Are you expecting a new addition to your family? If this is the case,  you obviously need some essential items to get you started with parenthood. Actually, once the baby arrives, there will be very little time and energy to dedicate to searching for and buying the essentials. By the same token, there are things that you will need for the baby on day one so you want to be prepared ahead of time. Furthermore, finances can get in the way sometimes. See my simple ways to save for a baby post about budgeting for the arrival of a baby, it will help you save and spend efficiently. It’s a must-read for all moms and dads.

Incidentally, I have done a lot of the work for you. Below you will find a list of your ‘must-have’ items for the arrival of your bundle of joy.  This post contains more details on each section of the checklist, but if you are in a hurry, please feel free to print this Newborn baby essentials checklist whenever you want. Also, you can keep the dad-to-be in the loop with these daddy apps.


Newborn Baby Essentials Checklist

Baby gear

You need to add these items to your newborn baby essentials checklist to keep your infant comfortable and supported.  Also, it will make life with your new baby smooth and easy.

  • Baby carrier
  • Portable crib or play yard
  • Stroller
  • Car seat


By and Large, all the furniture that you will need for your baby will reside within the nursery. Keep it organized and get the right items. Therefore, the following items are an important part of the newborn baby essentials checklist.

  • Changing table – A must have!
  •  Bassinet (for now) Crib (for later)
  •  Mattress
  • Mobile
  • Glider – To rock the baby to sleep.
  • Bassinet
  • Dresser – To keep baby’s clothes organized.


In my opinion, if you forget anything else, remember this: Quantity is key when it comes to babies. Also, babies have no control over how their body functions and you will find yourself changing diapers quite often.

  • Diapers
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Diaper bag
  • Baby  wipes
  • Diaper Pail
  • Diaper Liners


Strangely enough, babies grow really quickly from one stage to another. It is important that you are prepared for all that comes with the unpredictable feeding progress of your baby. Also, make sure you shop for immediate use as well as future feeding needs.

Breastfeeding & bottle feeding (For now)

Solid Feeding (For later)

  • Baby food maker
  • Feeding supplies


No doubt, bath time is an important time for babies. It helps them form a routine. It is important that you are prepared with all the right items. Also, keep it simple and scaled down.

  • Hooded bath towels (3)
  • Baby washcloths (6)
  • Baby Tearless shampoo or body wash


Of course, you will be tempted to buy the most expensive and impractical clothing and accessories. However, you have to resist the urge. Babies require frequent changes so quantity trumps quality in this case. Moreover, babies outgrow their clothes really quickly; within weeks.

  • Clothing for newborns
  • Sleepers/pajamas (7)
  • One-piece outfits/Onesies (7)  These simple one-piece baby outfits are designed to make diaper changing easy.
  • T-shirts (7)
  • Gowns –  Whether you have a boy or girl, these are great until your baby learns to walk.
  • Leggings or pull-on pants (7)
  • Socks & booties
  • Baby Hats (3)  For the first few months after birth, you’ll need this essential item to keep your bundle of joy’s head warm.
  • Outer layers (3) For the cold weather.
  • Mittens & snowsuit


Next, when choosing sleeping accessories and items, make sure you keep functionality and comfort in mind. Keep this in mind while you do your shopping too.

  • Wearable blankets (3)
  • Swaddling blankets (3)
  • Nightlight (2) – One for the baby’s room, the other for the hallway.
  • Crib sheets (3)
  • Waterproof mattress pad (2)

Baby soothers, toys & entertainment

Many of these items on the list are going to come in handy when it comes to keeping your little one calm and entertained.

  • Bouncer seat or swing
  • Play mat/gym
  • Activity center
  • Doorway jumper
  • Toys
  • Pacifiers
  • Books
  • White noise machine


Your child’s safety is paramount to anything else you might be considering. They are unaware of what is safe and what isn’t. Take special care by baby-proofing your home.

  • Safety Gate
  • Childproofing products
  • Baby monitor


If you plan ahead, you will stay prepared for anything. Your baby’s health is very important at this stage, therefore you must make sure you get all the basic health needs well-ahead of delivery.

  • Medicine cabinet & first-aid supplies
  • Digital thermometer
  • Baby nail scissors or clippers
  • Soft-bristled baby brush
  • Bulb syringe
  • Potty seat


It goes without saying that babies are fragile so you have to take special care when it comes to their surroundings and things that they come in contact with. Invest in a hypoallergenic brand if you can. Make sure you include these items in your newborn baby essentials checklist.

  • Baby laundry detergent ( Buy in bulk)
  • Natural Multi-surface cleaner
  • Pacifier wipes


Make sure you print this newborn baby essentials checklist and keep it close to you as you shop.