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Newborn Checklist for First Time Parents

Prepare Essentials with this Newborn Checklist for First Time Parents

Congratulations – because if you are reading here for a newborn checklist, you are either planning to receive, or already a proud parent of, a baby!

As veteran mummies and daddies would proclaim, what a journey it is to prepare for and pamper your child as a baby!

There are possibly a thousand and one things to prepare and buy. However, fear not. MEIDE Babysitting from Singapore is right here to help you out. We collated information from countless existing checklists, as well as tallied advice from our experienced babysitters. Henceforth, you have an all-in-one comprehensive checklist of what to buy for your newborn baby:

A to Z Newborn Checklist

Yes, it never pays to be underprepared! With a child on the way, be ready to be overwhelmed as first time parents. Therefore, we have curated a list of things to buy and prepare arranged in alphabetical order for you. This way, you would most likely not miss out on anything. So, start preparing or buying these items now!

Be prepared for your kid on the way with MEIDE Newborn Checklist for Parents
Be prepared for your kid on the way with MEIDE Newborn Checklist for Parents
  1. Baby Cap/Hat
  2. Baby Clothings / Onesies
    • Get a mixture of t-shirts, pants, sweaters and onesies
  3. Baby Mittens
  4. Baby Shoes
  5. Baby Socks
  6. Baby Soap for Showering
    • Choose from a variety of all-in-one soap to shampoo and body wash – there is no one-size-fits-all formula here
  7. Baby Soap for Utensils and Bottles Washing
    • Pigeon or Tollyjolly Brands
  8. Breast Pumps
    • There are numerous types but start by considering between manual ones versus automatic ones
    • Also, the portability and size of the pump is critical!
  9. Brush for washing baby bottles
  10. Bathtub(s) for baby
    • Consider one for soapy water and one for clear water
  11. Bibs or Burp Clothes
  12. Clipboard with paper and pen for charting and recording your timetable and baby’s habits
  13. Detergents for Baby Laundry
    • Pigeon or Tollyjolly Brands
  14. Diapers
    • Different brands / sizes
  15. Car Accessories including Baby Car Seat
    • Applicable especially if you intend to bring your newborn home via a car or taxi
    • Prepare ahead for those who own private vehicles too!
  16. Carrier or Sling or Both
    • A baby carrier or sling such as muslin sling can be a life-saver for parents
    • Do not underestimate their utility – but for safety, do remember that different products cater to different babies’ age, weight and carrying position.
  17. CCTV or Baby Monitor(s)
  18. Containers – a variety for various purposes
    • Separating baby laundry from adult laundry
    • Containing baby small items like cotton balls/buds
    • Containing Diapers or Bibs, Etc
  19. Crib  / Changing Station
    • These come in various forms, functionality, sizes and prices
    • Usually they are labeled slightly different depending on the functions, such as:
    • Crib, Cot, Bassinet, Moses Basket or Changing Station
  20. Cotton Balls for cleaning baby body parts and umbilical area
  21. Diaper Cream/Powder
    • Desitin
    • Mustella
    • Zinc-related Creams
  22. Flasks or equivalent kettles
    • You will need hot water frequently
    • You may need cold water too (to balance milk temperature, or for first aid)
  23. Formula Milk
    • Just get 1 tin for standby, but remember that exclusive breast milk feeding is the best still
    • Just in case you require it, at least you do not have to fumble around last minute for it
    • Be sure to choose the appropriate age range
  24. Mats (Floor or Baby Play Mats)
  25. Mattresses of appropriate size (to fit the crib or cot)
  26. Mattress Covers
    • Try both water-proof ones and pure cotton ones to see which suits your baby and your liking
  27. Milk Bottles
    • Ensure you get the right teat size and bottle capacity too!
  28. Milk Bottle Drying Racks and Tongs
    • These make your life so much easier when handling, washing and organizing the baby utensils and cutlery!
  29. Milk Storage Bags
    • These are primarily used to store breast milk and refrigerated or frozen.
  30. Nail clipper(s) and scissor(s) for baby
    • Before you know it, you will need to trim your baby nails or hair
  31. Pillows, cushions and supports
    • These are particularly useful for breastfeeding mothers and for getting your baby comfortable at resting spots
    • Ensure that these are not used near the baby during sleep to prevent SIDS
  32. Plastic and Ziplock Bags
    • Get big, medium and small ones for emergency and daily use – for example keeping soiled diapers or clothes
  33. Soft sponges that you can use for showering baby or wiping stuff
  34. Sterilizer(s)
    • The 2 main types are steam steriliser verus ultraviolet ray (UV) sterilisers.
    • Ensure you get the right type and size!
    • Consider getting 2 sterilisers for standby
    • Actually, the conventional way of sterilising milk bottles is via boiling hot water and immersing the milk bottle and parts in them.
  35. Sterile Gauze
  36. Strollers or Prams
    • There is a slight difference between a stroller and pram but nowadays most products are a hybrid or cross between both
    • Choose your preferred one from a whole spectrum of available strollers and prams!
    • Some even double up as Car Seats!
  37. Syringes
    • Get 3ml, 5ml and 10ml sterile syringes that will come in very handy when feeding your small baby
  38. Thermometer
    • We advise getting a few types including tympanic thermometer, axillary thermometer and infra-red (forehead) thermometer
  39. Towels for swaddling, lying on, wiping messes and a whole lot more
    • You will need lots and lots of these
    • Some call these swaddles or receiving towels too
  40. Toys
    • Find baby toys of appropriate age range!
  41. Utensils
    • Get ready for additional cooking and additional mouths to feed
    • You may need bowls to heat up stuff / milk / bottles too
  42. Wet Wipes (Alcohol Free)
    • Pigeon Brand, or any other brand

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Baby Checklist According to Where to Buy

Next up, we simply re-organize all our A to Z items for parents-to-be into a handy newborn shopping list for you.

In a nutshell, there are just 5 pit stops to make in a brick-and-mortar world. Namely, there are the baby clothing or departmental store, the supermarket, a stationary shop, pharmacy and electronics outlet.

On the other hand, if you prefer to shop in the comfort of your own residence, almost all of these items can be found through online shopping channels too!

A Checklist To Shop and Prepare For Your Baby Is Very Important Indeed
A Checklist To Shop and Prepare For Your Baby Is Very Important Indeed

Baby Clothing Stores / Departmental Stores

  1. Baby Shoes
  2. Baby Socks
  3. Baby Hat/Cap
  4. Baby Mittens
  5. Baby Clothings / Onesies
    • Get a mixture of t-shirts, pants, sweaters and onesies
  6. Bathtub(s) for baby
    • Consider one for soapy water and one for clear water
  7. Bibs or Burp Clothes
  8. Breast Pumps
    • There are numerous types but start by considering between manual ones versus automatic ones
    • Also, the portability and size of the pump is critical!
  9. Brush for washing baby bottles
  10. Car Accessories including Baby Car Seat
    • Applicable especially if you intend to bring your newborn home via a car or taxi
    • Prepare ahead for those who own private vehicles too!
  11. Carrier or Sling or Both
    • A baby carrier or sling such as muslin sling can be a life-saver for parents
    • Do not underestimate their utility – but for safety, do remember that different products cater to different babies’ age, weight and carrying position.
  12. Containers – a variety for various purposes
    • Separating baby laundry from adult laundry
    • Containing baby small items like cotton balls/buds
    • Containing Diapers or Bibs, Etc
  13. Crib  / Changing Station
    • These come in various forms, functionality, sizes and prices
    • Usually they are labeled slightly different depending on the functions, such as:
    • Crib, Cot, Bassinet, Moses Basket or Changing Station
  14. Floor Mats or Baby Play Mats
  15. Mattresses of appropriate size (to fit the crib or cot)
  16. Mattress Covers
    • Try both water-proof ones and pure cotton ones to see which suits your baby and your liking
  17. Milk Bottles
    1. Ensure you get the right teat size and bottle capacity too!
  18. Milk Bottle Drying Racks and Tongs
    • These make your life so much easier when handling, washing and organizing the baby utensils and cutlery!
  19. Milk Storage Bags
    • These are primarily used to store breast milk and refrigerated or frozen.
  20. Nail clipper(s) and scissor(s) for baby
    • Before you know it, you will need to trim your baby nails or hair
  21. Pillows, cushions and supports
    • These are particularly useful for breastfeeding mothers and for getting your baby comfortable at resting spots
    • Ensure that these are not used near the baby during sleep to prevent SIDS
  22. Sterilizer(s)
    • The 2 main types are steam steriliser verus ultraviolet ray (UV) sterilisers.
    • Ensure you get the right type and size!
    • Consider getting 2 sterilisers for standby
    • Actually, the conventional way of sterilising milk bottles is via boiling hot water and immersing the milk bottle and parts in them.
  23. Strollers or Prams
    • There is a slight difference between a stroller and pram but nowadays most products are a hybrid or cross between both
    • Choose your preferred one from a whole spectrum of available strollers and prams!
    • Some even double up as Car Seats!
  24. Swaddles
  25. Towels for swaddling, lying on, wiping messes and a whole lot more
    • You will need lots and lots of these
    • Some call these swaddles or receiving towels too
  26. Toys
    • Find baby toys of appropriate age range!
  27. Utensils
    • Get ready for additional cooking and additional mouths to feed
    • You may need bowls to heat up stuff / milk / bottles too
  28. Wet Wipes (Alcohol Free)

Supermarkets

  1. Baby Soap for Showering
    • Choose from a variety of all-in-one soap to shampoo and body wash – there is no one-size-fits-all formula here
  2. Baby Soap for Utensils and Bottles Washing
    • Pigeon or Tollyjolly Brands
  3. Detergents for baby laundry
    • Pigeon or Tollyjolly Brands
  4. Diapers (Appropriate size, different brands)
  5. Formula Milk
    • Just get 1 tin for standby, but remember that exclusive breast milk feeding is the best still
    • Just in case you require it, at least you do not have to fumble around last minute for it
    • Be sure to choose the appropriate age range
  6. Plastic and Ziplock Bags
    • Get big, medium and small ones for emergency and daily use – for example keeping soiled diapers or clothes
  7. Soft sponges that you can use for showering baby or wiping stuff
  8. Wet Wipes (Alcohol Free)

Stationary Shop

  1. Clipboard with paper and pen for charting and recording your timetable and baby’s habits

Pharmacy / Drug Store

  1. Cotton Balls for cleaning baby body parts and umbilical area
  2. Diaper Cream/Powder
    • Desitin
    • Mustella
    • Zinc-related Creams
  3. Sterile Gauze
  4. Syringes
    • Get 3ml, 5ml and 10ml sterile syringes that will come in very handy when feeding your small baby
  5. Thermometer
    • We advise getting a few types including tympanic thermometer, axillary thermometer and infra-red (forehead) thermometer

Electronics and Technological (IT) Equipment

  1. CCTV or Baby Monitor(s)
  2. Flasks or equivalent kettles
    • You will need hot water frequently
    • You may need cold water too (to balance milk temperature, or for first aid)

Essential Items to Prepare For A Newborn

Finally, if time is NOT on your side, we let you know what are the essential newborn items in the newborn checklist.

Definitely, it always pays to be well prepared, but we know everyone has their difficulties. Hence, if you really need only have limited time to get your newborn checklist done, this is for you. To simplify things, there just 4 main essential newborn checklists to focus on.

Read MEIDE Babysittings Newborn Checklist for First Time Parents
Read MEIDE Babysittings Newborn Checklist for First Time Parents

Checklist for Baby Feeding

  1. Baby Soap for Utensils and Bottles Washing
    • Pigeon or Tollyjolly Brands
  2. Breast Pumps
    • There are numerous types but start by considering between manual ones versus automatic ones
    • Also, the portability and size of the pump is critical!
  3. Brush for washing baby bottles
  4. Bibs or Burp Clothes
  5. Clipboard with paper and pen for charting and recording your timetable and baby’s habits
  6. Flasks or equivalent kettles
    • You will need hot water frequently
    • You may need cold water too (to balance milk temperature, or for first aid)
  7. Formula Milk
    • Just get 1 tin for standby, but remember that exclusive breast milk feeding is the best still
    • Just in case you require it, at least you do not have to fumble around last minute for it
    • Be sure to choose the appropriate age range
  8. Milk Bottles
    • Ensure you get the right teat size and bottle capacity too!
  9. Milk Bottle Drying Racks and Tongs
    • These make your life so much easier when handling, washing and organizing the baby utensils and cutlery!
  10. Milk Storage Bags
    • These are primarily used to store breast milk and refrigerated or frozen.
  11. Sterilizer(s)
    • The 2 main types are steam steriliser verus ultraviolet ray (UV) sterilisers.
    • Ensure you get the right type and size!
    • Consider getting 2 sterilisers for standby
    • Actually, the conventional way of sterilising milk bottles is via boiling hot water and immersing the milk bottle and parts in them.
  12. Syringes
    • Get 3ml, 5ml and 10ml sterile syringes that will come in very handy when feeding your small baby
  13. Utensils
    • Get ready for additional cooking and additional mouths to feed
    • You may need bowls to heat up stuff / milk / bottles too
  14. Wet Wipes (Alcohol Free)
    • Pigeon Brand, or any other brand

Checklist for Baby Hygiene

  1. Baby Clothings / Onesies
    • Get a mixture of t-shirts, pants, sweaters and onesies
  2. Baby Mittens
  3. Baby Shoes
  4. Baby Socks
  5. Baby Soap for Showering
    • Choose from a variety of all-in-one soap to shampoo and body wash – there is no one-size-fits-all formula here
  6. Bathtub(s) for baby
    • Consider one for soapy water and one for clear water
  7. Bibs or Burp Clothes
  8. Clipboard with paper and pen for charting and recording your timetable and baby’s habits
  9. Detergents for Baby Laundry
    • Pigeon or Tollyjolly Brands
  10. Diapers
    • Different brands / sizes
  11. Containers – a variety for various purposes
    • Separating baby laundry from adult laundry
    • Containing baby small items like cotton balls/buds
    • Containing Diapers or Bibs, Etc
  12. Crib  / Changing Station
    • These come in various forms, functionality, sizes and prices
    • Usually they are labeled slightly different depending on the functions, such as:
    • Crib, Cot, Bassinet, Moses Basket or Changing Station
  13. Cotton Balls for cleaning baby body parts and umbilical area
  14. Diaper Cream/Powder
    • Desitin
    • Mustella
    • Zinc-related Creams
  15. Nail clipper(s) and scissor(s) for baby
    • Before you know it, you will need to trim your baby nails or hair
  16. Plastic and Ziplock Bags
    • Get big, medium and small ones for emergency and daily use – for example keeping soiled diapers or clothes
  17. Soft sponges that you can use for showering baby or wiping stuff
  18. Sterile Gauze
  19. Towels for swaddling, lying on, wiping messes and a whole lot more
    • You will need lots and lots of these
    • Some call these swaddles or receiving towels too
  20. Wet Wipes (Alcohol Free)
    • Pigeon Brand, or any other brand

Checklist for Baby Sleeping

  1. Baby Clothings / Onesies
    • Get a mixture of t-shirts, pants, sweaters and onesies
  2. Baby Mittens
  3. Baby Shoes
  4. Baby Socks
  5. Clipboard with paper and pen for charting and recording your timetable and baby’s habits
  6. Crib  / Changing Station
    • These come in various forms, functionality, sizes and prices
    • Usually they are labeled slightly different depending on the functions, such as:
    • Crib, Cot, Bassinet, Moses Basket or Changing Station
  7. Detergents for Baby Laundry
    • Pigeon or Tollyjolly Brands
  8. Diapers
    • Different brands / sizes
  9. CCTV or Baby Monitor(s)
  10. Diaper Cream/Powder
    • Desitin
    • Mustella
    • Zinc-related Creams
  11. Pillows, cushions and supports
    • These are particularly useful for breastfeeding mothers and for getting your baby comfortable at resting spots
    • Ensure that these are not used near the baby during sleep to prevent SIDS
  12. Towels for swaddling, lying on, wiping messes and a whole lot more
    • You will need lots and lots of these
    • Some call these swaddles or receiving towels too

Checklist for Baby Transportation

  1. Car Accessories including Baby Car Seat
    • Applicable especially if you intend to bring your newborn home via a car or taxi
    • Prepare ahead for those who own private vehicles too!
  2. Carrier or Sling or Both
    • A baby carrier or sling such as muslin sling can be a life-saver for parents
    • Do not underestimate their utility – but for safety, do remember that different products cater to different babies’ age, weight and carrying position.
  3. Strollers or Prams
    • There is a slight difference between a stroller and pram but nowadays most products are a hybrid or cross between both
    • Choose your preferred one from a whole spectrum of available strollers and prams!
    • Some even double up as Car Seats!

Conclusion

We hope these newborn checklists and shopping lists to prepare for a baby or get last minute packing settled helps! Our team at MEIDE Babysitting wishes you here on, nothing but lovely hugs and kisses between mummy, daddy and baby/babies!

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