Bringing a newborn home is an unforgettable experience filled with love, joy and of course, a long list of baby items. As a new parent, you want to provide your little one with everything they need to thrive, but navigating the sea of baby products can be daunting.
There is no need to fret though, as this comprehensive list of newborn essentials will help to make the journey a little easier. From practical items like diapers and wipes to fun accessories like cute outfits, we have got all the bases covered.
So whether you are a planner or a procrastinator, get ready to check off everything on your list and welcome your bundle of joy with open arms. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that you already have some of the items on our newborn essentials checklist. Perhaps you received them as gifts in a newborn hamper from friends or family members who are excited to share in your joy.
Keep reading to find out more.
These are one-piece garments that cover your baby's torso and snap at the bottom for easy diaper changes.
These full-body garments that cover your baby's arms and legs are perfect for keeping them cosy and warm for a good night’s rest.
Newborns cannot regulate their body temperature yet, so it is essential to keep your baby’s feet warm with socks.
Babies can lose up to one-third of their body heat through their heads and hats will come in handy to keep your baby’s entire body warm, especially in air-conditioned environments.
Designed to prevent your baby from scratching themselves with their tiny nails, mittens are also great for keeping your precious one warm.
Swaddling can help calm a fussy baby and promote more restful sleep — choose lightweight materials and make sure your baby is placed on their back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Remember — babies grow quickly, so it is a good idea to have a few items in the next size up on hand. And do not forget to wash all new clothes you buy or receive in a newborn gift set before your baby wears them to remove any potential irritants or chemicals from the fabric.
Learn more: Parents' Guide: Washing Your Baby's Clothes The Right Way
- Baby crib
A safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep is a must-have so make sure to choose a crib that meets current safety standards.
- Diaper changing station
You will be changing a lot of diapers, so a dedicated changing station with a changing pad and storage for diapers and wipes is helpful.
- Baby monitor
A baby monitor is a handy device that allows you to keep an eye on your baby while they sleep or play, even if you are not in the same room.
A soft, dim light can provide comfort and make nighttime feedings and diaper changes easier.
Safety is a top priority when it comes to your baby's nursery — ensure all furniture meets current safety standards and avoid using any soft bedding or other items that pose a suffocation hazard. Additionally, smaller items like baby monitors and nightlights may be included in a newborn hamper you receive, so remember to put them to good use.
Diaper changing essentials
Newborns go through a lot of diapers in a day, so it is a good idea to always have extras on hand.
- Diaper cream
Diaper rash is common in newborns and a diaper cream can help soothe and protect your baby’s delicate skin.
- Baby wipes
Disposable wipes are an easy and convenient way to clean your baby during diaper changes. Look for unscented wipes that are gentle on your baby's skin and free of harsh chemicals.
Sift through your collection of newborn gifts and you will surely find some of these items that will help to make the first few weeks of taking care of your baby a breeze.
- Breastfeeding pillow
A nursing pillow can help you position your baby comfortably while breastfeeding, providing optimal latch while reducing strain on the mother’s back, shoulders and arms.
- Breast pump
If you plan to breastfeed, a breast pump can be helpful for increasing milk supply and relieving engorgement.
- Milk bottles
If you plan to bottle-feed your child, you will need bottles and nipples designed for newborns. Look for bottles that are easy to clean and can hold the appropriate amount of milk for your baby's age.
- Baby bibs
Babies often spit up during or after feedings, so having a few bibs on hand can help keep you and your baby clean and dry.
Many newborn hampers in Singapore come with necessities such as baby bibs that will make your breastfeeding experience less daunting and stressful.
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Having the right newborn essentials can make the transition to parenthood a little easier. From clothing to feeding and sleeping, there are a variety of items that can help you and your baby feel more comfortable and prepared.
Learn more: First-Time Parents' Guide To Raising A Newborn
The good news is, many of these items are often included in newborn gift sets that you may have received from family and friends. So, take advantage of the newborn essentials that you have on hand and do not hesitate to invest in any additional items that you may need.
Pineapple! is a one-stop platform for newborn hampers and gifts that will equip you with the things you need to provide your newborn with the love, care and attention they deserve.