Must-Have Newborn Essentials: A Checklist for First-Time Parents

by Lacee Workman

Must-Have Newborn Essentials: A Checklist for First-Time Parents

Bringing home a newborn is an exciting yet overwhelming experience for first-time parents. Amidst the joy, it's essential to make sure you have all the necessary items to keep your little one comfortable and cared for. 

At the end of the day you want your little one to have the best, and we understand that. That is why we at Little Farm Mercantile have created a checklist for you.

From clothing to diapers, we've compiled a comprehensive checklist so that you can prepare to welcome your newborn with everything they may need. 

Stock Up on Baby Bodysuits and Onesies 

Baby Bodysuits and onesies are the primary product that you would need for your little one. They're soft, comfortable, and convenient as newborns require frequent diaper changes.

Choose the Right Fabric 

When picking out baby bodysuits and onesies, choose soft and breathable fabrics like cotton. These materials are gentle on your baby's delicate skin and help prevent irritation and discomfort.

Get Multiple Sizes 

Babies tend to grow quickly during their first year, so it's better to buy baby bodysuits and onesies in multiple or larger sizes. You can definitely start with newborn sizes, but also have some larger sizes on hand.

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Swaddle Your Baby Properly 

Swaddling is no doubt a classic technique that helps newborns feel more secure and comfortable, as it mimics the coziness of the womb.
Benefits of Swaddling

Baby swaddle blankets help to reduce the startle reflex, which can often disrupt sleep in newborns. It also provides warmth and comfort and promotes a sense of security for your baby.

baby swaddle blanket

Swaddling Techniques 

There are various swaddling techniques that you can choose from, such as, the traditional wrap and the use of specialized baby swaddle blankets. 

Cloth Diapers Are A Smart Choice 

A classic, newborn cloth diapers are a great choice especially for environmentally-conscious parents, their sustainability and cost-effectiveness. Additionally, they are gentle on your baby's skin, reducing the risk of diaper rash.

Cost Savings 

Newborn cloth diapers are great as they help you save a lot of money as compared to disposable diapers. With proper care, cloth diapers can be reused multiple times.

newborn cloth diapers

Better for Sensitive Skin 

Newborn cloth diapers are free from harsh chemicals and artificial fragrance. It is often found in disposable diapers, making them ideal for babies with sensitive skin or any allergy.

Find the Perfect Diaper Bag 

You need a well-equipped diaper bag to carry things your little one may need when you’re out on the run. Pick a bag that is spacious, durable, and easy to carry, with compartments to keep items organized.

Styles and Features to Look For 

Look for features like insulated bottle pockets, changing pad compartments, and adjustable straps for added convenience. Today, baby boy diaper bags are available in many types such as backpack, messenger bag, or tote, you can pick any of these.

Packing Tips 

To make sure you have everything, recheck regularly and replenish supplies. Your baby boy diaper bags should be stocked with essentials like diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, burp cloths, and feeding supplies etc.

Read More Related: The Best Nursing Clothes for Breastfeeding Moms

Why Choose Little Farm Mercantile? 

From bodysuits and onesies to cloth diapers and diaper bags, we've got you covered, Little Farm's collection is functional and stylish. We offer a wide variety of designer wear for your newborn. Check out our collection today! 


Preparing for a newborn can feel overwhelming, but having the right essentials on hand can make the transition smoother for both parents and baby. You can stock up on some amazing bodysuits made of the right fabrics, and find the perfect diaper bag. 


What are the essentials I need to buy for a newborn? 

Essential items for newborns include bodysuits, onesies, swaddle blankets, diapers, wipes, burp cloths, feeding supplies, and a safe sleeping environment.

How many bodysuits and onesies should I get?

It's recommended to have at least 8-10 bodysuits and onesies in newborn size, along with additional sizes as your baby grows.

What size cloth diapers do newborns wear?

Newborns typically wear small or newborn-sized cloth diapers, but this may vary depending on your baby's weight and build. 

What types of diaper bags work best for dads? 

Diaper bags with unisex designs, neutral colors, and versatile carrying options like backpacks or messenger bags are often preferred by dads for their practicality and style.