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Things You'll Need

Some of the supplies that will help make your baby's homecoming comfortable and safe include:

  • Approved car seat
  • Crib
  • Blankets (for crib and swaddling)
  • Diapers
  • Layette:
    • T-shirts or onesies
    • Sleepers
    • Booties and socks
    • Receiving blankets
    • Sweaters
  • Bathing supplies:
    • Soft washcloths, towels and hooded towels
    • Mild, non-perfumed soap or commercial baby wash
    • Baby hairbrush
    • Small plastic tub or clean sink
    • Infant nail clippers
  • Medicine cabinet supplies:
    • Infant thermometer
    • Non-aspirin liquid pain reliever
    • Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
    • Diaper rash ointment
    • Bulb syringe to clean the nose (supplied by the hospital)
    • Saline nasal spray
    • Syrup of ipecac
      (use only as directed by your baby's physician or the Poison Control Center)

Also recommended (but not necessary):

  • Changing table
  • Baby intercom