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What Does My New Baby Really Need? A Guide to Shopping For Your New Baby

 by: Melida Cohen

What is it do I really need to buy for my new baby? This is a question a lot of new moms must ask themselves. Having a new baby is a huge expense, and it is hard to stay on budget when you see all of the cute outfits in the stores. While all of the tiny things are really tempting to buy, please keep in mind that babies grow really fast. One of the biggest mistakes that new parents make is over shopping for clothes. Remember, you will probably keep baby in a lot during those first few months so cute outfits with matching hats and shoes may not get any use. Plus if you are going to have a baby shower you will receive a lot of cute outfits fit for your little bundle of joy. Below is a list of things that I put together as a guide for you to use while doing your shopping. Remember to do your shopping after your baby shower this way you will only buy what you need.

Health and Safety

digital thermometer

nasal aspirator

infant acetaminophen drops

baby monitor

night lightBaby Care Products

baby shampoo/baby wash

diaper cream

baby nail clippers or safety scissors

baby oil/lotion

baby brush and comb

a couple of pacifiers (even if you don't plan to use!)

Layette and Diapering

newborn diapers/cloth diapers/wraps or set up diaper service

baby wipes and/or extra baby washcloths

diaper pail

burp cloths or extra cloth diapers

gowns/kimonos or newborn sleepers (4-6)

receiving blankets (4-6)

swaddling blankets (2-3)

crib blanket or quilt

newborn socks or booties (4-6 pair)

newborn cap (1-2)

hooded bath towels and wash cloth

4-6 T-shirts or all-in-ones

1-2 sweaters or bunting (depending upon season)

Baby Equipment

baby carrier (sling, wrap or pack carrier)

infant seat (have to bring it to the hospital!)

stroller or carriage

bouncer seat or swing

diaper bag

Furniture and Accessories


What Does My New Baby Really Need? A Guide to Shopping For Your New Baby
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About The Author

Melida Cohen is wife, and mother of 3 beautiful children ages, 1, 7, and 8. She is author of "Baby's First Year: Everything You Should Know but Probably Don't," and is currently a stay at home mom. Her goal is to empower new moms and mothers to be.

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