Newborn Checklist for First-time Mothers

By Mini Exchange.
Becoming a mother for the first time is an exquisitely, amazing experience. However, it can also be quite daunting. Despite all the planning leading up to the big moment, it’s common for new mothers to question whether they have prepared enough. This helpful checklist for first-time mothers includes the more important clothing items you’ll require for your newborn’s first year, and it suggests a few ideas of what to include in your baby registry at MyList.

Newborn Essentials
  • 8 to 10 undershirts (both short and long sleeves)
  • 8 to 10 everyday onesies (both short and long sleeves/legs)
  • 8 to 10 two-piece sets (leggings and top)
  • 5 pairs of extra trousers/leggings
  • 8 to 10 stretchy onesies to sleep in
  • 2 to 4 newborn hats (beanies/bonnets)
  • 8 pairs of socks or booties
  • 2 to 3 pairs of mittens
  • 2 cardigans or jackets
  • Bunting bag or snowsuit (if you are travelling to a colder climate)
  • 4 cute outfits for dressing up
Baby clothes
Sizes for baby clothes start at preemie and go up to 12 months. Some babies are born bigger and won’t require newborn sizes, they could even start wearing 3 months sizes from the get-go! However, it’s hard to predict this in advance, so it’s a good idea to have a few newborn items, just in case. Also, babies grow very quickly, so be smart and have a couple of items that are a few sizes up.
Aim for ease and comfort at all times when it comes to your baby’s wardrobe. Opt for soft, durable, practical clothing that is comfy, allows freedom of movement, and strong enough to endure frequent washings. A newborn’s skin is incredibly sensitive, so be sure to choose detergents that are gentle, preferably natural or organic, to avoid skin irritations.
When shopping for onesies, look for options that have snaps on the front, and all the way down the leg. This ease of access is a big help when it comes to diaper changes.
Tees and undershirts should have snaps, or a wide, stretchy neck, to slip the top over your child’s head easily. Many babies don’t like having their head popped through a small neck opening, so opt for outer layers like fleece jackets and sweatshirts, that have zips. They’re super-easy to put on and take off quickly, without upsetting the baby.
Leggings or pull-on trousers should have stretchy waistbands that easily fit over the baby’s diaper and belly. Make sure that the waistband isn’t too tight, it needs to be able to expand easily, as the baby puts on weight. Avoid clothing with tassels, ribbons, strings, or any dangling bits – these are choking hazards!
Mittens are a must-have for newborns, even if the weather is hot. They will prevent a baby from scratching their face with their fingernails. Opt for mittens that are round in shape to allow free movement of the fingers inside the mittens. Plus, they will be easier to put on and take off of those tiny little fingers.
Stock up on socks for indoors and booties when you venture out of the house. Look for items that have anti-skid bottoms. This will prevent babies from slipping on tiles and other smooth surfaces. Some experts advise against hard-soled shoes, until a baby has started walking, because it can affect development.
Pajamas or sleeping onesies should be super-comfortable and safe. Remember to choose items that are more suited for diaper-changes in the middle of the night. Avoid items with too many snaps, you need to be able to change the baby in the dark, if necessary. Always go for natural fabrics like cotton. It breathes better and it is more likely to keep your baby comfy and snug.

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