Congratulations, you’re having your first baby! You’ve never done this before so how do you know you have all the baby essentials you need? That’s where my handy newborn checklist comes in.
You don’t need to comb parenting message boards to get a definitive list of all the baby essentials. Just follow this newborn checklist and you’re good to go. I’ve even estimated the costs of each item and tallied them up at the end. All the prices in red link to average prices on Amazon. Scroll down if you want to know how much it will all cost!
Baby Essentials – Baby Clothes
I’m starting my newborn checklist with the fun stuff. I know you’ve been imagining all the cute little outfits you’ll be able to dress your baby in. When it comes to clothes, they’re one of the baby essentials you can’t have enough of. Between spitting up and diaper leakage, you’ll need to change your baby more than once a day.
You’ll go through blanket quickly so make sure you have a lot of them. That’s why I’ve included 10 blankets on this newborn checklist. Invest in a great swaddling blanket because that will help you get more sleep. It is absolutely a baby necessity.
Cotton Blankets (2) – Estimated Price: $10 – $30 each
Receiving Blankets (7) – Estimated Price: $2 – $25 each
Swaddling blanket – Estimated Price: $10 – $30 each
Total Estimated Costs for Blankets: $44 – $265
Baby Essentials – Feeding:
You might not need everything in the feeding section of my newborn essential list, but these feeding products will help make your life easier.
Total Estimated Cost of Bath Essentials: $68 – $160
Baby Necessities – Baby’s Room:
This section of the newborn essential list is expensive because it includes a lot of the big items that you’ll need. The good thing is that you can reuse these items for your next child and sell them when you’re done!
Total Estimated Cost of Soothing Things: $118 – $355
The Total Cost of the Newborn Checklist:
While you don’t need all the items on this newborn checklist, this list should help you get started and give you some ideas for what you might need. Having a baby is expensive, so have friends and family help you out by setting up a registry and hosting a baby shower. You might also be able to save some money by buying things on the newborn checklist used or getting hand me downs from friends and family.
Total Estimated Cost of this Newborn Checklist: $2128 – $7604
Amanda loves to write and holds two English degrees. Through frugality, hard work, and generous scholarships, she managed to get those degrees without having to take out any student loans. So, when she started working she started saving and investing and learned tips and tricks on how to be successful. Later, when her partner lost his job, she had to get creative about how to live frugally and save money.