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For being so little, newborn babies seem to need quite a bit.

Just a simple tour of the nearest baby supply store makes it clear: The choices and variety are overwhelming. Just how many kinds of thermometers do you really need? Fortunately, it’s possible to be prepared with everything you need to bring your brand new baby home without going overboard. Use this newborn checklist to get it all.

Beyond lots of diapers and soft wipes, there are a few other things your new baby will need in the first few weeks at home.

A Car Seat

You’ll need your baby’s car seat installed in your car before a hospital or birth center will let you leave. There are lots of options, from convertible seats that will grow with your baby, to infant car seats that click in and out of the base.

Chicco Keyfit 30 Magic Infant Car Seat, 5 stars, $209.99

This infant car seat is designed for infants between 4 and 30 pounds. Features include a five-point harness, energy-absorbing EPS foam lining, reversible infant insert, large canopy with extendable mesh panel, and an all-weather boot that folds open.

Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seat, 4.5 stars, $247.49

Designed for easy, correct installation, this convertible car seat is suitable for infants ranging from 5 to 65 pounds. With 12 different positions, the adjustable harness grows with your baby.

A Bassinet, Crib, or Moses Basket

Your new baby can sleep in a crib the day you bring them home. If you prefer something smaller while your baby is still so little, consider a bassinet or Moses basket.

Keep in mind that you’ll also need a mattress and a mattress cover if you go with a crib. On the other hand, there are convertible crib options that will convert into a toddler bed, daybed, and a full-size bed with a headboard and a footboard.

Delta Children Canton 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, 4.5 stars, $219.98

Stylish, functional, and safe, the Delta convertible crib will work for your baby today and years from now. Features include three positions for crib mattress support, a nondrop side design for safety, solid hardwoods, and a beautiful finish.

Kolcraft Cuddle ’N Care 2-in-1 Bassinet and Incline Sleeper, 4.5 stars, $99.99

With its removable inclined surface, soft-glow light, variable vibrations, nature sounds, and classical music, this rocking bassinet with locking wheels is a great option for your new baby. Mattress and mattress sheet included.

Badger Basket Company Natural Baby Moses Basket, 4 stars, $28.74

With included liner, pad, and sheet, this cozy basket is suitable for use from birth until your baby weighs 15 pounds or is able to push themself up or roll over.

Baby Clothes

Until a baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off, shirts that snap in the front are a good choice.

Look for long-sleeved options that feature a rollover cuff. Babies tend to scratch themselves. After the stump has fall off, jumpsuits, kimonos, pants, socks, and stocking caps are cozy, soft, and easily washable.

Baby Blankets

It’s helpful to have a selection of blankets for different uses.

Aden + Anais Classic Muslin Swaddle Blankets, 4 pack, 5 stars, $49.95

These oversized and breathable muslin blankets make it easy to swaddle your baby and work well as nursing covers, stroller covers, portable crib sheets, stroller and car seat liners, and more.

A Stroller, Sling, or Baby Wrap

Fresh air and movement can do wonders for new babies and new parents alike.

Look for strollers that are compatible with your infant car seat. You may consider buying a travel system, which includes the infant car seat, base, and stroller. Slings and wraps will help keep your baby close to you while still allowing you to get things done.

Britax 2016 B-Safe 35 Travel System, $329.99

With its safe, smart design, this integrated system keeps your baby secure in the stroller or the car. The lightweight stroller features one-hand folding and easy maneuverability, and the car seat has a small footprint in your vehicle while maximizing safety.

You can transition easily from stroller to car without disrupting your baby.

Tula Ergonomic Carrier, 4.5 stars, $149

With its removable hood, paddled, adjustable straps, and thick waistband, this carrier can be used for babies from 15 to 45 pounds. Purchase a newborn insert separately to use the carrier from birth.

Burp Cloths

Cloth diapers work wonderfully as burp cloths. You can also cut them into squares to use with warm water during diaper changes until your baby is a little older, as commercial wipes can be too strong on delicate newborn bottoms.

Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Cloth Diapers, White, 10 Count, 4 stars, $12.34

Lightweight, quick-drying, and soft, these cloth diapers are the same thickness throughout, making them ideal for burp cloths.


Opinions vary, so consider asking your pediatrician for a thermometer recommendation.

Nail Clippers

You may be surprised by how quickly your newborn’s nails seem to grow. It’s important to keep them trimmed so your baby won’t scratch himself accidentally. Get a pair of clippers designed for your baby’s tiny fingers.

Samro Exclusive Baby Manicure Set, 5 stars, $14.97

This nail clippers set with tweezers features safety covers and designs for safer trimming and better control.

The Takeaway

As your baby grows, you’ll add items like activity centers, high chairs, books and toys, shoes, and much more. But for your new little one, this checklist has everything you need to keep them safe and warm.

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