Here it is, expectant parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles: my ultimate list of baby essentials. This spreadsheet has been emailed around my circle of friends and family and I always get requests when I mention it, so I decided to update it and post it for everyone!
I first made this baby checklist when my brother and his wife were expecting their first child–originally, it was a list of things I had to give them (since I had Sarah the year before ), plus my own recommendations based on my own experience.
Note: I am not claiming any special authority on child safety, etc. Standards change, recalls happen. Please do your own independent research.
Also, the last thing I want is to come off like a bargain basement Gwyneth Paltrow. I’m sure many parents have raised their wonderful children with less stuff. Also, I encourage you to ask around to see if any friends have baby stuff to hand down (most parents can’t wait to get rid of it) or check Craigslist. If you’re buying secondhand, do your due diligence for safety concerns, especially for things like car seats. IKEA also has many safe, low-cost baby options.
This list does not cover:
- Clothes (You will get so many, most likely in newborn sizes. Most of these items will not be worn by your wiggly baby–I do recommend Carter’s Sleep & Play outfits for ease of use.)
- Toys (You will also get so many.)
- Books (This is a personal choice between you and your bookstore.)
- Stuff for Mommy (Although I swear by this type of nursing bra.)
- Two things are marked with asterisks–the infant rocker and bouncer. This is because every baby is different. Mine loved the rocker, my brother’s son loved the bouncer. My advice: start cheap and work your way up.
For heaven’s sake just give us the link to the spreadsheet:
- Baby Items Checklist: enjoy!
I would love your feedback on this spreadsheet–is there anything essential I missed? Anything that worked like magic for your baby? Post below!