Week 31: Newborn Baby Checklists

listI am making my list and checking it twice. It’s been almost seven years since I’ve brought a newborn home from the hospital and I am definitely suffering from some sort of mommy amnesia when it comes to remembering what I’ll need to have on hand. If you too are suffering from this rare disease or if perhaps it is your first time welcoming home a baby, let me enlighten you on what I’ve found. Here are are a few Newborn Checklists to help you prepare:

I used the Target one before my baby shower to help me register and now I’m going back to buy the things that are still on there… nail clippers, thermometer, baby tub soft liner, baby monitor (I’m getting one with two receivers so I can have one upstairs and one down) two car seats, a light stroller frame to hold them in, and a few more not -to-terribly exciting things like newborn diapers (work for up to eight pounds of baby) wipes, etc…

And what’s on my “Maybe-Not Essential but I am (or would be) Psyched to HAVE” list?

  • This leopard print 5 piece nursing pj set with matching pj’s and hat for baby girl. I still need to score one for myself and baby boy in blue … Merry Christmas to myself? Most definitely.
  • Not one, not two… but FOUR baby bouncy seats… two for upstairs and two for down. This was the “single most important thing to have” per one mom of twins I talked to, so I was thrilled when (due to some sort of Target Baby Shower List mix-up) four of my friends gifted me one of these. I had only one on my register. I know. How awesome is that? And I got four. Fate. I’m keeping them all.
  • Another swing. Yes, I said another. We’ve been gifted this really cool folding one that sits low to the ground and I’d love to see if I can score a second one on CraigsList where it seems like millions of parents in my home town are desperately attempting to reclaim space in their home by ridding themselves of all the gear I seem to be filling my home with… so on the up side, there’s always a good deal to be had on CraigsList.
  • And finally, I’d love to pick up 4 or 5 premi-sized clothes for baby boy and girl as it seems like even my two other children, when born around 7# 7oz, took a while to fill in newborn clothes. And if our little twin peanuts come into the world a whopping 5 or 6 pounds big, I think these will definitely come in handy.

Where  are you with baby prepping? Do you have a rocking list you want to share or an item for me to add to my “Maybe-Not Essential but I am (or would be) Psyched to HAVE” list?

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy

In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Educator of  Infant Massage and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.


  1. I’m so glad you posted this. I too have amnesia since it’s been 14 years between babies for me! I feel like I’m starting all over again and clueless.

  2. jeni, that’s awesome! when are you due?

    yeah… dusting off the cobwebs. i’m laughing and thinking i might have been MORE prepared for #1 with all the reading i did back then. this time i’m just taking it in stride. talking to lots of moms but not hitting hte books so much. it’s GOT to be like riding a bike. it’s all just gonna come back to us… right? *smiles* congrats on your upcoming birth!

  3. This is great list of resources. I look forward this to my fellow soon to be mom freinds. I love your secondary not must have list too. Its always good to let those items be known to people in the hopes that you can score a few of those as well. Best of luck with your wish list!

  4. you have such a very good list…i am glad you post this…even though i dont have baby yet…i hope i will have one soon…:)i will always remember this checklist.

  5. so kind of you to say so Andrea! Glad it is helpful. Jeni, how are you and baby doing?!? 🙂 Our twins were born 2-01 and are growing fast.

  6. This is a great checklist and a great resource for new mothers.