Newborn Essentials and Nonessentials

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Newborn Essentials and Nonessentials

Follow this baby checklist for stuff you need for newborn care… and stuff you don’t

Lots of wipes (get the ones for sensitive skin).

Huggies Gentle Care Sensitive Baby Wipes from, $3.69

Learn more in out Guide to Baby’s First Weeks

Diaper bag.

Skip Hop Dash Deluxe Diaper Bag from, $58

8–10 burp cloths (cloth diapers are cheap and work great).

Gerber 6-Pack Premium 6-Ply Cloth Diaper from, $11.99

A few packs of diapers with umbilical stump protection (but don’t go overboard, because your baby will grow out of these unbelievably quickly).

Pampers Swaddlers Newborn Diapers Jumbo Pack from, $9.59

Rectal thermometer.

Safety 1st Rectal Thermometer from, $11.99

About 6 “stretchies” (footed long johns—your baby will live in these 24/7).

Carter’s Easy Entry Sleep n Play from, $8

Swaddling blanket (one that’s specifically made for this purpose will simplify your life a bit).

SwaddleDesgins Lightweight Marquisette Swaddling Blanket from, $14.97

Petroleum jelly (for the thermometer and circumcision care).

Vaseline from, $2.99

Baby nail scissors.

Safety 1st Hospital’s Choice Fold Up Nail Clippers from, $2.19

Pacifier (grab 3–4 extras when you find one she likes).

Soothie Newborn Pacifier from, $4.49

Stuff you don't need…

Rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs. These are no longer recommended for drying up umbilical stumps.

50% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol from, $1.67

Bassinet/cradle/moses basket.
The crib is fine, even for the first night home from the hospital.

Badger Basket Sage Waffle Natural Hooded Moses Basket from, $49.99

Small “drool” bibs.
The burp cloths can do double duty.

Carter’s Set of 3 Teething Bibs from, $10.99

Baby powder.
There’s just no reason for its existence.

Johnson’s Baby Powder from, $3.84