Baby Essentials Checklist – Things You Need

Baby Essentials Checklist – things you need as a first time parent! If you are a first-time parent, you may be overwhelmed or clueless about what you have to prepare prior to welcoming your newborn.

Fret not, we are here to help. A baby checklist is a useful pal for expectant parents to ensure they have all the essential items ready before their baby arrives.

To add on, here’s a comprehensive baby checklist to help you prepare for your new addition:

Baby Clothing:

  1. Onesies (6-8)
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Uniqlo bodysuits! Easy to wear, comfortable and comes in many adorable designs 
  2. Sleepsuits or pajamas (6-8)
  3. Socks (6-8 pairs)
  4. Newborn hats (2-3)
  5. Mittens (to prevent scratching, 6-8 pairs)
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Kiddy Palace animal prints mittens! Soft, and suitable for tiny baby wrists 
  6. Swaddle blankets (2-4)
  7. Baby towels (4-5)
  8. Washcloths (6-8)
  9. Burp cloths (min. 10)
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Unbranded, from Shopee. Affordable, soft, absorbent and comes in many designs 
  10. Baby Laundry Detergent

Baby Gear:

  1. Cot with a mattress and fitted sheets
  2. Changing table or changing pad
  3. Diaper bag
  4. Infant car seat (rear-facing)
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Joie I-Spin 360 – Easy to use and sturdy
  5. Stroller
  6. Baby carrier
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Ergobaby Mesh – Easy to use, safe and not too warm for your little one. Also comes in many colors!
  7. Baby bouncer
  8. Baby monitor
  9. Sterilizer 
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Haenim UV Sterilizer – big capability, super easy to use and looks so sleek 

Feeding Essentials:

  1. Baby bottles (min. 6)
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Pigeon and Hegen! Many teat size available to suit your growing baby, ergonomic nipple shape 
  2. Bottle Brush
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Dr Brown’s Easy-Clean Baby Bottle Brush – or other brushes that are part bristles and sponge! 
  3. Baby Formula
  4. Breast Pump
  5. Breast Milk Storage Bags and/or Containers
  6. Nursing Bras/Pads

Diapering Essentials:

  1. Diapers
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Pampers Premium, Merries, Dryper Skinatures. Bigger cutting, soft and no leakages.
  2. Baby wipes
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Bzu Bzu! Fragrance free, moist and soft wipes of a good size. 
  3. Diaper rash cream
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves: Mustela, Cetaphil. Easy to spread and no diaper rash ever (touch wood)! 

Baby Bathing, Grooming and Hygiene:

  1. Baby bathtub
  2. Baby shampoo and body wash
  3. Nail clippers or baby nail scissors
  4. Baby thermometer
  5. Cotton balls and buds
  6. Nasal aspirator

Baby Entertainment and Development:

  1. Baby toys (age-appropriate)
  2. Baby books (black & white for initial months)
    1. Founder’s Personal Faves:  BabyTouch series and Buddings’ My Many Feelings! Fun books that your baby will love for a long time
  3. Baby play gym or mat


  1. Pacifiers and pacifier clips (if using)
  2. Diaper Bin (if needed)

Additionally, every baby is unique, and your needs may vary depending on your lifestyle and preferences. Therefore, it is highly recommended to create your own personalized baby checklist based on your specific circumstances. To add on, this Baby Essentials Checklist is a good place to get you started on what you need for your family. 

Lastly, a Confinement Nanny is also a key point in many parents’ checklist!  Read here to find out how to choose a Confinement Nanny who is a good fit for your family, and read here for things to consider when choosing a Confinement Agency