Bringing Your Newborn Home

Preparing for a newborn, particularly your first, can feel overwhelming. But’re not supposed to be stressed. We’ve compiled a useful checklist to help you worry less.

Preparing Your Home

First things first, you need to prepare your baby’s nursery and stock up on the essentials. You’ll need:

  • A crib
  • Mattress and cover
  • Fitted crib sheets
  • A mobile or white noise maker
  • A changing table/dresser for storage
  • Clothing
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Age-appropriate toys
  • Blankets
  • A comfortable chair
  • Bottles
  • Pacifier
  • Thermometer
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Bathing supplies
  • Diaper ointment

There are many other odds and ends that will be necessary to stock up on, and many that aren’t. Use this guide as your full shopping list.

Preparing Yourself

While you’ve spent a lot of time making sure everything’s perfect for your baby’s arrival, it’s important not to neglect your own needs. Your life is going to change in many ways, so be sure to plan for your soon-to-be future.

  • Nurture yourself through a healthy diet and exercise
  • Go to bed early and get plenty of rest
  • Plan your work leave
  • Sort out finances and create a budget
  • Turn to friends and family for support who have gone through childbirth
  • Set up a family photoshoot for after the baby arrives
  • Consider journaling how you feel throughout your pregnancy
  • Enjoy quality time with your significant other while it’s just the two of you

Last but not least, don’t forget to choose a pediatric provider a few months before your baby arrives. He or she can advise you throughout your pregnancy journey and answer any questions you may have in preparation for your due date and beyond.