Having a baby is a joyous occasion. But with all the planning and preparation, you may forget essential items that you’ll need when you bring your bundle of joy home for the first time.

Newborn Clothing

Look for clothing that matches your area’s climate. Aim for at least five bodysuits, as your newborn will most likely require several changes throughout the day.

Bodysuits should include mittens, as newborns can easily scratch themselves. Other clothing items include socks, hats, shirts, pants, and sleep sacks.

Diapers

Newborns may outgrow this size quickly, so have an additional package of diapers in the next size up. Make sure to buy enough diapers to last you several days, and purchase plenty of wipes.

Another option is cloth diapering if you’re looking to reduce waste.

Bibs and Burp Cloths and Bottles

It’s important to have four to six bibs and a dozen burp cloths.

Purchase four to six 4 and 8-ounce bottles each, as well as a bottle brush. If you’re nursing, then contact your insurance provider to see about a free breast pump.

Car Seat for Infants

There are many different types of infant car seats. You can purchase one that is part of a stroller travel system. Make sure to practice using your car seat before bringing your baby home.

If you need assistance, call your local police station. They will expertly install your car seat for you.

Crib, Mattress, and Sheets

If your baby is going to sleep in your room, consider purchasing a bassinet to fit next to your bed.

There are many different types of bassinets and cribs available. Make sure to find the mattress recommended by your crib’s manufacturer, as these ensure the best safety for your baby.

Ensure you have proper fitting sheets for your babies safety, and remember to keep blankets, pillows, toys, and crib bumpers away from your newborn’s crib at all times.

Baby Monitor and Nanny Cam

If your child is going to sleep in a separate room, then it’s essential to purchase a baby monitor. This allows you to see and hear your child throughout the night. There are many different monitors available, so make sure to choose the best one for you.

Another essential item is a nanny cam. This allows you to check on your newborn and ensure their safety when left with an alternative caregiver.

Baby Bathtub and Doctor’s Essentials

When bathing your little one, make sure to have a bathtub that is safe and easy to use. There are many different styles and brands to choose from, so pick one that works best for you.

Don’t forget bath essentials like baby shampoo and body wash, as well as soft washcloths for their delicate skin.

Make sure to keep a thermometer on hand, as well as infant Tylenol, although you should always check with your pediatrician first.

Remember to have plenty of diaper rash cream and grooming essentials for hair and nails.

Baby Essentials

Whether it’s burp cloths, strollers, or infant car seats, make sure to have these 7 essential items available. They’ll help parents with infants grow and transition together.