It is important to have a sufficient supply of diapers on hand before the baby is born. You will likely go through more diapers in the early weeks and months than you will later on, so it is best to stock up.
Wipes are a necessary item for cleaning the baby's bottom, but can also be used for other things like cleaning off spit-up or wiping down surfaces. Make sure you have plenty of them on hand.
3. Formula or Breastmilk
If the baby is not going to be breastfed, you will need to have formula on hand. Make sure you have the appropriate type and amount depending on how long the baby will be formula-fed. If you are breastfeeding, you will need to have enough breast milk stored up.
4. Bottles and Nipples
If you are bottle-feeding, you will need bottles and nipples. It is best to try different types and sizes of bottles to find what works best for your baby before they are born.
Pacifiers can provide some relief for a fussy baby or can help them fall asleep. Make sure you have a few pacifiers on hand just in case.
It is important to have plenty of clothing for the baby, especially in the early weeks when they will likely go through a lot of outfits. Choose clothes that are comfortable and easy to put on and take off.
Blankets are a necessity for keeping the baby warm and can also be used as a makeshift diaper if needed. Make sure you have several blankets available.
8. Booties and Mittens
Babies often lose body heat quickly, so it is important to keep their feet and hands warm. Booties and mittens can do just that.
9. Rattles and Teethers
Rattles and teethers can help stimulate the baby's senses and help with their development. Having a few on hand can keep the baby entertained during tummy time or while they are waiting to be fed or changed.
The last item on the list is bedding for the baby's crib or bassinet. Make sure you have a fitted sheet, mattress pad, quilt, blanket, and bumper pad ready before the baby arrives.