New Baby Checklist

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Planning for a new baby pretty much starts once you find out a baby is on the way. Everything from the home to the car needs to be updated and "baby-proofed." For parents expecting their first child, all the items needed to care for the baby may seem a little overwhelming. Thankfully, we get some time to prepare for the arrival of the new addition, alleviating some of the stress preparing for a kid may bring.

The amount of items available to care for a baby is vast in numbers. Creating a checklist of necessary items is a great way to wade through all the stuff that's out there. When creating a checklist break down the list into areas such as: kitchen, nursery, bathroom, and car. Segregating the list allows you to focus on each specific area in order to determine what exactly is needed. If you try to write a list without a system you will likely forget some valuable items.

New Baby Checklist

One may want to consider starting the list with items for the nursery. The most obvious item for the nursery is the crib. With the crib, you will need at least a mattress and several pairs of sheets. You may also want to consider getting a mobile or similar item to aid in keeping the baby entertained as well as falling asleep. A changing table is not necessary but it sure comes in handy. A changing table that includes multiple shelves is a great place to store diapers, wipes, clothes, dolls, or whatever needs to be kept in the baby's room.

Many of the things a person will want for the kitchen will likely not be needed until the baby is a little bit older. There are a couple of items that are must haves for new parents. First and foremost a set of feeding bottles is a necessity whether the baby will be breast or formula fed. Cleaning the bottles will become a continuous chore so a bottle and nipple brush as well as a bottle drying rack will be needed. The bottle drying rack isn't exactly a necessity but we had one when our son was born and it was great to have.

As you likely already know, it is the law to have a child properly secured in a child seat. Getting a child seat that can grow with the kid is highly recommended; the seat will be able to switch from a rear facing seat to a forward facing seat when the baby reaches a certain weight. Baby washcloths as well as baby towels are a must for the bathroom. These linen products are designed for a newborn's sensitive skin and are very soft to the touch. These are a few of the items my wife and I used a lot when we had our child, and they should make their way on to any new baby checklist.


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