Newborn Checklist/FAQs

Preparing for a new baby is often a very exciting – and stressful – time. Ensure that you have everything you’ll need for your infant with this newborn checklist from AGC Pediatrics.

Newborn Checklist

Newborn Checklist -Preparing for a new baby is often a very exciting – and stressful – time. Our compassionate team at AGC Pediatrics understands the stress and anxiety many parents face when preparing their lives for a newborn, and we work closely with new parents to ensure the care and health of their new child. 

Newborn Checklist: Everything You’ll Need for Baby’s Arrival

Ensure that you have everything you’ll need for your infant with this newborn checklist from AGC Pediatrics:


Our pediatricians recommend purchasing scent-free, dye-free laundry detergent.

  • 6 to 8 Onesies (mix of short and long-sleeves)
  • 6 to 8 One-piece sleepers (snaps or zippers)
  • 2 Newborn hats 
  • 2 pairs of Scratch mittens 
  • 4 pairs of Socks 
  • 2 pairs of Stretchy pants 
  • 2 Hoodie jackets
  • 2 Special dress-up outfits
  • 8 to 12 Receiving blankets
  • 1 Large blanket
  • Summer babies: Sun hat
  • Winter babiesBunting bag or snowsuit

Breastfeeding & Bottle Feeding

  • Breast pump
  • Breast pads
  • Nursing bra
  • Nursing pillow
  • Milk storage containers
  • Pure lanolin ointment (if breastfeeding)
  • 2 to 4 Bibs
  • 6 to 8 4-oz. bottles with nipples
  • 6 8-oz. bottles with nipples
  • Bottle brush

       Optional: Bottle sterilizer & warmer

Disposable Diapers

  • 2 boxes Newborn diapers
  • 1 Diaper pail
  • Disposable wipes
  • Diaper rash cream or baby ointment

Cloth Diapers

  • 24 Pocket diapers


  • 24 Prefold diapers, 5 diaper covers and 2 Snappi fasteners
  • 24 Washcloths for wiping
  • 1 Diaper wet bag
  • Organic coconut oil

Safe for your newborn and cloth diapers, and perfect to treat diaper rash

Optional Accessories

  • 1 Diaper change pad 
  • Diaper bag
  • Diaper changing table


  • Baby wash
  • Plastic baby tub
  • 10 Washcloths
  • 1 Hooded towel


Our pediatricians recommend choosing one of the following newborn sleeping options:

  • Bassinet with 2 fitted sheets
  • Crib & mattress with 2 mattress covers & 2 fitted sheets
  • Pack ‘N’ Play
  • Optional: 2 Swaddle blankets or sleep bags


  • Nail emery board
  • Ear thermometer
  • Bulb syringe
  • Any prescription medications

Necessary Safety & Transportation Gear

  • Stroller
  • Newborn/infant car seat
  • Baby sling or carrier

Nice-to-have Items

  • Infant swing
  • Vibrating chair
  • Activity/play center
  • Infant/newborn books
  • Travel toys for car seat/stroller
  • Teething toys
  • 2 Pacifiers
  • Sun shades for car windows
  • Nightlight
  • Mobiles (portable and stationary)

FAQs for New Mothers & Expecting Parents

Bringing home your newborn is an exciting experience. As new mothers and expecting parents learn about the newborn, questions and concerns often develop about the baby’s well-being and common activities. Our pediatricians at AGC Pediatrics provide answers to the most frequently asked questions and offer advice for the most common issues that concern new parents:

Newborn babies sleep as many as 16 hours per day during their first 3 months. However, these 16 hours are often not consecutive, as newborn babies wake every 2 to 3 hours to be fed or changed. When newborns reach 6 months, they often sleep 6 to 7 hours per night, and continue to sleep more as they age.

Breastfeeding is a personal decision for new mothers. Breastfeeding your newborn offers many benefits to you and your baby, including:

  • Provides essential nutrients and fatty acids
  • Gives anti-bodies to fight disease and infection
  • Increase postpartum weight loss

Newborn babies should be fed every 2 to 3 hours, and there are a few key signs that will let you know he or she is getting enough to eat:

  • Baby drinks 2 to 3 ounces of formula or spends 10 to 15 minutes at each breast.
  • Baby begins to gain weight during the second week

Because their skin is so sensitive, newborn babies should only be bathed up to 3 times per week, The pediatricians at AGC Pediatrics recommend using a damp cloth or sponge with warm water and scent-free, hypoallergenic baby wash to clean your newborn.

Newborn babies often spit up after being fed. If you notice that your baby is gaining weight, don’t worry. However, if you notice that he or she is spitting up more often, or if something seems wrong, our pediatricians urge you to schedule an appointment in our Calhoun or Cartersville locations immediately.

Our Triage line is available for parents who need to speak with our team after hours. A nurse will return your call within 30 minutes.

Parents of newborn babies may take the baby outside at any point as long as the baby is dressed appropriately. It’s important to remember that newborn babies lose body heat much quicker than adults, so if it’s cold outside, bundle up your baby in warm clothes and bring extra blankets along for your outdoor excursion.

If your newborn develops a fever higher than 100.4°F, schedule an appointment at one of our Calhoun or Cartersville, GA offices. Our pediatricians also recommend scheduling an appointment if your newborn is acting oddly, refusing food, or is increasingly fussy.

If your child becomes ill after hours, please visit the nearest emergency room.

Contact AGC Pediatrics

Our expert team at AGC Pediatrics offers complete care for children from newborns to age 21.

Our faith-based practice offers experience and compassionate care to patients across North Georgia. Schedule an appointment in one of our offices online or via telephone at 706-625-5900 to learn more about our pediatric care.

Please note that the information on this site is educational in nature and should not be used to diagnose or substitute an examination or assessment from your child’s pediatrician. Please schedule an appointment with AGC Pediatrics if you are worried about your child’s health.