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So, you just found out you are pregnant. What will your baby need? Well, there are several necessities your baby must have and then there are items you can purchase as your baby grows. Many parents start out buying little outfits and burping cloths. Whether or not this is your first child, you should sign up for a baby registry, if you haven’t already, and to programs where you can receive free samples from companies.
Baby Registry and Samples
- Toys ‘R’ Us Baby Registry: They offer you a $25 gift card when you add 25 items to your registry, enjoy10% off on remaining purchases, and a swag bag loaded with coupons and samples.
- Nestle, Similac Club, Enfamil Family Beginnings, Family One, Pampers Rewards System and many more offer free sample packs, coupons, and deals to expecting mothers. Simply click each name to sign up. Check out this great article for a full list of promotions available in Canada.
Babies grow extremely quickly. Even if you have small babies, like I did, they won’t be fitting in newborn clothing for long. Possibly 1- 2 weeks at best. Unless your baby is measuring large, then they might not fit in them at all. Newborns don’t soil there clothing very much. If you use bibs and burping cloths, it will help keep their clothes clean. It also takes a while to pass all their meconium and have larger bowl movements, so big blowouts won’t happen until around 1-2 months old. At least, this has been my experience. I would highly suggest skipping newborn clothing and going straight to 0-3 months. If you are worried, you can always purchase 5 newborn diaper shirts, just in case you need them. For the first few weeks, your newborn will spend much of their time swaddled. I just put diaper shirts and hats on my littles ones, then swaddled them up. The following is a list of items you should definitely have on hand for babies arrival.
- Sleepers x 10 (size 0-3 months)
- Diaper shirts x 10 (size 0-3 months)
- Pants x 5 (size 0-3 months)
- Hats and mitts x 5 pairs
- Socks x 5 pairs
- Bibs x 10 (these save your time doing laundry. Why dirty a whole outfit with spit up? when you can easily catch it on a bib.)
- Receiving blankets x 10
- Infant laundry detergent (Like Ivory)
- Disposable diapers (if you decide to go this route), 2 boxes x newborn, 2 x size 1. The newborn diapers have a special cut out for the umbilical stump. If buying in advance, I went through about two large boxes of each size before moving onto the next. In total I purchased 2x newborn, 2x size 1 and 2 x size 2. Once we got to size 3 my babes stayed in the following sizes longer.
- Cloth diapers (if you choose to go this route check out this link), several dozen, 24-48 diapers.
- Change pad
- Change table (this will save your back)
- Disposable wipes x 1 box refill packs, or several dozen wash cloths
- Diaper cream or other ointment to prevent rashes (I prefer The PC Diaper Rash Cream, or Zincofax they are amazing!)
- Corn starch or baby powder to keep babies bottom dry
- Diaper pale or Diaper Genie (I loved mine!)
- Wash clothes x 10
- Sponge or dish to rinse baby off with
- Towels x 3
- Infant bath soap ( I use Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo, It is great for littles ones with sensitive skin)
- Infant moisturizing lotion (I use Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion, also great for sensitive skin)
- Infant bathtub, with sponge insert (I loved this, but you may not use this right away. I started bathing my little ones in the sink)
- or an Infant bathing seat (This is a great option, as it has several reclining positions)
Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed you will need the following:
- Nursing Pillow. This will save your arms and your back
- nursing pillow slipcover x 2
- Burping clothes x 10
- Bottles, one set to start, with newborn 0-3 month nipples. (Even if you are breastfeeding, you won’t know for sure if you’ll need them or not. If there are any issues your baby may need to be fed by bottle)
- Bottle and nipple cleaning brush
If you are breastfeeding:
Checkout my articles on ‘Breastfeeding 101: Latching’ and ‘Breastfeeding 101:
Increasing Supply’ under my ‘Breastfeeding Category’.
- Breast pads, one box. I prefer Johnson & Johnson. I also have reusable pads by KeaBabies that you can wash
- Nipple lanolin cream, I like Lansinoh.
- Nursing bras, buy several, you will need them. Buy a cup size larger than your normal size, as your breast size will increase once your milk comes in.
- Milk storage containers
- Breast Pump
Invest in a good one. I have a hospital grade breast pump from Medela and it was worth every penny!
If you are Formula Feeding:
- 4-ounce bottles x 5-10, with newborn 0-3 month nipples. Or buy a set to get you started. I prefer Philips Avent Natural Bottles. The nipples are so soft and the only ones my children would take. You may need to try several different brands before you find a bottle that works though, some babies are picky.
- Bottle warmer, my go to is the Philips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer.
- Formula. If buying in advance check expiry dates, so it doesn’t expire before you use it.
Choosing where your baby sleeps can be a hard decision. Check out this article that explains the difference between Bassinets vs. Cribs.
- Bassinets are great. They are easily transported from room to room and allow you to keep baby close to you. When babies are small you want to sleep in the same room, so you can keep a watchful eye. However, bassinets do have weight limits, so make sure you find out what the limits are if you plan to purchase one.
The Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper is a fantastic option, as it allows you to lower one of the side rails for easy access. It can also be a cheaper option if you don’t have the money to shell out for a crib right away.
- Cribs are great as your baby gets older and you want to transition them into their own room. Many cribs grow with your child, even converting into toddler beds
A great option is Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible crib. It is sleek and modern, converting into a twin bed.
- Sleep sack x 5. These are great for babies born in cooler months. It keeps them nice and warm. You should not use blankets with a newborn or young baby. Check out this article on When can baby sleep with a blanket?
- Footed pajamas x 5, for cooler weather.
No matter who you are or where you live in Canada, it required by Law that parents have a car seat for their newborn to leave the hospital and travel in. There are many options to choose from. I have made this short list of the safest seats available in 2020. I believe safety should come first, before size, weight, and brand.
The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant car seat is rated #1 for safety
- Light weight
- Most recommended by neonatal nurses for it’s safety features
- Designed for infants 4-30lbs
Graco SnugRide 35 comes in second place for it’s safety rating
- Light weight
- designed for 4-30lbs
- meets or exceeds government safety standards, with proven crash test studies
Maxi Cosi Mico Max Plus
- Designed for babies 4-35lbs
- Anti-rotation stability for base, minimizing back and forth movement
- Fully loaded safety features
No matter where you go with your infant, having a good stroller is a hands down necessity. I really like travel systems because they often give you more bang for your buck. Here is a list of my top three picks for both value and safety, in a low, mid and higher price range.
#1 Schwinn Interval Jogger Travel System – with Safety 1st on Board 35 LT Infant Car Seat Features, Royal Night
#2 Graco Trail Rider Jogging Travel System with Graco SnugRide SnugLock 35 DLX Infant Car Seat, Tenley
#3 Maxi Cosi Zelia 5-in-1 Modular Travel System with Mico 30 Infant Car Seat, Night Black
I highly recommend getting a baby swing or a bouncer. Mine were an absolute godsend. I have one of each lol. We can’t always hold our little ones and sometimes mom just needs a break. Having a safe place, that offers soothing features like motion, vibration and music is a great help. Remember, infants should never be left unattended.
I have the Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing and absolutely love it! I really like how many speeds it has and the vibration is wonderful.
I also have the Fisher-Price Deluxe Infant-to-Toddler Rocker. My favorite feature is the sunshade. Great for when we go out in the backyard.
Wrapping Things Up
All this being said, if your little one decided to make a quick entrance and you were not able to prepare for your baby the list can be much smaller. The following is a list you could give to a loved one, so they can pick them up for you. These are the bare essentials that will help you get home from the hospital and through a couple days until you can get all the supplies you need. Your baby really won’t need much the first few days.
The Bare Essentials
- Onesies x 1 package (3 per pack)
- Diaper shirts x 1 package (3 per pack)
- Hats x 1 pack 1 (3 per pack)
- Mittens x 1 pack 1 (3 per pack)
- Receiving blankets x 1 package (3 per pack)
- Newborn diapers x 1 box
- Wipes x 1 package
- Diaper cream x 1
- Bottles and formula (if formula feeding)
- Breast pads
- Car seat
I hope you have found my list helpful. My recommendations are based on being a mom 3 times over, purchasing numerous products for my children. Actual safety standards on products vary from province to province, be sure to check what your local provincial regulations are on car seats. No matter what purchases you make for your little one, always remember to keep things simple. It is so easy to overspend, buying copious amounts of clothing and luxury items you may not use. I like to think quality over quantity. Especially if you plan on having more than one child. You want your items to last. There are plenty of other products you can buy. I tried to include all of the items I know I couldn’t live without. If you have any suggestions or must have items, please leave your suggestions in the comments. As always, please like, comment, and share this post. Have you subscribed to my blog? Subscribe, so you can be notified when a new post is up. I wish you all well, until next time. TTFN 🙂