Essentials for Newborns: The Ultimate Baby Checklist | spoiled (2023)

There's so much to do as your baby's birth approaches, and gathering all of those necessities for your newborn can be a daunting task. Use this newborn baby checklist to find out what you'll need for the first three months with your baby, plus a few other "good-to-haves" to consider. Our list includes items your baby will need at nursery, as well as clothing, food, diapers and bath essentials, as well as useful gear for when you're out and about. Once you have these needs, you'll feel more prepared for the day you bring your baby home.

nursery checklist

For many (if not most) parents-to-be, the nursery becomes the most important room in the house! If you're enjoying your nesting time but aren't sure you have all the essentials, use our nursery checklist for a full list of things you might need for your little one's arrival:

Cradle.When it comes to newborn baby needs, the crib tops our checklist. Your baby will need a safe crib to sleep in, as she will be napping at least 16 hours a day, or more in the early days and weeks! A crib can be expensive, but you can use it for years if you choose a style that converts to a toddler bed and then a daybed. Some models can even convert to a full-size bed later! With cribs, it's safer to buy new ones; so you know your baby's crib meets all the latest safety standards.

crib mattress.One of the most important essentials for newborn babies is a firm mattress that fits perfectly in the crib you purchased. This is the safest sleeping surface.

Pajamas.You won't need much bedding, just a waterproof mattress cover and several fitted sheets that fit comfortably over the crib mattress. Keeping the baby's crib empty (without any other bedding, including blankets, sheets, pillows and cushions, as well as toys) helps reduce the risk of suffocation andsudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

cradle. While this item is optional, we've added it to our newborn checklist because some parents prefer to use a crib for the first few weeks. Cribs are small and portable; they take up less space than cribs and can be easily moved from room to room. Of course, your child will also need a cot.

Night light.You'll thank us for adding this newborn baby essential to our checklist! When heading to the nursery in the middle of the night to nurse, a night light is a real newborn necessity. It lets you see where you're going and what you're doing without having to turn on any bright lights. As your child gets older, a night light can also provide security when he wakes up in the middle of the night.

Clothes storage.You'll need a place to put your newborn's clothes, even if you've only gathered the essentials. In some cases, the drawers or shelves that come with the changing table may provide enough storage space. Alternatively, you can use baskets or tubs to organize clothes; dressers or closets are also good options.

nursery glideror rocking chairA comfortable chair in the nursery is the perfect place for nursing, a bedtime story or lullaby, and one last cuddle before bed. This can help make night feedings less disruptive to the baby, and the rocking motion can help you and your newborn feel more calm.

pacifiers.Newborns may want to suck on a pacifier to calm down, so this might be a must for you. Keep in mind that pacifiers often go missing, so you might want to keep some on hand! Pacifiers come in a variety of sizes – check the manufacturer's guidelines to make sure you get one appropriate for the newborn stage.

Toy basket.While a toy basket is probably not essential by itself, your newborn baby may acquire some toys and it helps to have a place to put them. If you have shelves, you can also store toys there.

Mobile.A colorful mobile (that can be hung safely out of your baby's reach) will help keep your child entertained. A mobile in various shapes and bright colors (especially red, since it's the first color babies see) is a good choice.

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Playtime Checklist

Our newborn baby checklist wouldn't be complete without baby toys and items to play with. Here are some things you can buy for your baby, or include in your registry, to play with:

rocking chair.The swings sway or vibrate to help soothe your little one. Unlike a jumper, a swing generally moves without your newborn having to create the movement with their legs; instead, use the oscillation or vibration setting. Remember that baby swings have a minimum and maximum weight limit, so choose one that fits the size of your newborn. Swings often have toys hanging from them, and some even make sounds or play music.

baby safety.Bouncers are similar to baby swings, but baby's leg movements make it bounce. A hammock could well be a must for you as it makes it easier to get things done up close knowing your baby is safe and entertained. Hammocks have minimum and maximum weight limits, so check the manufacturer's guidelines before purchasing one.

portable playground.This can give your newborn a safe, enclosed place to nap or play while you do things nearby. A portable play yard is great because you can move it around the house depending on which room it's in.

toys.Newborns and very young babies still won't like so many toys, apart from things like simple rattles orbookswith high contrast patterns. Before long, soft toys that make sounds, stacking toys, push-pull toys, and boxes full of fun stuff can be good choices to help entertain and support your older baby's development. With all baby toys, it's important to make sure there are no small parts that could pose a choking hazard.

Game mat.Newborns benefit from a littletummy timeevery day. You can place a thin, soft mat on the floor to give your child a place to enjoy a few tummy time several times a day. Always closely monitor tummy time.

To learn more about the benefits of allowing your child to play tummy time, please watch the video below.

Feeding Checklist

Feeding your baby is an essential part of parenting, and there are many items on our newborn checklist that can help make the process go more smoothly. Consider the following baby feeding time needs:

Burp cloths.These are designed to protect your clothes when you burp your little one in case he vomits a little (or a lot!). You can also use a blanket for this, but a burp cloth is smaller so easier to handle.

Nursing coverage.A nursing cover helps protect you and your little one while nursing. It usually comes with a strap that you can tie around your neck to keep it in place. You can also use a container blanket as a nursing cover, but since it doesn't have a handle, it can slip off more easily.

Get blankets.A receiving blanket is a thin blanket that is usually sold in packs of two or more. We added them to your newborn baby's checklist because they are so versatile. These blankets can double as nursing covers and burp cloths, and you can also use them to swaddle your baby.

Nursing pad.For extra comfort for you and your little one, consider purchasing one of these soft U-shaped pillows. These firm pillows give your newborn a place to rest besides your arms, which can also take some weight off your body. .

bibsBibs are definitely a must have as they can help protect your baby's clothes from milk, formula and drool.

bottles and spikes.If you plan to breastfeed or formula feed, bottles are a must for your newborn checklist. You can choose between glass and plastic options; Some of the plastic varieties come with a bottle liner to reduce the amount of air your newborn swallows. When choosing a bottle, consider the shape and size of the teat. You may need to try a few different nipples before you find one your newborn likes.

breast pump.You can use a manual, electric, or battery-powered breast pump to express breast milk when needed, such as if you return to work or are away from your newborn for longer periods of time. Some models pump both breasts at the same time.

Formula.Your baby's health professional can help you choose between different types and brands of formula.

Bottle warmer.It can be tricky to safely warm your baby's stored breast milk or formula. A bottle warmer can really save time and therefore be essential for the baby as it helps to ensure that the milk is heated evenly.

Milk storage bags.These little bags help you compactlystore breast milk. These are usually single-use products and can allow you to store milk without having to use bottles to store it. As a bonus, you can usually pump directly into the bag.

Bottle brush.This will help you thoroughly clean the inside of the bottle.

Baby bottle sterilizer.You might like the convenience of a sterilizer to keep things like bottles and nipples sanitary, though washing them thoroughly by hand or in the dishwasher works just as well. Some sterilizers are combined with a bottle warmer.

Hanger for drying bottles.This isn't an essential item, but you may find it useful as a designated space to dry your baby's bottles, especially if you don't have much spare space on the drying rack.

Diaper Checklist

Get ready for lots of diaper changes! It may not be the most glamorous part of parenthood, but it's an essential routine for your baby. Fortunately, you can earn rewards for all the diapers and wipes you buy with thePampers Club App. Here's a full list of items you'll need (or wish you had) for diapering your baby:

Table change.You will need a safe space to change your child's diaper. Changing tables often have drawers or shelves so you can grab things like diapers, wipes, and clean clothes without taking your hand off your baby. Just make sure these items are out of your newborn's reach. Some changing tables come with a handle that you can use to help secure your baby and prevent falls if he rolls over unexpectedly. Even with the leash on, always keep at least one hand on the newborn when she is on an elevated surface.

changer.Having a changing table helps keep your baby comfortable and the changing table clean. Some pillows can be wiped clean, while others have removable covers that are machine washable. If you are looking for comfort, this is definitely a baby essential!

diapersYou will definitely need diapers, and lots of them! Your newborn can go through something like 70 diapers a week. It's impossible to know ahead of time what size diaper your newborn will need, so it's worth buying small packs of a few different sizes. Choose betweenlullabies,Baby-Dry, miPure. So when your baby is born, you can stock up on more than just the right size. read aboutHow to choose the right diaper size.

Scarves.Gently clean your newborn's diaper area with baby wipes. Choose between Pure Protection,Pure water, miMima Sensible.

Cloths.Dampen a washcloth with warm water and use it to clean the baby's diaper area. You can also use a washcloth to clean your baby at bath time.

cream against rashes.It's not uncommon for babies to get diaper rash from time to time. Ask your baby's healthcare professional for advice on which cream or ointment is best.

diaper pail.Although optional, diaper pails are on our newborn checklist because they help contain odors from dirty diapers. There are plenty of diaper pails on the market, but an important choice is whether you want one that works with regular trash bags or one with a special bag ring that the manufacturer sells separately. Special coatings are better at capturing odors, but generally cost more.

If you're new to parenting, and therefore new to diaper changing, fear not! We've got you covered with our downloadable guide for new parents.

clothing check list

It's fun to buy (or receive) adorable baby clothes in a small size. Keep in mind that smaller size newborn clothes grow quickly, sometimes in a matter of days, so you may want to purchase larger sizes as well. Aside from being cute, newborn baby clothes are essential items for your checklist. Don't forget to include layers (unless you live in a particularly hot climate). In general, it is better to dress your newborn in one more layer than yourself.

The following are the most important things to buy for your baby's wardrobe:

Blanket. For the first few weeks, you may want to swaddle your baby, and a special blanket may come in handy. While you could use a receiving blanket, there are other options available, including ones with a Velcro closure for added convenience.

Pajamas, pajamas or sleeping bags.Your baby will be spending a lot of time napping, so sleepwear is certainly part of your newborn essentials. Whichever type of pajamas you choose, chances are you want a style that covers your baby's feet; some pajamas do, as do pajamas and sleeping bags. Some sleeping bags also allow babies to wear pajamas underneath.

One piece clothing and sweaters.Some styles button up between the legs, making it easy to access for diaper changes. Depending on the weather, choose short-sleeved or long-sleeved garments, and choose between those that leave your newborn's legs fully exposed or full-body options that cover both legs and feet.

t-shirtsDuring the day, if you plan to dress your newborn in leggings or pants, you'll need tops like matching tops.

Leggings or elastic pants.Whether you're a new parent or a seasoned pro, you'll appreciate how comfortable essential pants are for your newborn!

Sweater or coat.To keep your little one warm, nothing on this newborn baby checklist beats a sweater or jacket. Cardigans and jackets are easier to remove than sweaters and can be left open in the front if the weather fluctuates.

Socks or booties.You will need a lot of socks and maybe some boots too. Your newborn doesn't need shoes yet; you won't need them until you start dating.

Hat with brim.This will help protect your child from the sun.

Beanie or knitted hat.If it's cold when your baby is born, keep one of these on hand to make sure your head is toasty warm.

Flag bag or snowsuit.Another cold weather essential you'll want to have is a flag bag or snowsuit! Some designs even come with attached gloves.

Gloves.Fluffy gloves are ideal for the colder months.

Special suit.This is an optional item, but we wanted to keep it on our newborn checklist in case you need something for a holiday or special occasion. Remember, your little one will soon be bigger than what he's wearing, so take lots of photos while you can!

bath time checklist

During your baby's first year, he may only need three baths a week. However, even a minimal bath schedule requires a few newborn baby essentials! Our checklist includes everything you need for your baby's bath time in the first months:

baby chair or bathtub. Your newborn will have sponge baths at first until the umbilical cord falls off; but eventually you will need some kind of seat or bathtub to shower. Just make sure it works for newborns or comes with a newborn insert to fit your baby's small size.

Shampoo.If your newborn has hair, you can use a shampoo designed specifically for babies.

Soap.Choose a mild soap designed for newborns and babies.

Cup.A plastic spoon or cup helps you gently pour water over your baby's hair or skin to rinse out soap or shampoo. Just be very careful that the soapy water doesn't get in your child's eyes!

towelsYou'll want a fluffy towel, maybe even one that comes with a hood for easy drying.

Cloths.This can help gently cleanse the baby.

Baby moisturizer.A newborn usually doesn't need special lotions, but if your child has dry patches of skin, you can apply an unscented baby moisturizer.

Checklist on the go

You might be surprised how much you need it when you take your child out for a walk. To make sure you have the essentials, our newborn checklist includes all the gear you might need when you're with your baby:

Car seat. A car seat is one of the top essentials on our newborn baby checklist. Your baby will need one by the time she gets home from the hospital and every time she rides in the car after that. Choose a rear-facing car seat that meets the latest safety standards and is appropriate for the size and weight of your newborn. Make sure the car seat is securely attached to your car and installed rear-facing, all before your scheduled date.

Car. There are many styles of strollers on the market, including car seat carriers, travel systems, and full-size strollers, all of which can function from the newborn stage. Make sure the stroller you like meets the latest safety standards.

baby stroller or scarf. This item can be super useful for keeping your baby close while you move, as well as keeping your hands free. Baby carriers come in many styles, including slings, slings, front packs, and backpacks. Please note that some carriers require a newborn insert to be used safely in this age group. follow the latestsafety guidelines when using your carrier.

diaper bag. It's one of the most important baby essentials, and you'll be grateful to have a diaper bag that holds all the things you need when you're out and about with your little one. Diaper bags come in designs that range from the functional to the stylish. Commonbackpack diaper bagFor example, you won't even look like you're carrying baby clothes.

Sun visor for car windows.It is important to keep your newborn out of direct sunlight to protect their delicate skin. You may want to cover the backseat windows of your car with an awning to protect your newborn from the sun.

Carry cot.If you plan to travel or take your baby to grandma's house, a portable crib can be essential to your lifestyle. Make sure the portable crib you're considering meets the latest safety standards.

portable changing tableA portable changing table can also help ensure that you always have a clean place to change your child's diapers. The pads usually roll up quite compactly to fit in most diaper bags.

Disposable diaper pail.These are great for having a place to store your baby's dirty diapers no matter where you are.

Rain cover for stroller.You may want to purchase this accessory when selecting a stroller. If the manufacturer doesn't sell one, universal models are available.

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Health and Safety Checklist

It helps to have a good supply of your newborn's health essentials, as at some point you'll need to take your baby's temperature or bandage a minor scratch. Here are some basic items to have around the house:

First aid box.Store it with basic items like ababy thermometer, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, adhesive bandages and Vaseline, all in one place. You may want to keep another first aid kit in your car or diaper bag so you have some of these essentials when you're on the go.

bulb syringe.You can gently remove mucus from your baby's nose with one of these handy syringes.

Cut the smooth sandpaper.Your child's fingernails will need trimming from time to time, which will also help prevent accidental scratches.

Soft bristle hairbrush.Even if your little one doesn't have much hair, a brush can help loosen the flakes if your newborn ends up withcradle cap.

Protector solar.Generally speaking, you should keep your child out of direct sunlight for at least the first six months. However, you can apply a little sunscreen to exposed areas, such as your face and hands, if you don't have adequate clothing and/or shade.

Mild detergent.You can use mild detergents to wash all of your newborn's clothing and bedding for the first few months. If your baby's skin shows signs of irritation, try a hypoallergenic alternative, perhaps one designed especially for babies and recommended by pediatricians, such asdrift.

Baby proofing supplies.While your newborn won't be moving around independently for a while, baby-proofing tools and supplies are a must on your newborn's checklist. It might even help to tackle some baby protection tasks ahead of time.

sleep checklist

Sleep may be one of the top concerns on the minds of many new parents. Everyone talks about the sleep disruption that comes with a new baby, but almost no one talks about the things you can do ahead of time to help nurture your baby's sleep and get them to sleep, like a baby, right from the start. . Use this sleep checklist from our resident pediatric sleep coach to help you establish healthy sleep habits:□White noise machine or music player.White noise mimics the sound of the womb and can help comfort your newborn to adjust to the world outside the womb, helping you fall asleep faster.

humidifier.A humidifier helps hydrate the air. Your baby's healthcare professional may recommend a cool-mist humidifier for the nursery if the air is particularly dry. Avoiding excessively dry air can help keep your newborn comfortable, especially if she hasyou have a cold.

Dimming tones.Since the body's circadian rhythm is largely governed by light, even the slightest glimmer of light can cause short naps, early awakening, or resistance to bedtime. A good set of blackout blinds is worth every penny when it comes to quality sleep.

Smart Sleep Coach de Pampers.To help create your baby's personalized sleep plan, this app features a smart sleep scheduler that updates with every nap and bedtime you record. It also offers sleep support and advice from pediatricians and sleep experts.

Watch this short video for sleep tips from the pediatric sleep coach.Mandy Treebyco-founder of the Smart Sleep Coach app:

Education and Preparation

While the following items aren't physical things to buy for your baby, parenting preparation and childbirth and baby care education deserve a place on any newborn checklist. Before your baby arrives, soak up the wealth of information that will best prepare you for the months ahead with your sweet newborn.

Here are some suggestions that parents often find invaluable:

childbirth education classes.Gain practical insights and gain a practical understanding of the entire birthing process. Classes often cover relaxation techniques, stages of labor, pain relief options, birth planning, and more.

Prenatal breastfeeding classes.This can help increase your confidence in breastfeeding your newborn. Although breastfeeding is considered one of the most natural things in the world, it is still a learned behavior. Your baby may be born with all of her natural instincts to help him nurse; however, there may still be a learning curve for you and your child. Investing time in a class now can pay off later.Download your breastfeeding guide herefor a helpful guide.


Preparing for the arrival of your newborn can be fun and exhausting. By following this checklist, you will have everything you need for your newborn baby. To make it a bit easier,download a simplified version of this checklistto keep on hand as you shop and prepare for your little one's debut.

And if you're still working on yourbaby shower registration, you can add some of these items to let your loved ones know what you really need.


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