New mom's guide to baby care products

Oct 16, 2009 at 5:19 a.m. ET

As an expectant mother, you may have found yourself getting dizzy by the sheer amount of things you need for your precious baby-on-the-way.

Mother giving baby bubble bath

Here we offer a complete list of items you'll need for baby, and nothing you won't! Grab a pen and start making a shopping list for your baby care basket.

Bubble bath

Babies love bubbles! Make sure to purchase a product that is specially designed for babies to ensure that it won't irritate baby's sensitive skin.

Shampoo/Body wash

Gentle, no-tears shampoos are best for babies. Many shampoo lines now offer a complete body wash for babies that you can use as shampoo as well.


You will definitely get use out of super soft washcloths — for bath time, to clean babies face after feeding times and even for a rousing game of peek-a-boo!

Burp cloths

Cloth diapers of yesterday have become today's burp cloths. They are perfect for the job because they are super absorbent and they are big enough to cover big spit ups! You might be surprised how much baby spits up, so stock up on burp cloths. There are also some darling personalized ones that are stylish and functional! Win-win.


Giving baby a good rub down with a generous amount of lotion after bath time will help keep dry skin at bay.

Diaper rash ointment

Whether you use cloth diapers, disposable diapers or a disposable insert diaper, your baby may eventually end up with diaper rash. Protect your baby's bottom by providing a barrier between a wet or dirty diaper.


Protect your baby's sensitive skin with a sunscreen that is specially designed for babies. Be sure to keep babies out of direct sunlight, even if they are lubed up with sunscreen!

No-scratch baby mitts

Babies often flail their limbs around without total control. So, to keep baby from accidentally scratching his own face or body, get some no-scratch baby mitts.

First-aid kit

An infant first aid kit will likely provide everything you will need for a minor incident, including band-aids, gauze, antiseptic pads, tape and more.

Baby nail clippers/nail files

Baby's little fingernails and toenails are paper-thin, and they grow so fast! Keep them under control with a safety nail clippers. If you're afraid that you might accidentally clip baby instead of his nails, try some tiny baby nail files (and wait until baby goes to sleep!).

Baby detergent

Baby's skin is so sensitive that regular detergent might be too harsh and it could irritate her skin. Find a detergent that is specifically designed for baby.

Bottles that reduce colic

There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a brand of bottle that it is enough to make your head spin! Make sure to select a bottle with a valve designed to reduce colic by limiting air bubbles.

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