Ultimate Baby Prep Checklist

Getting ready for a baby is a lot of work. I have no idea how many hours I spent creating list after list of things I needed for this child. But here I am to spare you the work!

After lots of researching and rewriting and rewriting and rewriting… I came up with an extensive list of what you need for your little one. I’ve linked each thing to the specific item that I either received or purchased.

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BABY NECESSITIES

  • Car Seat
  • Car Seat Cover
  • Bouncer/Swing/Rock’n’Play  [We didn’t purchase any of these things. Instead, we waited to see what our baby would prefer and borrowed different things from friends. This is the only thing that you won’t want to buy beforehand, as it’s all about baby’s preferences.] 
  • Stroller
  • Bassinet
  • Baby wrap [I use this wrap so much. My son is super clingy, and most days he is only happy when he is right up next to me. This has seriously been a lifesaver. Youtube has all the wrapping tutorials! This is essentially the same thing as the Moby wrap.]
  • Breastfeeding cover [This is the cover that I registered for, and I don’t like it at all because it flops on Sam’s face and I can’t see what I’m doing. Get one that stands straight out like this so you can see your baby!]
  • Changing pad cover
  • Changing pad
  • Diaper rash cream [I just use coconut oil w/ lavender essential oil]
  • Wipes & Diapers [I really wanted to do cloth diapers & wipes…but realized I didn’t have the energy to do cloth diapers. Maybe someday. But with all the energy and craziness of having a brand new baby, I’m very glad I at least didn’t start out with it.]
  • Baby wash [I made some with castile soap & lavender oil]
  • Baby powder
  • Washcloths
  • Hooded towels
  • Baby tub
  • On-the-go wipes dispenser [Get a soft one like this – we got a hard, plastic one and the wipes do not stay wet!]
  • Wipe warmer [Totally not necessary, but it is nice. You can put homemade cloth wipes in it too!]
  • Burp Cloths
  • Receiving blankets [I got a ton of different blankets…. Flannel, fleece, quilted, crocheted, muslin…  For some reason, I thought I needed all of them. Sam uses one kind of blanket. The big fuzzy ones are just the best for us. Who knew you only needed two blankets for a baby to survive!]
  • Baby thermometer
  • Washable and/or disposable nursing pads [I received reusable nursing pads & realized they were a big pain. If you DO use washable, you probably want to get a lot of them. Similar to cloth diapers.]
  • Soothies [I never used the nipple cream the hospital gave us – coconut oil works just fine! But they did give me these little pads called “soothies” and they were so much better than rubbing cream on my sore nipples. You stick these things in the fridge and you can reuse them! Then when things really hurt, you pull them out and stick them on. They felt amazing!!! Seriously. When your nipples hurt that bad, you won’t want to touch them to put on the cream. These are infinitely better.]
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing tank tops
  • Nursing nightgown [I got all my nursing stuff at Walmart. Very cheap. I hadn’t thought to get the nightgown originally, but I saw it and it was cute. I ended up wearing it for labor and I wear it every night that it is fairly clean. All my nursing things have milk stains, rips, and a lot of wear from only a month of nursing! Probably for the best to not get expensive stuff.]
  • Boppy [Whenever I don’t use the boppy for nursing it makes my back hurt so bad! Of course you can live without it though. The hospital gave us one, but we had already received one, so we gave it away.]
  • Boppy cover
  • Pacifiers
  • Pacifier clips
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Baby hangers
  • Glider [IF you don’t already have a good chair to sit and nurse the baby in. Our only recliner is very wide, so I can’t rest my arms when I’m nursing. This is definitely a big purchase though, so see if you can work with what you have.]
  • Changing table [This table had some pretty awful reviews, but a couple good ones. Because of our very limited room, we were so desperate for something that could double as a dresser. So we gave it a try! It’s held up really well and we absolutely love it.]
  • Diaper bag

IF you need to pump & bottle feed:

  • Breastpump [The thought of a breastpump overwhelmed me – first of all, because of how expensive they can be and second of all… so many parts! Per my mother’s advice, I put up a status on facebook asking for a used pump. I got 10+ responses and got my pump for free! And as to the parts, it really wasn’t that hard to figure out. All the pumping stuff can be overwhelming, but all you have to do is a little research. Here’s a quick guide to the world of pumping.]
  • Breastmilk storage bags 
  • Cooled snack bag for diaper bag
  • SLOW-FLOW INFANT bottle [We tried a regular bottle at first, and it backfired! Sam ate 5 oz. in less than 5 minutes and he got really sick & gassy from eating so fast. He also didn’t want to come back to the breast for a while because it took so much effort to get the milk.]

For Later (4-6 mo. +)

  • Crib
  • Waterproof crib cover
  • Crib mattress
  • Crib sheets
  • Booster seat OR high chair [We have a very tiny kitchen and couldn’t afford a high chair, so we opted for a little plastic booster seat.]

TO-DO BEFORE BABY

1-6 months

  • Ask someone to do maternity photos
  • Make a baby registry
  • Get home organized & deeply cleaned – you won’t have time to do it after baby comes! 
  • Start collecting things for the nursery
  • Watch & read plenty of labor and childcare videos/books/articles
  • Watch & read breastfeeding videos/books
  • Sign up for labor & breastfeeding classes
  • Makes sure you have plenty of phone/camera storage for all the cute pictures you’ll want to take of your newborn!
  • Start to figure out what you will do for maternity leave if necessary

7 months

  • Go shopping for any essentials you didn’t get from showers/gifts
  • Set up a changing station
  • Go on a little “babymoon” with husband – it will be the last vacation you have for a while!
  • Take labor & breastfeeding classes
  • Write thank you notes for baby gifts
  • Get maternity photos taken
  • Sign up for WIC coupons
  • Make a list of things you want to do before baby (places to go, books to read, projects to complete, etc.)

8 months

  • Ask for hand-me-downs in every size. Organize what you want to keep by size & keep stored. Keep newborn & 0-3 outfits, and newborn & size 1 diapers at home ready to go.
  • Write a birth plan
  • Pick a pediatrician
  • Deep clean house
  • Make diaper rash cream, baby soap, & any other DIY baby projects
  • Get a fresh haircut, a pedicure, or something else to spoil yourself while you are feeling fluffy and swollen.
  • Make sure you have nursing bras, tanks, etc. Most likely people won’t give these as gifts. [I found that nursing CLOTHES were gonna be a waste of money. As long as I had a tank top on under a loose top, I could get him under there to nurse. No special clothing necessary!]
  • Pack diaper bag
  • Pack hospital bag [or just-in-case emergency bag if you’re doing a homebirth]
  • Pre-wash baby clothes
  • Organize closet in nursery
  • Ask someone to take labor photos if you want, or someone to come right after birth to take photos of you & hubby with baby
  • Buy some giant, comfy grandma undies for after… you will really like them when you are floppy and sore! 
  • Make “padsicles” [freeze giant pads with witch hazel, aloe vera and lavender. I found that I liked them right before I had the baby as well because I had gotten so sweaty.]
  • Make freezer meals. [You will be so glad you did!! I made a month’s worth and we have yet to use them. It will cut down on the grocery bills & the cooking those first few months.]
  • Install car seat

9 months

  • Stock little baskets by your bed & nursing chair so you can get what you need while you are nursing
  • Sterilize breast pump & bottles
  • Stock up on necessities like toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels, paper plates, laundry detergent, soap, etc. [I cannot express enough how HAPPY I was to have paper plates that first month. No new mom wants to spend her very little free time doing dishes!]
  • Clean car
  • Go on a last special date night with husband

TO-DO AFTER BABY

  • Report birth to insurance
  • Get newborn photos
  • Call pediatrician to schedule first appointment for baby
  • Pack a pumping bag near nursing chair
  • Schedule circumcision if necessary
  • Write down your birth story
  • Keep track of baby’s development & milestones in a journal
  • Take monthly photos of baby
  • Send in paperwork to social security office for baby
  • Schedule YOUR postpartum doctor’s visit

HOSPITAL BAG

  • 2-4 baby outfits (newborn & 0-3)
  • Sweatshirts for mom & dad
  • 2-4 comfy outfits for mom & dad 
  • Chapstick
  • Gum 
  • Snacks
  • Chargers & phones
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Hairbrush
  • Pillows
  • Hair clip or bands
  • Tylenol PM
  • Deodorant
  • Baby blankets
  • Flip flops

DIAPER BAG

For baby:

  • Nursing cover
  • Breast pads
  • Burp cloths
  • Gas drops
  • Pacifiers
  • Diapers
  • To-go toiletry bag (nasal aspirator, mini shampoos & lotions, baby nail clippers, 1-2 washcloths, mini baby powder, mini butt cream, baby brush, etc.)
  • Ziploc bags for messy clothes & dirty diapers on the go
  • Swaddle blanket
  • Wipes
  • To-go changing pad
  • Extra clothes

For mom: 

  • Tylenol
  • Chapstick
  • Wallet & checkbook
  • Keys

NURSING SUPPLY BASKET

  • Burp cloths
  • Swaddle blanket
  • Breast pads
  • Extra baby outfit
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Extra water bottles & snacks
  • Chapstick
  • Breast pump
  • Gum
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pacifiers
THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS, WHICH MEANS I WILL RECEIVE COMPENSATION IF YOU MAKE A PURCHASE FROM THIS POST 
Ultimate Baby Prep Checklist

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