Newborn Checklist: Everything You Need For A New Baby

Getting ready to welcome a new baby is an exciting time, but there’s no denying that it can be stressful as well. 

Newborn Checklist: Everything You Need For A New Baby

One of the most frequently asked questions from expectant parents is ‘what do we need for our new baby?’ From diapers to nursing pillows to breast pumps, it sometimes seems like the more you research, the more unprepared you feel for your new arrival! 

Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled all the items you will need for your new baby into one simple, easy-to-follow list, so you don’t need to consult multiple sources when it comes to your baby preparations.

Just tick off everything on this list, and you’ll be ready for the next step in your journey! 

Top tip: put as many of these items as you can on the registry for your baby shower.

This will save you a lot of money and give your friends and family the opportunity to show their love and support for you by helping you get ready for the baby’s arrival. 

Newborn Baby Checklist 

Nursery Set-Up 

Your baby should have a comfortable, fully-furnished environment to sleep in. This means that you will need the following essential items for your baby’s nursery:

  • Crib 
  • Mattress for inside crib 
  • Crib mattress pad 
  • Fitted sheets for crib mattress x 2 
  • Baby changing table 
  • Changing pads x 2 
  • Covers for changing pads x 2 
  • Liners for changing pads 
  • Dresser 
  • Chair 
  • Curtains 
  • Rug 
  • Storage bins 
  • Laundry hamper 


Feeding-related items make up a significant portion of the essentials you’ll need to have ready when your baby comes home from the hospital.

Before putting these items on your registry, think about how you would prefer to feed your baby (breastfeeding, formula, pumping, etc.)

  • 4 oz baby bottles
  • Silicone breast pump 
  • High chair 
  • Bottle warmer 
  • Bags for breast milk storage 
  • Baby formula 
  • Nursing pillow
  • Bottle basket for dishwasher 
  • Baby bottle drying rack 
  • Bottle cleaning brush 
  • Burping cloths 
  • Baby bibs 


One of the most regular and demanding tasks when it comes to looking after a newborn is diaper changing.

Having all of your diapering essentials ready ahead of time will make your life as a new parent much easier. 

  • Disposable baby diapers 
  • Reusable baby diapers 
  • Skin-safe baby wipes
  • Cream for diaper rash 
  • Diaper bag 
  • Diaper pail 
  • Liners for diaper pail 


You will need to bathe your baby roughly 3 times a week while they are still in newborn development stages.

Therefore, you’ll need to have everything you need to keep your baby clean and free from rashes or skin irritation. 

  • Baby bath tub 
  • Bath kneeling cushion
  • Baby towels (with hoods)
  • Baby-safe body wash
  • Baby shampoo
  • Soft washcloths 
  • Gentle baby lotion
  • Bath toys 
  • Storage bins for bath toys 


When preparing your new baby’s wardrobe, it’s important to ensure that you have plenty of clothing in newborn sizes.

However, babies grow very quickly, so we recommend also ensuring you have baby clothes in sizes 0 to 3 months as well as 3 to 6 months.

  • Outfit for coming home 
  • Newborn-size onesies 
  • 0-3 month onesies 
  • 3-6 month onesies 
  • 0-3 month sleep ‘n play suits 
  • 3-6 month sleep ‘n play suits 
  • 0-3 month baby pants 
  • 3-6 month baby pants 
  • 0-3 month sleeping gown 
  • 3-6 month sleeping gown 
  • Socks
  • Mittens 
  • Hats 
  • Closet dividers 

Travel And Transport 

For the first few weeks after the birth, you may not be going out very much, but eventually, you will need to take your baby with you on your errands and excursions.

To do this in a safe, stress-free way, you will need: 

  • Baby car seat 
  • Stroller 
  • Stroller attachments 
  • Travel-friendly crib 
  • Fitted sheets for traveling 
  • Baby carrier/sling 
  • Baby bouncer 
  • Baby cover for shopping cart 

Safety And Health 

Keeping your baby safe and healthy extends beyond feeding and changing them.

It’s a good idea to have other tools at your disposal to ensure the health and wellbeing of your baby, such as:

  • Air humidifier 
  • Baby gates 
  • Baby grooming kit 
  • Thermometer 
  • Aspirator 
  • Safety straps for furniture 
  • Baby monitor 
  • Power outlet guards 
  • Night light 
  • White noise machine 


Your baby’s need for entertainment isn’t limited to bath time! Toys help to keep new babies happy while also teaching them important motor skills.

In addition to toys, newborn entertainment can take the form of books and baby gyms, as well as other playtime accessories. 

  • Playmat 
  • Teething toys 
  • Baby books
  • Rattles 
  • Baby-safe mobile 
  • Activity gym 

Mom’s Self-Care 

Of course, taking care of a newborn can take a physical and mental toll on new parents.

You need to make sure that you are looking after yourself properly if you want to be your best self for your little one.

  • Nursing pads 
  • Nursing bras/camisoles 
  • Nipple cream 
  • Coming home clothes 
  • Birthing gown 
  • Maternity pads 
  • Postpartum underwear 

Final Thoughts 

The above list is a fairly comprehensive checklist of everything you will need when you bring home your new family member.

It’s important to have all of these things prepared before the due date so that you don’t have to arrange deliveries or errands while taking care of a newborn. 

Bear in mind that you may not need every single item on this list. For example, if you’re planning to formula-feed, you won’t need a nursing pillow. 

While there are many things to consider when planning for a new baby, don’t forget about yourself!

Make sure you’re getting enough rest, eating well, and making sure you’re feeling comfortable before you welcome your bundle of joy into your family.