New Parent Checklist

Bringing home your baby is one of the most exciting events of your life—a time filled with joy, wonder and anticipation. You’ve waited nine long months, but are you truly ready? By simply being prepared, getting organized and having a checklist to keep you on track, you can enjoy this momentous occasion in your life a little better.  We’ve included a list of items commonly needed in the first few weeks of your baby’s life. This is not a comprehensive list, but it may help you feel more prepared and enjoy your new bundle of joy with a little less stress and worry.


  1. Cradle, bassinet or crib
  2. Crib mattress
  3. Bumper pad
  4. Fitted crib sheets
  5. Waterproof mattress pads or sheets
  6. Receiving blankets
  7. Changing pad


  1. · Baby bathtub with foam pad or insert
  2. · Baby bath towels
  3. · Washcloths
  4. · Tearless shampoo
  5. · Baby soap
  6. · Brush and comb
  7. · Baby nail scissors or clippers


  1. Diapers
  2. Wipes
  3. Diaper rash ointment or cream
  4. Rubbing alcohol
  5. Cotton swabs
  6. Petroleum jelly
  7. Diaper pail with locking lid


  1. Undershirts that snap on the bottom (Onesies)
  2. T-shirts
  3. Infant gowns with elastic bottoms
  4. Stretchy socks or booties
  5. Hats
  6. Mild laundry detergent to wash baby’s clothes


  1. Bottles with nipples and caps (if breastfeeding or bottle-feeding)
  2. Baby formula and measuring cup (if bottle-feeding)
  3. Breast pump (if breastfeeding)
  4. Lanolin (if breastfeeding)
  5. Nursing bras (if breastfeeding)
  6. Nursing pads (if breastfeeding)
  7. Bibs
  8. Burp cloths


  1. Infant car seat
  2. Stroller
  3. Diaper bag

The following are suggestions and should not replace advice from your child’s doctor.

  1. Tylenol
  2. Gas drops
  3. Bulb syringe
  4. Nasal spray