Baby Essentials Checklist
Shopping for baby essentials is one of the most exciting jobs you can do while waiting for your new family member to arrive. That’s why we have put together this guide; keep reading to discover all the things you need for a newborn, broken down into key categories.

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Nursery Furniture & Accessories

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for nursery furniture, from safety and comfort to aesthetics. Don’t miss adding these products to your baby registry.


  • A wardrobe or dresser for clothing storage, like the Stokke® Sleepi™ Dresser, which comes with the optional add-on of the Stokke® Sleepi™ Changer, so it can function as a changing station too
  • A laundry basket
  • Additional storage options, like a diaper basket or toy basket
  • A diaper pail to seal in odors keeping the air fresh for you and your baby


Changing Essentials

Once you’ve got your changing station sorted, you can make sure it’s fully stocked with changing essentials. The below baby registry list includes must-haves are a good place to start:


  • At minimum two large boxes of disposable diapers, or a dozen cloth diapers, and diaper covers if you’re going down the reusable route
  • Add couple of packets of baby wipes to your baby checklist
  • Two or three tubes of diaper cream
  • A diaper bag
  • A peepee teepee if baby is a boy

Breastfeeding Essentials

There are some baby essentials you’ll need for breastfeeding specifically, to make the process both more comfortable and convenient. Add these to your baby registry.


  • A breast pump
  • Nipple cream
  • Nipple pads
  • Nipple shields
  • Milk bags, so you can store any pre-pumped milk and freeze it
  • A couple of nursing bras and tops to make feeding easier when you’re out and about

Mealtime Baby Essentials

When it comes to feeding, the more prepared you are the better. We’ve covered all the bases here, so if you’re breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or doing a combination of both, everything you need for baby mealtimes is on this baby registry list.


  • About seven bottles and bottle tops. We recommend getting all the same size, so every bottle fits with every top.
  • A solid supply of formula if you’re planning to bottle-feed
  • No less than five bibs
  • A bottle sterilizer and bottle warmer
  • A high chair. It’s worth adding a high chair that grows with your child like the Tripp Trapp® or Nomi® to your baby checklist.

Baby Essentials for Bath Time

With the right equipment and accessories on hand, bath time with your newborn can be fun, easy, and a fantastic opportunity to bond with baby:


  • A suitable baby bathtub, like the Stokke® Flexi Bath® is a necessity for your baby registry
  • A plastic cup for rinsing
  • A soft cotton wash cloth
  • Two baby bath towels, perhaps one hooded
  • A handful of newborn bath toys to keep baby engaged
  • A bath thermometer. This is optional, as you can check the water by hand, but some parents find knowing the exact temperature reassuring

Traveling with Baby

Be it a trip to the park or a weekend away, each journey with your newborn can be an adventure once you have the right items. Discover everything you’ll need on this travel baby checklist:


  • A car seat – it’s a good idea to practice fitting this before baby comes
  • A spacious, comfortable travel bag for diapers, toys, and other essentials
  • A baby carrier or sling to wear around the house or on the go
  • At least three pacifiers
  • A sleep sack
  • If you’re going away overnight, it might be worth investing in a travel baby monitor too, or a baby monitor app
  • When your little one becomes a toddler, the JetKids™ BedBox™ is the perfect solution for air travel.

Baby Clothes

Clothes are a great first choice to tick off the baby shopping list – not least because newborn outfits are adorable. Every parent’s taste is different, but the baby clothes below should get you through those first few months:


  • Onesies or sleepsuits – these are probably what baby will wear the most at the very beginning
  • Five baby rompers
  • One-piece pajamas
  • Tops and t-shirts
  • Socks or soft booties
  • Pants or shorts. Pants with feet attached (footies) are a terrific way to avoid losing stray socks
  • Sweaters or cardigans, with button fronts
  • Muslin cloths
  • Special baby outfits. If you’re on a budget, these aren’t essential, but they can be fun for a special occasion
  • If baby is due in the colder months, a fleece suit and one-piece snowsuit are a good idea too
  • Scratch mittens
  • Newborn hats, suitable for the season
  • Wearable blankets
  • A baby-friendly laundry detergent


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Don't forget to ask your close family and friends about their experiences and their personal checklist.