checklist-babyWelcome to the World’s Most Awesome Baby Checklist, the most comprehensive checklist of items you need for your newborn. This list was compiled by the best-selling authors of Baby Bargains, the #1 guide to baby gear.

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Changing Pad and Covers (2)
Portable play yard with bassinet feature
Coming soon: The Best Play Yard
Nursery Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift

Baby Bedding & Decor

Fitted Crib Sheets (3 to 5)
Waterproof Mattress Pads/Sheet Protectors (2 to 3)
Receiving Blankets (4)
Wearable Blankets
Bedding Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift

Reality Layette

T-shirts/Bodysuits (6 to 8 long and short sleeve depending on climate)
Blanket Sleepers (3 to 4)
Sleepers (footed; 4 to 8)
Coveralls/Rompers (2 to 4)
Booties/Socks (3 to 4 pairs)
Hats (2 to 3)
Bibs (2 to 3 drool bigs; 3 to 4 larger bibs)

For Mom & Dad

Diaper bag for around town
Baby 411 book
Happiest Baby on the Block book

Feeding Baby



Feeding Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift

On The Go


  • The Best Swing (coming soon)!
  • The Best Bouncer
Playtime Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift

Infant Care

Disposable Diapers (100 newborn; 400-500 size one)
Wipes (two boxes)
Diaper Pail
Baby Bathtub
Towels and Washcloths (3 sets)
Infant Care Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift

Thinking Ahead: For Babies 6 Months to 2 Years Old

Kitchen Booster
Hook On Chair
Potty Seat

Health & Safety

Safety Gates
Cabinet & Drawer Locks
Toilet Locks
Outlet Covers
Furniture & TV Straps
First Aid Kit

Baby First Aid Kit

  • Band-Aids (lots of them–they become badges of courage)
  • sterile, non-stick dressing and tape
  • “butterfly” bandages or thin adhesive strips
  • Ace wrap
  • a roll of gauze dressing
  • rectal thermometer
  • petroleum jelly
  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
  • antibiotic ointment
  • diphenhydramine liquid (Benadryl)
  • saline nose drops (home made or store bought)
  • decongestant nose spray (Afrin)
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • A list of emergency phone numbers, including the National Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) or your local poison control number.
  • baking soda
  • tweezers
  • measuring spoon, cup or dropper; you’ll want one with cc/ml measurements for those tiny infant doses.

Awesome Baby Checklist: The Print Version!

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