Preparing Clothing, Furniture, and Accessories for Your Baby

by Pregnancy.org Staff

Weeks 33-36 of your pregnancy is a good time to plan for some special needs and concerns that will be important after your baby is born.

The following items will be necessary and/or convenient for the everyday care of your baby:

Diapers/changing

  • Cloth / disposable diapers (see diaper options)
  • Changing table with security strap, if desired
  • Portable changing pad
  • Diaper bag
  • Diaper pail
  • Diaper pins (cloth)
  • Plastic pants (cloth)
  • Wipes

Clothes

  • Sleepers (flame retardant)
  • T-shirts or onsies
  • Booties or socks
  • Receiving blankets
  • Hats
  • Sweaters
  • Snowsuit or coat (if Winter time)

Bath time

  • Baby tub and pillow
  • Baby washcloths and towels
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby soap
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby hairbrush / comb
  • Baby nail clipper or scissors
  • Cotton swabs

Furniture and equipment

  • Car seat
  • Stroller
  • Dresser
  • Bassinet or crib with a firm mattress (unless co-sleeping) Note: the crib mattress should be at least 5" deep and fit closely to the side. The crib slats should be no more than 2 3/8" apart to prevent possible strangulation.
    • Crib blankets and sheets
    • Bumper pads
    • Mattress Pads
  • Front-pack baby carrier or sling
  • Lamp and night light.
  • Playpen, if desired
  • Infant swing, if desired
  • Infant seat, if desired
  • Baby monitor, if desired

Feeding

  • Breastfeeding
    • Breast pads
    • Cloth diapers
    • Nursing bras
    • Lansinoh
    • Nursing pillow
  • Formula feeding
    • Formula as recommended
    • Bottles
    • Nipples
    • Bottlebrush
  • Bibs
  • Highchair or clip-to-table chair

Toy and Miscellaneous

  • Baby-care books
  • Parenting books
  • Rattle, tactile toys
  • Mobile
  • Pacifier
  • Baby books

Safety

  • Smoke detector
  • Safety latches
  • Electric outlet covers
  • Stair gate

Medicine kit / supplies

  • Bulb syringe
  • Alcohol swabs or rubbing alcohol
  • Vaseline / petroleum jelly
  • Saline nasal drops
  • Thermometer
  • Medicine dropper
  • Children's medicine spoon
  • Sunscreen (made for infants and children)
  • Humidifier (cool-mist or vaporizer)
  • Baby vitamins (as prescribed)
  • Syrup of ipecac (as prescribed)
  • Acetaminophen liquid (as prescribed)
  • Benadryl® (as Prescribed)
  • Pedialyte® (as prescribed)

Diaper Options

Based on your personal philosophy about cost, convenience, and environmental concerns, you may choose one or a combination of the following diaper options:

Disposable diapers

  • Purchase price is more expensive than cloth
  • Offer more convenience than cloth
  • Easier to use than cloth (no folding or need for pins)
  • In general, less ecologically sound than cloth, although some disposable diapers are now biodegradable

Cloth diapers

  • Less expensive purchase price than disposable but includes the added cost of cleaning (whether you use your own washer and dryer and pay utility fees, or you use a laundromat or laundry service)
  • May be more comfortable and less irritating for babies with sensitive skin
  • More ecologically sound than most disposables, even when factoring in cleaning supplies
  • Babies wearing cloth diapers tend to potty train sooner

Diaper services

  • Fees and services vary within every community and across the country, but price is usually very close to what it would cost you to purchase and launder cloth diapers yourself, and much less than the cost of disposables.
  • Convenience and comfort benefits include no rising or soaking cloth diapers and no regular trips to the store to buy disposables.
  • Some services' diapers are pH (chemically) balanced to help prevent diaper rash.

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Comments

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