14w4d Babies need a lot of sh*t

So J and I started an Excel sheet to keep track of all the baby stuff we will need to purchase over the next few months to prepare for Baby Z’s arrival, and um, babies need a lot of stuff!!!  Call me naive, but I thought that all Baby Z would need is me (or more specifically, my chest) and lots of love.


Below is what I’ve compiled from various sources as the “absolute list of baby essentials”.   Right now the only thing we have checked off this list is…one baby hat.  (Hey, it’s a darn cute hat.)

I guess it’s a good thing Baby Z is not arriving until the new year; J and I need all the time we can get to prepare!

Baby Furniture and Accessories
Baby crib
Baby changer
Baby carrier or sling
Baby monitor
3 waterproof mattress covers
4 fitted cribsheets
4 light blankets that fit in the crib
Sleep sack
Diaper bag
Rattles and other baby toys
Night light

Nursing/feeding pillow
Bottles (6 to 12) – 4 oz and 8 oz
Bottle brushes (2)
Breast pump
Breast milk bags
Burping cloths

Sleeping and Play
Bouncy seat
Play mat/gym
Swaddling blankets
Wearable blankets

Bulb syringe
Digital thermometer
Baby-friendly laundry detergent
Baby nail scissors or clippers

Diaper cream
Unscented baby wipes

Baby shampoo
3 soft-hooded towels
12 washcloths, not used on baby’s bottom
1 plastic infant tub (or use a large dishpan in the sink, or take baby in the bath with you)
Baby soap or cleanser

8 undershirts or onesies (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
8 one-piece stretchy sleepers
5 nightgowns (for use until the cord falls off)
1-3 rompers or other dress-up outfits
4-7 socks or booties (shoes are unnecessary until baby walks)
1-3 hats (broad-brimmed for summer baby, soft cap that covers ears for winter baby)
2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face