Everything You Should Have Ready When Coming Home From the Hospital with Your Newborn

You’ve been discharged from the hospital, the car seat has been approved, and it’s time to go home. Is everything ready for your baby to come home? Preparing for your new baby can ease the transition not only for your newborn, for but for you as parents, as well.

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Set Up a Sleeping Area

For the first few months, you may want your baby sleeping in the room with you. There are multiple options, from a bassinet to a travel crib. Whatever you choose, it must have a flat surface and secure sheets. You can use a receiving blanket to help safely swaddle and comfort your baby at night.

Get the Feeding Area Ready

A comfortable feeding place is ideal because you’ll be using a lot. It could be a rocking chair or a couch, but there are a few essentials to keep stocked nearby. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, burp cloths should never be out of reach. Water and snacks for the parents are a nice quality of life improvement, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Bottles and formula or bottled breast milk should not be far, to facilitate quick feeding. Consider a mini refrigerator to store pre-made bottles, particularly for overnight feeding. If you’re breastfeeding, keep lanolin cream and a nursing pillow nearby.

Organize a Diaper Changing Station

Everything should be laid out and ready at the diaper changing station. Have a stock of unpacked diapers, at least one pack of wipes, a few onesies for emergency changes, and diaper rash cream in case there’s any redness during a change. If your house has more than one story, have at least one station per level. The main station will likely be in the nursery, but stock diapers and wipes in your bedroom while co-rooming with your baby. Remember that your newborn will quickly outgrow newborn diapers, so have a supply of size one diapers ready.

Prepare a Diaper Bag

Having a diaper bag for when you leave home can help avoid tears later. The diaper bag is essentially a mini diaper changing station. Add a portable changing pad (a receiving blanket can do in a pinch), toys, bottles, powdered formula or bottled breastmilk, and burp cloths. It’s vital to restock diapers and wipes in the diaper bag, or you could find yourself out of the house needing a diaper with none left.

Get Ready for Baby Transportation

Be ready with everything you need to move your baby around. The stroller should be set up and ready, with car seat adapters if required. Otherwise, use a frame stroller: a frame with wheels that the car seat snaps into. Soft carriers, like wraps, hold your baby to your body and can help you move around with your baby. Whether it’s doing chores around the house or grocery shopping, you will need baby transportation options in the coming months. The car seat will be adequate for the short term, but they tend to be bulky and heavy, so it can help to have other methods available.

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