What do I need for a newborn baby boy?

Monica - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )




Stressing out! I am a new mom our little one is due the end of October. And even though my husband keeps telling me we will be find I feel like I'm missing so many things for the little guy. And on top of having our first child, we are moving across country with the military only weeks after his birth or weeks before his birth we don't know.

So really I want to know what I need obviously diapers, wipes, etc. How many onesies, how many pants, where is a good place to buy things? Ugh help!!!


April - posted on 08/31/2010




You can never have enough onesies because of spitups and accidents! Just relax and everything will be fine. One suggestion for nighttime is a a gown type of pajama because it is easy to change a diaper in the middle of the night when you are tired! Since you are moving i would say try to make it as simple as possible on yourself! God bless you and your baby!

Alison - posted on 08/18/2010




You really don't need a lot. You can bathe baby in the sink if you have no baby bath. And I have heard of newborn babies sleeping in suitcases or in a drawer.

For clothing etc. I would suggest about 5 of everything: onesies, pants, pyjamas. Prepare for size 0 and for 0 to 3 (some babies outgrow the newborn size really quickly). You'll also want about 5 receiving blankets and I strongly suggest 2 swaddling blankets, because swaddling is a very powerful thing in calming your little one and keeping him asleep.
Good luck in this time of transition. Try to focus on the moment and not get too caught up in the details. Everything will be just fine!

Amy - posted on 09/01/2010




I know how stressed you feel!! My husband and I had to move from Nebraska to Washington state when my son was three weeks old! Here is a list of suggested items: Pack 'n' Play!, keep a bouncy seat handy for when you stop @ hotels or where ever, pacifiers, Tylenol, toys, music that your baby may find soothing or fun. As for clothes, a great place to buy them, if you don't mind second hand, is Once Upon A Child! All of there clothes and things, are lightly used or never used. Get a good breast pump if you plan on breastfeeding. We found the Avent brand of bottle to be the best for us, but don't be afraid to try different ones to see what works best. I highly recommend a boppy whether you breastfeed or not. They're great for bottle feeders and any other time, helps give your arms some support. We found that the Fisher Price baby monitor works the best and has excellent range!

Those are just a few things. And you will be fine!! You will find what works for you and your baby, it's all part of being a parent, especially a new parent. Good luck!

Kathy - posted on 08/31/2010




In addition to what has already been posted: You need a good car seat, a diaper bag, and the head support for the car seat to hold the newborn's head in place. I used a baby carriage instead of a bassinet for the first two-three months. It was easy to move from one room to another, prevents drafts, and has a hood to shade from sun and lights when baby is sleeping. I loved the indented foam pads, topped with a doubled towel for bathing the baby the first couple of weeks until the cord comes off. Then the tilted bathtub is a back-saver for you. I made receiving blankets, too. A yard of cloth (plisse for summer, cotton flannel for cooler weather) for single ply or double it for a warmer wrap. I whipped on soft lace edge for girls and bound the edge with ribbon for boys in colors to match their clothes. The one-piece footed pajamas cannot be beat for cooler weather. They make it easier to keep their feet covered. 5 -6 should work. I washed mine out immediately after bath time and uaually needed only 3. It is good to have a couple of spares in case of spit-up or accidents. Onesies are versatile and can have pull-on pants added when needed for warmth..Just don't get too many in a tiny size it as babies grow out of them fast. Bibs with terry on one side and plastic coating on the other save a lot of changes of clothes. Using special detergent like Ivory Flakes or Dreft and double rinsing will help prevent rashes. Add a half-cup of white vinegar to rinse water in areas where chlorine is in the water. The first couple of weeks, use the diapers with special protection for the naval cord. Happy motherhood. Try to enjoy every minute. They grow up so fast.

Sarah - posted on 08/19/2010




lets also get a list of what you DONTneed:
you DONT need a wipe warmer
or a bottle warmer (babies should be used to varied temp if they're taking bottles)
or pee-pee tents (cover that squirter with a wipe)
or expensive diapers (Luvs are great!)
or expensive clothes (they grow quickly)
or every toy, bouncer or swing in town...

granted, we LOVED having our swing and peanutshell when Noah was born. He went thru a phase around 3 months that he wanted to be held around the clock, the peanut shell saved our lives! and i dont think we've used our changing table in 10 months


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Irene - posted on 08/31/2010




There are a lot of great suggestions so I'm only going to add one more. ;) Buy 2-3 packs of cloth diapers. They are awesome and cheap as burp clothes, under baby while sleeping in case he pees thru, under him while changing diaper. But especially as burp clothes. :) They're cheap and more absorbent than receiving blankets or actual burp clothes.

Tanya - posted on 08/31/2010




Since you'll be moving I wouldn't buy a crib yet. The baby can sleep in your room in a pack n play with bassinet, bassinet, moses basket, or cosleeper. Aside from that, mostly clothes - lots of onesies in the 0-3 size, a few outfits in newborn size (these only fit for about a week) and a lot of 0-3 sized one piece long-sleeve outfits with covered feet, plus socks. A couple of blankets for when you go out with the baby carrier and for swaddling the baby, and a couple of sleepsacks if you're going to be somewhere cold. For me, I wanted enough clothes to do laundry after a week or more. Those precious first couple weeks are tiring and you're still recovering. Make sure to get maternity or overnight pads, too, as you'll bleed for the first month to 6 weeks. If you're breastfeeding, some nursing tanks that can be worn alone or under a shirt are great (my fav are bravado or the target ones with side sling as the full sling sometimes show the circle when wearing alone), and a breastpump (which your insurance company may pay for). If it makes you more comfortable, a nursing cover for nursing in public (like the plane ride when you move).

Heather - posted on 08/31/2010




It really all depends on the child. My son always seemed to go outside of his diaper. He went through more clothes. My daughter spits up but bibs save her. If you don't want to change the sheets every time they pee the bed get a sheet saver. You really don't need a lot of clothes. I only had about 7-9 onesies, pjs, and pants. You will want mittens. I would suggest a play mat. They love they're tummy time. I bought basically all of my stuff from Walmart target and Burlington. Don't know what you have near you. I found I liked a bath sponge instead of a little bath tub. When they outgrow that I got the one thing that's on an incline. I spent less money doing it that way also lol. I used receiving blankets as burp rags. MYLICON is a must!! It doesn't matter if your breast-feeding or bottle feeding. It will help a lot! We made our own receiving blankets the others are too small. It's hard to wrap them. I didn't want to spend extra money on swaddlers when I knew they wouldn't use them long. My daughter is 6 wks and I only wrapped her for the first 3 wks. She doesn't like it any more.

Carolyn - posted on 08/29/2010




you should buy several onsies. babies spit up all the time and poop on their clothes often. burp cloths are a must have. i put one in every room so i always had something to wipe him up with. as for pants, a few pair is fine. get blue, black, and gray and they will match most anything. i buy at walmart and babiesrus. look for consignment sales in your area. they are great places to get used baby items that are still in good condition.

if you are breast feeding, get a nursing cover. it makes a lot of situations less awkward when you can cover up.

don't worry about toys till he's a few months old. if you have family and friends, they will buy enough toys to last. i used a sleep positioner in my son's crib. it allowed him to sleep on his side during nap time so his head wouldn't flatten in the back.

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First I recommend the book "Baby Bargains". I think the authors name is Feilds and they also have a website.They are very realistic in what to shop for and write reviews of numerous products. Then they rank items according to if you are paying or if grandma is paying. I found they were accurate in nearly everything. One thing they point out is that most of the items the stores tell you to register for are unneccessary. Next relax. We adopted and when you adopt you never know when you are going to get the call and how long you have to prepare. Plus most people tell you to buy the bare minimum until you are sure you will be bringing the baby home. We didn't even have a shower until three months after our son was born. Lots of families end up shopping for neccessities in a foriegn state while the baby is still in the hospital and then caring for the baby in a hotel for as much as three weeks. You may want to wait for the big stuff until after you move. The baby can sleep in a pack and play or we bought a snuggle bed so that he could safely sleep in bed with us. You can't really bathe them completely until the umbilical cord falls off so I would wait on a tub. Two things I wish I had sooner was a bouncy chair and a sling. I needed lots of bottles but of course I couldn't breast feed. Don't forget a cute halloween costume. Congrats!

Heather - posted on 08/27/2010




My little boy is going to be 8. Since you will be moving I suggest you buy the bare minimums until you move. It will be less to pack with a new born. If your breast feeding then don't worry about bottles or anything. You will be able to feed him anywhere basically. My suggestion as far as clothes is enough so you can do laundry about every 3 days and plan on 3 outfits a day. Also, get a boppy. Those are heaven sent for breast feeding! The best advice, take a deep breath and listen to your husband. He does actually know what he's talking about this time. ;0) You will be fine.

B Rae - posted on 08/19/2010




wash clothes I always covered his dinky when I took off the diaper. saved me from getting wet a few times. and a basset in the living room helps when you first come home. what weather will tell you alot. Need more ones and blankets than anything. You shouldn't take a new born out alot at first so you don't need much of anything else.

Jill - posted on 08/19/2010




they grow fast ... so buy as you need it... you will end up with too much clothes if you buy too far in advance... besides you might have a bigger baby than anticipated... friends love to donate clothes ... did any of your friends give you things... i loved receiving 2nd hand stuff ... it saved me lots of money ..

less stuff and more LOVE is all you need... be prepared to find a love you never knew you could have...

Andrea - posted on 08/19/2010




Definitely buy a bunch of onsies and sweat pants. They're easy to put on and take off. Buy tons of baby lotion/baby wash and diaper rash and baby tylenol because you're not going to want to leave the house for a while and its always good to be stocked up on that stuff. Also, a baby pacifier (if you have pets maybe a couple. Definitely buy a bunch of onsies and sweat pants. They're easy to put on and take off. Buy tons of baby lotion/baby wash and diaper rash and baby tylenol because you're not going to want to leave the house for a while and its always good to be stocked up on that stuff. would suggest about 5 of everything: onesies, pants, pyjamas. Prepare for size 0 and for 0 to 3 (some babies outgrow the newborn size really quickly). You'll also want about 5 receiving blankets and I strongly suggest 2 swaddling blanketsSocks you need to stock up on because you will loose them often since they are so small. and finally lots of love and patience especially for the 2 am feedings. congrats on baby!!

Starr - posted on 08/18/2010




Hi and Good Luck!
Onesies are great. Mainly for the days where you dont go anywhere. Socks you need to stock up on because you will loose them often since they are so small. Socks can double up and be used for mittens on the hands so the newborn wont scratch himself. Usually the hospital will provide you with swaddle blankets. Make sure you get the small but important things like fingernail clippers, thermometer, q-tips,and vasoline for little boys if he is getting curcumsized. I used recieving balnkets for burp cloths as well. Swings are miracle workers. I would for sure check into some thrift stores in your area. Or craigs list online. Everything will go great. Enjoy your little one thats whats important.

Carla - posted on 08/18/2010




Hi, Monica, congrats on the new edition! It is old-fashioned, but I always put bibs on my kids so I didn't have to change them every time I fed them! You're also going to want 5-7 sheets for his bed, cuz you'll probably have to change them every day (wetting accidents, spit up, etc). Depending on the climate you're moving to, weather-appropriate clothing. If it's warm, you're not going to want sweats. One thing most new mothers do is keep their babies too warm, then they can't sleep, get rashes, etc.

One thing we did was pick up diapers every time we did our weekly shopping. That way we didn't have to run to the store when we ran out of diapers. Also keep your store plastic bags--also the ones you get your produce in. These can take the place of a Diaper Genie (which are expensive, and smelly, I think). Depending on your laundry facilities, figure 2-3 onesies per day, get little one-piece jammies (figure 1-3 per day) for the first couple months. If you're moving, you're not going to want the hassle of getting him dressed in the cutsey outfits. Keep it simple.

Check out the yellow pages and see if there's a thrift store or re-sale store (angels & rascals, etc) in your area. My daughter found one that has clothes, sometimes still with price tags on them, and has outfitted her two there for a fraction of the price.

Relax, darling, we've been having babies for thousands of years, you will do fine! God bless!

Katie - posted on 08/18/2010




Well I didn't have a boy but I think maybe I can be of some help. If you're breastfeeding maybe buy a pump so you can pump and every now and then you can let your hubby bottle feed so you can get some rest or if you work you'll need one when you go back. I don't suggest buying a whole bunch of formula because you wont know if that brand will be best for your lil guy. Definitely buy a bunch of onsies and sweat pants. They're easy to put on and take off. Buy tons of baby lotion/baby wash and diaper rash and baby tylenol because you're not going to want to leave the house for a while and its always good to be stocked up on that stuff. Also, a baby pacifier (if you have pets maybe a couple, my cats chewed my daughters up all the time!). Now for the bigger stuff...I wouldn't pay too much but some type of bouncer or swing will probably be helpful when you can't get him to sleep cuz that may be the only thing that works. When he gets older a walker or something like that will be nice so you don't have to chase him all the time and you can get things done. I always had tons of blankets and burp blankets on hand and trust me you're gonna need those too! I can't think of anything else but I'm sure you will get everything you need and if you don't you can always send your hubby out to the store. Congrats on your baby :)

Tanya - posted on 08/18/2010




Hi! My little boy was born 26 September 09 and a year ago- just like you... I was also stressing about what I had (or didn't have should I rather say!) I googled "checklist for newborn" and just went through those pages and made sure I had most of what was on those lists. No 2 lists are the same... but I figure if I have most of the stuff I should be alright. The good news is that your husband is right... you'll be fine :) As long as you've got an outfit for him to wear and a carseat to take him home in - you can work the rest out as you go along! Can't be fun having to move though! All the best! You'll be holding your little boy in your arms before you know it and all that stress will melt away :)

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