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Setting Up For A New Baby

New Baby - What do I need?

There are so many baby products out there and if this is your first and you don't know anybody with a baby to give you advice, getting set up can leave you questioning if you are ready. Here is a simple list that breaks down the basics to get you started:

Furnishings

  • Crib and a Mattress (where we live these are not sold together)
  • Bassinet (this is not a necessity but is great to have for the first few months)
  • Change Table and Pad
  • Bureau (to hold all of baby's stuff)
  • A Rocking Chair or Glider (this will save your back and is not a necessity but really nice to have)

Linens

  • Two waterproof mattress covers (a backup for when one is dirty)
  • Four fitted crib sheets
  • Four fitted bassinet sheets (if you opt to use one)
  • Four washable waterproof change pads (to place over the change pad so that you do not have to constantly change the sheet)
  • Two fitted Change Pad sheets
  • Three hooded towels (baby's head gets cold coming out of the tub)
  • Six wash cloths (these will often come with the towels)
  • Twelve receiving blankets (aka burp cloths)
  • Two nursing pillow covers (if you choose to use one)
  • Five soft lightweight blankets that baby could kick off if he or she is too hot

Clothing

  • Six pairs of baby mittens (their nails are like little razors)
  • Four hats (this depends on your climate; like us the head is where baby can loose a lot of heat)
  • Six short sleeve onesies
  • Six long sleeve onesies
  • Six pairs of pants
  • Twelve pairs of socks
  • Twelve pairs of pajamas
  • Five "cute" seasonally appropriate outfits (for taking baby out and showing him/her off)
  • One very special "taking baby home" from the hospital outfit

Feeding (bottle fed baby)

  • A Nursing Pillow (really worth having to support your arms)
  • Twelve Bottles and Nipples
  • A Bottle Brush
  • A Microwave Sterilizer (convenient but not necessary)
  • A Bottle Warmer (also convenient but not necessary)
  • Formula of your choice (sign up online for free samples)

Feeding (breastfed baby)

  • A Nursing Pillow
  • A Good Breast Pump
  • Six Bottles with Nipples and Caps
  • A Bottle Brush
  • A Microwave Sterilizer (convenient but not necessary)
  • A Bottle Warmer (also convenient but not necessary)
  • A "Hooter Hider" (aka nursing cover)

Diapering (Disposable)

  • One large pack of disposable diapers
  • One large pack of wipes
  • A trash can and bags or genie
  • A diaper bag
  • A travel size pack of wipes for the diaper bag
  • A portable change pad (most bags come with one)
  • A diaper cream in case of diaper rash
  • Hand Sanitizer and lotion for Mama

Diapering (Cloth)

  • Twenty cloth diapers and covers
  • One large pack of wipes
  • A diaper pail with filter
  • A trash can (for wipes)
  • A diaper bag
  • A travel size pack of wipes for the diaper bag
  • A portable change pad (most bags come with one)
  • A "wet" or "soiled" bag (usually rubber lined)
  • Hand Sanitizer and lotion for Mama

For Mama

  • Nipple Balm (if you choose to breastfeed)
  • Breastpads (even if you don't breastfeed)
  • One pack of really absorbent Maxi Pads
  • Two soft "sleep" nursing bras (you will need more but your size will change)
  • Two soft "daytime" nursing bras (you will need more but your size will change)
  • A few pairs of comfortable pajamas
  • A "feel good" outfit that fits well to take baby out in

If you have all of the above or some of the above, you are ready. Toys, pacifiers etc. can come later and chances are you will receive many gifts especially if this is baby number one.