Your First-Baby CheckList

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First-time parents-to-be... Here is a list of pretty much everything you'll need for your upcoming baby. Keep in mind all of these things are not necessary. When you see the word ‘SUB.’ I am meaning… You could SUBSTITUTE IT WITH _______. When you see ‘MUST HAVE’ it is an item I feel very passionate about. While I do feel that anything on this list without the word 'SUB.' next to it is almost necessary, it’s the ‘MUST HAVE’s that people may not typically think of which I've found to be extremely useful. If there are things that you have thought of or other substitutions that I have missed, please comment below, I'd love to hear them.

  • Crib
  • Car Seat
  • Extra car seat bases for additional cars.
  • Stroller that allows the car seat to lock into it. Snap it in and stroll and when the baby gets older, snap baby in and stroll.
  • Bottles
  • Blankets
  • Avent Bottle Sterilizer- SUB.= (SUBSTITUTE IT WITH….) sterilizing with boiling water. Or SUB these amazing bottles.
  • Bumper Pad- SUB. don't use one.
  • Becco or Bjorn- SUB. Buy a less expensive brand or use a wrap. UPDATE- With my second baby (who is very needy) I bought a used Becco Gemini and I LOVE it!! I just had to carry her around at a blogging conference for two days straight and with the Becco's straps crisscrossed on my back it was super comfy and my 15 pound baby felt really light. A Becco carrier is a MUST HAVE for needy babies who always want to be held.
  • Baby Bathtub- SUB. Borrow, use foam pad, or use a sink.
  • Baby Changing Table- SUB. Use a dresser.
  • Clothes 0-12 month (you may need bigger sizes) we used up to 18 months in the first 12 months.
  • Boppy and cover- SUB. Use pillows.
  • Bumbo
  • Bouncer/jumper- MUST HAVE This is a life saver if you want to get something done, they’ll jump while they watch you or a show.
  • Baby Bullet- SUB. Use a blender.
  • Bibs
  • Diaper bag- SUB. Washable, easy to use bag.
  • Garbage can with a lid-If you can run poopy diapers out then a garbage can is great for peed on diapers. I recommend a smaller size like this one so you are forced to empty it before the diapers begin to stink. I've used this for the last 18 months and it has worked great! If you can't run the poopy diapers outside each time then a Diaper Genie is probably the best bet.
  • Umbrella Stroller
  • Safety kit
  • Nursing cover- SUB. Big lightweight blanket like an Aden and Anais blanketworked great.
  • Breast Pump
  • Changing pad
  • Changing pad cover
  • Mattress
  • Mattress sheet
  • Nose Frieda- This is a snot sucker that actually works and can be easily cleaned. Forget those old school bulbs that rarely get the gunk out. At first sight this looks creepy. Once you have a baby who is congested and having a hard time breathing the creepiness turns into pure relief. I LOVED this tool. Our son had a congestion problem and this ALWAYS cleared him up. You don't have to take my word for it either. Amazon has almost 3000 5 star reviews on it.
  • Nursery set- SUB. Go without, or make your own.
  • Mattress wrap SIDS protector- MUST HAVE for cribs.
  • Jolly Jumper Carseat Cover- MUST HAVE for cold climates. We had the coldest winter in years here in Utah and this always kept our newborn warm and safe from people who wanted to touch him without washing their hands.
  • Formula- SUB. Breast milk
  • Binkies
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers- Huggies are my favorite. Post here on many ways to save on diapers.
  • Book shelf- SUB. Omit or use a box
  • Rocker- SUB. Use furniture you already have.
  • Rocker Foot stool- SUB. Use an ottoman you already have
  • Diaper Changing Mobile- SUB. You could omit these but I made one and it really entertained my son.
  • Shelving units- SUB. Dresser
  • 9 Linen storage totes- SUB. Dresser
  • Paint and supplies- SUB. Don’t repaint.
  • Graco pack and play
  • Jogging stroller- MUST HAVE, if you run a lot (which I was doing) you will want one.
  • High chair
  • Catch-all Mat for high chair- MUST HAVE. This item is a back saver. I can’t tell you how many pieces of food that I couldn’t clean up immediately have been caught by this mat; it has saved my back from scrubbing our floors repeatedly. SUB. You may be able to make something similar to this.
  • Fisher Price Swing This one comes with a Plug-in-Adapter- MUST HAVE. My son slept better in the swing than anywhere else.
  • Baby food
  • Vibrating/bouncer Chair- MUST HAVE.Denali loved to sleep in this chair too!
  • Baby Jungle Gym- MUST HAVEthis entertained my son for months and months.
  • Car seatbelt covers- SUB. Make your own
  • Snuggle nest Co-Sleeper- MUST HAVE for co-sleeping! ... We used this and our swing for 4 months and LOVED IT.
  • Baby Blessing Outfit- If needed, wait until your baby is born and you know what size they need. SUB. And just borrow.
  • Bath lotions
  • Bath soap/shampoo
  • Desitin
  • Bath towel- SUB. Use a soft towel of your own
  • Bath toys- SUB. Objects that can get wet.
  • Baby Wash cloths- SUB. Use towels of your own
  • Baby Spoons
  • Munchkin Mesh Food Holders
  • Toys
  • Baby tube for the lake- MUST HAVE if you go swimming or to the lake a lot. We used this all the time and my son just loved it.
  • Medicine- MUST HAVE Tylenol for teething works wonders.
  • DVD CDs- SUB. Use library card.
  • Aden and Anais blankets-MUST HAVE…OR SUB. Make your own
  • A few decorations for the Nursery
  • Baby Changing Table Hampers- SUB. Just stack things on the shelves
  • Free and Clear detergent- SUB. make your own.
  • Baby Monitor- Sub. Leave door open or sleep in the same room or both.

I bought most of these items at a fraction of the price and saved $10, 516.37 in my son's first year by following these 23 unique steps.

Is there anything I forgot? Please comment below, I'd love to hear your feedback.

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