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8 Essential Items for the First Months With Your Baby


New babies don’t need that much stuff — sleeping, eating and cuddling with you are their main interests. These essential items will get you and your baby through the first three months with your new family.

1. A car seat

Whether you choose an infant car seat or a convertible, you can’t leave the hospital without one. Make sure it’s safely installed in your car before you have your baby.  

2. A safe spot to sleep

Some parents opt to have baby sleep in a crib right from the start, while others choose to have baby share their room in a bassinet for the first few months.

3. Diapers and wipes

Babies go through a lot of diapers — think 8 to 10 per day. Three jumbo boxes of size one diapers (for an average size baby) should get you through a couple months. And don’t forget the wipes — you’ll be using them for a long time.

4. Baby clothes

To start, plan on seven bodysuits, three swaddles, two hats, four sleepers and five pairs of socks, and keep them the same color so you don’t have to match them. Add more if you don’t have convenient access to laundry.

5. A baby carrier or stroller

A travel system — a stroller you can attach an infant car seat to — should be ready so you can use it right from birth. Meanwhile, a baby carrier or wrap allows you to hold baby, hands free.

6. Diaper bag

Stash diapers and wipes and items like a backup outfit, extra pacifier, bottles or a blanket so you’ll be prepared for (almost) anything when you’re out and about.

7. Feeding tools

Formula-feeding parents will want to stock up on bottles and formula. If you’re breastfeeding, a breast pump, nursing bra and nipple cream can help make your journey easier.

8. A health kit

Be prepared with a thermometer, nail clippers and a nasal aspirator at the very least. You can also buy one of the pre-made first-aid kits on the market.  

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