Newborn Checklist Baby Essentials for the First 6 Weeks

When our daughter announced she was pregnant, and after I got over the emotional journey of it all, I immediately began shopping for baby essentials and clothes.

Newborn Checklist Baby Essentials for the First 6 Weeks

Baby Essentials

Okay. Lots of clothes. Basically, she’s not here yet but owns a ridiculous amount of clothes! But, we all know that’s mostly for our enjoyment, not the baby’s. As long as they have the basic layette, they’re good to go!

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Layette Checklist:

  • onesies
  • one-piece pajamas
  • sweaters/jackets
  • socks/booties
  • mild detergent, such as Dreft

Of course, the nursery is another fun place to spend your money, but your newborn will, again, only need a few basics. 

Nursery Checklist:

  • onesies
  • one-piece pajamas
  • sweaters/jackets
  • socks/booties
  • mild detergent, such as Dreft

My son, who loves sleeping under a weighted blanket, is still struggling with the idea that his niece doesn’t get a blanket in her crib. But, she still needs a few things in her crib. 

handmade wooden signs for nursery

And the soft stuff can hang out in the crib and look pretty when the baby isn’t in the crib!

Baby Bedding Checklist:

  • fitted crib sheets
  • washable crib mattress pads
  • mattress protector
  • light receiving blankets
  • wearable blanket/sleepbag
  • SAFETY TIP: Stuffed animals, bulky blankets, pillows, and crib bumpers are no longer considered safe for babies. Some head and neck support accessories in infant loungers may push the infant’s head forward to the chin. It could, unfortunately, lead to suffocation similar to the case of the Boppy newborn lounger recall.

Bath time can go either way depending on how much your baby enjoys the water. Out of our 5, we had a couple that really didn’t enjoy it. We’ll see how the grand baby likes it!

Bath Checklist:

Of course, after bath your little bundle of joy will most definitely need a diaper. Now, everyone has their opinion on which (disposable) diaper brand you should use, all I know is after 5 babies, this is the only brand I trust.

infant diaper essentials

And I made that decision with my first one, tried another brand with #2 and again with #3, and went right back to my first choice. I mean, for what it’s worth. So it’s also the only one our daughter trusts.

Now, what else besides diapers is involved in diapering.

Diaper Time Checklist:

Sometimes, this is also the best time to think about or notice any health issues or grooming. 

Health Checklist:

  • baby nail clippers or blunt scissors
  • baby thermometer
  • Baby First Aid Kit
  • gas drops, such as Gripe Water
  • infant fever reducer
  • bulb syringe or baby nasal aspirator

Ready to feed your baby?

newborn baby feeding essentials

Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, there are feeding essentials to help make the process go smoother. 

Feeding Essentials:

  • bottles and nipples (even if breastfeeding, these are great for supplemental feedings and for milk storage after pumping)
  • pump (speaking of breastfeeding)
  • milk storage bags
  • nursing pads
  • nursing bra
  • nipple cream
  • burp cloths
  • bibs
  • bottle brush
  • bottle warmer (great for late-night bottle feedings or when Dad is in charge with bottles of frozen milk for the baby)
  • nursing pillow (The Boppy® Feeding and Infant Support Pillow not only lifts babies to a more ergonomic position for comfortable feedings, but also transitions to support them as they grow offering the perfect spot for propping, tummy time, or sitting!)
  • baby formula (obviously essential to bottle-feeding moms)
  • pacifiers (optional, of course)

And perhaps the biggest set of newborn essentials is in the baby gear category.  You never realize how much your baby needs until you start looking for that perfect car seat! 

Baby Gear Checklist:

  • infant/convertible car seat (convertible car seats can convert from rear-facing to forward-facing and accommodate toddlers up to 30- to 40-pounds)
  • stroller
  • baby carrier (There are several to choose from, but only one Dad Shirt™! The Lalabu Dad Shirt is the first babywearing shirt designed exclusively for dads. On its own, it’s a sporty V-neck t-shirt. Slide baby into the cozy pouch, and it’s a new dad’s easiest way to bond with baby!)
  • baby rocker/swing
  • baby bouncer
  • high chair
  • playard
  • tummy mat

Whew! Alright, now here are a few optional (based on your thoughts or research), yet still relatively practical items you may want to add to your registry or wish list for your newborn baby:

Additional Items:

Most importantly though, shower that baby with lots of love and affection. Other than changing, feeding, and sleeping, it’s all your baby really needs!