Welcome to part two of my New Baby Checklist posts! As I mentioned in part one, I had a friend ask me for help and suggestions as she started her shopping for her upcoming December baby. I put together a list of things that I found helpful with L and that I find people seek out at the store where I work.
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Here is the pdf copy of the list, to print and bring along with you shopping. Personal recommendations are only found on this post, not the pdf.
- Somewhere safe for baby to sleep. Refer back to Part One here. For the sake of argument and simplicity, let’s go with what is most common here in Canada: A crib. I recommend something sturdy that has the option to convert into a toddler bed down the line. If that’s too far our of your budget, IKEA Cribs has some beautiful modern options.
- Mattress for crib. You want something firm and, ideally, water resistant for quick clean ups.
- Sheets for Crib (3, so that if one is in the wash or if baby is sick, you’re not screwed). I prefer flannel, as it isn’t as shockingly cold when you put baby down
- Mattress cover if mattress isn’t liquid resistant or proof.
- Baby Monitor. We kept it pretty simple. I wanted to be able to hear baby clearly. We really like our Avent monitor, though they don’t seem to be as easy to find these days. You can splurge on a video monitor or try a cheaper alternative of a webcam that has night vision (we picked up a cheapie from walmart that works great).
- Glider/Chair/somewhere to sit while nursing or settling baby for bed. We splurged here and got a La-Z-Boy recliner/rocker, similar to this one. It is the best thing ever.
- Storage for Clothing and baby stuff. Old dressers work great, or closets.
- Swaddle blankets if you plan on swaddling (said to help baby sleep better. Aden and Anais muslin blankets are great and have many uses beyond just swaddling. We have several of them. You can also go with an actual swaddler like a Miracle Blanket or a Woombie)
- Humidifier. We have a Crane one.
- A wet bag for cloth diapers or a garbage/diaper genie for disposables. My favourite wetbags are the Rumperooz Kanga Care or the Planet Wise bags.
- Black out curtains
- White noise machine or something like a twilight turtle/sleep sheep/whatever
- Sleepers (skip buttons if you can! The nightgown-like ones with elastic at the bottom makes nighttime butt changes easier). My favourites are Children’s Place sleepers.
- Onesies (short and long sleeved)
- Light sweaters
- Cute outfits, ridiculous shoes (Robeez or padraigs are comfy and cute), tiny hats.
Make sure not to just get newborn size stuff. Some babies don’t stay in NB for longer than a couple weeks!
- Diaper Bag. Your diaper bag really depends on you. I know plenty of people who just use a MEC messenger bag or backpack. Some people want something unisex that both you and your partner can carry. Other people want something that looks more like a purse, or maybe something budget friendly, or maybe something that is really durable and has a life time warrenty. I have a collection of diaper bags, and each option has it’s own pros and cons. This is what I use: Timi & Leslie Abby for every day use (click here for my video review), Timi & Leslie Marie Antoinette for every day use, Ju Ju Be Be Prepared for longer outings/day trips, Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxt Back Pack when babywearing.
- Changing station or change pad (many diaper bags will come with a pad. We use our Ju Ju Be change pad for most of our bum changes)
- 24 Cloth Diapers in either one size or size 1
- 3 big wet bags, one small
- Wipes (disposable or cloth)
- Cloth friendly bum cream (Substance, or Earth Mama Angel Baby)
- Newborn Diapers (1-2 boxes…babies bust out of these pretty quick)
- Size one Diapers
- Diaper Genie (we have two, one for each floor) and refills
- Bum Cream (some people swear by Zinc based creams like Sudocream or Grandma El’s. I prefer cloth friendly creams. L always had bad reactions to Zinc based creams)
I will be posting all about cloth diapers in the near future, so let me know if there are any specific brands you want to know about or questions about cloth you’d like answered.
Here is my first post on Cloth: Why Cloth.
Winter Gear (depending on your climate. I’m having a December baby in Ontario)
- One thicker snowsuit for being outside in colder weather, where you might have baby in a stroller. Columbia is my favourite bunting suit.
- Thin fleece suit that is safe for the carseat (here’s a great one from Columbia). Please read this amazing post by The Car Seat Lady for everything you need to know about keeping baby safe and warm in the car.
- Thumbless mittens, Hat. You can find some adorable and toasty options out there. For hats, I would recommend something with ear flaps or that is long enough to cover baby’s sensitive ears. Babies sometimes hate mittens, but I have had good luck with keeping mimitens or stonz mittens on L when he was bitty.
- Warm Legs through leggings, legwarmers or wool. L wore a lot of baby legs as a wee babe. Merino Wool is a great option too, as it helps keep baby warm without overheating. Bumby is a great option.
- Footwear. For tiny babies, I would recommend something warm and soft, rather than a soled boot. You don’t really need solid boots until kiddo is coming in contact with the snow/ice. A popular option here in Ottawa is Padraig slippers with Stonz boots, We used winter robeez with L with warm socks and found it was enough.
- Bottles and nipples. We loved Medela Calma, though I’ve also heard great things about Comotomo silicone bottles
- Nipple cream. Breastmilk worked best for me, but Lanisoh and Eco Chic are great options too.
- Reusable or disposable breast pads (Motherease Reuseable are my fave, as I tend to leak a considerable amount. Lanisoh has good disposable pads.)
- Freezer bags or freezer tray
- Breast Pump (Medela Swing was my pick, though a double pump would make your pumping life so much easier)
- Sanitizing Tray thing (for sanitizing bottles and things (I liked the ease of the Closer to Nature microwave tray)
- Nursing sleep cotton bras (like Medela)
- Nursing friendly tops
- Nursing Pillow (My Brest Friend is my fave, though I have heard excellent things about the Nneka)
- Bottle Brush
- Nursing cover if you really want (Bebe Au Lait makes a great muslin one, though A&A muslin blankets work great too)
If Formula Feeding:
- Bottles and Nipples
- Sanitizing Tray
- Bottle Brush
- You can get fancy with bottle warmer, neat formula mixing bottles (Like the Mixie) or the formula Keurig like machines out now (Baby Brezza is the name I see most).
- Car Seat. The great debate, of course, is bucket versus convertible. I went with bucket, so that I could bring in a sleeping baby and use the bucket seat in our stroller. We love our Graco Snugride, as we tend to make big babies and wanted it to last. Diono Radian is also highly regarded, as is the Clek Foonf or Fllo.
- Stroller. Another one that is really dictated by your lifestyle and needs. We wanted something that would do well in the winter, on the trails at the dog park and would retain it’s value. We chose the BOB Revolution SE.
- Mirror for the car so you can see baby in the back.
- a couple car seat/stroller toys
- A carrier (Stretchy wrap like a Moby or Boba for the early days, and then a structured buckle carrier for when baby is a bit bigger. We loved the Beco Gemini). A full babywearing post to come!
First Aid and Safety
- Nasal Aspirator (Nosefrida is gross but awesome)
- Hydrasense Spray
- Infant Tylenol/Tempra/Advil/Motrin/whatever (I recommend dye free)
- Infant Ovol/Gripe Water
- Baby Nail Clippers
- Baby thermometer. We love this one by Braun.
- Baby Gates and Baby Proofing Stuff (mainly outlet covers, cupboard locks)
- Small first aid kit
- Lamaze Toys (we love Jacque the Peacock and Rusty the Robot)
- Play Mat. (This one was babycrack in our house.)
- A lovie (Jellycat stuffies are awesome, and I always grab one of these Pebble Pixies for friends with babies, or a tabbed blanket)
- Board books
- An infant tub or the kitchen sink
- Gentle baby wash (I love Original Sprout or LiveClean)
- Soft Face cloths
- Hooded Towels
- A few bath toys
- Pack and Play
- High Chair
- Bouncy/Vibrating Chair or a Swing
- Soothers (Avent were the only ones that worked for L and we tried SO MANY. Wubbanubs and Gumdrop are super popular too)
- Receiving blankets (act as burp cloths, swaddles, blankets, nursing cover, you name it!)
Great Books and Apps:
Please note that these are just my personal recommendations. In no way do I guarantee or represent these products. Please do your own research and use your own judgement when purchasing and using any products for your family.
The rest of the Baby Basics Series: