As your newborn comes home from the hospital, you will be preoccupied with his/her care. I have put together a list to help through the restless times.
One thing I cannot stress enough is to rest. Even though it is hard to find sleep when caring for a newborn, it is imperative to get as much of it as you can as to not exhaust yourself to the point of not being able to care for your baby.
Keep up with the pediatrician visits and instructions.
Always help each other as partners to support one another and involve each other as equal parts of your new family.
Congratulations in advance. I hope this checklist comes as good service to you and your loved ones.
A Few Important Items
I’ll start by bringing up a few things you’ll need from the moment you leave the hospital to maintaining your baby at home.
- Pediatrician and visit information
- Keep baby, baby items, and surroundings clean
- Have approved infant baby seat for car (the hospital will not let you take baby without this)
- Stroller that may recline to lay newborn flat
- Nasal Bulb Syringe for mucus and/or Nasal Saline drops (Some mothers like using breast milk)
- Baby thermometer
- Eye dropper/medicine spoon
- Medication in case of fever (always check with pediatrician if not sure medicine is right for baby)
- A few large cotton baby blankets
- Receiving blankets (I suggest one for each day of the week, you will need them)
This list mentions both disposable and reusable or cloth diapers. Most of the list will apply and make sense to your needs.
- Disposable diapers (a couple of newborn boxes, try not to have too many since baby may outgrow them)
- Reusable diapers (several dozen since baby will be changed frequently and diapers will need washing)
- Waterproof covers will be needed with reusable diapers
- Diaper pail
- Changing pad
- Baby ointment/cream to prevent rash
- Disposable wipes or a few dozen wash cloths
- Plastic infant tub, large dishpan in sink, or take baby in bath with you
- Baby soap/cleanser
- Several wash cloths that are not used to clean baby’s bottom
- A few soft-hooded towels
- Baby soft-bristled hair brush
Baby clothes are to be washed before use just like any other baby items. This list will go through main items baby will need and will mention some suggested garments.
- Laundry detergent for infants
- Plenty of undershirts/onesies (both short and long sleeve)
- Nightgowns (You may use these until chord falls off)
- One-piece stretchy sleepers (new parents tend to prefer ones with zipper)
- A couple of cardigans or jackets (more in winter)
- Any outfits to dress baby up (if desired)
- Pair of pants for each day of the week (even if not used daily, remember babies get changed frequently through the day)
- A few hats
- Have plenty of socks/booties for nightgowns and outfits
- Mittens are a must to prevent baby from scratching his/her face
Wether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, you will need most of these items. Some equipment mentioned may not apply to breastfeeding.
- Lots of bibs
- Burp cloths
- Breast pump
- Milk storage containers
- Nursing bras (larger than pregnant bra size if buying before baby is born)
- Lotion for sore nipples
- Breasts pads
- Formula (look at expiration date and lot number in case for any recalls)
- Distilled baby water
- 4oz bottles and nipples
- 8oz bottles and nipples
- Bottle and nipple brush for washing
- Thermal bottle carrier is optional but necessary in some cases
If your newborn will be sleeping in a crib or on the bed with you, it is all the same items you will need. Some may apply to your situation as others may be disregarded.
Always take note of what contributes best to your baby’s comfort as well as your own.
- Make sure you have an approved crib and mattress if you are to have one
- Waterproof mattress cover
- Make sure your bed has a firm mattress if a baby will sleep with you (not too soft and no waterbeds)
- Waterproof pads may be used on baby under baby
- Fitted crib sheets will work both in crib and on bed
- Light blankets are preferred in crib
- Light comforter for bed and away from baby’s face/head
- Sleep sack is optional but may help as well in both crib and bed
A few items that are optional but may come in handy are listed below.
- Pacifiers (if you choose to use any as a great soother)
- Night Light (helps to handle baby and helping back to sleep in those middle of the night feedings and changings)
- Rattlers (baby toys help babies as they develop eyesight and focusing skills)
- Nursing pillow
- Plastic hangers for baby clothes
- Diaper bag
- Changing pads
- Changing table
Again, congratulations! Your newborn will be an addition to your joy and the greatest moments of your life. As the family grows, so does concern and questions surface to the wondering mind. Rest assured that the information above is here to serve as help in caring for your child in their first days and weeks at home. These are the most critical times for a baby and parents as well.
You will notice that your newborn will grow rapidly and the days of unrest will soon be behind you. That is what BabyBooksWorld is here to help with. To get you through your baby’s precious moments as safe and as easy going as possible. Congratulations again and best of wishes to you and your family.