Newborn Shopping List - Planning for Your Baby’s Arrival


Many parents have a tendency to panic as their due date approaches because they are unsure if they have everything they need to handle baby’s arrival. There are a variety of decisions that have to be made, and it can be daunting to determine what is necessary. Well, San Francisco Newborn Care is here to help you out. Check out our newborn shopping list below to get some ideas and inspiration for creating your checklist.


Without eating, life cannot be sustained, and as such, it is necessary to take some time to make sure you have everything you need to feed your baby on your newborn shopping list. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding there are some different items to consider before making any final decisions. Below is a list of some of the types of products you may need:

  • Bottles

  • Pump

  • Bottle brushes

  • Sterilizer

  • Drying mat or rack (we love the Boon Lawn)

  • Extra parts for bottles and pumping

  • Burp clothes/bibs

  • Nursing covers


If you’re part of the fortunate few, your baby will be a great sleeper, but even if they are not, they will eventually fall asleep even if only for a short time. Here are some of the items that would be in our newborn shopping list if we were in your shoes.

  • Crib/bassinet/pack n’ play

  • Mattress

  • Fitted Sheet

  • Sound machine

  • Swaddles

  • Pajamas


Due in large part to a lack of control over bodily functions, babies tend to get dirty quickly and, in general, require a good deal of help with hygiene. While we tried to keep our newborn shopping list down to the basics, you may want to add a few things to our list to make things a bit easier for you.

  • Baby soap/shampoo

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Nail clippers

  • Tub

  • Towels/washcloths

  • Laundry detergent


One of the most neglected aspects of preparing for a baby has nothing to do with shopping for your newborn. That’s right; these items are for you and your partner. Making time to get rested (before your child arrives) can help you make it through the sleepless early days. Taking time to make a plan for nighttime care and reassess it after your baby has arrived can save you a lot of stress and discontent. Equally important is the need to support each other because you are in it together and will both need help at some time. Finally, remember to take the time to breathe because when you are sleep deprived doing a simple task can become involved.