The first list I took from the book Diary of a Mad Mother to be and the second list is taken from consumer report. I think both are practical and handy so I thought I would share them.
1. Find ob/gyn/midwife
2. Get prenatal checkup
3. Get prenatal vitamins
4. Find physical exercise
5. Decide childbirth method
6. Join childbirth/prenatal class
7. Buy crib
8. Buy crib mattresss
9. Buy crib bedding
10. Buy changing table/dresser
11. Buy diapers
12. Buy diaper bag
13. Buy diaper pail
14. Buy crib mobile
15. Buy stroller
16. Buy baby monitor (video)
17. Buy night light for baby’s room
18. Choose colours/theme for baby room
19. Paint baby’s room
20. Buy infant size hangers
21. Buy pacifiers
22. Create medical emergency kit
23. Prepare emergency phone lists
24. Decide nursing or formula
25. Buy nursing/formula supplies
26. Decide on legal guardian
27. Prepare wills
28. Create university fund
29. Begin kegel exercises
30. Buy 1st year scrapbook
31. Decide whether to learn gender
32. Choose name(s)
33. Choose hospital
34. Take tour of hospital
35. Find pediatrician
36. Appoint someone to organize baby shower(s)
37. Make invite list for baby shower
38. Register for baby shower
39. Buy thank you notes for baby shower
40. Select birth music
41. Book venue/date for religious ceremony
42. Buy baby’s outfit for religious ceremony
43. Buy maternity clothes
44. Decide who will be in your delivery room with you
45. Prepare baby announcements
46. Prepare overnight bag for hospital
47. Make birth plan
48. Schedule mat. leave
49. Make phone list for announcing baby’s birth
50. Buy baby’s take home from hospital outfit
51. Decide on post birth child care
New baby basics
A master list for new moms and dads
Here’s a checklist of what you should have on hand before your baby arrives.
Beds and linens
_____Bassinet/cradle (if you don’t want to put your baby in a crib right away).
_____Two to three fitted crib sheets.
_____Four or more waffle-weave cotton receiving blankets for swaddling baby
_____Two mattress pads.
_____One to two waterproof liners (for crib or bassinet).
_____Diapers. Disposable or cloth.
_____Diaper pail. (Optional with disposables.)
_____Four sleeping outfits or onesies (one-piece sleepers), preferably with attached feet
_____Six side-snap T-shirts.
_____Four to six one-piece undershirts that snap around the crotch.
_____A small baby cap (although the hospital will probably give you one).
_____Six pairs socks/booties.
_____Two to three soft, comfortable daytime outfits. Get only a few items in newborn size. Then, go for clothing in the 6-month size–your baby will grow into it quickly. But don’t buy baby sleepwear that’s too big; it’s a fire hazard
_____Cotton sweater or light jacket.
_____Snowsuit or heavy bunting.
_____Heavy stroller blanket.
_____Warm knit hat.
If you’re planning to breast-feed:
_____Two or three nursing bras.
_____A box of washable or disposable breast pads.
_____Breast pump if you expect to use one.
_____Four small baby bottles with newborn nipples for expressed breast milk
_____Bottle drying tree.
_____Insulated bottle holder for diaper bag (the hospital may give you one).
_____Three packs of cloth diapers or burp cloths.
If you’re planning to bottle-feed
_____Six 4- to 5-ounce bottles, plus nipples, rings, and a dishwasher basket if you use a dishwasher.
_____Three soft hooded towels.
_____Two packs of baby washcloths.
_____ Baby body wash that doubles as shampoo.
_____Pair of blunt-tip scissors or baby-sized nail clippers.
_____Zinc-oxide-based diaper rash ointment.
_____Soft brush and comb.
_____Mild laundry detergent.
Medicine chest essentials
_____A pain-and-fever reducer recommended by your baby’s doctor, such as Infant’s Tylenol.
Keeping baby happy
Extras: Nice but optional
_____A rocker or glider.