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6 Newborn Must-Haves for Bringing Baby Home

Newborn must haves checklist for a new mom

Hi, this is Jasmine. Little bundles of joy actually don’t require much in their first six weeks of their lives, only your love, care and attention. However, since we live in the contemporary world, there are a few essential things that every parent must have at their home before their precious newborn arrives there. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on certain items, because your baby will probably get or inherit a large number of things. To be completely prepared (and secured) here are newborn must-haves for bringing your baby home.

1. Basic Accessories

Your baby won’t be aware of the gorgeous clothes that you have bought, so don’t head out to buy expensive clothes because they won’t even have time to wear them, plus they outgrow them very fast.

A few newborn must-haves for clothing are:

  • 6 one-pieces and bodysuits
  • 1 or 2 side-tie or side-side T-shirts
  • 6 pairs of socks or booties
  • Diapers – keep them coming!

The thing that is an absolute necessity are the diapers, and a lot of them. Pay attention to the label; buy diapers specifically designed for the newborn.

Also, get a couple of bibs or burp cloths, and a pacifier.

2. Newborn Must-Haves: A Crib

Surely this was the first thing on your mind once you’ve found out that you are pregnant. The baby certainly needs a place to sleep, and getting a crib (on time) is extremely important.

Make sure that you choose a crib that you both like since it is going to be a new piece of furniture in your home, and you’ll have to blend it in with the room. You should make sure that you get a quality and comfortable mattress. Maybe this is even more important than the crib itself. A quality mattress is on the newborn must-haves list so your little boy or girl has a calm, sound sleep.

3. Newborn Car Capsule

Since you will likely bring your newborn home by car from the hospital, ensure maximum safety and conformity. Choose a car seat or an infant car capsule (Australian term) that will fit your car neatly, but above all, the one that has soft fabrics and a hood to keep the sun and rain away from the baby. Practical and quality Maxi Cosi car capsule has soft fabrics that draw moisture away from the baby, keeping the baby cool.

Only, you had better get this infant car seat at least a week before the due date. That gives you enough time to read the manual and then place it correctly for optimal safely. If you have a vehicle, this seat is absolutely on the newborn must-haves list.

4. Breast Pumps and Bottles

The best thing a mother can give to her newborn baby is her milk. Sometimes it can be rather hard and difficult to maintain the right flow of your milk, so a breast pump helps stimulate milk production. It is also quite handy when you want to rest after breastfeeding and let the father do the work. Other natural ways to encourage milk production are also worth thinking about.

If you opt to feed your baby with formula, your doctor will prescribe the right formula for the newborn. But you have to have the right bottles. Choose BPA-free plastic bottles and breast mimicking bottles because the chances are higher that your baby will accept them than those standard ones.

5.  Baby Bathtub

You’ll need to bath your baby every two or three days since baby’s skin is very soft and prone to allergies. A small plastic baby bath is one of the top newborn must-haves once your cutie arrives home.

You can place it either in the baby’s room or in the bathroom. Make sure that you hold your baby tightly and firmly as you bath it. And don’t use fancy cosmetic products; a bar of plain pharmaceutical soap is perfect for baby’s skin.

6. A Stroller

You will surely walk your baby as soon as you get the chance. Being out on the fresh air is undoubtedly beneficial both for you and baby; that’s why a stroller is great to have already.

You can go anywhere with it. Stroll around the neighbourhood, shop while your baby naps, or simply use its motion to soothe your crying newborn. Furthermore, you can fold the stroller and place in the car to get away; travel to a different city or go for a picnic a few blocks from home.

Final Words on Newborn Must-Haves

A newborn doesn’t require much in the beginning. But these 6 things are the basic newborn must-haves that are going to make the first days at home comfortable and relaxing for you both.

About the Writer

Jasmine Anderson is a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Australia. She is an incurable daydreamer, who finds inspiration in little, everyday moments. Spending time at her cozy home office with her two cats, writing her blog, is her favorite thing in the world. Connect with her on Twitter today.

22 thoughts on “6 Newborn Must-Haves for Bringing Baby Home”

  1. Certainly agree on the diapers! I think we should add comfortable blankets as well (or let’s say, comforters). Newborns need to be warm all the time and having a blanket to get by when carrying them could be really helpful. :)

    I’m currently building my first blog post about my journey to motherhood and I’ll certainly link to this list! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Vaan, thanks for stopping by, offering another item for the checklist, and referencing back here from your post! I’m wishing you all the best in the blogging world!

    2. Thanks for the best wishes, Christy! Vaan Dale’s actually the name of my son and I’m Alleli… 😅 Sorry for the confusion, I might change my profile name later on!

  2. Thank you for sharing this! My first baby I just bought things as I needed them. That made it a lot easier when I had my second baby because I already knew what I needed. It seems like you acquire more things as the baby grows. Again, thank you for sharing! :)

    1. Yes! It’s amazing how fast you forget! Our oldest will be 3 in May, so it wasn’t THAT long ago that we were doing on demand bottles and napping, etc., but I’ve totally forgotten all the details! Hoping it’s like riding a bike. Lol.

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