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Mom/baby needs checklist
these are the things you should have for those first few weeks home with your baby (in our humble opinion). And some things you might want to have in the house when the baby is born. If we've missed something -- let us know!

Health and safety

* digital thermometer
* syrup of ipecac
* nasal aspirator
* infant acetaminophen drops
* baby monitor
* night light

baby care products

* natural baby shampoo/body wash
* diaper cream
* baby nail clippers or safety scissors
* natural baby oil or lotion
* baby brush and comb
* gripe water
* a couple of pacifiers (even if you don't plan to use!)

layette and diapering

* newborn diapers/cloth diapers/wraps or set up diaper service
* baby wipes and/or extra baby washcloths
* diaper pail
* burp cloths or extra cloth diapers
* gowns/kimonos or newborn sleepers (4-6)
* receiving blankets (4-6)
* crib blanket or quilt
* newborn socks or booties (4-6 pair)
* newborn cap (1-2)
* hooded bath towels and wash cloths
* 4-6 t-shirts or all-in-ones
* 1-2 sweaters or bunting (depending upon season)

baby gear

* baby carrier (sling and/or baby bjorn)
* infant seat (have to bring it to the hospital!)
* stroller or carriage
* bouncer seat or swing
* diaper bag

furniture and accessories

* co-sleeper/bassinet/cradle or crib
* mattress, waterproof pads, at least two sheets and other bedding
* changing table or other safe changing area
* mobile for the crib and/or changing area
* changing pad and 2 covers

nursing necessities

* nursing pillow
* washable or disposable nursing pads
* rental, electric or manual breast pump and storage bottles or bags if you plan to pump milk
* feeding bottles (2-4 4 oz to start), nipples, and bottle brush if you plan to use bottles
* sports-bottle for much-needed water!

New mother care

* sitzbath herbs
* big box of extra-long maxi pads for locchia
* nursing nightgown or comfy cotton pajamas
* small tube of modified lanolin for sore nipples (a pack of soothies is also a great idea!)
* nursing bras (1-2 comfy nursing bras plus a sleep bra to take to the hospital -- you can get more when your milk comes in, in case your size changes)

other good ideas
* pick out birth announcements (address envelopes before baby comes, if possible)
* make a belly cast to remember this amazing time!
* line up friends and family who will bring meals or come help you out at home after the baby is born (and a good friend to coordinate) and/or hire a doula to help
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