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Baby checklist

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= tag for items typically needed for babies 4 months and older

Essentials

Simplify your Life

Nice to have

These are your must-haves based on the advice of pediatricians, experienced moms, and caretakers. You can choose low-priced options if budget is a constraint, but we suggest that you don't skip any.

These are the items that will make your life easier​. You could substitute some with items you already have at home, but the alternatives might not be as practical​​.

You can live without these items, but you may not want to. ​These are the products that add joy, beauty, comfort, and additional practicality.

Feeding

See Birth Checklist for items for breastfeeding mamas
  • Burp cloths
  • Cloth bibs
  • Baby bottles
  • Bottle cleaning brush
  • Breast milk storage bags
  • Baby formula
  • High chair
  • Baby spoons
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing pillow covers
  • Bottle warmer / sterilizer
  • Baby food blender
  • Baby puree storage
  • Bibs for solids
  • Placemat
  • Suction bowls /plates
  • Sippy / training cups
  • Steamer

Nursery

  • Wall art
  • Nursery chair / glider
  • Dresser
  • Side table
  • Bookcase
  • Hamper
  • Toy chest / large basket
  • Bins / baskets
  • Shelves
  • Lighting
  • Accent pieces
  • Picture frames
  • Mirrors
  • Growth chart

Sleep

  • Blackout curtains
  • Night light
  • Sound machine

Baby care

  • Nail clippers
  • Hair brush
  • Thermometer
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Baby nasal spray
  • Cool mist humidifier
  • Baby laundry detergent
  • Calibrated medicine dispenser
  • Pacifiers
  • Pacifier clips
  • Teething toys
  • Cradle cap brush and oil
  • Baby poop stain remover

Bath

  • Bath tub / bath support
  • Baby shampoo / soap
  • Baby lotion
  • Bath toys

Changing

  • Changing table
  • Changing  pad
  • Changing pad cover
  • Cotton pads
  • Diaper pail
  • Diaper caddy
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wipe dispenser
  • Apothecary jars

Around-the-house

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detector
  • Baby proofing tools

On-the-go

  • Diaper bag
  • Stroller
  • Infant car seat
  • Travel crib
  • Car seat cover
  • Nursing cover
  • Portable bath support
  • Portable changing pad
  • Sling / wrap / carrier
  • Sun-protective blanket
  • Sun shades for car window
  • Stroller blanket clips
  • On-the-go baby wipe dispenser
  • Snack cups and to-go food containers
  • Small trash bags for dirty diapers
  • Pre-soaking  bags
  • Stroller toys
  • Stroller hooks
  • Public seat cover

Clothes & accessories

  • Baby night gowns

Learn & Play

  • Baby books

Outdoor activities

  • Swim diapers
  • Baby bathing  suit
  • Sun hats
  • Rash guard
  • Baby sunscreen
  • Baby beach tent
  • Portable fan
  • Hooded poncho towel
  • Baby canopy float / floating ring
  • Baby beach shoes
  • Hiking carrier
  • Baby beach tent
  • Drawstring mesh bags
  • Beach toys
  • Cooler
  • Wet bag
  • Spray bottle
  • Nursing-friendly swimsuit
  • Small baby beach pool
  • Wagon for kids