The Only Pregnancy‑to‑Newborn Shopping List You Need

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Feb 8, 2016

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So, you’re pregnant — wonderful news! But once you’ve told everyone you know and basked in the indulgence of eating for two, it starts to sink in: There is so much to do. But aside from laughing at the legit crazy of maternity products, there’s not much fun in cobbling together your own shopping list of baby products from each newborn baby checklist a well-meaning friend, auntie, colleague, and acquaintance thrusts upon you. (And then, inevitably, finding you’ve left something off your carefully curated list of baby products. Or, years later, still using your designer morning sickness bags for your kid’s tiffin.)

We’ve been there; we’ve done it. And we give you only the essential baby products in the only pregnancy-to-newborn shopping list you’ll ever need.

The Ultimate Pregnancy-to-Newborn Shopping List

Pregnancy

Sure, there’s a lot of other stuff out there. But this is really all you need to get through those nine long months. (Get tips on how to avoid the dreaded ‘maternity wear’.)

  • Larger bras
  • Stretchmark oil or cream

Pre-delivery

  • Car seat (make sure to fit it in the car before the baby arrives)
  • A transport plan to the nearest hospital
  • Paperwork for the hospital

Delivery

This will get you and your baby through delivery and a two-day stay at the hospital.

  • (2) sets of dark, front-buttoning pajamas
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Plastic squirt bottle full of tea tree oil and/or witch hazel to sooth swelling and soreness
  • Pill box containing stool softener, pain reliever and a double dose of pre-natal vitamins
  • Toiletry bag containing toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm and moisturizer
  • (2-3) Newborn onesies
  • Books or magazines
  • Camera or smart phone
  • Phone charger
  • (5-6) pairs of maternity underwear
  • (1) Package of menstrual pads
  • Nursing Pads
  • Nursing Bra
  • (1) set of clothes for going home (loose and comfortable)

Nursery

  • Crib
  • Crib bumper and sheets
  • Waterproof mattress pad
  • Mattress
  • Changing table with soft pad on top
  • Bassinet or a co-sleeper
  • Baby bathtub
  • Clock
  • Comfortable chair, like a rocking chair with arm rests or a recliner with stool
  • Diaper disposal
  • Baby monitor
  • Mosquito net for crib
  • Baby hangers
  • Sound machine
  • Optional: Mobile to hang above the crib

Feeding

  • Breast pump
  • Pumping bra
  • Breastmilk storage bags
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pads
  • Nursing pillow
  • Blank notebook and pen for logging breastfeeding
  • If forumula feeding: Bottles and nipples; infant formula

Baby, er, stuff

Skip the baby toys; everyone and their auntie will be gifting those. And while there are definitely all kinds of baby accessories and accoutrement you could buy if you really, really wanted to, here are the essential baby products to have on hand:

  • Sterilizer bags to sterilize bottles
  • Drying rack, brush and detergent for washing bottles
  • Formula (back-up supply if breastfeeding)
  • Hair and body wash
  • Unscented cream
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Unscented water wipes
  • Diapers
  • Alcohol wipes for belly button
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby sponge
  • Nasal aspirator (only the suction kind, not the bulb)
  • Thermometer
  • Baby brush
  • Unscented baby laundry detergent
  • Hooded bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Cotton burp cloths
  • Cotton swaddling blankets
  • White cotton onesies
  • Cotton pants with covered feet
  • Mittens
  • Sleep sacks
  • Antibacterial soap for all rooms so visitors can wash hands

Out-and-about gear

  • Pram, if your city has sidewalks
  • Baby carrier
  • Play mat
  • Diaper bag
  • Travel changing pad
  • Softcover books
  • Optional: High chair, if you’re thinking ahead

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  1. Shelly

    Get more then 1 pair of clothes to go home in. Personally I recommend at least 3 changes. Delivery is messy and often times you can leak upon standing. I’m pretty sure that most of us don’t want to go home that way. Also changing baby can be a trial by fire so to speak. Cold air hits baby and you get wet. Less with a little girl till you change her on your hospital bed. My husband was the one who got baptized in the hospital with our son. So even if you choose to pack a bag and leave it in the car the whole time unless you need it. My suggestion is to have it at least available.

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