As my due date quickly approaches (or not so quickly…) I started to put together my list of baby items that I need to make sure I have and/or go get before baby comes. After having 5 kids, my list has changed just a bit, so I wanted to share the things I think you should have when you have your baby.
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□ Mylicon drops – (aka simethicone drops) these are always at the TOP of my list. My babies are always SUPER gassy, so life without these is just miserable. I hear Gripe Water works too, but we have always used the Mylicon drops and swear by them.
□ Diapers- Newborn size. You will need about 400 of these (ha ha, just kidding). It will seem like you go through these like MAD! You MAY want to grab 4-5 bags of the newborn size diaper of your choice. At our house, we prefer the Huggies brand simply because I have had a few sensitive bums have an allergic reaction to the off brand diapers and would rather be safe than sorry. You may also want to grab a bag/box of size 1 diapers too just in case your baby is on the larger size when he is born. Most stores will exchange the diapers if they aren’t opened but there is nothing worse than a midnight run to the store because you are all out of diapers
□ Wipes- your call on the brand- just have some. Newborns poop like CRAZY and you will want to have a good stock of these.
□ Baby Tylenol – This is especially handy for little boys who have been circumcised or just to have on hand in case of fever or for those first shots.
□ Onesies (10-14) – This should be a supply to last you a day or 2. (ha ha, just kidding) Seriously though, along with your little pooping machine, they tend to soil outfits pretty quickly, so have several outfits ready.
□ Swaddling blankets/receiving blankets – I also like several of these. They are perfect for keeping baby’s body temperature regulated and keeping them bundled up so they are more comfortable. They will also soil these regularly, so I recommend at least 6 to get you through the first day or so.
□ Bassinet (or pack ‘n play). When we had our 1st, we invested in a Pack N’ Play. We still use it today! Most come with a bassinet feature and the bonus of the Pack N’ Play is that you can take it with you to Grandma’s house for visits when baby is older, use it as a play pen, or even out in the yard while you do some yard work and your little one is trying to crawl and eat everything in sight! It is also a little less inexpensive way to get a crib/changing table/bassinet.
□ Nursing pads – Disposable or reusable. I highly recommend the reusable kind because they are “nature friendly” but also because they are about 100 times more comfortable!! I have tried almost every kind of disposable nursing pads and hate them all. It is difficult to know if you will leak at all or like a faucet, but it is MUCH nicer to have some nursing pads until you know for sure rather than be covered in your own milk! (I usually have about 30 of these on hand ) Special note: Be sure to nursing pads in a garment bag otherwise your washer/dryer WILL eat them.
□ Burp cloths (20) – I use these for burping, keeping baby’s face off of the clothes of people who want to hold her, and to keep my clothes dry when baby nurses. Some babies are super sloppy eaters (I’ve had several), and manage to get ME soaking wet so I just tuck a burp cloth between my clothes and baby so that I’m not drenched when dinner time is over.
□ Baby outfits (10-14)- same thing as onesies. Baby will soil these REALLY quickly, so better to have some on hand.
□ Baby socks- I like to keep socks on new baby’s feet even in the summer time to help regulate body temperature and to keep them from scratching themselves with those sharp little toe nails. 6 pair seem to be just fine. Special note: Be sure to wash baby socks in a garment bag otherwise your washer/dryer WILL eat them.
□ Mittens – Special baby mittens for baby’s hands so they don’t scratch their face. If you don’t like these, you can also use a pair of socks that are a size too big.
□ Monitor- to hear baby when she wakes up from her nap or if she is in a separate room, at night time too.
□ Changing pad – I usually use a blanket but if you have a little one who really likes to go when the cold air hits, a waterproof changing pad will save you from more laundry.
□ Nail clippers (scissors)- I HIGHLY recommend the scissors for clipping baby’s little nails. With one of my kids, I attempted to use the regular clippers and made a sore because baby’s skin is so soft. The scissors are much easier to control and I have never accidentally gotten baby with them.
□ Rear facing Car seat- a MUST if you want to leave the hospital. I like the kind with the base that stays in the car and the car seat comes out. Be sure that it is installed correctly and within safety standards. With one of our cars, we had to get a pool noodle to place under the car seat base because the slant of the seat was too much to have the car seat installed safely. I recommend installing before baby comes to make sure its perfect before baby arrives.
□ Headbands/flowers (opt) – Always fun to dress little girls up!! This is always something I enjoy making during my “nesting” phase.
□ Noise maker (opt)- Some babies have a difficult time adjusting to life outside the womb. I have had several kids who ONLY want to sleep on my chest. A few years ago, we discovered a White Noise Maker that sill simulate the noise of a heartbeat and BAM! Baby slept in her own bed. Not a necessity, but great to keep your sanity. AND, as baby gets older, you can change the noise to “rainfall” one of the other settings to help block out noisy neighbors or dogs and help your little one have a good nap/nighttime.
□ Sanitizer – I have been called “Over protective” on more than one occasion, but when you see Aunt Betty coughing up a storm then head your way to oogle at baby, I’d prefer to give her a squirt of sanitizer (and try to keep my baby healthy) than just let her touch and handle baby OR worse yet, saying no altogether. As baby gets older, its great to have this on hand as well for trips to the park, zoo, or even the grocery store.
□ Baby bath soap – I recommend baby soap/shampoo because it is designed to be super gentle on babies sensitive skin.
□ Lotion (if you want) – I’m not a big lotion fan for myself OR for baby, but if you enjoy rubbing yourself down with lotion, you may want to have some for baby too. Again, get a lotion that is made for baby as it is free of harshness.
□ Baby bathtub (or rolled up towel) – Some people swear by their baby bathtub, I have simply used an adult sized bath towel in the bottom of the sink or tub and then roll it for a little pillow. You choose which you would prefer.
□ Baby head support (for car seat). Some car seats have these already in them, but for those that don’t, I always feel bad when baby’s head is flopping around.
□ Nursing bra (comfortable), daytime and night time- If this is your first baby, the term “engorgement” might not mean anything to you, but when your breasts are 4x their usual size, swollen, and hard as rocks, you will NOT want to wear that Victoria Secret Pushup bra, no matter how comfortable it was before. I recommend a good, comfy night time nursing bra, and then for when the engorgement passes and you want to feel somewhat human again, a good daytime nursing bra too.
□ Pads – These are for mom, but defiantly a MUST. You will continue to bleed for up to 6 weeks after your delivery while you body heals. As much as your husband loves you, there are SO many choices in Pads and they can be overwhelming. Wings, maxi, overnight, thin, slim, light days, name brand, off brand, regular, heavy flow…etc. OVERWHELMING. Take pity on your other half and stock up before you have the baby.
□ Bum medicine – Diaper rash medicine of your choice. We like A & D (from Walmart) but also like Desitin.
□ Baby powder – I like to use this in conjunction with the bum medicine if baby has diaper rash or even to just freshen baby up a little after a diaper change.
□ Diaper Genie II or Elite – This isn’t a SUPER must have, but your nose WILL thank you (and so will your spouse) again and again if you invest in one of these puppies! Baby will have about a million dirty diapers in the first week, and this is the ONLY thing we have found to control the smell aside from taking a million trips outside to the garbage can. These can be a tad bit expensive, so try checking your local classifieds or Craigslist to find a slightly used one for sale. They are a lot more affordable this way!
□ Pacifiers – It seems that one day you have 10 pacifiers and then 1 minute later, they are no where to be found!! If you decide that using a pacifier is something you want to do, I highly recommend stocking up on some to have on hand, hidden “emergency” pacifiers, and then even some “backup emergency” pacifiers. It may sound funny now, but trust me! You will thank me later.
I hope you found this list helpful! If I have forgotten anything, please leave a comment and I can add it to the list…after all, we are dealing with MOMMY BRAIN here.
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