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Bare Necessities: Basic Baby Needs

What Does a Newborn Really Need?


Parents to Be in Nursery

Your baby doesn't need very much in the first few weeks of life. Food, diapers, and a place to sleep covers most newborn needs!

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What does a baby really need in the first weeks at home? The answer is - not much. This baby needs checklist will help you choose those basic baby items, often called the layette, that your little one needs to have in the first precious weeks of life.

Clothing and Layette

  • 5-8 Onesies®, rompers, or other soft outfits, depending on how often you want to do laundry
  • 3-4 baby sleepers or sleep sacks
  • 5-7 pairs of baby socks
  • 1-2 newborn hats, depending on climate

Diapers and Bath Items

Bedding and Feeding

Gear and Furniture

That's it! While there are many baby products on the market that make a parent's life easier, most are wants, not needs. While it may be tempting to buy every gadget on the shelf, remember, your baby will be just as happy with the basic items that he or she really needs.

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