Newborn Checklist

Are you looking for a newborn checklist? The newborn baby checklist helps you keep track of the things you need to buy before you run to the labor room. 

Shopping for a newborn can be very exciting, especially if you are a first-time parent, and more so if you love to shop. You may want to buy the entire world for your new arrival; but you also need to be realistic, prudent and frugal enough to realize that newborn baby items, specially the clothes and shoes, would only last for a couple of months till the newborn outgrows them to a larger size.

Compiling the newborn baby checklist:

The size of a full-term newborn baby is known as size zero. Preemie sizes are also available in most of the clothing stores and often referred to as size Preemie or XS.

Some of the items in the following newborn checklist may not be for you. This list is made to provide maximum help to you, but you need to use your own judgement to decide about the final purchase.

For example, if you already have some hand-me-down newborn baby clothes, you may want to cut down some of the items on the newborn checklist.

The following newborn checklist has been divided into categories to make it easy for you to understand. An easier-to-follow printable version has also been attached here. Print this newborn list (click to download the list) before going out for shopping, highlight the items you need to buy and cross them as you make the purchase. This will make your shopping a breeze.

Newborn Clothes:

  • 7 vests or bodysuits
  • 7 sleep-suits
  • 3 socks or booties
  • 2 baby hats or bonnets (to keep the tiny head warm)
  • At least 1 sweater (You need to increase the number if your infant is a winter-baby)
  • 5 pieces of soft muslin cloth or baby bibs

Remember, when it comes to 'style versus comfort', comfort is always the winner.

If you plan to breastfeed:

  • 2-3 nursing bras
  • Breastfeeding Pillow
  • Breast pump (manual or electric) and feeding/storage bottles – if you plan to express & store your breast milk
  • A packet of breast pads (in case your breasts leak)

Breastfeeding may require some additional accessories for your convenience.

If you plan to bottle-feed:

  • 3-4 feeding bottles
  • Washing brush (for bottle)
  • Bottle sterilizer (machine or liquid). You can also boil the bottles instead.
  • Formula milk

Miscellaneous stuff:

Bath accessories:

  • Baby bath stand (fabric or plastic)
  • Baby oil
  • Baby shampoo
  • Soft sponge
  • 2 baby towels

Finishing up your newborn's shopping in advance and preparing a baby bag to take it to hospital (if required) is a good idea. You never know when the water is going to break, and the last thing you want would be to run to the shops with a newborn.

Items for your newborn’s room:

  • Cot/ Crib with mattress
  • Changing table or changing mat
  • Dresser or chest of drawers for storage
  • Fitted sheet (at least 4)
  • Baby blanket
  • Night bulb
  • Baby monitor
  • Dirty-diaper bin

Baby Travel Checklist:

Items required when you go out with your baby:

  • Pram/ Stroller
  • Carry cot
  • Car seat
  • Baby Bag

The baby bag will carry an extra pair of clothes, diapers, baby lotion, wipes, a small toy or rattle, plastic bag to throw the dirty diaper in, baby bibs and powdered formula milk along with a sterilized baby bottle (provided your infant takes formula milk).

Download and print your newborn checklist

If you want to take the newborn baby checklist with you for shopping, click here to download your FREE PDF and print it. It's concise, simple and FREE

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