May 15, 2011

Baby 101 Shopping Guide - Checklist for New Moms

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To kick off our newest project, the Baby 101 Shopping Guide, we wanted to put together a basic list of essential baby items that every mom needs to start with. We all know as our baby grows this list gets longer and longer! Our first feature article will be a review of strollers which can be one of the most overwhelming first purchase as a parent. Like all moms, we are sure to have forgotten something -- so tell us what is missing. Something that you absolutely couldn't do without? Tell us about it here or on our facebook page!


What to bring to the hospital for the baby:

Diaper Bag
Baby receiving blanket
Baby outfit
(bottles and diapers are provided at the hospital so unless you want your own no need to bring these)

Baby Room Basics:

Crib and crib linens

Play pen, portable crib or bassinet
Changing table and changing pad
Glider or rocking chair
Clothes hamper
Night light table
Baby Monitor
Garbage can for dirty diapers


Swing and/or bouncy chair
Baby carrier/sling

Medicine Cabinet:

Baby nail clippers
Cotton balls
Baby thermometer
Bulb syringe/nasal aspirator
Infant Tylenol/Motrin
Saline nasal drops
Baby gas drops
Petroleum jelly


Burp cloths (or cloth diapers)
High chair
Bottle brush
If you are nursing
Nursing bras
Nursing Pads
Nursing pillow
Milk storage bags
Vitamin D Supplements for baby


Baby bathtub
Baby soap/shampoo
2-4 soft towels or hooded baby towels
Baby hairbrush
Soft washcloths

Other Basic Necessities:

Diaper Rash Cream
Music box, sound machine or CD player
Crib mobile with black and white images
Swaddler of some kind

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