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Are you ready to bring home your newborn? Here's a checklist

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We know a newborn can be overwhelming.

So here's a quick list of some things you may need at home to welcome your new family member when you leave the hospital. And if you need help with baby supplies, see the list of helpful organizations below.

  • Child car safety seat 
  • Crib (you can start with smaller bassinet or even playpen)
  • At least two sets of crib sheets that fit snugly on mattress
  • A stroller (For newborns, get one that reclines almost flat. Babies should not be upright until at least three months old or have developed stronger neck muscles.)
  • Cushioned changing pad for top of bureau or low dresser
  • Bouncy seat/infant swing
  • Diaper bag
  • Diapers (about 70 per week)
  • Diaper wipes
  • Diaper cream
  • Diaper disposal system
  • Nursing pillow
  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Bottles
  • Breast pump
  • Pacifiers
  • Nipple cream
  • Formula, if you're not breastfeeding
  • Baby bathtub
  • Hooded terrycloth towels
  • Baby wash
  • First-aid kit
  • Thermometer
  • Rubbing alcohol to clean umbilical cord stump
  • Bulb syringe to clear out stuffy nose
  • Baby nail scissors
  • Baby brush
  • Cotton swabs
  • Night light
  • Mobile

SOURCES: March of Dimes and BabyCenter.com


If you're feeling overwhelmed, sad, depressed or need help with supplies, such as a crib or diapers, reach out to these local organizations:

If you're pregnant, visit Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County or call 888-414-4642.

If you have a child younger than 6, visit HomeSafe or call 561-383-9880.

If you're not sure where to turn, visit 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast or call 2-1-1. 

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County