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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15 comments on “Newborn checklist

  1. Pingback: Help! I don't know how to shop for my baby - Today's Parent

  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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