(Closed) What to buy for baby checklist… what is a must and what is just fluff?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That looks like a really good list.  I didn’t do the bottle warmer or wipes warmer.  I want him to be use to whatever is given/used so that if we are out and about it isn’t an issue for him.  I also didn’t buy a changing table.  We opted for a dresser that is wide enough to use the changing pad on.  We haven’t used it yet because we are using the pack & play in our room as a crib.  It has a changing table on the end of it that we are using.  Also, I would look for outfits that have zippers on them.  Much easier to do than the snap buttons at 3am in the dark.

Post # 4
1081 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

just commenting bc this is a great list and hopefully I will also be referencing it soon! πŸ™‚ Thanks for posting! Sorry I can’t help you out in determining what’s neccessary and what can be skipped. Congrats btw πŸ™‚

Post # 5
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

A few things from my own research to note (though I am still 2 months away from having any practical experience):

– The swing/bouncy chair may be something you want to wait on. Babies are totally different in whether they are soothed by the swinging motion and NOT the bouncy motion or vice versa and from my understanding it tends to be an either/or.  Once you get a sense of which one baby likes, that’s the time to use that extra Babies R Us gift card from your shower to buy the chair.

– Bottle warmer – my understanding is that it’s not strictly necessary, if you’re tight on your budget this (and a wipe warmer) would be places to cut.

– High chair – this is a wait to buy – not needed until baby can sit up on its own.

– I think the baby carrier/sling is a nice-to-have, but not strictly necessary assuming you have a stroller.

Check out this list (at the bottom of the blog post in bold) – she does a pretty good job of breaking out the buy now vs buy later. The Baby Bargains book does as well.  http://alphamom.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-calendar/week-twenty-two/

Post # 6
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mom of 4 here πŸ™‚

I think that they did not list enough onesies or one piece rompers/pajamas. The first few weeks babies pee through outfits SEVERAL times a day. Unless you want to do wash everyday, get more than 4-8. I agree with irun2004, you can wait on the high chair for a few months. If you don’t have the space to keep one in the kitchen, there are ones that you secure to a kitchen chair the recline for smaller babies. Hold off on the swing until you know if your baby is one who takes to it. 3 out of 4 of my babies HATED the swing and they’re expensive. Either that, or look around Craigslist for a used one that is in great shape. You’re only gonna get maybe 6 months out of it anyway. Buy ice packs for you to sit on if it’s a natural birth, and ice packs for your breasts because when that milk drops…UGH!!!! Baby nails are paper thin and clippers are a pain to use. I used baby nail files. It’s safer (no chance of cutting them) and easier. Witch Hazel pads are great for down there if you tear πŸ™ Buy TONS of cloth diapers. DO NOT BUY ‘BURP CLOTHS’. They’re overpriced and a waste. Gerber and Walmart sell 10 pks of cloth diapers. They’re thicker, cheaper, more absorbant. They’re also bigger. Trust me on this one! You will go through SEVERAL a day. The dishwasher baskets are life savers! Get 2. You’re gonna be doing bottles everyday! I put mine right in the dishwasher and washed them and put on the steam setting. Load up on a few bags of diapers and wipes. NOTHING is more frustrating then sending your overtired spouse or yourself to a Walmart those first few days/weeks. Do not worry about wipe warmers. Here’s why: what happens when you do venture out and you need to change baby’s diaper? They scream and squirm because the wipes aren’t warm as they’re accustomed to. Trust me, been there πŸ™ I totally agree with the hemorhoid cream. If you give birth naturally, it may happen if it already hasn’t. You don’t want to be without that at midnight. If you’re having a boy and plan on circumsizing, talk with your doctor. They have changed how to care for the circumcision. Please, please, please remember, there is nothing wrong with generic. It saves money in the long run and no one cares if your diapers say Pampers. Your baby’s just crapping in them anyway. I’ve tried a few different brands and can say that Target and Walmart make good diapers.

Sorry this ran on without breaks. If I think of anything else, I will get back to you. Congrats on your baby!!!

Post # 7
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ll tell you what I did for my kids, but everyone may be different.

– Bottle/wipe warmer – unnecessary.  I never had them because my friends that did told me they weren’t worth it.

– No-scratch mittens are not good because babies learn by exploring with their hands and when they are that little touch is their biggest sense.  This is from my pediatrician.  So my kids never had them.

– You don’t need both undershirts and onsies.  From the description they are describing the undershirts as onesies anyway.  The onesies are the better of the two because since they snap under the crotch they won’t ride up when putting clothes on.

– I only bought dress up outfits when we had an occassion to go to.  For the first few months my kids were either in pj’s or onesies all the time.  You don’t want to buy something completely adorable only for the baby to never wear it because they outgrew it.

– The bunting bag is so much easier than a winter snow suit, especially when trying to get them into a car seat.  The bunting bag goes over the bottom of the car seat and the baby once he/she is buckled in.

– You really don’t need “heavy” blankets, especially if the baby has a blanket sleeper.  You are better off layering with lighter blankets than having one heavier blanket.  Babies can overheat very easily.

– My rocking chair was my saving grace!  We also had a CD player set up next to the rocking chair, but I don’t think you need one if you have an iPod or something that you can put music on.  Don’t bother with the CD players that attach to the crib.  When the CD is over it makes a loud snapping noise that wakes the baby up (trust me on this).

– Don’t get a lot of newborn size diapers.  Go with size 1. All my kids outgrew the newborn diapers in a week.

– You don’t need a full size high chair.  We started off with one and they are so big we had no where to store it.  We eventually got one that sits on one of your kitchen chairs.  So much better!

– The changing table is optional too.  Ours was just used for storage.

Hope that helps!

Post # 8
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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 πŸ™‚ 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

[N] Nightlight

[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.

Medicine Cabinet

[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

For Mom

[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)

Post # 9
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This will be great for future reference

Post # 10
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CEtoSAHM:  I just wanna say your baby sounds like ours did when he was smaller. He outgrew everything so quickly it was ridic! He was in sizes 1-2x larger than his age most of the time and still is in shirts. He was only 6lbs14oz when born so no way a large baby but by 4 months he was 20lbs!! So yes hold off on getting a ton of clothes all in one size.  If having a baby shower make sure your registry also reflects a bunch of different sizes. We had a ton of clothes that were brand new that he never got to wear.

Post # 11
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Bottle warmer and wipe warmer are really not necessary. I wouldn’t bother with the bottle warmer if you are planning to breastfeed. You can always get it later if you bottle feed. Plus, you can just put boiling water in a thermos before bed and use that for the dream feed.

Post # 12
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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Post # 13
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Commenting on this so I can come back for reference πŸ™‚

Post # 14
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

This looks similar to my registry. The only things that I didn’t put on there were the personal items for the boobies and vagina-I’ve been picking those up on my own.

Post # 15
920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011


Post # 16
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I personally feel like the list is overkill.  It sounds like a registry suggestion where they want you to buy lots.  Honestly in the beginning you need a car seat, a blanket, some diapers and lots of patience!  Beyond that the other stuff is really unnecessary.  I say this because everyone goes crazy buying buying buying and so much stuff goes unused.  Better to put the money in a college account. πŸ˜‰

Mother of 1, soon to be 2 and nanny to 6 babies in 4 years

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