New Baby Checklist: The First 6 weeks

Preparing for a new baby can be overwhelming.  There are so many different products available out there, it’s hard to know what you will actually need and use.  After having baby number 1, I learned a lot!  I bought things that I never used, and didn’t buy enough of things that I used all the time!  I thought it might be helpful for some new momma’s, and even some experienced ones, to create a checklist of sorts.  Below are some of the basics that you will want to have for the first six weeks with your new baby (and beyond!)  Products I have grown to love, and new products I will be using for baby #2!new baby checklist_1

 

SLEEPING

1. Bassinet – Rylee slept in a bassinet beside our bed for about the first 3 months.  We used a larger wicker bassinet from Pottery Barn that was handed down to us….but  I really love this simple understated folding bassinet by Cariboo.  The moses basket is another great option for when they are tiny.

2. Crib – Of course, you will need a crib.  As well as a crib mattress, a waterproof mattress pad and bedding.  This Oeuf Classic Crib has always been a favorite of mine.  Fortunately, I was able to save a pretty penny here because my handy dad just finished building Rylee her own “big girl bed” and also did a matching crib for Cru.  My splurge went to linen bedding from Restoration Hardware.

3. Baby Seat / Bouncer – I found this really helpful in getting things done around the house or while working on the computer.  I would strap Rylee in and she would usually fall asleep to the subtle vibration, or if nothing else, just be soothed by the motion.  Pictured is the Nuna Leaf which I will be using for Cru.  It was designed to mimic a falling leaf and gently sways from side to side with a light push.  It is noise-free and motor-free.

BATHING

4.  Gentle Baby Wash or Shampoo – I recommend Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion and Shampoo & Body Wash.

5.  Bath Tub – I love this PUJ infant tub.  It’s simple to set up, fits perfectly in your sink, and can store flat on a hook behind your door.

6.  Hooded Towels – You’ll need a few hooded terrycloth towels for after bath time.  This super soft Little Giraffe towel is pretty adorable….but these will get the job done too.

SOOTHERS

7.  Nightlight –  I was gifted this Porcelain Owl Nightlight and I am in love with it :)  It’s nice to have just a tiny bit of light during all of those midnight wake up calls.

8.  Swaddling Blankets – I used these all the time in the beginning.  I’d recommend having at least 4-5.  My favorite are these cotton muslin ones by Aden + Anais.

9. Swaddle Pod or Wrap – These things saved us when Rylee was an infant!  She was a wiggle worm and this was the only thing we found that kept her hands tucked in and away from her face at night.  Pictured is what I recommend: Organic Cotton Summer Infant SwaddleMe .  We also used the SwaddlePod.

10.  Mobile –  I initially got a mobile for the nursery just for the sheer cuteness factor, but they really do entertain baby while he/she is getting changed.  This Sheep Herd Mobile is super cute.

11.  White Noise Machine –  This Sleep Sheep was another life saver early on.  A sound box is tucked inside with 4 soothing sounds to lull your baby to sleep.

12.  Pacifiers – …or as we call them “binkie’s”.  Rylee always used the Philips Avent Soothie Pacifiers.  But I recently discovered the Natursutten ‘Small’ Natural Rubber Orthodontic Pacifier.  It’s made of all-natural rubber and is specifically designed to gently touch baby’s nose so it more closely mimics breastfeeding.  It also matches baby’s natural mouth movements to promote healthy orthodontic development.

WEARING

13.  Onesie’s / Overalls – Lots and lots of them.  Simple is better.  I preferred the ones that buttoned down the legs for easy diaper changes. Pictured is the Union Suit by Goat-Milk.

14.  Booties – Infant shoes are pretty over-rated.  All they really wear for the first 6 weeks are socks or knit booties (find a pair that are snug around the ankle and don’t fall off all the time).

15.  Take Me Home Set – I love this sweet organic cotton thermal blanket and hat set by Little Merry Fellows.

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GETTING AROUND

16.  Carseat  –  Of course, you will need a carseat.  Pictured is my favorite Pipa infant carseat by Dutch brand Nuna.

17.  Stroller – A stroller is one of those items worth spending a little bit of money on.  You will get more use out of it than almost any other item you buy for your baby and you want it to stand the test of time.  I love the design and functionality of the Stokke Xplory.  This is the stroller I will be using for Cru….along with the riding board  for Rylee to tag along.

18. Front Pack or Wrap – I love this micro-bamboo blend wrap by Solly Baby.  I also recommend the Ergo baby Carrier if you prefer a front pack.

FEEDING

19.  Washable Breast Pads – You’ll want a handful of these!  Keeping those embarrassing leaks at bay!  I recommend these by Boob.

20.  Nursing Pillow – These help keep your arms and baby comfortable during feedings.  Pictured is the gray minky pillow by Nursing Pillow.

21.  Nursing Bra –  I’d suggest investing in 2 of these.  If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, this bra will be replaced by your “cute” ones for everyday use.  Fortunately, Boob Design has a few pretty cute nursing bra options, like this Dotted “Fast Food” bra.  (such a fitting name too!)

22.  Burp Clothes – Just get a lot!  And bring them everywhere :)  Featured are SwaddleDesigns Baby Burpies

23.  Breast Pump – Pictured: Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Double Electric Breast Pump.  I was still working at an office outside of my home for the first 6 months after having Rylee.  I used a Medela breast pump everyday.  It’s fast and efficient, and allows you to be hands-free!  It’s even useful for when you are at home and need to be multi-tasking while pumping.  Just purchase a pumping bra along with it and you are good to go.

DIAPERING

24.  Diaper Bag –  I searched and searched for a cute diaper bag before having Rylee and had the hardest time finding anything I liked.   I ended up with a really simple one….but now have come to the conclusion that really any large tote with pockets will work just fine.  A waterproof inside is nice, but not totally necessary.  I’d say just find a bag you really love that is large enough to fit all of your baby essentials, and use that!  I am a big fan of all of the Cleobella totes, and use one myself as a “diaper bag”.

25.  Diapers – an obvious one you are likely not to skip over….but I recommend Honest Diapers.  They have a snug fit and great absorbency…and really cute designs on top of it!

26.  Creams and Ointments – Burt’s Bees Diaper Ointment. Multipurpose Ointment. and Dusting Powder

27.  Diaper Wipes – Recommended:  Water Wipes

 

Hope these suggestions help some of you in preparing for baby! xx

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  1. Joanna

    Perfect list! Those exact swaddling blankets were a life saver for me. And as a bonus they can double as a nursing cover! Praying you a have an amazingly beautiful birth story and a smooth transition in this new season of your life.

    Thanks for making the world a bit more beautiful.
    Joanna

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  2. Puj

    Well, we love your taste and this collection! You look so beautifully prepared and we hope everything goes smoothly! Thank you. xo (That owl night light is now on my little wish list. So sweet.)

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  3. Christine

    This has been so useful, particularly your tips on the baby lotion, shampoo, body wash, and ointments. As a new momma-to-be, I’ve been in decision paralysis lately with all of the options out there, and then trying to find a happy medium between price and baby-safe. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

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  4. Courtney Davis

    I just came across this post on Pinterest and basically saved every single thing you mentioned. My husband and I just starting trying and this list was so fun to look through! Will start following your blog now, too. Thanks!

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  5. Camille E. Trummer

    Just stumbled upon your blog – I love it. I’m so happy to know that I can check every single item off your list. I’m 35 weeks and ready for my little one. Thanks for sharing! And good luck with your delivery!

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  6. Cassie Hargett

    Nursing bras, I’d suggest getting at least 3 or 4 of these. It’s very important to get some well fitted pairs. It’s advisable that you would continue breast feeding for 24 months at most, so you must get fitted properly before buying one.

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  7. Sarah Morgan

    Kelli Murray — You are such a blessing from God! I can’t tell you how much you and your honestly sweet blog inspires and helps me.

    Grateful,

    1st time mom in just a few weeks to baby Forester!

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  8. EMILY

    Hi Kelli!! I love all your recommendations and we are expecting our first baby soon! We just bought the Stoke Xplory and I have a tote that i want to use as a diaper bag but I can’t figure out how to attach it to the stroller! Did you buy separate stroller clips? If you hang it from the handle does it make the stroller unstable? Thanks so much Kelli!!! I love your blog, you are a huge inspiration to me!!! xoxox

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