Newborn Checklist for Expecting Parents in Malaysia 2024

Congratulations, dear parents-to-be! The journey to parenthood is an exciting one, filled with anticipation and love. As you prepare to welcome your newborn into the world, there is a lot to think about and plan for. To help you stay organized and ensure you have everything you need, we have put together a friendly, no-stress newborn checklist that covers all the essentials. So, let us dive right in!

Newborn Checklist for Expecting Parents in Malaysia 2024

Feeding

If you are a breastfeeding mother, your newborn checklist will not be as extensive, but there are still some items that you may find helpful.

Some items that nursing mothers might consider include:

  1. A collection of bibs: These easily washable muslin drool bibs are highly recommended.
  2. Burp cloths: Option for budget-friendly muslin burp cloths that are perfect for handling spit-up, puke, and burps.
  3. A breast pump: The hands-free Medela pump is a must-have modern marvel for breastfeeding mothers.
  4. Milk storage containers: Make sure to follow essential safety tips when storing breastmilk.
  5. Nursing pillow: The My Brest Friend nursing pillow is designed with improved posture and added comfort in mind.
  6. Nursing bras: If you are purchasing them before the baby arrives, select a cup size larger than your pregnant bra size.
  7. Breast pads: You can choose between disposable and washable options. Organic, washable nursing pads are a popular choice.
  8. Lotion for sore nipples: Consider trying Green Forest Lady organic nipple balm for soothing and protection.
  9. Lactation aids: If you are concerned about breast milk production, you can add brewer’s yeast for lactation to your smoothies, cookies, or other snacks.

If you are formula feeding, here are some items to consider:

  1. A collection of bibs: You can never have too many muslin drool bibs.
  2. Burp cloths: Stock up on budget-friendly muslin burp cloths to have on hand.
  3. Bottle and nipple brush: The OXO bottle brush is easy to use and simple to sterilize.
  4. Formula: Be sure to check the expiry date and take note of the lot number for potential recalls. Karihome Goat Milk formula is Pharmacist-approved for reducing jaundice.
  5. Bottle warmer: Consider the Philips Avent bottle warmer, which offers smart temperature control and an automatic shut-off feature.
  6. Thermal bottle tote: Use this thermal bag to prevent milk from spoiling when you are on the go. It can hold up to six bottles at a time.

Diapers

Diapering If you are using reusable cloth diapers, you will need:

  1. Several dozen cloth or reusable diapers, and you can start with these 10-packs of plain white cloth diapers.
  2. Eight waterproof covers with snap closures.
  3. A changing pad that easily secures to changing tables and dressers.
  4. Baby ointment or barrier cream to prevent rashes, such as Aquaphor.
  5. Snaps, Velcro, or safety pins to secure reusable diapers.
  6. Disposable wipes or washcloths for cleaning the baby’s bottom, like this 72-pack of sensitive skin wipes.

If you are using disposable diapers, consider having:

  1. Two boxes of newborn-size diapers, as it is better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows quickly.
  2. A changing pad.
  3. Baby ointment or barrier cream, like doctor-approved Aquaphor.
  4. Disposable wipes or washcloths for cleaning the baby’s bottom, such as a 72-pack of sensitive skin wipes.

Clothing

For your baby’s clothing needs, make sure to have the following:

  1. Eight undershirts or onesies (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve).
  2. Five nightgowns for use until the umbilical cord falls off.
  3. Eight one-piece stretchy sleepers with zippers for added convenience.
  4. Five pairs of pants.
  5. Two newborn hats with adorable teddy-style ears.
  6. Eight pairs of socks or booties for wearing with nightgowns and outfits.
  7. Two pairs of scratch mittens to prevent the baby from scratching their face, especially useful for preemies and the first month.
  8. Two cardigans or jackets, and more may be needed in winter.
  9. A bunting bag or snowsuit for a winter baby.
  10. Laundry detergent for infants, such as the fragrance-free and dye-free detergent from Babyganics.
  11. Four outfits for dressing up (optional), which may include matching scratch mittens and a little hat.

Blankets

Ensure you have the following blankets:

  1. Three large cotton blankets, like Burt’s Bees organic cotton blankets that are easy to machine wash.
  2. Eight receiving blankets that can also serve as handy burp cloths, making affordable options a good choice.

Bath time

For bath time, gather these items:

  1. A plastic infant tub for safe bathing.
  2. Twelve washcloths, not used on the baby’s bottom.
  3. Baby soap or cleanser, like all-natural, calming lavender baby soap for sensitive skin.
  4. A baby soft-bristled hair brush, with the Safety 1st soft brush being an affordable option.
  5. Three soft-hooded towels, such as an organic bamboo-based hooded towel for about $13.
  6. Bath toys for added fun.

Bedtime

Whether you are using a crib or co-sleeping, you will need:

  1. An approved crib and crib mattress.
  2. Three waterproof mattress covers to protect your investment.
  3. Four fitted crib sheets, gender-neutral and budget-friendly.
  4. Four light blankets that fit in the crib.
  5. A sleep sack for cozy, all-natural comfort.
  6. Additional items for co-sleeping, include a firm mattress, waterproof pads, and a light comforter (keeping it away from the baby’s head).
  7. Other Necessities

Other essential items to consider:

  1. An approved infant safety seat for your car.
  2. A stroller that reclines, so your newborn can lie flat.
  3. Nail clippers or scissors for baby’s grooming needs.
  4. A bulb syringe for suctioning mucous, opt for a silicone-based model.
  5. A reliable baby thermometer, with the FridaBaby rectal thermometer being a quick and accurate choice.
  6. An eye dropper or medicine spoon for administering medications.
  7. A baby monitor like the Cubo AI smart baby monitor.

Nice-to-Have Items

Consider these optional, nice-to-have items:

  1. A changing table or use a changing pad on top of a dresser or bed.
  2. A rocking chair for feeding and swaddling.
  3. A playpen for future use.
  4. A sling or baby carrier, like the affordable KeaBabies sling.
  5. A diaper bag with modern, convenient features.
  6. Two portable change pads for when you are on the go.
  7. Baby hangers for the closet.
  8. Sunshade for car windows to protect your baby from direct sunlight.
  9. two to four pacifiers if you choose to use them, with Philips Soothies being a popular choice.
  10. Rattles and other baby toys.
  11. Mobiles.
  12. A night light for nighttime feedings.
  13. A play mat for tummy time.
  14. Teething toys.

Remember, there is no need to stress over having everything perfectly in place. Parenting is an ever-evolving journey, and you will learn and adapt as you go. This checklist is here to help you feel more prepared and confident as you welcome your precious newborn into your life.

As you tick off items from this list, savor the moments and embrace the adventure. Your little one will fill your life with boundless love and joy. Cherish each smile, each coo, and each milestone. You have got this, and your newborn is lucky to have such loving parents.

Now, take a deep breath and get ready to embark on this beautiful journey of parenthood. Enjoy every moment, and remember that it is okay to ask for help when you need it. You have got a village of support around you, and your baby is already so loved. Happy parenting! πŸ’•πŸ‘ΆπŸŒŸ

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