The upcoming of your baby, whether it is the first or fourth, is a very joyous occasion. Because of this, there are several items that you might need to get ready before he/she arrives. It will ensure that both you and the new parents are ready for her arrival. The following checklist contains all of the basics that you may need to get regardless of the time before he/she arrives.
A baby shower is often used to get everything that the new parents may need ahead of time. This will ensure that they are ready for her arrival, especially if it’s the first one. Without further ado, here is a
Baby Shower Checklist from A to Z
A – Arrangements
You should make arrangements for the baby shower. This includes all the planning and preparations that need to be done before she arrives such as invitations, catering, etc. If you will hold it at a certain place, then ensure that you have paid for the necessary fees such as the rental of equipment needed for it.
B – Baby Shower Gifts
A very common item that is included in a baby shower checklist, the gift table will contain all of the presents. The new parents will be grateful if you prepare one for them both before and after her arrivals such as diapers, infant clothes (both boy and girl), bath products, and moisturizers safe for newborns, among others.
C – Clothes
You should get at least three sets of clothes for the new baby. One set should be placed in her dresser for daytime use. The other set should be used for sleeping the night, especially if it’s an outside adventure. You can also put one or two sets in her diaper bag just to be safe.
D – Diaper Bag
Ensure that you have a diaper bag ready for the new parents so they are able to bring her out anywhere. You can include a set of diapers as well as some wipes. This will ensure that they’re ready for any outing needed.
E – Everything Bath
A baby’s first bath is a very special one, which is why it needs to be done right. You should get everything that the new parents might need for the first baby bath such as baby shampoo, washcloth, etc. This will make it easier for them to bathe their new baby even if you’re not there with them.
F – Furniture
You should get at least one dresser and a cradle or crib that are safe for your baby. Ensure that the dresser is big enough to hold her clothes as well as a diaper and wipes holder. If you’re planning to get a cradle, ensure that it is safe for her and will not tip over.
G – Games & Toys
You should include some baby toys in the baby shower so they can be used when she gets older. You should also get at least two or three board games such as checkers, cribbage, and chess. This will ensure that they’re entertained while she is sleeping.
H – Health Supplies
Ensure that you have some health supplies such as diaper rash cream or calamine lotion in case of rashes or bug bites. You should also include a thermometer to be able to check if her temperature is normal.
I – In-case Supplies
You should get some of the baby’s supplies in case new parents run out of them. Get new clothes, diapers, wipes, etc. This will ensure that they have everything that they need at their fingertips for when she arrives.
J – Jumper or Rocker
A jumper or a rocker can provide hours of entertainment for your baby. This will ensure that the new parents can get things done around the house without worrying about her crying or getting into trouble.
K – Kitchen Supplies
You should include some food ingredients if possible, such as unsalted butter, sugar, flour, etc. This will ensure that you have everything that you need for baby-friendly meals such as mashed potatoes or pureed fruits.
L – Laundry Supplies
You should get laundry supplies such as detergent and fabric softener to make sure their clothes are fresh and clean even after washing them. This will ensure that your new baby doesn’t wear dirty clothes because her parents don’t have the necessary supplies.
M – Miracle Blanket
If you can, get a miracle blanket for your new baby. Ensure that it is safe for her though if she moves around while sleeping or playing on them because they can choke her. It will provide hours of entertainment while keeping her snug at the same time.
N – Noise Toys
Noise toys can provide hours of entertainment for your baby. Whether they’re toys that play music or ones that provide animal sounds, she’ll enjoy playing with them while you do something else.
O – Outings
To ensure that the new parents are ready to bring her out anywhere, you should include some outings in case they need to run errands or just want to walk around the house. This will ensure that they have everything they need for their outings without having to worry about missing something important.
P – Pacifiers
If you can, include two pacifiers in her shower so the new parents can use them if she is fussy. You can buy them at any local baby shop as well as online to make sure they’re ready for anything.
Q – Quilt
You should include a quilt in the shower because it can keep your little one warm and snug when she sleeps or plays on it. You can find many patterns and designs that will fit the décor of their room and you’ll be helping conserve energy as well.
R – Receiving Blankets
Receiving blankets is a must for your new baby because they provide warmth and protection from the cold. They can be used as burp cloths, changing pads or just to play with on the floor or in their crib. You should have at least two of them so you’re never without one.
S – Safety Gates
You should include safety gates if you can so your new baby is safe, especially if she’ll be sleeping in the room by herself. If you’re going to use them for a crib, make sure they’re tall enough and that they won’t fall on her because it will hurt.
T – Teething Rings
Teething rings can provide hours of entertainment for your baby because they’re a lot of fun to play with. You’ll have peace of mind that she won’t be crying or trying to get into things while you do something else.
U – Utensils
Get utensils such as spoons, forks, and knives because your new baby will be able to eat sooner or later. If you have a blender, you should include it as well so they can prepare baby-friendly foods.
V – Video Camera
Video cameras are important for newborns because their first months of life are a once in a lifetime experience. You can never see them again even if you wanted to because they change so quickly.
W – Wipes
You should include some wipes if possible because they are very useful for parents with babies. You can use them when changing diapers, wiping dirty hands at the park, or just about anywhere else.
X – Xylophone
If you can, get a xylophone for your baby shower because it provides hours of entertainment. You’ll be assured that the new parents are ready for anything because they can keep their baby entertained while doing other things.
Y – Yarn
You should include some yarn in the shower because you never know when your little one will start teething. She’ll be able to chew on it while you do something else, or she can play with it in her crib when she’s sleeping.
Z – ZZZ…
Make sure the new parents have a chance to rest too because they’ll need it after putting up with your little angel all night.
These items can help the new parents get through their first few months of life with a newborn, and you can never be too ready. If possible, include some tips for them to make sure they’re doing everything right because it will make their lives easier in the long run.
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