I have a 5 month old: ( I marked “N” for no, and “Y” for yes as to what we used/use). I really caution you on investing in a lot of clothes– our five month old is wearing 12 month size! There were lots of cute outfits that people gave us that she wore only once. Sorry, longest response ever 🙂 And again, this was just our experience every baby is different!
[Y] 4-8 bodysuits or onesies (wide head openings and loose legs) We didn’t need anywhere close to 8 , but we did laundry every couple of days
[N] 4-8 undershirts or vests (snaps at neck or wide head openings, snaps under crotch)*
[Y] 4-8 one-piece pajamas* We didn’t need anywhere close to 8, but we did laundry every couple of days.
[Y] 2 blanket sleepers for winter baby We put our daughter in the Halo sleep sacks every night
[Y] 1-3 sweaters or jackets (front buttoned) Zippers work fine too, not just buttoned
[Y] 1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits* We had one nice dress for each age group
[N] 4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby walks)* We have 3 pairs of socks, I can’t imagine needing 7 pairs, but we do laundry frequently
[Y] 1-3 hats (broad-brimmed for summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for winter baby)* We have one winter hat for kiddo
[N] No- scratch mittens We never had an issue with our kid scratching herself
[Y] Bunting bag or fleece suit for winter baby We haven’t used ours yet, but just it is in our diaper bag just in case of a vehicle breakdown
[N/A] Swimsuit for summer baby
[Y] Gentle laundry detergent
[Y] Crib, cradle or bassinet*
• Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart
• Corner posts no more than 1/16 of an inch above frame
• No cutouts in headboard or footboard
• Top rails at least 26 inches above mattress
[Y] Firm, flat mattress fit snugly in crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)*
[N] 1-3 washable crib mattress pads I bought one of these and we still haven’t used it, because the mattress is super easy to clean
[N] 2-4 fitted crib sheets* We have one, I suppose two could be nice but I can’t imagine using 4!
[Y] 4-6 soft, light receiving blankets* We used receiving blankets for the first month, then she was out of her swaddling phase and now they are useless at our house!
[Y] 1-2 heavier blankets (for colder climates) We use these for protecting her from wind in the carseat, putting on the ground for tummy time, etc
[N] Rocking or arm chair Our kiddo doesn’t care for rocking so it worked out for us
[Y] Music box, sound machine or CD player Our daughter has slept 12+ hrs through the night every night since she was 2 months old. We have a sound machine that I seriously credit for that– we got ours from Target for $20.
[Y] Crib mobile with black and white images (remove when baby can support self on hands and knees) I don’t know why the black and white images…ours is the Fisher Price Rainforest one which works great. Get one that operates on batteries so that you don’t have to wind it up every 3 minutes!
[N] Baby monitor We got one of these but have yet to use it
[Y] Dresser We just use an old night stand
[Y] Toy basket
[Y] Swing or bouncy chair We went a little overboard on these– she has a swing, exersaucer, and two jumperoos. She takes naps daily in the swing and we used it when she was really little and had a cold to help with drainage.
[N] Changing table or cushioned changing pad for low dresser or bureau, with safety strap or railing* We just use the crib and put a cheap plastic changing mat underneath her
[N] Changing table pad*
[N] Changing table pad cover
[N] Diaper pail Any little trashcan works, just get one with a lid!
[N] Diaper pail liners We use cheap store brand trash bags or reuse shopping bags
[Y] Diaper cream* Desitin or store brand (Desitin seems to work a little bit better)
[Y] Unscented baby wipes (causes less irritation)* We use Huggies Natural Brand and love them– Sam’s Club has great values on these if you have one in the area
[N] Soft washcloths* Baby washclothes are super flimsy, we use regular washclothes
[N] Tissues (for you)
[N] 6-10 dozen cloth diapers and 6-8 diaper covers, or 2-3 large boxes of disposable newborn-size diapers* I’d hold off on investing a ton in diaper until you see what size your baby actually is. Our daughter skipped a whole size of disposables, even though she was born super tiny.
[Y] Baby bathtub
[Y] Baby soap*
[N] Baby shampoo The baby soap we use doubles as shampoo
[N] 2-4 soft towels or hooded baby towels I have a ton of these and I hate them– they never get her dry enough. We’ve gone back to just using normal adult towels
[Y] Baby hairbrush Our hospital gave us a great one
[N] Soft washcloths (use a different color or pattern than your diaper washcloths!) Same explanation as above
[N] 10-16 bottles and nipples, both four and eight ounce (if fed strictly by the bottle, baby will go through about ten in the four ounce size per day)* I breastfeed kiddo and pump too. We have a total of five bottles in rotation and 3 nipples.
[N/A] Liners, for disposable bottles
[N] Bottle warmer (cuts down on nighttime trips to and from the kitchen) Our daughter will eat breastmilk cold
[N] Bottle sterilizer (if your dishwasher doesn’t have one)
[Y] Bottle brush We found ours at the dollar store and like it better than many of the ones offered at Walmart. Go for basic and stiff ones.
[N] Dishwasher basket for small items We hand wash our nipples/caps though. The baby spoons work just fine in the regular utensil portion of the dishwasher
[Y] 4-8 bibs We just started using these though at 5 months.
[Y] Burp cloths (or cloth diapers)*
[Y] High chair We got a high chair that is suitable for newborn- a few years of age. It has adjustable chair recline. Our kid has been hanging out in it since she was a year old.
[N] 2-4 pacifiers Depends on your kid– ours doesn’t like them.
[N/A] Formula (if not nursing)*
For nursing moms:
[Y] 1-3 nursing bras (Breasts swell following birth, so start with one size larger than your maternity bra. Wait until size settles down — about two weeks after birth — to purchase additional bras.)
[Y] Nursing pads I preferred cloth!
[Y] Nipple cream
[N] Nursing pillow I have one and still haven’t used it.
[Y] Pump (even if you plan only to nurse, a pump will allow you to leave milk for baby if you want or need to separate)* I’d wait until you’re sure your milk comes in at the hospital. Also, see if your insurance will cover it with the new laws.
[Y] Milk storage bags* If you’re planning on pumping.
[Y] Baby nail clippers or blunt scissors* Nails grow fast!
[Y] Cotton balls (don’t use swabs to clean baby’s nose or ears)
[Y ] Baby thermometer* get a rectal one with a quick read time
[Y] Bulb syringe/nasal aspirator We got a couple sizes which was helpful as she grew
[N] Medicine dropper or spoon with measurements all the baby medicine we used came with its own
[N/A] Petroleum jelly and sterile gauze (for circumcision care)*
[Y] Infant acetaminophen (Tylenol) didn’t use until after 2 months though
[Y] Antibiotic cream used once in the last 5 months– make sure not to get one with pain relief
[N] Saline nasal drops
[N] Baby gas drops these didn’t work for our baby
[Y] Disinfecting hand soap (for you) and hand sanitizer– we go through a ton of this
[y] Infant or convertible car seat*
[y ] Stroller (reclining to almost flat for infants)
[ y] Diaper bag
[y ] Changing pad
[y ] Baby carrier/sling we got the cheap snugli version over the expensive version and it works fine
[y ] Ice packs (in case of tearing during birth or swelling after) and for engorged boobs!
[ y] 2-3 week supply of ultra absorbent sanitary pads get some thinner ones too– I only wore the ultra absorbent for a week before switching to thinner ones
[y ] Panty liners
[y ] Hemorrhoid wipes and cream (can become necessary after labor, even if pregnancy was free of problems…sorry)