Newborn Checklist: The Must-Haves and More
Little Yawn Collective - Oct 30, 2021
Diapers, bibs, and burp cloths — oh my! If it seems as though your newest addition to the family requires a whole lot of stuff, it's because they do. But it's not always easy to tell the must-haves from the nice-to-haves. Thankfully, we're here to help.
Whether you recently learned that you're expecting or are only a few short weeks away from welcoming your small bundle, we'll tell you everything you need to keep your newborn healthy, safe and comfy.
There's quite a bit to unpack, so let's get to it!
How Do I Set Up My Nursery?
Putting together the nursery can be one of the more fun milestones of preparing for your sweet baby. It can also feel incredibly overwhelming if you've spent a little too much time scrolling on social media.
From handmade blankets and nursing pillows to sparkling chandeliers, nurseries these days tend to come with a whole lot of glitz and glam. And while there's certainly nothing wrong with that, the truth is that babies don't really notice all the aesthetics of their sleeping space. But setting up a few key essentials will help them — and you — feel more comfortable and organized.
When it comes to necessities, a crib mattress is at the top of the list. After all, it's where your little buddy will spend a great deal of time.
Look for a crib that follows current US Consumer Product Safety Standards. This means top rails are at least 26 inches above the mattress, slats are no more than two and ⅜ inches apart, and corner posts are no more than 1/16 of an inch above the frame.
When setting up a crib, don’t forget to choose comfy, easily-washable mattress covers, swaddle blankets, and a nurse pillow for long nights ahead.
Pro Tip: Babies might be itty-bitty, but their stuff tends to range from bite-sized to gigantic— and there's lots of it! When shopping for a crib, consider one that has extra storage space, such as a model with drawers or shelving to neatly stow spare sheets or backup diapers and clean swaddles.
A Changing Table
With a newborn comes lots of stinky diapers — so a changing table will be an essential item for your little one's nursery! Most come with drawers or shelves for easy access to things like clean diapers, wipes, ointments, and fresh clothes. Remember, babies need many items, so the more storage space you have — the better.
A Rocking Chair
Nothing beats holding your sweet infant in a cocoon of warmth in your arms as you gently rock back and forth. An integral part of any nursery, the to and fro motion of a rocking chair is especially soothing for babies and can often calm the fussiest of tots.
A Baby Monitor
When you can't be physically present in the nursery, a baby monitor becomes a perfect way to keep an eye on your snoozy tot while they are fast asleep.
There are many options on the market, ranging from basic to fancy-schmancy. Find one that works best for you and have peace of mind knowing your sweet angel is safe and sound as they dream.
What Do I Need to Diaper My Baby?
Babies and diapers go together like parenthood and sleepless nights. Though diapering is certainly not the most challenging aspect of being a parent, there's a bit more to it than what you might think. Here's what you'll need to diaper your little one:
Disposable and Cloth Diapers
In the first month of life, newborns average up to ten diaper changes per day. And over the first three months, babies can go through 700 or more diapers with ease.
We know, that's a lot of wet bums! But don't worry, your little one's bladder tends to grow with age, so you'll change fewer diapers as they get older. Until then, you'll want to have a steady supply of disposable diapers and/or cloth diapers on hand to keep your tiny tot dry and happy at all times.
Wipes, Ointments, and Cream
Next to diapers, wipes are the second most important item to diaper an infant — so stock up!
We also suggest keeping diaper rash ointments and cream in your changing station to help combat any boo-boos on your sweet pea's bum.
A Diaper Bag
Think of your diaper bag as a mini portable nursery. It should have everything you need to take care of your little one for whatever period of time you'll be away from home — whether you're taking your tot to go grocery shopping, dropping them off at grandma and grandpa's house, or heading to see the pediatrician.
From rash-soothing lotions and potions to an extra set of clean clothes and baby gear, a well-stocked diaper bag is every mom's best friend — especially when it's kept packed and ready to go.
While you can't anticipate every need your baby may have, keeping it full of all the essentials like diapers, wipes, and creams will give you the freedom to be out the door at a moment's notice.
What Are Some Baby Wardrobe Must-Haves?
From adorably small booties to cozy top knot newborn hats, it's tough to resist adding a million newborn baby outfits to your registry. But before splurging on the nice-to-haves, be sure to stock up on the wardrobe must-haves:
Unlike adults, babies have trouble regulating their body temperature and can overheat fairly fast. For this reason, it's of the utmost importance to dress your little one in lightweight, single layers of clothing when the weather gets warm.
Sleepers are yet another essential part of any little one's wardrobe.
An all-in-one baby outfit, sleepers are often made from cozy cotton or snuggly fleece and are designed to keep newborns warm as they snooze. More often than not, these sleepytime garments have long sleeves and cover the baby's feet — perfect for keeping your tiny tot snug as a bug anytime, anywhere.
And the best part? Many quality sleepers have zip-up or snap-front fastening making diapering a breeze. Whether you call them sleepers, footies, or pajamas, you definitely need this type of infant wear in your little buddy's closet.
Socks and Booties
Small but mighty, think of baby socks and booties as teeny-weeny climate controllers.
Regardless of what season it is, having plenty of cozy socks, as well as comfy booties, make it easy to keep those itty-bitty tootsies warm, whether it's cold outside or arctic inside, thanks to the AC blasting.
Babies are notorious for kicking off their socks, so be sure to stock up in the event of losing one!
The key to dressing an infant appropriately for chilly weather is layering. Layers provide great insulation and can be added or removed to find the right comfort level for your tot.
Before you hit the shopping scene to buy snuggly winter clothes for your small bundle, take into account the climate of where you live and your lifestyle.
Do you spend your days playing outside with your sweet pea, or do you prefer to hibernate indoors until the weather gets warm? This can help you decide how many winter outfits you'll need to keep your infant warm and cozy as the temperature begins to dip.
What Do I Need for Feeding Time?
When you have a new bundle of joy, you'll just about borderline obsess over their eating: are they gaining enough weight, pooping enough, should I burp them longer, wake them to feed, try the bottle again?
These worries are inevitable, but rest assured that if you're thinking whether or not your little buddy is eating enough — chances are they're not going to starve.
When it comes to feeding your baby, the products you use are definitely important to make it a positive and comfortable experience. Wondering what you need? Here are a few feeding essentials:
Bottles and Nipples
Whether you feed your hungry baby breast milk, formula, or both, you'll need lots of bottles and nipples. There are tons of different options on the market, so it may take a little bit of trial and error until you find what works best for you and your baby.
Look for BPA-free bottles and nipples that prevent air bubbles, are easy-peasy to clean, and are reasonably priced. As long as they are safe and effective, it really isn't necessary to burn a hole in your pocket when purchasing these items.
Babies grow fast, and before you know it, they'll be skipping the pacifiers, drinking out of a sippy cup, and holding a spoon.
Pro Tip: After stocking up on good quality bottles and nipples, buy bottle-cleaning tools. Trust us. They make life so much easier.
A High Chair
When your little buddy can sit up on their own and is eating solid food — usually around their first half birthday — it's time to add a high chair to your kitchen set-up.
Make sure your baby's new throne is certified and has met the recommended safety standards. You'll also want to find one that can withstand at least two years of regular use, so durability is key.
Bibs and Burp Cloths
Let's be honest — spit happens. And it happens a lot. Bibs and burp cloths are a must to keep your messy baby (and your shoulder…) squeaky clean.
Burping is an important part of your little one's early life when they still need help getting rid of excess gas. But thanks to leftover milk, baby burps can get, well… wet. Cue the burp cloths!
While a bib is perfect for keeping food from dribbling all over your hungry infant as they feed, a burp cloth is like a small rag that you can drape over your shoulder, lap, or arm when burping your tiny tot.
Is a troubled tummy keeping your sweetie pie from hitting the hay? Try our Calming Probiotic and Organic Chamomile Sleep Drops!
Specially formulated for kids to encourage restful zzzs without the next morning sleepies, our Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG probiotics can help reduce fussiness before bedtime and calm occasional digestive upset. What's not to love?
What Are Baby Bath Time Necessities?
If you ask us, there's just about nothing more relaxing than a nice soak in the tub — except maybe when you're bathing a super slippery and squirmy infant! Don't worry. With the right essentials by your side, grab your infant thumbs and make bath time with your little fish a sweet bonding experience.
Here's what you need:
A Baby Tub
Rub a dub, dub — baby's in the tub!
There are hundreds of baby tubs on the market, and sometimes, shopping for one can be a bit confusing. To ensure your sweet pea's safety, pick one at a slight angle — not completely flat, yet not too upright — with a non-slip surface to prevent your wiggly worm from slipping under the water.
Washcloths and Towels
The experts over at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents use a sponge until the umbilical cord stump heals. After it has fallen off, you can swap the sponge for soft washcloths to gently cleanse your little one's delicate skin.
Once your infant is bathed, bundle them up in an ultra-fluffy hooded baby towel. Although undeniably cute, these hooded towels are much more than just an adorable photo-op.
What's bath time without a rubber ducky (or two)?
If your little one isn't too fond of taking a bath, a few baby toys can help divert their attention as you get them squeaky-clean. While you can certainly purchase a large collection of bath toys, your infant might be just as happy dumping water from a plastic sippy cup.
As your tiny tot grows, swap out the cups for boats, squeeze toys, and other baby-safe floating items to keep their interest.
Shampoo, Lotion, and Body Wash
Infants have super sensitive skin that can react to the number of icky chemicals and harsh ingredients commonly found in adult cleansers and soaps.
To prevent your little buddy's skin from becoming irritated, we recommended using our Soothing Shampoo and Body Wash. This pediatrician-approved dreamy formula isn't only clinically proven to be gentle on your baby's skin.
Still, it’s infused with our signature NaturalSnooze fragrance, featuring snoozy scents proven to create a peaceful environment that helps with falling asleep and staying asleep.
After your baby is washed from head to toe, nourish and calm their skin for the softest and coziest of bedtimes using our Nourishing Body Lotion. Made with natural ingredients like shea butter and organic oat, this deliciously soft lotion will combat dryness to keep your tiny tot's skin healthy and hydrated.
And there you have it — the ultimate newborn baby checklist to help you prepare for your newest addition to the family. While the list of things you need can seem a bit overwhelming, at the end of the day, the most important thing you can offer your little buddy is lots of love.
At Little Yawn Collective, we're here to empower parents and build confidence to establish bedtime routines that work. Our natural, safe sleep regimen is designed with efficacy, science, and safety at heart for little buddies just like yours.
Each formula has been meticulously developed with scientific experts and is clinically tested and approved by pediatricians and dermatologists.
Whether you're on the hunt for the best soothing shampoo and body wash to help make bath time a breeze or simply searching for a way to ease and calm your little one's belly before bedtime, you can always count on Little Yawn Collective to have your back with the best sleepy essentials that are second to none.
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