottle brushes can scrub small parts and crevices in the bottles and nipples. 

  • Insulated bottle carrier: It will keep the bottles warm or cool when you're outside with your baby. 

  • Highchairs: A highchair is easy to clean and move. Look for a high chair with a seat cover that can be removed, so that you can clear food getting mushed into cracks. 

  • Baby spoons: You should buy plastic or rubber-tipped spoons which are safe for babies' gums and fit their mouths. 

  • Bowls: Make sure that you choose the ones that are durable and not easy to break. You can select the bowls with the suction cups on the bottom to stick to the tray so that they can not be flung to the floor. 

  • Sippy cups: This type of cup has a lid and a spout for the baby to drink. For small children, a cup with handles will be more leisurely for them to manage. 

  • Waterproof bibs: They are indispensable for babies who start weaning. You can choose the ones with pockets at the bottom to carry falling food.


Sleeping

  • Bassinets: A bassinet is a safe place for your baby to sleep. You can put it next to your bed so you can always keep an eye on him/her.

  • Cribs: When your child grows up, you may want to move him/her to a full-sized crib. Newborns grow fast, so you should buy cribs ahead of time. 

  • Bedding: You can find various excellent bedding sets in baby stores. However, things you really need may just include fitted crib sheets and a couple of waterproof crib mattress pads. Don't put other bumpers, pillows, quilts, and soft blankets because they may cause SIDS and accidental suffocation.

  • Baby monitors: Baby monitors help you monitor your baby when you're in another room or even not at home. You can buy a basic audio model or video-equipped kit. Some allow you to connect to the smartphone, some features wearable monitors.

Bathing

  • Bathtubs: A reliable bathtub can help you much in bathing your baby. Some types are designed to accompany your child from newborn to one year old. 

  • Soap and shampoo: Look for products that cause no harm to your baby's skin and eyes. Some parents like fragrances, but those chemistries may harm the sensitive skin of newborns. 

  • Bath towels: Infant bath towels must be soft and super absorbent. A hooded towel works well for wrapping up your baby and drying him/her.

  • Bath toys: If your children can not sit still in the bathtub, buy them some toys and make bath time more fun. 


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