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Baby Care Essentials

What items do I need to get before my baby comes?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Well before you deliver your baby, it's a good idea to prepare for his or her arrival by readying his or her room (or area in your room) and making sure you have all the key supplies you'll need for him or her and for you.

    It's a good idea to register for these items at a baby store, because you'll be getting lots of presents whether or not you have an official baby shower, and it's far better to receive things you need in the colors you prefer than some "creative" gifts that will require you to schlep from store-to-store returning them after the baby is born. Here's a checklist to make sure you've got everything in place before your baby comes home:
    1. Infant car seat
    2. Crib, bassinet, or co-sleeper
    3. Storage area for clothes and diapers
    4. Place to change the baby--changing table, padded foam form that attaches to any bureau top, changing pad if you plan to use the floor or bed
    5. Large tote or diaper bag
    6. Diapers--expect to use 350 disposables the first month; if using cloth, contact the delivery company--you'll need 90 the first week--and also buy 6-10 diaper wraps or plastic pants and 4 sets of diaper pins or "snappies"
    7. Diaper pail or garbage can
    8. Alcohol-free wipes
    9. 10-12 extra cloth diapers for burping and other uses
    10. 5-10 t-shirts or onesies (kimono style easiest; avoid over-the-head)
    11. 3-5 pair booties/socks
    12. 1-2 knit hats
    13. 1 sun hat (if summer)
    14. 5-7 cotton sleepers or gowns
    15. 1-2 fleece sleepers depending on season or temperature of room
    16. 1 bunting (if winter)
    17. 5-7 receiving blankets
    18. 1-2 thermal blankets
    19. 3-4 fitted crib sheets
    20. Waterproof mattress pad for crib
    21. 3-4 fitted sheets for pram, if using
    22. 3-5 soft wash cloths
    23. 3-5 hooded towels
    24. Baby nail scissors or clippers
    25. Digital thermometer
    26. Baby brush and comb
    27. Mild soap
    28. Baby shampoo
    29. Vaseline
    30. Desitin or Balmex
    31. Q-tips (not for ears!)
    32. Cotton balls
    33. Rubbing alcohol (for cord care)
    34. Mobile (high-contrast colors)
    35. Baby monitor
    36. Baby tub or large sponge to lay baby on in bathtub or kitchen sink
    37. If bottle feeding, bottles, nipples, bottle brush, formula
    38. Perfume- and dye-free laundry detergent. (Wash baby's clothes, sheets, and towels before use. No need to wash baby's things separately from your own or to use special baby detergent.)
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