Baby Registry for List for the Minimalist
With gadgets and gizmos a-plenty, how do you know what you really need for your baby registry? Truthfully newborns don’t “need” a lot during the first three months, they really don’t. Warmth, milk, and comfort in the arms of those who love them. First Coast Doulas loves making life easier. We’ve created a “Minimalist Checklist” printable for your baby’s first three months of life!
Baby Registry Essentials:
1. Car Seat
The first and most important item on your list should always be bought new, never used. Be sure you are following the manufacturer’s recommendation for height and weight requirements as well as usage. If you have an infant car seat from an older sibling be certain your seat isn’t expired and you are following guidelines for safety.
Generally, the law and other government organizations set minimum safety guidelines that are far below best practice. A great website to help with all things car seat and carseat safety related is csftl.org. They have a Facebook page too!
2. Crib & Mattress/Pack n Play
A safe place for your baby to sleep is a necessity. Both the crib and the Pack n Play have pros and cons and each family will decide what fits their needs best for the first three months. If your parents saved your crib for you to use with your baby it’s a precious gift. However, if it’s a drop-side crib it’s not a safe sleep space for your infant. In 2011 the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ban on the use, sale, or resale of drop-side cribs. Cribs that allow you to lower the side are responsible for infant deaths via suffocation and strangulation. Keep your baby as safe as possible and say “pass” on drop-side cribs.
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3. Bouncy Seat/Rock n Play/Swing
A place other than the crib/Pack n Play to free up your arms when you need both hands and don’t want to or aren’t able to wear your baby. Any and all of these are great options. Al have pros and cons and each family will decide what fits their needs best for the first three months.
Getting things done around the house can be difficult for parents of a newborn. Babies have the biological need to be very close to their parents during the first several months. In addition, if you’re concerned with people holding or touching your baby too much in those first few months wearing your baby reduces the desire for others. Since you can’t grow two additional arms, wear your baby!
5. Reclining Stroller
The reclining feature is a must so your newborn can lie back flat. It’s also great for siblings to push or ride in. Many grandparents may be more comfortable with a stroller versus babywearing for several reasons; unbalanced footing, ease of use, etc.
6. Thermometer with Probe Covers
The first time you feel your baby and they feel “warm” or “hot” it will scare you. First baby or fourth, your heart drops to your stomach. Don’t be caught without a rectal thermometer and disposable probe covers. The recommended way to check a baby’s temperature less than six months of age is rectally. Your pediatrician is a great person to ask for guidance if you’re nervous.
7. Nasal Aspirator & Saline Solution
You’ve probably seen a bulb syringe used to suction a baby’s nose. That is a nasal aspirator. You will be given one at the hospital. They sell saline nose drops/spray over the counter and both aspirator and saline are cheap. The Nose Frida is a nasty looking booger, but works so well and loved by many! It can be cleaned better than the bulb, and it’s used with less fuss from babies!
No matter which you put on your baby registry, cloth, disposables, or a combination of both if you choose to stock up ahead of time make sure you know your store’s return and exchange policy and save those receipts! Some babies have sensitivities and some diapers work/fit differently on different babies, you really would have no way of knowing that beforehand. Pro secret; babies stay in size 3 disposable diapers the longest of all sizes.
Cloth Diapering Essentials:
8-10 waterproof covers (if not using AIO)
1 waterproof changing pad
1 tube of diaper cream (cloth diaper safe)
25-30 cloth wipes or terry cloth wash cloths
1-wet bag for travel
Disposable Diapering Essentials:
waterproof changing pad
1 tube of diaper cream
diaper pail/bags (diaper disposal)
large box of wipes (500-800 count)
9. Diaper Bag/Back Pack
Diaper bags are essential for traveling, but can double as a diaper caddy to make changing your baby upstairs, downstairs, or any room in your home easy.
10. Sun Shade for Car
Protecting your baby’s sensitive skin from sunburn is very important, especially since sun screen isn’t an option at this age. One way to do that is to put up a car window sun shade to keep those harmful UV rays out.
11. Pacifiers with Holder
If you are opting to use pacifiers straight away we suggest buying 2-3 different types of pacifiers. The hospital will provide one for your baby, but having backups is a very wise choice. Don’t forget to properly sanitize your baby’s pacifiers by boiling and cooling before use and grab a paci holder or two to keep it attached to baby and off the floor or other surfaces crawling with germs.
12. Bath Time Essentials:
1-infant tub/large dish pan (to bathe in sink)
2-4 soft infant wash cloths
1-2 soft hooded towels
1- gentle soap/wash
A super soft bristled brush is a must. It can be used to brush the fine hair on your baby’s head without hurting their sensitive scalp. It also helps to loosen the cradle cap that some babies experience.
14. Nail Clippers
Be sure to pick up clippers made for tiny newborn hands; some even have a magnifying glass on the end. Clipping your infant’s nails, like checking your baby’s temperature rectally is something many parents dread. No worries, you’ll be fine and so will baby!
Gone for now are the nights of pitch black. You’ll need to see for night feeds, diaper changes, and maybe even pumping milk. Avoiding bright lights is a must, but complete darkness is not going to serve you well. There are all sorts of nightlights available including some motion activated ones. Buy one for each room you’ll frequent during the night.
A word to the wise. Everyone adores teeny tiny baby clothes, they are so darn cute! For that reason I say wait to purchase those! You will of course come across a few of the most awesome baby digs imaginable and you’ll buy instead of adding them to your baby registry! Grab the 6-9 months or bigger, because more times than not people will gift you newborn or 3-6 months sizes. Also, consider what size the baby will be in the season your buying for!
When adding clothes to your baby registry you have no way of knowing if you’ll have a preemie baby, “newborn” size, or a newborn that is already into the 0-3 month’s size. Keep that in mind. Know your store’s exchange and refund policy and save those receipts! If you find yourself with new, unused baby things re-gifting is never a bad idea when we’re talking tiny humans who outgrow things rapidly.
6-8 pair of socks (they can double as scratch mittens)
2 newborn hats
8-10 onesis appropriate for temperature in the house and when going outside; short sleeve, long sleeve, or combination of both will do.
4-6 button shirts for baby while their umbilical cord heals
6-8 footed sleepers with zippers
3-6 gowns (gowns lift with no snapping or zippers required and make diaper changes simple)
4-6 pair of pants and a jacket depending on the weather.
4-6 “outing” outfits
If you live in an area where it gets brutally cold you will want to plan for that. Remember that once you put your baby into the car you will need to remove the thick winter wear in order for them to be buckled in safely. A hat, mittens, and a car seat cover/canopy or an extra blanket will do just fine.
Many people feel more comfortable pre-washing everything. Dreft and Tide Free and Clear are considered the washing soap of choice by many parents. With that said majority of babies do just fine if you wash their clothes in whatever you’re already using. My personal advice is to start with what you already use. Maybe add in an additional rinse and see how it goes.
17. Feeding Supplies
If you are breastfeeding there really isn’t much you need. Sure there are tons of fancy products out there for the breastfeeding mom, none are truly essential. I would say read and learn how to store and handle breastmilk and how to hand express for sure. It is one of the very best ways to remove milk from your breast.
1-box of disposable nursing pads ( or 10-12 washable)
1-2 nursing bras
nursing pillow (The Boppy pillow is great, but bed or coach pillows will do)
If you’re breastfeeding this book is a pocket guide that I recommend to keep near you as you nurse your baby.
If you are expecting to pump right away for various reason one may need or want to you’ll want to invest in a good breast pump. My recommendation is a closed pump system like the Ameda or the Spectra. Breastmilk storage bags or containers will also be needed.
Bottle Feeding Essentials:
1-travel bottle warmer
1-home bottle warmer
1-thermal travel bag
1-travel formula dispenser (if you’re using formula)
1-can formula (if you’re using formula) Speak with your pediatrician to get recommendations on which formula may be best for your baby.
Know and follow the World Health Organization’s (W.H.O.) guidelines when mixing powdered formula. Powdered formula is not sterile and requires a specific preparation to avoid illness.
18. Swaddlers/Receiving Blankets
2-3 swaddlers & 6-8 receiving blankets or
8-10 receiving blankets
From birth until they begin trying to roll over, around 2-4 months swaddling your baby helps soothe them. Swaddling can be achieved using a swaddler or by using large, but thin receiving blankets. Receiving blankets also double as great burp cloths!
19. 1-2 Waterproof Mattress Pad(s)
A breathable, tight-fitting mattress pad is essential to keeping your mattress in great condition! You can buy these for full size cribs as well as the Pack n Play some are louder than others as baby moves.
20. 2-4 Fitted Crib/Pack n Play Sheets
Make sure your sheets are tight-fitting on your mattress for safer sleep!
21. 4-6 Prefold Cloth Diapers
They make excellent burp cloths and can be picked up relatively cheap. Another option is using the thinner receiving blankets as burp cloths.
22. Baby Tracker (that’s the name of the app) App
For those who love to chart, keep notes, or journal this is the app for you! If you need to keep records or just love to know what happened when it’s amazing. It also allows multiple people to track; mom, dad, and your postpartum & newborn doula! Oh and it happens to be free.
23. Baby Book/Websites/Resource List
There are some great books and websites to help you learn about your baby’s development, milestones, common concerns/aliments, and how to care for your newborn.
Creating a personalize resource list will first help you explore and learn about various options, and secondly it will be handy and available should you find your baby in a fussy mood or your breasts in a painful situation. To get you started we recommend The Baby Book, by Dr. Sears. Kellymom.com if you are breastfeeding, and Jacksonville Pregnancy, and Parenting on Facebook.
We hope this blog has been helpful in discovering what you really need for your baby registry! Follow us to stay connected. Get your FREE shopping printable HERE, take it with you when you shop, create a baby registry, or to share with others. Here’s to a happy newborn and healthy fourth trimester!