Baby Needs Checklist
Baby Needs Checklist
Below is a checklist of all the things you will need to buy before your baby is born. All you have to do is print it off.
Use it as a guide. It is always best to wait until you are at least three months pregnant before buying in for the baby as you might find out what sex your baby is when you have an ultrasound, or in case of any problems.
Cloth or disposable diapers : cloth diapers are cheaper and better for the environment while disposable diapers are easier
Time to decide on whether you want to use a disposable cloth delivery service. Services deliver disposable diapers to your door and are sometimes more affordable than buying diapers yourself.
Safety pins if using cloth diapers
Baby wipes : use thick soft wipes they are gentler to baby's bottom or cotton wool and water is just as good
Diaper rash cream
Changing bag for traveling : try to get one that has a built in changing mat
Hats (woolen if winter, cotton if summer.)
Snow suit if winter
Remember to only buy a few of each until after your baby is born. Buy clothes in unisex colours(lemon, white, mint) unless you know what the sex of your baby is going to be.
Baby bath : you can usually buy baby baths that have a number of different accessories with them like thermometer, towel, potty and more as they often work out to be cheaper
Shampoo, baby soap, sponge and flannel
Baby brush or comb and scissors
Baby lotion, oil and talc
Baby towel : the softer the better; always wash towels before using them
Try and buy diapers and toiletries in bulk so as you won't need to worry about them when the baby is born allowing you to enjoy your time with the baby
For the first few months you will need either a moses basket, crib or bassinet
Sheets : fitted sheets are easiest but can be a bit expensive; buy at least four sheets as they need changing quite often
Several light blankets : use light colours; keep baby close by at night for the first few months and never use a pillow or duvet.
Breast pump : this for pumping breast milk into a bottle
Nursing bras : cotton is best as it allows air to circulate
Nipple cream : check with your doctor or mid wife first
Bottles : at least six bottles, sterilising equipment and sterilising tablets or fluid
Infant formula milk : don't buy too far inadvance and always check the sell by date
Make sure you always sterilize bottles properly after use. To save time you can make bottles up in advance and keep them in the refrigerator but only keep them for up to twenty four hours at a time
Out and About
Pram : prams are very comfortable and warm for babies but are no good for public transport
Shawl/blanket : always carry one with you to keep baby warm
Baby bouncer : these are ideal to keep baby happy while you do other things
Mobile for cot
Try and buy diapers and toiletries in bulk so you won't need to worry about them when the baby is born allowing you to enjoy your time with baby.