Where Do You Start With Your Baby Nursery List?
As a mom, I now know how important it is to have a checklist for your baby. There’s no exact list that’s fit for all; you may want to adjust the list to your specific situation. Overall, this list will help you with a starting point so that as you get closer to date, you’ll have one less thing to worry about. As a reminder, the items below can either be new or gently used. Always check to see if there have been any recalls on gently used items…i.e. furniture, car seat, stroller, high chair, crib, etc.
The room needs to reflect the theme you have in mind for your baby, whether it’s neutral, a specific color or a contrast of colors, it’s important to coordinate the color(s) to set the mood for you and your baby. After all, you’ll both be spending a lot of time in there.
Some baby essentials for the nursery can include the following:
- Crib, cradle or bassinet
- Firm, flat waterproof mattress that fits comfortably in the crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)
- Mattress covers
- Rocking or arm chair
- Baby monitor with music (the music will help soothe the baby when you need to step away)
- Air Purifier
- Odor-free diaper pail
- Dresser (or a space saver)
- Changing pad with washable changing pad covers
- Toy basket
- Play mat or rug (may not be needed until your baby starts having playtime)
What kind of toys are appropriate for your newborn?
Read the packaging! Whether it’s a learning toy or a plush, the labels and/or packaging will indicate whether it’s age appropriate. As a parent, go with your best judgment. If you don’t feel that the toy is age appropriate for your baby then put it aside and save it for a later time. Since most likely everything will go into the mouth first, then you want to inspect all the toys that your baby receives.
When it comes to your baby, comfort is the utmost priority. Select items that are very practical for the closest season to your baby’s arrival.
Your picks can include the following pieces (new or gently used):
- 3 blanket sleepers for winter baby
- 5-10 onesies or bodysuits (make sure the head opening is wide and legs are loose)
- 5-10 undershirts (wide head openings, snaps under crotch)
- 5-10 one-piece pajamas
- 1 dress-up outfit
- 1-2 sweaters or jackets (front buttoned)
- 3-6 socks or booties (shoes will be necessary once baby starts walking)
- 2 hats (with ear flap covers for a summer baby, knitted hat that covers neck and ears for a winter baby; protect your newborn from any direct sunlight)
Whether you are a pro or it’s your first time, remember – practice will make you an expert eventually. No worries, you’ve got this!
These supplies are essentials and will be used regularly:
- Diaper bag
- Diaper cream
- Soft washcloths
- Baby wipes (read labels to avoid chemicals); some stores may carry “water wipes” which are exactly as described
- 8-10 cloth organic diapers with diaper covers or 3-6 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers (depending on your baby size and eating habits, you might go through 9-12 diapers per day)
As I am sure your discharge forms will include all the feeding detail, I will simply mention a few minor points here. Newborns are normally fed every two hours; however, always follow the instructions of your physician/pediatrician.
- Nursing/Feeding pillow (helps with the comfort of both you and your baby)
- Nursing bra (to help ease the process of breastfeeding)
- Nursing cover (to give you privacy in public)
- Formula, if not nursing
- Pump as often as you can, if you plan to breastfeed
- Nursing pads, if you plan to breastfeed you’ll need them to avoid leakage
- Milk storage bags or bottles, if you plan to breastfeed
- Bottle brush
- 2 pacifiers (although, I hardly used mine)
Baby and Health Care
Sometimes, we might forget that babies grow nails too and periodically they must be clipped. This also prevents them from scratching themselves.
A few items to add to the list of purchase for both grooming and health care:
Baby nail clippers
Baby thermometer (for infants, you would test under the arm or rectal); always inquire through your physician/pediatrician for best methods
First aid kit
So what does bath time look like? Have you had any thoughts? It’s not as daunting as you may think.
A few bath suggestions can include:
- Baby bathtub (or a sink foam pad if you plan on using your sink)
- Baby shampoo
- Baby soap (my baby is now a toddler and I’ve avoided using soap on his body; babies don’t get dirty. Their skin is so tender so, the fewer products the better.)
- Baby hairbrush
- 3-4 hooded baby towels
- Soft washcloths
- Baby friendly laundry detergent (read the labels to make sure it’s free of chemicals)
Your Baby Nursery List – now you’re ready to take the first step…
Although, I briefly touched on the following items above, I wanted to point out that you will need an infant or convertible car seat, an infant carrier and/or stroller. In terms of a high chair and a swing/bouncer, you might want to wait until your baby is able to hold his/her head comfortably.
This might sound cliché but as a mom of a toddler, it is so true – enjoy every moment! These moments, hours, days, and years go by too very quickly. Give your baby/babies tight hugs and warm kisses every day!
One last tip – keep hand sanitizer bottles (safe for baby to inhale – not too strong of a scent, alcohol-free) and blankets close by for visitors. They can either wash their hands or sanitize prior to holding your baby.
I encourage you to download or print this list as reminder of all the little precious things you’ll need for your baby. This list will help reduce your planning time and any worries that you might be feeling as you get closer to date. Simply check off what you have and trust yourself that you will do an excellent job caring for your baby/babies. Happy parenting!!
Now, are you all set with your baby’s nursery?
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