Nesting Checklist : Pre-Baby Preparation for First Time Moms

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Welcoming your first baby is an exciting journey filled with anticipation and preparation.

From baby registry checklist, to hospital bag checklist and diaper bag checklist, today we share the nesting checklist to help first-time moms feel organized and ready for their new arrival, covering all the essentials for a pregnancy nesting checklist you’ll need to create a cozy and functional space for your baby.

Nursery Setup

  • Crib and Mattress: Ensure you have a safe and comfortable crib with a firm mattress.
  • Bedding: Fitted crib sheets, waterproof mattress protectors, and sleep sacks or swaddles.
  • Changing Station: Changing table or pad, diaper pail, and storage for diapers, wipes, and creams.
  • Rocking Chair or Glider: A comfortable chair for feeding and soothing your baby.
  • Storage: Baskets or bins for organizing clothes, toys, and other essentials.
  • Decor: Wall art, mobile, and soft lighting for a cozy atmosphere.
  • Safety: Baby monitor, outlet covers, and furniture anchors.

Baby Essentials

  • Clothing: Onesies, sleepers, socks, hats, and mittens. Focus on zip-up outfits for convenience. Check out the cutest baby essentials and clothing here Cozy Nursery.
  • Diapers and Wipes: Stock up on newborn and size 1 diapers, as well as sensitive skin wipes.
  • Feeding Supplies:
    • Breastfeeding: Nursing bras, nipple cream, breast pump, and storage bags.
    • Bottle Feeding: Bottles, formula, bottle brush, and sterilizer.
  • Bath Time: Baby bathtub, gentle baby wash, shampoo, soft towels, and washcloths.
  • Health and Grooming: Digital thermometer, nasal aspirator, baby nail clippers, and a soft hairbrush.
  • Travel Gear: Car seat, stroller, baby carrier, and diaper bag.
  • Sleep Essentials: Bassinet or co-sleeper, sound machine, and blackout curtains.

Mom Essentials

  • Comfort Items: Comfortable pajamas, nursing tops, and a cozy robe.
  • Postpartum Care: Pads, peri bottle, nipple cream, and pain relief spray.
  • Hydration and Snacks: Water bottle, healthy snacks, and easy-to-eat meals.
  • Support: Contact numbers for lactation consultants, postpartum doulas, and support groups.

House Preparation

  • Cleaning: Deep clean the house, focusing on the nursery, bathroom, and kitchen.
  • Meal Prep: Prepare and freeze meals for easy access during the first few weeks postpartum.
  • Laundry: Wash all baby clothes, bedding, and towels with a baby-friendly detergent.
  • Pet Care: Arrange for pet care if necessary and introduce your pets to the new baby items.


  • Pack Hospital Bag: Include essentials for you, your partner, and the baby (clothes, toiletries, snacks, and important documents).
  • Install Car Seat: Ensure it is properly installed and meets safety standards.
  • Emergency Contacts: Make a list of important phone numbers and place it in an easily accessible location.
  • Birth Plan: Finalize your birth plan and discuss it with your healthcare provider.

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