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Baby Gear Wish List


A guide to all the basic items your baby will need


Print out a copy of this handy list. You might not need or want all the items listed. You also can add items not listed here. Ask moms you know about the items they couldn't live without and the items they never used. Some items you will want to purchase new. But keep in mind that babies outgrow clothing and supplies quickly. So, you may want to borrow many of these items or use hand-me-downs. Just be sure to check out product safety and recall information.



  • Onesies or rompers, depending on how often you want to do laundry.
  • Sleepwear, including a blanket sleeper for cold weather (if needed).
  • Baby socks
  • Hats, for warmth and for sun protection


Baby Care

  • Receiving blankets
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Digital rectal thermometer
  • Baby bathtub or insert for your regular tub
  • Baby shampoos and body wash
  • Baby lotion
  • Hooded baby towels, or soft regular towels
  • Baby washcloths, or soft regular washcloths
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Nasal aspirator
  • Infant acetaminophen drops
  • Pacifiers


Nursery Basics

  • Crib or bassinet with mattress
  • Crib bedding
  • Waterproof mattress pad
  • Mobile
  • Changing station with changing pad and covers
  • Diaper pail
  • Dresser
  • Glider or rocking chair
  • Hamper


Feeding Needs

  • Nursing pillow
  • Breast pump
  • Breastmilk freezer storage containers
  • Bottles and nipples
  • Bottle brush
  • Bottle drying rack
  • Bibs
  • High chair


Travel Gear

  • Diaper bag
  • Diaper changing pad
  • Infant car seat
  • Infant carrier or sling
  • Stroller
  • Portable crib


Entertainment Needs

  • Bouncer
  • Play mat or play gym
  • Swing
  • Infant toys, such as stuffed toys, rattles and teethers
  • Books


Safety Items

  • Baby monitor
  • Baby gates
  • Outlet plugs


Source:, Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Content last updated March 5, 2009.


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