When gearing up for baby one often has a hard time figuring out what to get, so here is a basic list of what to start off with. This is not everything, but is the basics and will get you started!
The GEAR – A carseat, Stroller, diaper bag, baby carrier or sling, bassinet, crib, pack n play or co-sleeper and sheets to fit. Most parents find they do not need all four sleeping systems, choose the one that works best for you in your home. Changing table and rocking chairs are both optional and nice but not needed.
Diapers (see sizes below) – butt pastes for rashes, wipes, cotton balls, diaper disposal system i.e. diaper genie, bags, laundry baskets and so on.
Newborns- 3 jumbo packs
Size 1 – at least 500 diapers, many moms will say 1000 is a safer number, it will mostly depend on your baby.
Size 2 – 300
Size 3-5 100 is plenty to start
If you end up with more great, if not do not panic, you will get a better idea of your baby and your baby’s needs as the baby grows. Keep in mind babies poop almost every time they eat in the first few weeks of life. Often they are changed 12 or more times a day. That is 84 diapers in the first week of life.
Many moms also use cloth diapers, so amounts will vary with those
Feeding –breast pumps, pads, nipple cream, milk storage bags, bottles, bottle brushes, nursing cover, formula, formula container for on the go, pacifiers, Burp Cloths (cloth pre-fold diapers make great burp cloths as do receiving blankets) For formulas or breastfeeding you can often write to a company or call and they will send you free samples of items you will need for feeding. This is a good way to get some coupons for formula and stock up on sample cans!
Clothes – Hats, socks, onsies, mittens to protect against scratching, pajamas and all other items wanted. Laundry soap for babies sensitive skin.
Bath – Bath tub, soaps, lotions, powders, wash cloths, towels, bath water thermometer
Swaddling-Blankets, sleep sacks
First aid and health and wellness – Gas drops, Tylenol, Motrin, thermometer, Chew toys, teething tablets or gels, vicks vapor rub for babies, humidifier