Before Baby Comes Home

Ask any questions about feeding, diapering, and baby care before you leave the hospital. Ask again if you do not understand. Ask when you need to see the doctor again.

ExitCare ImageThere are several things you must have before your baby comes home.

  • Infant car seat.

  • Crib.

  • Do not let your baby sleep in a bed with you or anyone else.

  • If you do not have a bed for your baby, ask the doctor what you can use that will be safe for the baby to sleep in.

Infant feeding supplies:

  • 6 to 8 bottles (8 oz. size).

  • 6 to 8 nipples.

  • Measuring cup.

  • Measuring tablespoon.

  • Bottle brush.

  • Sterilizer (or use any large pan or kettle with a lid).

  • Formula that contains iron.

  • A way to boil and cool water.

Breastfeeding supplies:

  • Breast pump.

  • Nipple cream.


  • 24 to 36 cloth diapers and waterproof diaper covers or a box of disposable diapers. You may need as many as 10 to 12 diapers per day.

  • 3 onesies (other clothing will depend on the time of year and the weather).

  • 3 receiving blankets.

  • 3 baby pajamas or gowns.

  • 3 bibs.

Bath equipment:

  • Mild soap.

  • Petroleum jelly. No baby oil or powder.

  • Soft cloth towel and wash cloth.

  • Cotton balls.

  • Separate bath basin for baby. Only sponge bathe until umbilical cord and circumcision are healed.

Other supplies:

  • Thermometer and bulb syringe (ask the hospital to send them home with you). Ask your doctor about how you should take your baby's temperature.

  • One to two pacifiers.

Prepare for an emergency:

  • Know how to get to the hospital and know where to admit your baby.

  • Put all doctor numbers near your house phone and in your cell phone if you have one.

Prepare your family:

  • Talk with siblings about the baby coming home and how they feel about it.

  • Decide how you want to handle visitors and other family members.

  • Take offers for help with the baby. You will need time to adjust.

Know when to call the doctor.


  • Your baby's temperature is greater than 100.4° F (38° C).

  • The softspot on your baby's head starts to bulge.

  • Your baby is crying with no tears or has no wet diapers for 6 hours.

  • Your baby has rapid breathing.

  • Your baby is not as alert.