A checklist of essentials for
your first baby
Separating what’s needed from what’s available
Bejewelled pacifiers, electronic crying analyzers and alarms that
detect poops are among a galaxy of products offered to parents for their babies’
Dazzling, yes. Needed, not one bit. Dr. Karen Benzies, PhD, a researcher and
professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, says first-time
parents sometimes need help separating the necessary from the optional. To
keep your new baby healthy and safe, begin with these essentials.
Health and hygiene
A digital thermometer is a fast and
reliable way to tell if your baby has
a fever. Other health and hygiene
clean sink with a towel in the
bottom also works well
Diapers, clothing and
Plan to use 10 to 15 diapers—
disposable or cloth—a day. Baby
wipes are handy, but a dozen small
washcloths work equally well.
Keeping the diaper area clean and
dry will help protect baby’s skin from
diaper rash. Your baby will also need:
Essentials such as digital thermometers and rear-facing car seats can keep your baby healthy and safe.