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Baby care essentials

on 10/15/2008

6-8 undershirts (buy side-tying, button or snap front for the first few days; once the cord falls off, you may want to have some `diaper shirts` that snap closed at the crotch)
3-5 nightgowns
6-8 one-piece stretchy sleepers
1 or 2 hats
2 or 3 `outfits` for dressing up
4 or 5 pairs of socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits
1 or 2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face
1 or 2 sweaters or jackets, more in winter
bunting bag or snowsuit for winter baby

1 or 2 large cotton blankets
6-8 receiving blankets (also good as burp cloths)

If you are breastfeeding, no equipment is needed! Some nursing mothers like to have these optional items:

breast pump
milk storage containers
nursing pillow
nursing bras (if buying prenatally, buy one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)
breast pads (disposable or washable)
If you are formula feeding:

6 to 10 four ounce bottles with nipples
4 to 6 eight ounce bottles with nipples
bottle and nipple brush
formula (be sure to check expiration date and note the lot number in case of recalls)


If you are using cloth diapers:
2 to 4 dozen diapers
6 to 8 waterproof covers

If you are using disposable diapers:
buy 1 or 2 boxes of newborn size diapers. It is better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows quickly
1 diaper pail
Vaseline or other barrier cream
1 or 2 dozen wash cloths for cleaning baby`s bottom or disposable baby wipes

1 plastic infant tub (or use a large dishpan in the sink, or take baby in the bath with you)
6 to 8 wash cloths, not used on baby`s bottom
baby soap or cleanser
baby shampoo
soft-bristled hair brush


If you are using a crib:
approved crib and crib mattress
2 or 3 waterproof mattress covers
3 or 4 fitted cribsheets
3 or 4 light blankets that fit in the crib

If baby will sleep with you (not recommended):
firm mattress (not a waterbed)
2 or 3 waterproof pads to place under baby

Other Items
nail clippers or scissors (or just bite off baby`s nails as needed)
bulb syringe for suctioning mucous -many hospitals will give you this after delivery
baby thermometer
eye dropper or medicine spoon
sling or baby carrier
stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat
diaper bag
1 or 2 change pads
change table (or just use change pad on top of dresser or bed)

Other Optional Items
baby swing
bouncy baby seat
rattles and other baby toys


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