Baby necessities – Must have baby items

September 26, 2016 by Mommy Nurse
baby necessities and must have baby items

Knowing the baby necessities from nice-to-haves is your budget defense from overspending. It will help you to skip out the unnecessary purchase of stuffs for your baby.

After the positive result and confirmation of your upcoming little bundle of joy, it’s time for you to think clearly and wisely about your baby needs. While you’re searching online or hearing hearsays, you may find your head whirl as you think of what to prepare and overwhelmed about the number of stuffs your baby needs. So, to feel organized and to avoid last minute panics, you must plan it  in advance to handle it all and be able to put everything in order.

Here’s the list of must have baby items, to help you decide what to buy. You’re the only one who can determine your preferences as a parent. Take a look and check from the list what will complete your newborn’s clothing and nursery.

Baby Necessities – Must have baby items checklist:


  • 6-12 Sleeveless Shirts
  • 6-12 Short-Sleeved Shirts
  • 6 Long-Sleeved Shirts
  • 4-6 Pajama Sets / Frog Suits
  • 2 Sweaters
  • 4-6 Receiving Blankets
  • 7-10 Abdominal Binders
  • 6 pairs of Mittens
  • 3-4 Bonnets/Caps
  • 4-6 pairs of Booties
  • 4-6 pairs of Socks
  • 7-10 Bibs
  • 4-6 Burp Pads


  • 24 Cloth Diapers
  • Diaper Clips/Pins
  • Nappy Clamps
  • Disposable Diapers


  • Nursing Pads (disposable/washable)
  • Breast pump
  • Nipple Puller
  • Nipple Shield
  • Nipple Cream
  • Soothing Breast Wipes
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Breastfeeding Bib
  • Storage Bottles
  • Milk Storage Bags


  • 3-6 4oz. Feeding Bottles
  • 3-6 8oz. Feeding Bottles
  • 3 Nipples
  • Bottle Brush
  • Nipple Brush
  • Sterilizing Tong
  • Sterilizer
  • Sterilizer Rack
  • Bottle Keeper/Holder
  • 2 Milk Containers
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Bottle Cleanser


  • Soft Bite Spoon
  • Warmer
  • Food Processor
  • Bibs
  • Baby Bowl
  • Straw Cup
  • Spout Cup


  • 4-6 Fitted Sheets
  • 3 Crib Blankets (cotton, flannel, fleece or terrycloth)
  • 2 Crib Bumpers
  • 2 Pillows
  • Bolsters & Bolsters Cases
  • 2 Waterproof Sheet
  • 2 Mattress Coverings
  • 3 Lap Pads
  • 4 Pillow Cases
  • Sleeping Blanket


  • 3-4 Hooded Bath Towels
  • 4 Wash Cloths
  • Sponge/Mitt
  • Bath Tub
  • Basin
  • Dipper
  • Bathing Support Net
  • Nail Cutter/ Scissors
  • Bath Robe
  • Rubber Bath Mat
  • Sponge Bath Mat
  • Organizer Tray
  • Soap Case
  • Powder Case
  • Hairbrush & Comb
  • Finger Toothbrush
  • Bath Seat
  • Bath Towels


  • Baby Soap/ Liquid Bath
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Powder
  • Baby Oil
  • Baby Cream
  • Baby Cologne
  • Baby Alcohol
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Wipes
  • Bottle Cleanser
  • Cotton Swab (roll)
  • Cotton Balls
  • Cotton Ear Buds
  • Cotton Nose Buds
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Diaper Rash Powder/ Cream
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent


  • Digital Thermometer
  • Medicine Dropper
  • Nasal Aspirator
  • Vaporizer
  • Humidifier
  • Ice Bag
  • Water Bag


  • Mattress
  • Crib
  • Crib Toys
  • Crib Mobile
  • Musical Toys
  • Rattles
  • Exercisers
  • Educational Toys
  • Playpen
  • High Chair
  • Cabinet Chest w/ Drawers
  • Changing Table
  • Lamp
  • Teething Rail
  • Potty Seat Adaptor
  • Baby Book
  • Bouncer
  • Walker
  • Floor Mats
  • Safety Gate
  • Diaper Pail
  • Diaper Stacker
  • Clothes Hamper
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Clothes Clips
  • Mosquito Net
  • Potty Seat Trainer


  • Nursery Bag
  • Changing Pad
  • Baby Wipes
  • Disposable Liners
  • Insulated Bottle Keeper
  • Carrier/ Bassinet
  • Car Seat
  • Head Support Pad
  • Stroller
  • Stroller Net
  • Stroller Pad
  • Assorted Toys
  • Portable Crib/ Playpen
  • Soft Carrier

Here is my word of advice for moms and dads. Check or assess your financial capability. Don’t exceed with your planned budget. Don’t buy too much (in terms of quantity and the price), don’t buy stuff not yet needed (some items in the list can be purchase in the succeeding months) and focus on your baby necessities(See the must have baby items list above for reference). I know your excited for your baby’s arrival and you want the best for him. But always keep in mind, baby grows quickly and they may only outgrow it. It is also possible that some things you bought can be just a waste of money and you’ll end up disappointed. Same as going in the supermarket/grocery on empty stomach that leads you to buy so many foods/snacks that you can’t consume. You’re just starving and craving for anything you see. So, use this baby necessities checklist and make wise decision. Be smart and practical.

After knowing the things that you must include in your checklist, the next question now is “When should you start buying baby stuff?”. You may be wondering and worrying when to start purchasing baby items or doing any decoration in your nursery room. There is no definite rule with this topic. Some starts buying baby needs after they found out the gender of the baby. Other starts to get some things after their morning sickness worn off or remarkably subside in the beginning of second trimester, to avoid going out before due date approaches. Some moms are dying to buy stuffs but are encourage by their parents or other elderly in the family to wait until the eighth month of pregnancy because of some superstitious beliefs.

Don’t be paranoid and stressed out. I think once you’ve established your finances, you may start buying some items that are unisex. So, even without the gender of the baby yet, you can buy quite a few items to hold off being surprised with the extravagant cost when you buy it concurrently. However, it would be a brilliant idea to wait until your ultrasound result be revealed, to find out your little angel’s gender. Favorably, it can lead to a more personal touch of everything that will make you delighted. Whatever your preference is, surely you must enjoy the process of being a new parent.

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