Your New Baby (And New Parent!) Checklist 

Last Update: January 10, 2024

Having a new baby is a wonderful, exciting change, but it’s a change nonetheless. You may be wondering what you’ll need to take care of your baby during those middle-of-the-night feedings, how to wash baby’s delicate clothing, and the essential items to pack in your diaper bag. 

Aside from your baby, new parents also benefit from self-care items to help ease the transition from pregnancy to birth and into parenthood. This is a beautiful but stressful time on both mind and body, and having some extra nourishing, supportive items may help to ease you into a new daily routine. 

We’ve created a complete checklist of essentials for baby and a shopping list for new parents that you can reference as you’re preparing for a new addition to your family. From baby shampoo to belly balm, here’s everything you’ll both need for your transition into parenthood. 

New Baby Checklist

When your baby arrives, you’ll want to be totally prepared. Here are the most important items you’ll need for bathtime, feeding time, and any time in between. 

Baby Bath Essentials 

Baby Feeding Essentials

  • Bottles and nipples
  • Bottle brushes
  • Dishwasher basket (for small items)
  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Bottle warmer (optional)

If not nursing: 

If nursing: 

  • Breast pump 
  • Milk storage bags 
  • Nursing pads
  • Baby feeding pillow
  • Nipple cream

Baby Changing Essentials 

Baby Health & Cleaning Essentials

New Parent Checklist 

Pregnancy, birth, and delivery are all hard work, so you deserve lots of self-care through every stage of the process. Here are some not-so-obvious items that will make all the difference new parents.

Pregnancy Essentials 

Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil 
Sweet almond oil, vitamin E, wheat germ oil, and arnica extract oil help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks that may pop up as your body—and your baby—grows. 

Earth Mama Third Trimester Tea 
The time-honored blend of herbs in this supportive tea address the unique needs of late pregnancy. 

Motherlove Rhoid Balm
Hemorrhoids are of the most unfortunate side effects of pregnancy. This soothing balm uses witch hazel, olive oil, and beeswax to naturally ease the discomfort of hemorrhoidal tissues. 

Earth Mama Belly Oil 
As you grow your new baby, massage this belly oil into the skin on your torso to encourage skin’s natural elasticity. 

Post-Pregnancy Essentials 

Thrive Market Organic Perineal Spray
Made with herbal botanicals like witch hazel, yarrow, and uva ursi, this spray offers relief to perineal muscles that may be sore after labor. 

Motherlove Sitz Bath Spray
Soaking in a warm sitz bath is one of the best ways to ease sore muscles after labor. This easy-to-use spray contains soothing herbs with no fillers, petroleum, or parabens. 

Pacifica Reusable Under Eye Masks
If you’re feeling the effects of lack of sleep during new parenthood, these reusable eye masks will help to combat puffy under eyes and give you a moment of relaxation.

Natural Vitality Calm Magnesium Supplement Powder 
New parents need all the rest they can get, and this reliable magnesium supplement will help to promote feelings of calm and relaxation. 

Breastfeeding Essentials 

Motherlove More Milk Special Blend Capsules
This lactation supplement contains herbs like goat’s rue, fenugreek, blessed thistle, nettle, and fennel to support mammary tissue and breast milk supply. 

Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter
This soothing balm is made with beeswax, shea butter, and calendula to help nourish nipples while breastfeeding. 

Earth Mama Organic Milkmaid Tea
This herbal tea will help to support your breast milk production with each cup. 

Boobie Bar Milk to the Max
This oatmeal chocolate chip lactation bar not only makes a healthy and tasty snack, it also contains superfoods that help to support lactation. 

This article is related to:

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Amy Roberts

Amy Roberts is Thrive Market's Senior Editorial Writer. She is based in Los Angeles via Pittsburgh, PA.

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