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Getting Ready for Baby - a List of Things You'll Need
Posted Dec 02 2008 11:53am
What the baby will need at the hospital
An outfit such as a stretch suit, nightgown, or sweater set
A pair of socks or booties
Receiving blanket, cap and heavier blanket or bunting, if the weather is cold
Diapers and wipes (some hospitals provide an initial supply of these)
Safety pins or velcro attaching strips, and rubber or nylon pants (if you are using cloth diapers)
Infant car seat
Safety items for the home
Night lights or soft lighting
Baby nail clippers/scissors manicure set
Things you'll need to transport the baby
Car seat - you will need to find out the specifications for a car seat that will fit in your car. All car seats are not made alike.
Backpacks and soft carriers
Diaper bag - since this is something you will be carrying around for about three years, choose one that is comfortable and durable for you.
Items for the baby's room
Crib and crib linens
Play pen or portable crib
Glider or rocking chair
Suggested items for your home
Diapers or cloth diapers - you can get a couple of different brands of diapers so you can test them out and choose your favorite.
Receiving Blankets - for safety information, click here:
Clothing - for safety information, click here:
Breast pump - if you plan to breastfeed.
Bottles - be sure to get the correct size of nipples, such as preemie, or newborn.
Rectal or digital ear thermometer
Washcloths and baby wipes
Diaper rash ointment and/or petroleum jelly
Diaper disposal system - good to have, but not necessary.
Burp Cloths and waterproof lap pads
Bulb syringe - for suctioning baby's nasal passages if necessary. Your baby's doctor will tell you if, when, and how to do this.
Things you'll need as the baby gets older
Source: National Women’s Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.womenshealth.gov
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