Completely Doable Baby List

So you’re going to have a baby…

Congratulations!! Once you get through the “Whoa, I’m going to be a mom / dad” to “Can I do this?” to “Okay! I’m ready!” your next thought should be “What do I need?” Some will give you horrifying lists that will cause your head to spin. As a mother of 2 young children I have figured out that you don’t need as much as the lists say, and you certainly don’t need it all at once. I have broken my list down into age categories: 0-3mos (thing you should have on hand when baby comes home), 3-6mos, and 6-12mos. A word of advice: your baby doesn’t care if the onsie she’s wearing cost $5 or $50, so save yourself some money and put it towards the important stuff, like college tuition!

0-3 Months
Must haves:

– Place for baby to sleep: crib, bassinette, cardboard box (kidding) etc
– 10 Receiving blankets – for swaddling baby or cleaning off spit up
– 5-10 onsies – good for under layer in winter, or only layer on hot days
– 5-10 sleepers
– Nail clippers & hairbrush
– Baby soap/shampoo
– Washcloths
– Diapers & wipes
– Car Seat
– Bulb Syringe
– Diaper rash cream
– Thermometer
– Bottles/Formula/Breast Pump (depending on your choice)
– Bunting suit for cold days (if needed)

Nice to haves:

– Diaper Bag
– Baby soap
– Other clothes
– Baby Monitor
– Stroller
– Baby Sling
– Play Pen
– Change Table / Dresser
– Rocking Chair
– Baby bathtub
– Toys, etc
– Swing
– Soothers Baby list

TIP – Put all this on your gift registry and you won’t have to buy very much!

3-6 mos

– More clothes (assuming baby has grown)
– High chair
– Safety items (baby gate, outlet covers, etc)
– Age appropriate toys and books
– Bibs (a lot of bibs)
– Baby spoons
– Baby cereal (ie: Pablum)
– Jolly jumper

6-12 mos

– Yes, more clothes!
– Baby walker
– New carseat (once baby reaches Federal recommended age/weight limit to move to forward-facing seat)
– Even more books & toys!

See? Not so bad once you get through the first list is it? If you start a few months before the baby comes and just buy a few things when you are out an about you will be done in no time.

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