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Furniture

Car Seat: Rear facing Infant-only seat or Infant & Toddler Convertible seat (For the ride home from the hospital.)  See our tips on choosing a car seat.
Stroller: You will need one with full recline until your baby can support his or her head.  See our tips on choosing a stroller.
 
  Bassinet / Playpen (Play yard)
Crib: (optional for first few months)  See our tips on choosing a baby crib.
Crib mattress:  See our tips on choosing a baby crib mattress.
     

Clothing

 

Diapering

One-piece outfits (onesies)
One-piece pajamas
You generally want soft, easy to change outfits since you will probably be changing your baby several times a day.  It's also better to buy cloths a little larger since babies outgrow newborn sizes so quickly.
Sock and booties
Fleece outfits / sweater or jacket: for winter
Bonnet or cap: for summer
Mittens
 
  Diapers: Whichever you choose to use keep plenty on hand since you'll be changing your baby up to 12 times a day.  See our article "Cloth diapers vs. Disposable diapers."
Wipes
Washcloth's
Diaper ointment / powder (pure cornstarch type powder)
Sealable trash can (Diaper pail) for soiled diapers.
     

Feeding

 

Bathing

Bibs
Breastpump & breastmilk storage bags
Bottles & nipples:  For breastfeeding moms, one or two bottles and nipples might be nice to have on hand. Dad can use them to feed your breastmilk to baby if you need to be separated from him/her.
 
  Newborn tub
Washcloths
Soaps & Lotions
Hooded towels
     

Sleeping

 

Safety

Waterproof crib/mattress liner
Fitted sheets for bassinet, playpen or crib.
Receiving blankets: comforts and provides extra warmth. Fleece or cotton flannel to prevent overheating.
 
  Baby Monitor
Smoke alarm / carbon monoxide detector for baby's room
Rectal thermometer
First Aid kit
 
     

For Mom

 

Miscellaneous

Nursing bras
Breast pads
Breast shields
Cream for Nipples
Panty Liners / Pads
Flowers from dad
  Small lamp or Nightlight for baby's room
Classical or Lullaby music
Reference books on safety issues, parenting, etc.
Baby nail clippers (such as these lighted nail clippers)
Nasal aspirator
'Free and Clear' Laundry Detergent (Pediatricians and dermatologists recommend a laundry soap free of dye and perfume additives)
 
     
   

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