Things to do Before Baby Comes Home

Things to do Before Baby Comes Home- Before your baby arrives it is important to:

  • Have all of the supplies that you will need to care for your baby.
  • Know where to go if there is an emergency.
  • Discuss the baby’s arrival with other family members.

What supplies will I need?

It is recommended that you have the following supplies:

Large Items

  • Crib.
  • Crib mattress.
  • Rear-facing infant car seat. If possible, have a trained professional check to make sure that it is installed correctly.


  • 6–8 bottles that are 4–5 oz in size.
  • 6–8 nipples.
  • Bottle brush.
  • Sterilizer, or a large pan or kettle with a lid.
  • A way to boil and cool water.
  • If you will be breastfeeding:
    • Breast pump.
    • Nipple cream.
    • Nursing bra.
    • Breast pads.
    • Breast shields.
  • If you will be formula feeding:
    • Formula.
    • Measuring cups.
    • Measuring spoons.


  • Mild baby soap and baby shampoo.
  • Petroleum jelly.
  • Soft cloth towel and washcloth.
  • Hooded towel.
  • Cotton balls.
  • Bath basin.

Other Supplies

  • Rectal thermometer.
  • Bulb syringe.
  • Baby wipes or washcloths for diaper changes.
  • Diaper bag.
  • Changing pad.
  • Clothing, including one-piece outfits and pajamas.
  • Baby nail clippers.
  • Receiving blankets.
  • Mattress pad and sheets for the crib.
  • Night-light for the baby’s room.
  • Baby monitor.
  • 2 or 3 pacifiers.
  • Either 24–36 cloth diapers and waterproof diaper covers or a box of disposable diapers. You may need to use as many as 10–12 diapers per day.

How do I prepare for an emergency?

Prepare for an emergency by:

  • Knowing how to get to the nearest hospital.
  • Listing the phone numbers of your baby’s health care providers near your home phone and in your cell phone.

How do I prepare my family?

  • Decide how to handle visitors.
  • If you have other children:
    • Talk with them about the baby coming home. Ask them how they feel about it.
    • Read a book together about being a new big brother or sister.
    • Find ways to let them help you prepare for the new baby.
    • Have someone ready to care for them while you are in the hospital.

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