Last Updated: Welcome to the award-winning Awesome Baby Checklist 2020, 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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Dresser with Changing Area
Changing Pad and Covers (2)
Portable play yard with bassinet feature
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)
Bedding Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift
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)
Layette Optional : Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift
For Mom & Dad
Diaper bag for around town
Baby 411 book
Happiest Baby on the Block book
Mom & Dad Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift
Feeding Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift
On The Go
Infant Car Seat
Convertible Car Seat
Booster Car Seat
On The Go Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift
Playtime Optional: Fun to Have or Great to Receive as a Gift
Disposable Diapers (100 newborn; 400-500 size one)
Wipes (two boxes)
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
Hook On Chair
Health & Safety
Cabinet & Drawer Locks
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
- measuring spoon, cup or dropper; you’ll want one with cc/ml measurements for those tiny infant doses.
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