Some baby stores are larger than supermarkets – how could you possibly need so much for such a small baby?

The truth is you don’t need even close to a third of the things sold in baby stores. Babies are fairly simple, and with a few essential items and some basics must-haves, you will be able to prepare for your baby, with everything you need, and save money not buying the stuff you will never use!

To help you properly prepare for your newborn baby, and to prevent any unnecessary buying, here is a list of all the things you do need!

Diaper Changing

Preparing For A Baby – What You Do And Don’t Need Diaper Changing

Be prepared with everything you need for diaper changing from day one. You don’t want to be caught without the essential items you need, and a baby who needs a diaper change!

The essential items for diaper changes will vary on whether you are using disposable diapers or reusable diapers.

Reusable Cloth Diapers

  • 5 or more cloth or reusable diapers
  • Waterproof covers
  • Changing Pad
  • Barrier creams or rash creams
  • Snaps or Velcro for the diapers
  • Disposable wipes of washcloths for cleaning

Disposable Diapers

  • Two boxes of newborn diapers (do not overbuy now as your baby might grow out of the diapers quicker than expected)
  • Changing Pad
  • Barrier creams or rash creams
  • Disposable wipes or washcloths for cleaning


Preparing For A Baby – What You Do And Don’t Need Bedtime

It is important to make sure you create a safe sleeping space for your baby, and the right bedtime items can help you achieve this, keeping them comfortable and giving them the perfect night’s rest.

  • Safe crib
  • Firm crib mattress which fits properly inside the crib
  • 4 fitted sheets
  • 4 light blankets which fit into the crib
  • A sleep sack


Preparing For A Baby – What You Do And Don’t Need Clothes

You really do not need to complicate things when it comes to buying clothing for your baby. You should have a few nice going out outfits, but the rest should be clothing that is easy to put on and take off, and more importantly, comfortable for your baby.


  • 8 onesies (long sleeve and short sleeve)
  • 8 stretchy onesie sleepers with zippers
  • 5 cotton pants
  • 2 newborn hats
  • 8 or so pairs of socks or booties
  • 3 pairs of mittens to prevent scratching
  • 2 cardigans for winter
  • Baby safe laundry detergent

Bath Supplies

Bath Supplies

Bath time is a great bonding experience, but make sure you have all the essentials you need to not make it a stressful one.

  • Plastic baby bathtub
  • Washcloths
  • Baby cleanser or soap
  • Baby hairbrush
  • 4 soft hooded towels



Travelling with a newborn is fairly easy if you have all the right gear!

  • Approved infant car seat
  • A reclining stroller
  • Baby bag packed with a change of clothes and diaper changing essentials
  • Diaper changing pad
  • Hand sanitizer



You will need different items for feeding depending on if you are formula feeding or breastfeeding.

Formula Feeding

  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Good-quality bottles – four-ounce and eight-ounce bottle, and a few of each
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Formula
  • Thermal bottle carrier for travelling


  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Good breast pump – electric or manual
  • Milk storage containers
  • A nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pads

Don’t worry about buying each and every baby item you see in the stores – with just the basics you will find you have all you need for your new baby!


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