Today there are hundreds of items that are made and marketed for newborns. You don't need to spend a small fortune on items to have for when your Baby arrives.
If this is your first baby, ask family and friends if they have any items they are willing to donate to you. Babies grow so fast and even those newborn items may not fit or work after a week! You can also check on gently used stores, new parenting groups and online resellers.
Here is a list of a few items that you will definitely use:
Baby bathtub - Babies don't need to be bathed every day but you'll want this item for when you do bathe baby. Regular bathtubs pose a risk to baby and your kitchen sink or bathroom sink, in theory may look like it would work, but it too can pose a risk.
Car seat - An obvious one. You won't be able to leave the hospital without it.
Baby nail clippers or scissors - Regular size will be too harsh on baby and may even cut their skin! You'll want to purchase this item brand new instead of used because of sanitation.
Newborn clothes - You don't want to go overboard here as not all newborns are alike in size. Baby may outgrow them in the first few weeks.
Diaper Bag- These can be pricy but you may already have a bag that works already. Large tote bag, back-pack or even gym bag. The bags marketed as diaper bags usually have lots of pockets and are off an easy cleanable fabric. A bag you may already have around the house works - you can use reusable food containers to store items or toiletries bags in lieu of pockets.
It can be stressful and overwhelming thinking about what items you need and how much its all going to cost. Take a deep breath and remember baby won't know the difference between fancy, high end items and those that cost a fraction. Save where you can and allow baby shower or gifts for the splurges.
To help you keep track of the bare necessities for a newborn, download our checklist