10 Absolutely Necessary Items You Need Before Baby Arrives

10 Absolutely Necessary Items You Need Before Baby Arrives

Every time I’m pregnant, I always stress out that I don’t have enough of the right items necessary to bring the baby home. I mean, I know the big things, like a car seat and crib, but what are the absolute essentials that you NEED to have?

If you have that problem, or want to make sure you have the things you need, I’ve put together this list to help you. I know I get overwhelmed (but oh so thankful!) when I have a baby shower, because I think I have everything I need. I usually have a lot of outfits and bottles, but I know I need more than just that.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first baby or your fifth; a baby needs the same basic items ready at the house when you bring him or her home from the hospital. Everything extra is nice, and wonderful, but make sure you have these 10 items ready to go.

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Several boxes of diapers. Usually you don’t have to worry about this, because people love to give diapers at baby showers. Don’t worry about buying newborn diapers; you often get a bunch of those at the hospital that you can take home. I try to stock up on the size ones and twos; you can even buy these throughout the entire pregnancy. You’re going to be cleaning up a lot of poop soon, so make sure you have wipes on hand to clean it all up. And honestly, you’ll start cleaning up lots more than just bottoms with the wipes (they’re good for so many messes!) so make sure you have a lot.

If you plan to cloth diaper, you’ll want to have a handful; I only cloth diapered my twins, but I had 40 diapers for them. I’d try to have at least 20-25 on hand for a single baby. Be sure to also have a diaper pail or bag to use for the cloth diapers, as well.

6-12 onsies. These onesies are wonderful for layering under skirts or pants, or even under a complete outfit if it’s cold. You’ll need quite a few because babies can have blowout diapers and spit up. And, to be honest, sometimes you’re nursing or feeding your baby a bottle and spill food on them.

6-10 sleepers. You may want to buy these in two different sizes, depending on how confident on the size of your baby. Don’t buy too many items in Newborn sizes because some babies never wear this size, and those that do only wear them for a short while. I typically buy most 0-3 month sizes, with maybe one package of 3-6 month, so they’ll be ready to go when you’re baby gets that size. I love the ones with zippers, or sleep sacks that have elastic at the bottom, so it’s easy to change diapers in the middle of the night.

Car Seat – This kind of goes without saying; you need a car seat to even bring your baby home from the hospital. Do your research on which car seat you like; be sure it fits in your car! If you think you’ll be using two different cars for transporting baby around, grab a second base for the other car.

Bottles – If you aren’t planning on breastfeeding, you’re going to need bottles. I only bottlefed my twins, once they were two months old. I tried several different brands of bottles, but they girls kept drooling and were unable to drink out of all the bottles I tried. Finally, I tried these Lansinoh brand bottles; they were touted as being most like the breast, and I know that Lansinoh is known for their breast pads and cream, so I thought I’d give them a try. Let me just say, while they are the funniest looking bottles, they worked like a charm!

Sheets – This is a funny item that probably won’t cross your mind at all. I like to have between 4-6 crib sheets so that I can change them in the middle of the night, if need be, without having to wash a load of laundry. If you’re using a bassinet of any sort, make sure to have sheets for that, as well.

Blankets – This is an item that you typically don’t have to buy more of because you’ll probably get more than enough at a shower or from friends. You’ll probably want to have 5-6 receiving blankets available.

Baby Wash and Shampoo – You’ll need to wait a few days before giving your baby a bath, in order for the umibilical stump to fall off, but you can still give a very abbreviated sponge bath if necessary. I’ve always given the first bath or two in the (clean) kitchen sink (it’s a family tradition on my side), but a baby bathtub is usually better than just putting the baby in the huge bathtub.

Diaper Bag – There are several different styles of diaper bags, from backpack to over-the-shoulder to purse-like bags. Choose one that fits your lifestyle and look, but also focus on the number of pockets and overall size.

Non-Essentials, but They’ll Make Your Life Easier

Stroller – Get a stroller that your carseat will snap into, so you don’t have to take your baby out of the carseat when you leave the car. This comes in very handy if they fall asleep in the car. It’s also nice if the stroller is useable without the carseat as well, so you can continue to use the same stroller for an older baby.

Cute outfits – I mean, come on, you want your baby to wear some cute things! You’ll probably get a lot of these from family and friends. I always like to get a few special outfits, too, such as a coming home outfit.

Breast pads, breast pumps and other nursing supplies are nice to have if you are nursing. I never needed the pads, but my sister did; everyone is a little different. I did use a breast pump with my twins for a couple of months, but I got mine free through my insurance company; check with yours, because they can be expensive! The one I got was hospital grade, which was awesome since I was pumping for two!

Bottle accessories – Things like the bottle drying rack, bottle warmer, and formula holder are great and make life so much easier.

Boppy Pillow – The boppy pillow is helpful whether you are nursing or bottle feeding. You might also want to get a removeable cover so you can wash it.

Burp cloths and bibs – While a receiving blanket can take the place of a burp cloth, the thicker, super absorbent fabric is great for wiping faces and chins. Bibs are great for protecting clothing when a spit up incident occurs, or for drooling.

Swaddling blanket – Some babies like to be swaddled, while others don’t. You can try out a receiving blanket for a few nights; if your baby likes it, invest in a swaddling blanket then.


So this probably isn’t the huge list you were expecting, but sometimes it’s nice to realize that you have everything you absolutely NEED to be calm that you’re ready for baby. There are so many things on the market geared towards new moms and babies that it can get overwhelming.

Make sure you have the basics, either that you bought yourself or got at showers, and you’ll be fine. Add in the extras if you have the time, money or inclination, and you’ll be totally ready for your baby to arrive!


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