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Infant grows faster. Do you agree with it? The things they need will change very fast and you need to prepare anything new for them because you can’t use the things from baby born for your grown up baby. Things a baby needs for the first year might be different from earlier so you need to choose the most essential at that time. The feeding tools, the bathe, transport and also the cloth are all different and you need to choose the most specific ones to keep them comfortable.

Things A Baby Needs for The First Year You Have to Prepare Well

When it comes to the first year, everything might be so difficult especially when you still have your first son or daughter. Your experience might be so hectic compared to the mothers who already have more than 1 child. Don’t think any further to choose things a baby needs list because what you need to think most is the basics. Sometimes, what you think you need to have first is not the necessity. However, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need them but you can choose the most crucial ones.


There are also different opinions, perceptions and also point of views about what you must have when it is your first year to have your own gem. You can decide by yourself and these are the recommendations for you such as:

1.Nursery Furniture

It is nice your own baby room, here are the necessities:

  • Crib or co-sleeper
  • Crib mattress
  • Changing table
  • Bassinet
  • Rocking chair or glider
  • Humidifier or vaporizer
  • Dresser/chest
  • Hamper
  • Baby monitor
  • Nightlight

2. Diapering

Infants will pee and poo much often and you need to prepare lots of diapers for them. At first, your baby will need about 10 to 12 diapers in a day. You can decide what you will choose between disposable or cloth diapers. Now, there is something in between which is the diaper completed with disposable lining and also reusable cover so you just need to throw away the lining and use it again. If you go with the disposable ones, then you have to buy the small pack only because you need to check whether your baby is irritated with it and it doesn’t fit easily.

  • Diaper changing pads
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • waterproof pads for
  • Changing table
  • Rattles and small toys
  • Dirty diaper receptacle
  • Wipes or cotton cloths
  • Small thermos to hold warm water
  • Plastic wipes holder (for the diaper bag)
  • 2 packages newborn diapers

3. Going Out

Perhaps, you might think this is not the most essential thing for baby. However, most hospitals will not let you go or leave the hospital without having infant car seat on stand by. As you know, the most common death cause for children is car accidents. Luckily, the mortality of baby related to the car accident has already dropped fantastically and dramatically for the last 2 decades thanks to the safety standards. One of the standard things is the car seat which is facing in front or rear-facing seat. AAP or American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you to have this type of car seat until 2 years old at least depending on the height and weight allow.

  • Rear-facing infant car seat with head support padding
  • Stroller
  • Sun shields for car windows
  • Portable playpen
  • Diaper bag
  • Sling or soft front carrier

4. Baby clothes

Most clothes for baby are designed according to the age but different brands have their own assessment. One brand can have the clothes fit perfectly to the infant while others with the same age and size don’t fit at all. You need to check the guidelines first from height and weight so you can choose the best one that will go well with your baby.

  • 1 pack T-shirts
  • 6 one-piece outfits that snap at the crotch (long- and shortsleeved)
  • 3 pajama sets
  • 4 pairs socks
  • 3 pairs soft booties
  • 2 pairs stretch cotton pants
  • 4 bibs
  • Cotton sweater
  • Knit cap
  • Sun hat
  • Zip-up sweatshirt

5. Baby Feeding

  • Bottle and Nipple
  • Pump and milk storage bag ( if you plan breastfeeding)
  • Nurse bra +accessories
  • Bottle brush
  • Bottle warmer
  • Pacifier
  • Burp cloth
  • Bowls and spoon
  • Bottle drying rack
  • Formula ( if you do not plan breastfeeding)

6. Bath and Clean Up Items

  • Baby bathtub
  • Baby soap
  • Baby shampoo
  • soft towels or hooded baby towels
  • brush and comb
  • Soft washcloths
  • Gentle laundry detergent
  • Baby nail clipper

7. Other

  • Baby toys
  • Teethers
  • Play mat
  • Safety mats

What not to registry for

  1. Crib bumpers
  2. Wipe warmers
  3. Baby shoes

Do not prepare things a baby needs for the first year once the baby comes out because you will not have time even for you when your baby is already stand by.


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