A List of Must Have Baby Items

Becoming a new parent is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. You want to give your baby the world and protect him. As a new parent you will be doing a ton of research on what products the baby will need, be safe in, and make life easier for you.

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With so many items available it can become overwhelming when deciding which items are absolutely necessary and which ones you will actually use. The list below will help when making your baby registry and planning for the new addition. 

1. Furniture 
Crib
Dresser
Changing table (if not apart of dresser)
Rocking chair
Play pen
Bouncy seat
Swing 
High chair
 
2. Linens
Crib sheets
Crib mattress protectors
Burp cloths
Cloth diapers (if going that route)
Wash clothes 
Baby towels
Cover for Changing Table Cushion
Light blankets
Thick blankets
Swaddling blankets
Bibs
 
3. Clothing
Onsies
Pajamas/gowns
Shirts
Pants (& skirts if for baby girl)
Shorts
Socks
1-2 nice outfits
Shoes 
Hats
 
4. Bath Items
Infant bathtub
No tear body/shampoo
Bath toy
Cup to rinse baby
 
5. Care items
Nail care set
Monitor
Noise maker
Thermometer
Pacifier (if not breast feeding)
Diaper rash cream
Wipes
Diapers
Diaper Genie
Vaseline
Powder
Hair brush/comb
Aspirator
Infant saline solution
Humidifier
Sunscreen
Infant Tylenol (Ask Dr. for instructions)
Infant Orajel (Ask Dr. for instructions)
Gripe Water  (Ask Dr. for instructions)
Diaper bag with zipper pockets inside and out
Changing pad
Boppy pillow
 
6. Food
Bottles
Spoons
Containers for formula (if not breast feeding)
Formula
Container for snacks
Plates
Sippy cups
Baby food, snacks
 
7. Car
Car seat
Stroller
Window screens to block sunlight
Trash bags
Car toys that fit on baby carrier

I'm sure there are other times that could be included in this list, but these are the items that saw me through the days of when my boys were infants. You don't have to have the latest and greatest for your little one, but you do want all the items you buy to be safe. Review the ratings of products before purchasing to insure there are not recalls or defects. Your baby is bound to excel with such a loving parent.

Happy shopping for your new baby,

Amanda
 

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