Need to Have
Buy a couple of side-tie or side-snap T-shirts to put on the baby until the umbilical cord separates. After that, dress your little one in his "working" outfit, the onesie. Buy at least 6 -- more if you don't want to launder as often -- because your baby will likely wear two or more every day. Have a half-dozen pairs of socks on hand, too, to keep his little feet warm.
Sleepers and Nightgowns
About 6 stretchy sleepers that will cover your baby from neck to feet, with snaps in the leg area for changings.
Nightgowns with cotton mittens are also good pajamas. The little mittens will help prevent Baby from scratching herself. Sleep sacks are good for cold nights -- one will see you through the first few weeks.
Diapers and Wipes
You should have two packages of disposable diapers or enough cloth diapers for two days on hand at all times. Make sure to purchase the right size, to avoid leakage. Use a natural diaper cream when necessary, avoiding those made from petroleum products.
Disposable wipes are handy for diaper changes and for messes away from home. Keep a good-size pack near your changing area and a travel pack in the diaper bag.
Baby wash/shampoo is formulated for a newborn's delicate skin.
Keeping baby's nails short will prevent him from scratching himself and you. Use blunt nail clippers made especially for baby's soft little nails.
If your newborn has hair, purchase a fine-toothed baby comb to gently style his hair after bathing.
The Medicine Cabinet
Keep a bottle of infant acetaminophen drops for treating fevers with a doctor's recommendation.
Make sure you have a nasal aspirator for stuffy noses since newborns can't breathe easily through their mouths.
To help track temperatures for the doctor, have a digital baby thermometer on hand.
Rest Your Head
Have a safe place for baby to sleep. The BabyBox University has great videos discussing safe sleep. Contact us for more information on a FREE Baby Box.
You do not need a fancy bag, but a bag with lots of sections or pockets will help you organize your life while out and about with your baby. You will always need diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and food. (If you aren't breastfeeding.)
Most hospitals will not let you leave without this crucial item. Contact us if you need help locating a car seat check.