What you'll need to have on hand for the early days with your newborn. We listed some of our favorite newborn checklist essentials for you to stock up on. Make sure you sign up for a free Amazon Baby Registry so friends and family can help set your new bundle up with all the basics.
If you're breastfeeding, there aren't quite as many items on your checklist for newborns, though there are plenty of items that you may like.
Two boxes of newborn-size diapers: It's better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows quickly. We like these Swaddlers that offer leak protection. Diapers, wipes and other baby items should top your personal newborn checklist.
4 outfits for dressing up (optional): This one comes with matching scratch mittens and a little hat.
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3 large cotton blankets: These Burt's Bees blankets are made of organic cotton and are easy to machine wash.
8 receiving blankets: They also make handy burp cloths, which is why affordable options are best. We like these unisex cotton flannel receiving blankets that cost about $2 each. Budget-friendly pricing makes this one of our favorite newborn checklist items.
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1 plastic infant tub. You can also use a large dishpan in the sink, or take baby in the bath with you, but we like the safety of this supportive infant tub. Read our guide to the best baby bathtub picks.
12 washcloths, not used on baby's bottom
Baby soap or cleanser: This all-natural, calming lavender baby soap for sensitive skin is Today's Parent-approved.
Baby soft-bristled hair brush: No need to spend big—this Safety 1st soft brush is one of the most affordable items on the newborn checklist.
3 waterproof mattress covers: This just may be one of the most important additions to the newborn checklist. If you're spending big on a mattress, you'll want to keep it in top shape. Consider these waterproof mattress covers.
Sleep sack: These Gunamuna sleep sacks are made of cozy, all-natural bamboo and are a cinch to clean.
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If you are co-sleeping:
Firm mattress: Don't have one? Consider making the switch to an affordable parent-approved favorite like the Zinus memory foam mattress that ships right to your door and costs less than $500 for a king size. It's also CertiPUR-certified, so you can feel good about it growing with your family.
Approved infant safety seat for car: Check out our list of the best convertible car seats and rotating car seats for brilliant buys you'll love for years to come. It's one of the most important baby essentials and often a requirement when you leave the hospital or birthing center.
A stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat: The UppaBaby stroller we like best easily transitions from newborn through about age 4.
Bulb syringe for suctioning mucous: Choose a silicone-based model like this one that's developed for noses and ears.
Baby thermometer: This FridaBaby rectal thermometer offers a speedy read-out and minimal discomfort. Plus, it's far more accurate than skin readings. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests keeping a baby thermometer in your first aid kit.