If you’re soon going to be bringing home a new baby, you’ll want to know which things are essential, so that you’ll have everything necessary when you need it. I’ve put together a list of some of the basic necessities. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, as there are a multitude of other things you will need to have on hand for your newborn as well.
If you weren’t lucky enough to have a baby shower that provided you with more baby clothes then you could possibly need, here’s a list of what you need to get. As far as sizing, your options are typically preemie, newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 month sizes. And since it’s hard to know if your newborn is going to need the preemie or newborn sizes, or if they will skip right on to the 3 month size at birth, you might want to have some of those sizes on hand as well. And of course babies do grow quickly, so even if you are in need of the newborn size, you will very soon be in need of the next sizes up.
When looking for everyday wear for your child, look for clothes that are comfortable for them, and are easy for you to put on them. You want the clothing to be soft, yet durable, and roomy enough to allow them a measure of freedom to move about. You will also be washing their clothes quite often, so make sure they are of fabric that can stand up to that.
Some people will entrench themselves in the organic or non-organic baby clothing debate, but that’s entirely up to you. Whatever you buy, make sure you launder it before you put your child in it, using baby friendly or mild detergent.
The following recommendations are what you will typically need to dress your baby in over a three month period.
Six Onesies: These are great for either sleeping or playing, so they’re very convenient. You want the type that either snap or zip down the front and through the leg, as these allow you to change their clothes without having to pull anything over their head. Also make sure the type you purchase allows you to easily open them at the bottom so you can change diapers.
Six Shirts: A combination of turtlenecks and T-shirts, depending on the season or climate. They should either have snaps at the neck, or be roomy enough to be able to easily pull them up over your baby’s head. You may prefer a style that is long enough to come down over the diaper and snap at the crotch.
Six Pairs of Leggings or Pants: The advantage of a separate pair of pants over a onesie, is that they allow you to just change the one piece if necessary. Look for pants with elastic waist bands that are loose enough to stretch over your baby’s diaper and stomach, and will also allow for weight gain as they grow.
Six Pieces of Outerwear: This again will depend upon season and climate, but you want to consider things like fleece jackets or sweaters and sweatshirts that are easy to zip up, and take on or off.
Mittens and Hats: For summer time look for a sun hat with a broad brim, and for winter a warm, cozy hat that will cover their ears, as well as a pair of mittens.
Socks and Booties: Consider getting several pairs of socks for when you’re indoors and perhaps a pair of booties for the outdoors.
Six Sleepers: You want soft, comfortable sleepers in natural fabrics like cotton that are easy for you to remove when you do the inevitable middle of the night diaper change.
When it comes to diapering, there are several things that you will need it to use. This is a list of what you will need to have on hand before time.
Diapers: Your newborn will typically go through 10 to 12 diapers a day at first, so calculate how many would like to have on hand before you need to make another run to the store. And this applies to whether you are going to be using disposable or cloth diapers.
Wipes: Some people prefer to use a washcloth and warm water, as opposed to purchasing baby wipes. But whatever route you choose, make sure you have enough of either wipes or washcloths on hand before.
Changing Pad Or change Table: If you choose not to buy a change table, at the very least, you’ll likely want to buy a changing pad.
Necessary Baby Gear
The following are where you will likely spend the most money, as you want to be sure you only purchase goods that meet industry standards, and provide all the protection your baby will need.
Baby Carrier: A baby carrier isn’t an absolute necessity, but is handy to have. There are a variety of different types to choose from, but I do recommend you make sure you choose one that can be machine washed.
Car Seat: Car seats are mandatory, and even if you don’t own a car of your own, it should be your responsibility to make sure your baby is in a car seat, even when traveling in someone else’s vehicle.
Baby Stroller: There’s a variety of different styles and types of baby strollers, so you have the opportunity to choose one that will best fit your lifestyle. For example, if you are a runner or jogger, you can get a jogging stroller, or if you typically do a lot of hiking or walking over rough terrain, you would consider getting an all terrain stroller.
Hopefully, this serves as least a starting guide to some of the things you’re going to need to have available for your newborn. On top of this, you’ll need anything related to feeding your baby, whether you plan to breast feed or bottle feed. And when they’re a bit older, things like a high chair, spoons, bowls and cups. They’ll need a place to sleep and the appropriate betting.