Ultimate Guide to Newborn Essentials 2021


A little girl holding a baby

There are a ton of to-dos when prepping for baby’s arrival, and shopping for all the baby essentials is not least among them. From setting up the nursery to gathering the gear for sleeping, eating and diapering, it’s easy to keep busy buying baby must-haves. After all, the amount of baby supplies a newborn requires can take any mom-to-be by surprise. But how do you figure out which are the baby items you can forget about, and which are the essential baby items you can’t live without? Don’t stress: We’re breaking it all down for you. Read on for a complete list of things you need for a new baby.

Baby Wardrobe Essentials

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It doesn’t get much cuter than tiny baby clothes, but you’ll want to pick out practical baby things that’ll keep your newborn comfy and cozy. When it comes to clothing, these are the baby must-haves:

  • 4-8 onesies (envelope folds at the shoulders and snaps at the crotch)
  • 4-8 shirts (kimono-style with snaps or envelope folds at the shoulders)
  • 4-8 pants (footies can be a great option)
  • 4-8 one-piece pajamas
  • 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits
  • 1-3 sweaters or jackets (front buttoned)
  • 4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby starts walking
  • 1-3 newborn hats (broad-brimmed for a summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for a winter baby)
  • No-scratch mittens
  • 2 wearable blankets for the winter
  • Bunting bag or fleece suit for the winter
  • Lightweight and heavy stroller blankets
  • Gentle laundry detergent

Baby Nursery Essentials

A hand holding a baby

A baby’s room calls for adorable decor for sure, but you’ll also need furniture and baby bedding that will make infant care all the easier (and safer). Here are the baby essentials for any nursery:

  • Crib, cradle or bassinet
  • 2-4 fitted crib sheets
  • Rocking chair or glider
  • Baby monitor
  • Diaper changing table or dresser with changing pad
  • Toy basket- White noise machine (optional)
  • Diaper pail (optional)
  • Swaddle (optional)

Baby Diapering Essentials

Changing a diaper may seem daunting at first, but trust us, you’ll get the hang of it—and these baby must-haves will help you pick it up even faster. Check out this list of baby necessities for diapering:

  • 2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers, or 6-10 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 diaper covers
  • 2-3 large boxes of unscented baby wipes
  • 2 large tubes of diaper cream
  • Diaper bag

Baby Bath Essentials

Bath time can be tons of fun—at least, once you get a handle on that slippery baby. Best be prepared with all the right gear. These are the baby must-haves for the bath:

  • Baby bathtub
  • Baby shampoo and body wash
  • 2-4 hooded baby towels
  • Soft washcloths
  • Baby lotion (optional)

Baby Feeding Essentials

Be prepared to feed your newborn around the clock—which means, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, you’re going to need a whole bunch of baby things for mealtime. Here are the important baby supplies to stock up:

  • 8-10 bottles and nipples, both 4- and 8- ounce
  • Bottle brush
  • Dishwasher basket for small items
  • Formula (if not nursing)
  • Breast pump (if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Milk storage bags (if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Nursing pads (if you plan to breastfeed)
  • Nipple cream (if you plan to breastfeed)
  • High chair
  • 4-8 bibs
  • 4-8 burp cloths

These are some items you must have for your newborn.

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