17 Things to Buy for Your Newborn

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: Steven Doerr, MD
    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.

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Eight other items for your baby

The following items aren't essential, but many parents find them convenient.

  1. A baby sling to carry your baby and leave your hands free
  2. A baby monitor that allows you to keep track of baby while you are in a different room
  3. A diaper bag, with plenty of room for snacks, toys, a changing pad, and plastic bags (for dirty diapers)
  4. A "bouncy seat" or infant swing
  5. A changing table for diapering, with storage for diapers, wipes, ointment, etc.
  6. A crib mobile; musical mobiles are available that provide added interest
  7. A CD player; some babies enjoy soothing or lullaby music
  8. A night light, to help you see during late-night feedings or diaper changes

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

REFERENCE:

Womenshealth.gov. Newborn care and safety.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/15/2015
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