What to buy: Recommended items Reviewed by Dr. Alona Kuzmina MD, CCFP, Family Medicine Specialist, Practicing in Obstetrics, Women’s Health Pediatrics, Newborn’s Care. Ph.D. Obstetrics (Russia).
The birth of a child is a genuine miracle that changes life beyond recognition. We will provide guidance before the birth of your child regarding necessary items and must-buys, ensuring that no household is unprepared for the arrival of your new bundle of joy.
The following lists include all the essentials (for mom and baby), both for the hospital stay on your special day, and beyond upon returning home.
Essentials for Mom
Nursing Bra (make sure to choose the right size because size changes after delivery) Nursing T-shirts Nipple Cream Breast Pads Overnight Pads Nursing Cover Breastfeeding pillow Comfortable clothes Comfortable underwear
Breast Pump (if pumping is considered) Feeding Bottle Baby Monitor Bag for Hospital (mother) Documents Single use Underwear Heavy duty maternity pads Feeding Bra, Breast Pads, Nipple Cream Breastfeeding Pillow Breast Pump, Baby Bottle Comfortable Clothes: nightgown, bathrobe, tracksuit, flip-flops Socks Cellphone, Video Camera, Chargers Snacks, Favorite Food, Drinks (water, electrolytes/Gatorade) Moisturizing Lipstick Spray Bottle + Sponge Toiletries: deodorant, hairbrush, hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, dirty clothes bag Towel for shower Extra pillow Moisturizing Cream Cosmetics If needed: music, books, glasses and contact lenses Bag for Hospital (father) Pillow Blanket Change of clothes and shoes Water Snacks Toiletries Cash Essentials for Baby Car Seat (try to adjust in advance) Baby Crib Firm Mattress Mattress Protector Elastic Sheet (2) Sleeping Bag (2) Changing Table Baby Crib Musical Mobile Play Mat Diapers (0+m – little pack, 1-3m – big pack) Diaper Cream Wet Wipes Pacifiers (2 types) Swaddle Wrap (2) Flannel Blanket (2) Ear Thermometer Baby cotton swabs Nasal Aspirator + Saline Drops Baby Bath: Shampoo Washing Soap Baby Cream/Oil ( folds) Newborn Washcloth Baby bath tab A Bath Towel Water thermometer Baby nail Clipper/Scissors Baby hairbrush Diaper Bag Changing Mat Diapers (8) Diaper Cream Wet Wipes Disposable Diaper Bags (Dollarama) Hand Sanitizer Breast Pads Change of clothes (2 sets) Baby Formula + Feeding Bottle (if bottle-feeding/mixed feeding baby) Bottle of Water (mother) Pacifier Stroller Stroller Rain Cover Warm Blanket Newborn Baby Envelope Umbrella (mother) Baby Clothes Baby Bodysuits Short Sleeve Baby Bodysuits Long Sleeve Cotton Socks Thick Socks Cotton Baby Hat Baby Overall or Envelope by season Warm Outdoor Hat Baby Laundry Detergent Extra Stuff Baby Nest Baby Sling Playpen Diaper Pail (very convenient) + and Disposable Bags Baby Rattles and Toys Baby Clothes Dresser Baby Swing Baby Swing Baby Bed Bumpers (4-6m+) Baby Pillow (2y+) Teething Toys (4m+) Bibs For Hospital (baby) Pediatrician information Discharge Clothes by season Baby Bodysuit Short Sleeve and Light Zipped Overall Baby Overall or Envelope by season Baby Hat by season Baby Socks Blanket Diapers (0+m – little pack, 1-3m – big pack) Wet Wipes Diaper Cream Baby Soap Car Seat (try to adjust in advance)