Planning For Baby!

Author: Shannon Miller

We talked all about preparing for baby’s arrival during our March 6th Shannon Miller Lifestyle Radio Show, presented by St. Vincent’s HealthCare.

In case you missed it or need this list in an easy to print form, check out these great items from to help you prep for for baby. Add them to your baby shower list or create your own checklist so you’re all set when baby arrives!

  • Crib — it should meet crib safety standards.
    • Sheets (3-4 sets).
    • Mobile: Get 2 and put one above the changing table. This helps distract baby during diaper changes as well!
    • Noise machine. (One of my personal favorites!)
    • There should be NO loose toys that can strangle the baby or pillows/soft bedding that can suffocate the baby. Do NOT install loose or fluffy bumper pads.
    • Make sure everything in the crib is age-appropriate.
  • Changing table supplies
    • Diapers — plenty of them (8-10 per day).
    • Baby wipes — unscented, alcohol free (don’t get too many because some babies are sensitive to them).
    • Vaseline — good to prevent diaper rash, and for boy’s circumcision.
    • Cotton balls or gauze pads to apply Vaseline.
    • Diaper rash cream.
  • Rocking chair with a footstool
    • Pillow for resting arm when nursing. (Try a boppy, it’s versatile and will take you through the first year)
    • “Donut” pillow helps if you have a tear of the vagina or perineum (the space between the vagina and anus) during delivery or if the area remains sore.
    • Blanket to put around you and baby when it’s chilly.
  • Clothes for new baby
    • One-piece sleepers (4-6). Gown-types are easiest.
    • Mittens for their hands if they scratch their faces.
    • Socks or booties.
    • One-piece daytime outfits that snap (they are easiest and most functional).
  • General items
    • Burp cloths (a dozen, at least).
    • Receiving blankets (4-6).
    • Hooded bath towel (2).
    • Wash clothes (4-6).
    • Bathtub — one with a “hammock” is easiest when they are tiny and slippery.
    • Baby wash.
    • Shampoo (baby safe).
    • Nursing pads and nursing bra.
    • Car seat — most hospitals require that this be properly and securely installed before leaving hospital, so be sure to install it before picking the baby up.

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