Preparing for your Baby’s Birth: Newborn Checklist for Moms

by Louise Castrillo of Mamacademy PH

Congratulations Mama! We are thrilled about your little bundle of blessing on the way.  We understand that you may have mixed feelings of happiness, excitement, or even fear over your pregnancy, especially during the pandemic.  Do not worry; prayer and preparedness can help you ease the anxiety or stress you may be feeling.

I gave birth several years ago, but I can still remember how prayers got us through our full term.  I was on bed rest during my pregnancy, so I did all the baby stuff shopping online.  The number of things we need to get our babies can be overwhelming for new moms, but a checklist helps us be more organized.

Here is a Newborn Checklist printable shopping guide.  Please note, though, that you do not have to buy everything on the list.  You can also ask your family or friends for hand-me-downs.   

Newborn Baby Essentials

Clothing

Here are our tips for you, Mama, when you look for baby clothes.

  1. Choose clothes that are made of cotton because it is soft and breathable.
  2. It is best to get white clothes for your newborn so that you see any dirt or insect on your baby’s clothes.
  3. Keep it simple. Refrain from choosing clothes with buttons, decorative stones, or sparkles.
  4. The number of clothes you need for your baby depends on how many times you can do the laundry. If you can wash your baby’s clothes frequently, then you need minimal garments.
  5. A newborn baby can quickly outgrow his/her newborn-sized clothes, so do not buy too much.
  6. Here is a shortlist of the items of clothing your baby will need:

 

 

Bath

Bath time for a newborn baby should be quick to prevent them from getting gold.  Before you bathe your baby, make sure to keep these following bath essentials within arm’s reach.

 

Diapers

Newborn babies need diaper change every two to three hours, which can be around 8 to 12 diapers for a day.  You have the option to either use disposable diapers or cloth diapers.  Additionally, you will need the following things while changing diapers:                                          

Feeding

Breastfeeding allows babies to get the essential nutrients needed for healthy growth and development.  Even our government advocates breastfeeding through the following laws: The Philippine Milk Code of 1986 and the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009.   

Every breastfeeding journey is different for every mom, but these items help to support their breastfeeding.

 

Breastfeeding can be challenging but know that you can do it.  You can seek support from a Lactation Consultant, who can guide you on the correct latch, milk production, and breast care.

 

Newborn babies can be prone to spit-ups and can be messy.  Burp pads and bibs come in handy during feeding.  You can also use the classic “lampin” or cloth diaper instead of burp pads.

 

Health

These are items that you need to keep handy to ensure your baby is well and clean.

Travel

While children cannot go outside to travel, but our babies still need to go to the hospital for their regular check-ups and vaccines.  Here are the travel essentials you need for your baby:

Sleeping

 

You need to think about your sleeping arrangements to know the gears you need.  You may decide to co-sleep, or you can have your baby sleep separately in a crib or bassinet.  Other sleeping essentials you need are beddings and a waterproof mat.

 

Entertainment

 

Your baby will be mostly sleeping for the first weeks, but soon they will try to make eye contact and grasp things. Here are the first few toys and books you can get for your baby.

 

 

There you have it!  We hope that our blog post helps you prepare for your precious baby.  We also pray for your safe pregnancy and delivery, and may these words from the Bible give your strength and peace,

 

“You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”

-Isaiah 26:3-4

 

References:

Policies & Laws – Mother Baby Friendly Philippines (doh.gov.ph)

Breastfeeding must continue amidst COVID-19 | Department of Health website (doh.gov.ph)

13 Best Developmental Toys for Babies 0-6 Months (babylist.com)

https://www.biblegateway.com/