Newborn checklist

The ultimate newborn checklist can help you determine what you’ll need to purchase and prepare as you get ready for baby’s arrival.

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30 comments on “Newborn checklist

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  2. Thank you so much for this list… very helpful :)

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  3. I like this

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  4. UM yeah… when it said “if you are breastfeeding you don’t really need any equipment” I laughed so hard. You do need some basic stuff. Like a pump, some storage for it, and basically the whole list that is below that… Just wanted to put that out there. Especially if it is your first time breastfeeding, you need that stuff.

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    • Agreed Meghan, I made the mistake of not pumping after my newborn decided not to eat for a few hours one day, and paid the price of a recurring breast infection. A pump is essential back up, manual is fine… doesn’t need to be fancy. Even if you’re going all natural, read up on how to avoid mastitis, I wish I had!

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      • You really only need a pump for saving milk. If baby doesn’t eat you can always self express to relieve the tension and avoid infection. You really can breast feed without anything. Of course that is if you plan to be with baby full time.

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        • Agreed. I am with my child full time and I have never pumped (and don’t own one).. Learning to hand-express helps when engorged. I think pumping actually over-complicates breastfeeding. They should only be used when you will be away from baby and need to provide food in your absence.

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  5. I wish i would have seen this list when our daughter was a newborn…best thing we have used since stopping swaddling is a sleep sack! The zipadee zip is the best one we have found. No velcro, lightweight and super cozy for the baby. Any other moms have a fav product? Always love to hear about new things that work for others.

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  6. Just bite your babies nails off as needed? Hopefully no one is doing this. Biting your own nails causes nail damage, I wouldn’t recommend biting your childs nails.

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  7. you didn’t mention a car seat, rear facing for infants

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    • Oh good suggestion Serena, thanks. We were just about to revisit this article to see if we needed to tweak it.

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  8. I am due in march ..so amazed by the things I need to buy before baby comes its alot

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  9. I love this list, so thorough! For me, I tell all my new Mommy friends, a zipadee-zip is a must-have too. I used it for night time, nap time and feeding time too. My son loved it!

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  10. Well this list is pretty silly. So many things on the “nice to have items” are actually really needed. And for breastfeeding u actually DO need a breast pump, lanolin cream, breast pads, nursing tank, storage bags and a few bottles.

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  11. This is a great article! So helpful for new mommies! In my opinion, one bedtime essential would be the zipadee-zip. It saved us a lot of hours of sleep with our baby boy!

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  12. Bite off baby’s nails? Are you out of your mind?

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  13. Great list! Thanks!

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  14. There is no mention of Vitamin D drops, might be a good addition for parents that aren’t aware that they are needed.

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  15. “or just bite off baby’s nails as needed”? I’m sorry is this “Baby essentials for the Beverley Hillbillies”? Shame on you for putting something so outrageous on what would otherwise be considered an important list. I personally don’t intend to rip any babies nails off or damage any newborn cuticles. But obviously you don’t see any problem with that.

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  16. babies are cute and they need things we need

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  17. I know I’m a bit new to the whole mom thing, but I’m sure you’ll need a few items such as

    -breast pump (electric or hand pump)
    -bottles ( small and large)
    -formula ( if you don’t produce enough milk or want to have a drink and don’t want to breast feed at the same time)
    -nursing support pillow
    -lanolin cream (for cracked and dry nipples)

    I will be breastfeeding so preparing for it I have found out these are some essentials :)

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  18. thank you for the list

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  19. Thank you so much for the list, it is quite helpful

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  20. Nice instruction for newborn baby.

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  21. I created a similar list, but with not as many items on my blog http://nextlesson.com One thing I would add to your list is scent free dish soap for washing nipples and bottles. the perfume in most dish soaps stick to the plastic components.

    Also, for onsies, I think it is important to choose a brand that has high quality snaps. Some of the cheaper brands have snaps that come off or are too tight and can cause you to distrurb the little one of they are sleeping.

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  22. eww bite off babys nails as needed? what kind of weird advice is that????

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  23. Thanks for the list! Great suggestions for new parents!

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  24. While this list offers some good suggestions it also has some very unsafe information listed. As a public health nurse I feel it is necessary to point out that you should NEVER place a blanket in a crib with an infant and co-sleeping is NEVER recommended. It is also not recommended to bite off their nails. This is a dangerous practice that could lead to infection and pain for the baby. I would suggest you do some reading up and revision to your article.

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  25. I don’t see anything about a baby bag or diaper bag, or a car seat or a stroller, or carrier? I mean my first is on his was and I wanted to check a check list and I’m no expert but I would think these should be added to the list….

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  26. I think this list is useful but could also be tailored better. http://www.babyitemchecklist.com has a lot of good checklists that are based off of a mother’s needs. There is also a great deals page that helps shop for discount items as well!!!

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