Sort purchases for mother and baby into categories, and buy the most important items in each category or whatever fits most comfortably into a budget rather than compiling a single exhaustive list. This reduces the chances of overlooking a vital purchase. Possible categories include bathing and diaper needs, baby gear, feeding necessities, furniture and other miscellaneous items.Continue Reading
Diapers are a vital component of bathing and changing, since the average newborn uses between 10 and 12 a day. Other possibilities in this category include wipes, washcloths, diaper cream, infant shampoo, swaddling blankets and sleepers.
Baby gear covers items needed for daytime activity such as a diaper bag, a stroller, a baby carrier and an infant car seat. Bottles are a priority under feeding necessities, but this category also includes items for a nursing mother such as disposable nursing pads, nipple cream, nursing bras and a breast pump.
Furniture includes a crib or bassinet, a mobile to hang above the crib, a changing table and a rocking chair. A mattress, sheet set and blanket are needed to complete the crib.
The miscellaneous category covers items that are not necessarily vital for the infant's first week at home but make welcome gifts for mother or child. Possibilities include toys, room decor, children's books, a night light and formal clothing for newborn portraits or special occasions.Learn more about New Baby