Baby essentials checklist

For quite sometime I thought there would be a lot of necessary items one needed for a baby- and while thats true it's been helpful for us as a family to realize there is a difference between needs and wants. There are so many items families choose to purchase they end up using for a short amount of time or not at all. 

I figured I would compile a list of baby items we decided to make a priority- some of these are no-brainers, but I'm a list maker and I hope this helps you as you prepare to welcome your little bundle of joy.

Baby essentials according to the Practical Potters...

For baby (Scroll Right to see items listed below two by two)

  • Mittens (so baby won't scratch face/body)
  • Onesies (short and long sleeve are good) 
  • Pants
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Hat(s): for keeping baby's head warm 
  • Sun hat: to protect baby's head, face, and neck from the sun
  • Swaddles (to aid with better sleeping)
  • Baby towels (X2) (I love the ones with a cute corner for baby's head)
  • Small wash clothes (don't have to be for baby- anything soft would do)
  • Pacifiers (we chose to go with Dr. Brown's)
  • Pacifier clips
  • Bottles (we chose to go with Dr. Brown's)
  • Bottle brush
  • Baby bath (we were gifted this cute flower sink bath)



  • Forehead thermometer
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Weight scale (for some this is a necessity, I think it's good to have to keep an eye on baby's weight gain)


For nursing mommas (Scroll to the right to see more items)

  • Nursing pump (generally need a prescription from your provider and can get one through your insurance- I'm going with the Medela Pump)
  • Nursing cover (even if not nursing, these are generally made out of a stretchy material you can use as a cover for the carseat)
  • Nursing pillow option (you can keep this as basic as a regular pillow, choose a nursing pillow, or if your like me and splurged on a pregnancy body pillow use that bad boy!)
  • Breast Milk Storage bag(s)
  • Nipple cream
  • Nipple shields
  • Nursing camisole
  • Nursing night gown (seasonal)
  • Washable nursing pads


For home (newborn - 5 months)


  • Bassinet
  • Sheet to cover the bassinet insert
  • Diapers
  • Wipes (we decided to make our own thanks to Wellness Mama)
  • Baby monitor (we opted for wi-fi free, for safety reasons) This is what we went with!
  • Changing pad
  • Changing pad cover


Baby lounging options

  • Some sort of baby lounger (for a surface like bed/couch) 
  • Baby swing or rocker- there are so many options to name. We decided to go with the rock and play because it vibrates and makes noise. I wanted something higher off the ground that was easy to fold/carry and put away in a closet!
  • Bean bag- I know that sounds totally crazy, but when they're itty bitty and can't move an oversized bean bag can do the trick, I've seen it done (obviously with supervision)


For mom and baby

  • Newborn/infant carrier (could be a simple wrap to start out- you can buy one or just pick out a jersey knit and or spandex material from a local craft store and make your own no-sew wrap!)


For home (5 months +) We are waiting on a few of these items until we need them

  • Crib (Bryan actually made Lily's!)
  • Crib mattress
  • Crib mattress waterproof cover 
  • Mattress sheet X2
  • Bumper for crib (I also like these in the event you have an outlet and a sound machine for example plugged into it, keeping it out of growing babies reach is very important)


For travel

  • Diaper bag
  • Changing pad (sometimes diaper bag comes with one)
  • Wipe box (necessary if you're making your own)
  • Infant car seat and base
  • Carseat mirror
  • Carseat cover (to ward off the elements (snow, wind, rain, and stranger's hands!)


Optional/ can wait on

  • Stroller (If you're fancy and purchased a travel system set that's awesome) 

Some parents choose to wait on purchasing a stroller because momma bear wants to carry her little one on her and not have to deal with lugging around a carseat. Another reason is some little ones don't like a carseat/stroller positioning and prefer to be upright in a wrap or carrier. 

We decided we would wait on a stroller because the carseat we were gifted is older and no longer compatible with any stroller the company currently makes. I love the idea of having my little one snuggled up with me so I'm going to hold off on a stroller for now. It's not something thats difficult to find pre-loved from a friend or order one online, etc when we're ready.

  • Feeding/ high chair


I know this was quite an exhaustively long post. I hope it helps to have a break down of items for mom and baby you may not have yet considered. If you have anything to add I'd love to read about it in the comments or feel free to direct message me on Instagram or Facebook at the practical potters!