Everything You Need To Get Before Baby Arrives

Moms-To-Be Checklist: Part 1

checklist for moms to be

Before I had my first baby, my friends insisted I needed ‘so many things’ before I came home with my new bundle of joy. My parents told me I didn’t need to buy anything, that I would get more than enough gifts once I was home.

Who was right? Both sides really. I did get a ton of gifts, especially blankets, onesies and toiletries. We also received items that weren’t particularly helpful, like endless piles of stuffed animals. Other items that I sorely needed like breast feeding accessories, were not represented at all.

What won’t you need for baby before you come home from the hospital? Items for when baby is moving more, like bouncy chairs, Bumbo chairs, solid food feeding accessories like bowls and cutlery, and furniture like cribs.

Here is my suggested list of items to have on hand (either purchased yourself, or anticipated as gifts):

For Baby 


  • Receiving blankets (at least 4) or Miracle blanket for swaddling
  • Onesies (4-5)
  • Socks (4 pair)
  • Hats (2-3)
  • Wrap carrier

Feeding & Toiletries:

  • Breast pump
  • Bottles to fit breast pump
  • Breast milk bags
  • Bottle sterilizer (or microwavable bags)
  • Lanolin breast ointment
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Bottle brush
  • Formula
  • Baby scissors or nail file
  • Wash cloths (8)
  •  Hooded bath towels (2)
  • Bibs (4)
  • Diaper bag
  • Pacifier
  • Bottle drying rack

Nursery Items:

  • Crib and mattress, or bassinet
  • Dresser
  • Changing table and pad/change pad
  • Glider chair +/- ottoman
  • Crib sheets/bassinet sheets (3)
  • Mobile
  • Baby monitor
  • Baby bathtub
  • Laundry hamper
  • Mattress cover
  • Dirty diaper container
  • Pack and play
  • Bouncer/swing
  • Lamp or night light


  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby soap
  • Vaseline or petroleum-free jelly
  • Zinc diaper cream
  • Newborn diapers (more than you think you’ll need)
  • Wipes
  • Baby-friendly laundry detergent
  • Baby thermometer
  • Medicine dropper/syringes
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Normal saline drops

Could you (or more likely, your partner), run out and get many of these items as needed once you are home?

Absolutely, but when you are knee deep in feeding, changing diapers, cleaning spit up, and generally trying to milk every spare moment of sleep, you’ll be thankful you have most things at your fingertips.

Click here for a downloadable and printable PDF of this list. 

Want to make sure you don't forget anything for the hospital? Check out What To Bring To The Hospital: Moms-To-Be Checklist, Part 2.

Dina Kulik is a wife, mother, paediatrician and emergency medicine doctor. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and is surrounded by testosterone with a husband, three sons (age 4 and 2 and 0) and two male dogs (age 3 and 1!). 

She is a spin fanatic and adrenaline junky, needing constant stimulation to keep from getting bored (maybe that’s where the kids get it from?). Organized chaos is how she thrives. Sound familiar mommies?

Dina is eager to share practical and fun kids knowledge. Check out her blog at DrDina.ca. She is hoping to get the conversation going on all things related to children’s health. From breastfeeding challenges, to solid food introduction to managing night terrors, Dina has been through it all, personally and professionally. Raising healthy, adaptable children is a challenge. No one does perfectly and no one comes out unscathed. Survival is the goal most days! Let’s chat and make it just a little bit easier with tips and tricks for parenting.

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