Taking care of a new baby is far less complicated than some parents believe. For hundreds of years, babies were born and cared for without the intricate electronic devices available today. There is a list of must have items every parent should follow before baby arrives. These items are needed rather than wanted. When prioritizing finances, the must haves checklist should always be completed first. Once all must haves are ready for baby, the nice to have list will be ready with vibrating swings and musical mobiles.  Sometimes, for baby, less is more. Fewer luxury items on the must have checklist means more face time with mom and dad.

         Cradle or bassinet
         Safety crib mattress
         Changing table or changing pad
         Fitted crib sheets
         Side or back positioned for baby
         Cloth diapers
         Disposable diapers
         Protective baby ointment
         Baby tub
         Gentle, hypoallergenic bath wash
         Baby shampoo
         Hooded towels
         Baby washcloths
         Baby hair care set
         Baby hypoallergenic lotion
         Small nail clippers and file
         Ear or digital thermometer
         Infant ibuprofen and acetaminophen
         Infant gas drops
         Bulb nose cleaner
         First aid kit
         Car seat
         Diaper bag
         Breast pump
         Infant pajamas
         Infant socks
         Hypoallergenic baby detergent