Newborn Checklist: 3 Essentials to Stock On Before Your Baby Arrives


Welcoming a new member to the family is one of the joyous and exciting times in life. For mothers—whether they’ve just started their third trimester or are nearing their delivery date—preparing the home for the arrival of their little bundle of joy is a priority.

Getting the nursery in order isn’t enough. As soon as your baby arrives, you will require a myriad of essentials. Having all the essential items at hand will make the transition to motherhood smooth.

That said, let’s take a look at some of the must-have items to stock up on before your baby is here.

Diapers and Wipes

Your baby will require diapers within 24 hours of birth, so it makes sense to stock up on them and wipes before they arrive.

Opt for disposable diapers because they do a great job of keeping babies dry and reducing the risk of diaper rash. Reusable cotton nappies are also great. However, you will have to wash them every time they get dirty.

Stock on two to three large boxes of disposable newborn-sized diapers to ensure you have an ample supply during the early days. Purchase six to eight dozen cloth diapers as well as six to eight diaper covers. In case your little one suffers from diaper rash, you can switch to them.

Don’t forget to grab plenty of wipes, though. They are a lifesaver, for they facilitate quick cleanup during diaper changes, feedings, or messy moments. Go for hypoallergenic and fragrance-free options to minimize the risk of irritation. Two to three large boxes will be enough.

Feeding Supplies

Irrespective of whether you plan to breastfeed or bottle feed your little one, you’ll require a bunch of feeding supplies.

A comfortable nursing bra, breast pump, and storage bags are a must-have for breastfeeding mothers. Make sure you purchase them before going to the hospital, as you will need them soon after birth.


For formula feeding, make sure you have an adequate supply of infant formula, bottles, nipples, and a bottle sterilizer. When purchasing infant formula, choose any brand, but steer clear of Similac and Enfamil. These brands are facing lawsuits from parents alleging their cow milk-based formulas caused their premature babies to develop NEC.

Necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, TorHoerman Law explains, is a gastrointestinal disease that causes inflammation in the intestine. This life-threatening condition results in the death of the intestinal tissue. Most commonly, premature babies are affected by this condition. But babies fed through a tube in the stomach can also develop this.

Abbott and Mead Johnson, the manufacturer of the two cow milk-based formulas, are being sued by parents. They are holding them responsible for failing to warn them or doctors about the inherent risk of feeding premature babies their cow milk-based formulas.

Some Similac and Enfamil cow milk-based formulas named in the NEC baby formula lawsuit are Similac Alimentum, Similac Human Milk Fortifier, Similac Special Care, Enfamil Premature, and Enfamil NeuroPro Enfacare.

Besides these products, make sure to buy lots of muslin drool bibs. They will help protect your baby’s clothes from dribbles when feeding. Purchase a few burp cloths, too. They will come in handy in managing spills and keeping your baby clean during feeding sessions.

Don’t forget to invest in a high-quality nursing pillow, for it promises a comfortable breastfeeding experience.


Your baby will grow faster than you can imagine. It would be wise to purchase a range of clothing in different sizes.

Opt for eight to ten undershirts or onesies, sleepers, and bodysuits. Purchase a few pairs of footed pajamas to keep your newborn’s tiny toes warm during nighttime slumber.

Make sure you also stock two to three hats, six to eight pairs of socks, and two pairs of mittens. These clothing pieces will regulate their body temperature as well as protect them from the elements. Consider buying them in colors that pair well with your baby’s clothes.


Cardigans and jackets are also a must-have. Stock up on them to keep your little one snug and comfortable. Also, don’t forget to include a few adorable outfits with matching scratch mittens for special occasions.

When selecting clothing for your newborn, prioritize practicality and comfort. Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton. Avoid synthetic materials, as they irritate the skin.

To wrap things up, preparing for the arrival of a baby extends beyond setting up a nursery. Stocking up on essentials before their arrival is important. That way, you will be equipped with everything needed to meet your baby’s needs.

Make sure to also stock up on bathing supplies like baby shampoos, soaps, and soft towels, basic health supplies like an infant thermometer, and comfort items like pacifiers and soft toys.

When you have everything on hand, you can focus on enjoying those precious early moments with your new addition to the family. Thus, make your checklist and start stocking up.