Baby Checklist: Things to Stock Up On Before Baby
What do you need for baby? Well, Mama, I’m right in the thick of it, with a 4-month-old and a toddler, so I thought I’d share what baby items you’re gonna want on-hand. These are items you need for a baby from day one and they are seriously life-savers.
Baby showers are awesome (and let’s face it, one of the few upsides to being miserably pregnant,) but people get caught up buying the cute onesies or the fun accessories. Some wise mom might be thoughtful enough to make you a gift basket of the practical items you need for a baby, but more often than not nobody’s got time for that. When you’re seriously in need of baby items take all you can get, but sometimes if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself. The practical stuff isn’t as fun to buy as a gift, but it’s going to meet baby’s basic needs so you want to cover your bases.
It’s best to be safe and stock up on some of these simple and cheap necessities now, because girl, when you need these baby items, you need them RIGHT then. Babies don’t tend to wait patiently for you to run to the store and grab what they need real quick…and they’ll TELL you about it if you’re not prepared.
Luckily, we are spoiled with the ability to stock up on what we need with a few clicks. You can avoid waddling through a store in your third trimester trying to get the last minute items you need for a newborn baby.
So here’s my checklist of less flashy, but super-needed baby items for you to stock your home with as you prepare for baby.
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Baby Checklist: Practical Items you Need for Baby
Sassy Sacks – I lovvve these. Grab several packs. Babies poop. A lot. And it stinks. A lot. These little bags are great for tossing diapers in when you can’t get to a trash can, like in the car. We use them at our Pack-n-Play changing station in our bedroom, so we can load up several loads without making a thousand trips to the trash can or stinking up our room.
Boogie Wipes – These are AMAZING. You want these wipes in your diaper bag. Messes are inevitable with babies. These wipes are super soft and gentle and won’t leave a disgusting chemical taste on Baby’s hands and face. Plus, they have saline to help keep Baby’s nose clean when wiping away dry boogies and snot.
Boogie Bulb – Speaking of boogies, this nasal syringe is the best. I know, you’re thinking, “I got one in my Baby Grooming Kit at my last shower.” Let me tell you, those kits are cheap because they are CHEAPly made. Those booger suckers just don’t work. Even the one we got from the hospital was sub-par. But this thing works like a charm for grabbing stray boogies that are clogging baby’s nose. It’s a baby must-have when nursing a sick baby who can’t breathe through their nose. It’s also great in case baby starts gagging on spit-up. The best part is it comes apart at the top so you can actually clean it. It’s totally worth the extra few bucks, trust me.
Nail Scissors – Again, I know those little kits come with nail clippers…but Mama, those things are cheap-o. Plus, good luck using actual clippers on a newborn’s tiny nails. These scissors are fantastic. They are tiny, but so precise. You get so much more control over where you’re clipping. That’s important when you’re trying not to cut that sweet little babe’s itty bitty fingers. And best of all, they’re crazy cheap. I’ve been using my pair for over 2 years. Love ‘em. These might be my number one recommendation for what new moms need for Baby.
Teething Gel – Did you know babies can start teething as early as 3 months?! Yeah…neither did I. Thankfully, I still had this amazing gel from my toddler’s baby days when my new baby started cutting teeth out of nowhere. I was SO glad I had this stuff already. It’s natural and reallllly soothing for baby. This is a really great alternative to the unsafe teething gel options that have recently been proven dangerous for babies. It contains no benzocaine and is belladonna-free. The company who makes it is my favorite (especially for sleep products,) so I highly recommend them. I just couldn’t believe it when I felt that tooth coming through at 3-months-old. Poor baby! Be ready just in case, Mama. Here’s my full review of the teething gel, if you want to know more.Toothbrush – Speaking of tiny teeth, did you know you’re supposed to start brushing Baby’s teeth as soon as the sprout up? I definitely didn’t know this and my first got his teeth in pretty early and almost all at once. Thankfully, a sweet dentist’s wife gave me an infant toothbrush as a gift. I thought it was more of a little joke and cutesy thing, but I ended up being so glad I had it already! We later got this one as a teether/toothbrush and I really like it. I feel like it’s brushing away plaque while my baby is gnawing on it for fun. This is a relief when you start solids. And of course, it’s great to have a teether ready for babies like my second who puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. Oh, this is the toothpaste we use, if you’re interested.
I have a post on natural relief for teething here.
Thermometer – Don’t skimp on this one. You want to KNOW if Baby has a temp. Get a thermometer you can trust, like this one. It costs a few more bucks, but it’s a lot quicker and more pleasant than taking a fussy baby’s temperature from the other end.
Baby Tylenol – Baby fevers are scary and unpredictable. You do not want to be unprepared for this one. Thankfully, most of the time it’s nothing too concerning, but when Baby is cranky and hurting, you want to have meds ready to dig out of the cabinet.
Gas Drops – Another thing you do NOT want to NOT have. Even in the first few weeks, babies get gassy and may need a quick middle-of-the-night dose to settle their poor tummies. Don’t wait until your first stressful event of not having these drops to buy them. Get them now, you won’t regret it.
Gripe Water – Same same. Gripe water is great for when you have NO IDEA why baby is crying. Which can happen…often. A lot of babies love this stuff. It’s gentle on their tummies and the taste really helps them reset when they are inconsolable. It’s also pretty effective for those obnoxious, sleep-interrupting hiccups. Go ahead and have it ready to grab in the middle of the night when nothing is working to soothe your little one.
Vaseline and Gauze – If you’re having a boy and circumcising, you’ll need Vaseline and gauze pads to care for his little thing. Not exactly a glamorous baby shower gift, but necessary things to have on-hand when baby comes home.
Hand Sanitizer – During the newborn months, I like to have sanitizer at each diaper changing station (one on each level) and in the kitchen and living room. My son was born at the start of flu season and people lovvve to come visit so they can hold a tiny baby. Having hand sanitizer on the table is a great reminder for them to wash up before asking to hold your baby. And it takes the awkwardness out of asking them to wash their hands.
Practical Baby Items
So, there you have it. My baby checklist of what things you need for a newborn, as well as items you need for a baby as they get a bit older. From my first-hand experience, it’s totally worth grabbing these cheap things things to stock up on before baby makes his or her way into the world. You’ll be glad you did!
Or if you’re just now starting your baby registry, go ahead and set one up on Amazon so your loved ones know exactly what kind of baby stuff you actually need.
Things are about to get wonderfully crazy, Mama. If you’re looking for other ways to prepare for baby (including breastfeeding and postpartum recovery,) check out my post on How To Prepare for Newborn Life While You’re Still Pregnant.
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