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Baby Shopping List

During your pregnancy, you have so many decisions to make, and so much to prepare before your new baby is born. You may want to begin purchasing clothing, a car seat, and furniture for the baby. Don't forget about all the items your new baby will need on a daily basis, such as diapers, wash cloths, bottles, burp cloths, and more! If you are having a baby shower, your friends and family may also ask you what items they can help you with. We recommend talking to other new moms about the items they purchased for their babies, and the brands that they recommend. There are so many baby items and different brands to choose from, that it may be helpful to get some expert advice, so that you will not be stressed about these decisions.

The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) has provided the following list of items a new born baby will need to help you in your shopping efforts, so you can concentrate on staying healthy, resting, and being excited for your new baby's birth. We have also included links to web pages with safety information about those products that may pose a risk to your baby if safety guidelines are not followed. If you have any additional questions about the safety of baby products, we recommend that you ask your health care provider. The most important thing to remember is that your baby only needs food, shelter and you; so don't be overwhelmed by the numerous baby products available.

What The Baby Will Need At The Hospital

  • Baby shirt and sleeper
  • Receiving blanket
  • Diapers and wipes (some hospitals provide an initial supply of these)
  • Safety pins and rubber or nylon pants (if you are using cloth diapers)
  • Heavy blanket, sweater, and hat, for the baby, if the weather is cold.
  • Infant car seat
  • Diaper bag

Safety Items

  • Night Lights, or soft lighting
  • Baby Monitor
  • Baby Nail/Clippers/Scissors Manicure Set

Things You'll Need To Transport The Baby

The Baby's Room

Suggested Items For Your Home

Things You'll Need As The Baby Gets Older

This page last updated: September 2001