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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

  • Undershirt
  • 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
  • Diaper bag

Safety items for the home

  • Night lights or soft lighting
  • Baby monitor
  • Baby nail clippers/scissors manicure set

Things you'll need to transport the baby

Items for the baby's room

  • Crib and crib linens
  • Play pen or portable crib
  • Changing table
  • Dresser
  • Glider or rocking chair
  • Clothes hamper

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
  • Bathtubs
  • Washcloths and baby wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment and/or petroleum jelly
  • Hooded Towels
  • 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

  • Outlet protectors
  • Toys
  • Books
  • High Chair
  • Gates
Source: National Women’s Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
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