Baby Needs List: Everything You Need to Welcome Your Newborn

Welcoming a newborn is always exciting. Soon, you'll have a little bundle of joy softly cradled in your arms, ready to bring love and happiness for the whole family. But no matter how joyous this occasion may be, I know that some new parents may find this preparation stage overwhelming. After all, there's a lot of things to do and purchase for your little one.

From baby bedroom furniture to essential baby supplies, there are a lot of vital things to prepare so your ray of sunshine can be comfortable once they arrive. But with so many baby items out there, how do you decide which ones are essential you can't live without? Don't fret, I'm here to help. Read on for a comprehensive essential baby needs list.

Baby Furniture

Getting your nursery ready is the first and perhaps, the most important step in your journey as a parent. You need to make sure your newborn is comfortable and snuggly at home. And of course, what nursery is complete without baby furniture?

Without further ado, here are some baby furniture must-haves:

  • Crib or a cradle

  • Firm mattress for the crib

  • Dresser for your baby's clothes

  • Diaper changing table

  • 2-4 fitted crib sheets

  • 2-4 baby blankets

  • Crib bumper

If you have some extra budget at hand, you might be interested in these extra items:

  • Hamper

  • Rocking chair

  • Baby monitor

  • Waterproof mattress protectors

Baby Wardrobe

If I can tell you something about babies, it's the fact they need a lot of clothes. So clothing should be one of your top priorities on a baby needs list. It's a good thing that shopping for baby clothes is fun; they're just so tiny and adorable.

When it comes to baby clothing, here are the essentials you'll need:

  • 6-8 onesies

  • 4-6 shirts

  • 4-6 pants

  • 6-8 one-piece pajamas

  • 4-6 pairs of socks

  • 4-6 pairs of mittens

  • 2-4 newborn hats

  • 1-3 front-buttoned jackets

  • 1-3 sweaters

  • 4-5 seasonally appropriate outfits for going out

  • Gentle laundry detergent

Want your little one to look fashionable and chic? You might be interested in buying these:

  • Wearable blankets for winter

  • Sun hat

  • Wearable sleep sacks

  • Diaper coverings

Baby Feeding

Be prepared to make sure your baby is well-fed at all times. Whether you're bottle-feeding or breastfeeding, you're going to stock up a whole bunch of baby things for mealtime.

Here is the essential mealtime baby things list:

  • 6-8 burp cloths

  • 6-8 bibs

  • 8-10 bottles and nipples, both 4- and 8- ounce

  • Bottlebrush set

  • Formula (if not nursing)

  • Breast pump (for breastfeeding)

  • Milk storage bags (for breastfeeding)

  • Nursing bras and pads (for breastfeeding)

  • Nipple cream (for breastfeeding)

You might also be interested in these extra items that are nice to have but not essential:

  • Baby feeding pillow

  • High chair

  • Bottle sterilizer

  • Bottle warmer

Baby Health Essentials

Newborns are fragile and tiny; sometimes they might get sick. When that happens, you'll need to be prepared. Make sure to have the right baby health essentials at hand.

Here are some basic baby care items you absolutely must have:

  • 4-6 pacifiers

  • First aid kit

  • Baby thermometer

  • Baby nail clippers

  • Cotton balls and swabs

  • Sterile gauze

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Baby electrolyte drink

You might also find these items useful:

  • Teething ointment or remedy

  • Nasal aspirator

  • Vapor cream

  • Saline nose drops

Baby Bathing and Diapering

Keeping your newborn clean and comfy at all times can seem daunting at first. But trust me, once you get the hang of it, everything will be fine. Check out this bathing and diapering newborn baby needs list to get you prepared.

Here are the must-have items:

  • Baby bathtub

  • Baby shampoo and body wash

  • 2-4 hooded infant towels

  • Soft washcloths

  • Baby brush set

  • Unscented baby wipes

  • Baby diapers (disposable or cloth)

  • Diaper bag

These extras can also help you, but they're not a necessity:

  • Baby lotion

  • Bath toys

  • Bath thermometer

  • Baby cream

  • 4-5 waterproof changing pads

  • Non-talc powder.

Baby Travel Gear

I can't count all the times that I had to take my newborn baby out on errands. No matter where you go with your little one, you'll need to be well-equipped to keep them comfy. Everything your baby needs at home, they'll need them on-the-go too! So, you'll need some handy travel gear.

Check out these essential travel baby needs list:

  • Infant car seat with a head support padding

  • Stroller

  • Stroller rain cover

  • Big travel bag filled with necessities and spare clothes

  • Sling or baby backpack

If you have some extra budget at hand, you might be interested in these extra items:

  • Mirror to see the baby from the front seat

  • Portable baby bed

  • Extra blankets

  • Sunshades for car windows

Baby Toys

As a parent, you'll want to keep your baby happy at all times. You might think toys will be perfect for that task. But while baby toys are extremely adorable, the truth is your newborn probably won't play with them much. They will be much more interested in toys as they grow.

That said, here are some baby toys you might want to consider buying for your little tyke:

  • Picture books

  • Rattles

  • Plushies

  • Playmat

  • Baby music

  • Soft colorful blocks

  • Toys that are squishy

  • Toys that rattle or squeak

  • Toy baskets

  • Baby swing

  • Bouncy seat

Closing Message

I hope this essential baby needs list has helped you figure out what you need to prepare for your little darling. As you make progress through the list, it can be easy to neglect yourself and your partner. Don't forget that as the parents, you and your partner will have to be in tip-top shape to welcome and care for your newborn. So, go ahead and get some soft comfy clothes along with a well-made pair of shoes. Don't cut corners when it comes to your baby's and your own personal needs!

Cornelia Tjandra
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Cornelia Tjandra has been a writer for the last two years. Although she is young but talented in fashion and beauty writing, and strong interest for home stuff. Her mission is to spread information in the most engaging and enchanting way as she can as possible.