Expecting a baby? See when to start buying baby stuff and the must-have items for your new baby.

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Congratulations on your pregnancy!

If you’re wondering when to start buying baby stuff, I’ve got you covered!

Let’s talk about the various baby items you’ll need to buy as new parents and some things you can start buying when you’re pregnant to prepare for your new arrival.

woman holding positive pregnancy test

When Should You Start Buying Baby Stuff When Pregnant?

You can start buying baby stuff whenever you choose.

However, it might be a good idea to wait until you’re further along before going on a shopping spree.

You’ll likely get a lot of items from your baby shower and maybe even some hand-me-downs.

If you’re chomping at the bit to purchase a baby item, buy a cute outfit.

We bought a little dress when we found out our baby’s gender, to help satisfy my baby shopping desires.

What is the First Baby Item You Should Buy?

I think it’s fun for the first baby item that you buy to be a piece of clothing.

When baby is born, you can dress them in it and it will be such a special memory of when you found out you were expecting.

If you don’t know baby’s gender yet, get something neutral.

When Should I Start Shopping for My Newborn?

Here’s a timeline of when to start buying baby items after you find out you’re pregnant!

First Trimester

Here’s my advice. Before shopping for your newborn, start shopping for yourself.

There are some things you’ll need to help your pregnancy be a lot more comfortable.

These are items you may want to purchase as soon as you get a positive pregnancy test:

  • Prenatal Vitamins – Work with your doctor to pick a prenatal vitamin with all the essentials, including DHA and folic acid.
  • A maternity pillow – This pillow saved my restless nights during pregnancy. If you find yourself having trouble getting comfortable at night, or if you need a little help becoming a side-sleeper, this is the pillow for you.
  • Belly butter – Stretch marks are inevitable and a badge of honor when you are creating a life within you. But one thing I didn’t expect was to feel so itchy around my growing belly! This lotion helped a lot, and it became a soothing bonding ritual to apply it and talk to my bump every night.
  • A pregnancy journal – If you’re sentimental like me, you’ll appreciate having some details from your pregnancy to look back on. And maybe one day you can share these pages with your little one.

Second Trimester

As you get further along, you may start getting nesting tendencies and want to start stocking up before baby comes.

Here are some items that often aren’t purchased off of baby registries that you can start shopping for now:

  • Breast pump –If you plan to breastfeed, beginning your pumping journey early and often in those first days can assist with increasing your supply.
  • Breast pads –I recommend keeping some disposable breast pads on hand as well, but I also really liked these washable and reusable pads.
  • Burp cloths –These burp cloths are multifunctional: you can use them during feeds and under that tiny tushy during diaper changes.
  • Diapers – Start off with one box of newborn disposable diapers and one box of size 1 diapers. That will allow you to test out diapers on your newborn before buying more in bulk.
  • Diaper rash cream –Newborn skin is sensitive! This diaper rash cream did a great job of keeping our daughter’s diaper area free from irritation.
  • Disposable wipes –Not only are these very helpful during diaper changes, but you can use them to clean up all sorts of other messes. Our daughter is a preschooler now and we still keep these stocked around the house. You’ll need plenty, whether you’re registering for your first or second baby registry.
  • Diaper Pail –Trust me, you will want to lock those dirty diapers away in a smell-proof container. This handy device can hold plenty of dirty diapers and keeps the odors locked away.
  • High Chair –I know it seems like baby will be so small forever, but soon enough, they’ll be joining you at meal times.
pregnant woman with baby items and a checklist

Third Trimester

You’ll probably get plenty of gifts from your baby shower for your newest addition, especially if you’ve created a registry. Make sure to include some of the most overlooked baby registry items on your wish list.

Here are some essential items you’ll want to make sure you have waiting for your newborn when you bring them home from the hospital.

You can wait to purchase many of these items until your third trimester of after your baby shower so you can fill in the gaps of what you might still be missing.

pregnant woman shopping

FAQs about When to Start Buying Baby Stuff

Is Buying Baby Stuff Early Bad Luck?

You may have heard people say that buying things for your unborn baby too early is bad luck. I understand that some people hold their pregnancy superstitions, but this is a misconception that I just can’t get behind.

When is the Best Time to Start Buying Baby Clothes?

You can start buying clothes early. Especially if you want to shop off-season sales since baby will be due next season.

But I’ve also found that people are eager to give their old baby clothes away. As you get closer to your due date, friends may be happy to pass on their baby’s clothes to you.

When Should You Start Buying Baby Furniture?

The second trimester is the best time to get to work on procuring your baby nursery must-haves. You’ll probably start getting back some of that energy you’ve been missing since the first trimester. Plus your belly won’t be too big to make getting around tricky.

Is 14 weeks too early to buy baby stuff?

It’s up to you. You still have plenty of time, but if you want to get a jump start on buying baby things, then go for it!

You’ve been loving your baby since the first day you found out you were pregnant. It’s okay to start preparing for their arrival as soon as you feel like it’s the right time!

If you have any questions about when to start buying baby stuff, leave them in the comments below. And Congratulations!

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