Adoptive Parents' Shopping List

Babies 1 to 2 Years

For Baby's Bedroom

  • Crib or crib that coverts into a toddler bed
  • Crib mattress
  • Quilted mattress pad
  • Waterproof pad
  • Fitted sheets (in flannel or cotton, depending on the season)
  • Blankets (light weight, medium weight, or fleece, depending on the season)
  • Changing pad or table
  • Diaper pail
  • Diapers (either disposable or cloth)
  • Diaper wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Baby powder
  • Chest of drawers
  • Rocking chair or glider
  • Night-light
  • Baby monitor

Bathing and Grooming

  • Tub seat
  • Bath toys
  • Baby soap or bath liquid
  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby lotion
  • Soft towels
  • Soft washcloths
  • Hooded terry robes
  • Baby nail clipper or nail files
  • Sterile cotton balls
  • Baby brush and comb
  • Baby toothbrush and toothpaste


  • High chair or booster seat
  • Toddler spoons and forks (for self-feeding)
  • Sippy cups
  • Plastic bowls and plates
  • Plastic or washable bibs

Medicine Chest

  • Thermometer
  • Nasal aspirator/saline nose drops
  • Medicine dropper/measuring spoon
  • Baby acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Baby ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)
  • Baby cold medicine
  • Rehydration fluid (such as Pedialyte)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Sterile bandages and gauze pads
  • Activated charcoal (if recommended by your local Poison Control Center)
  • Cool mist humidifier

Travel Gear

  • Stroller
  • Stroller blanket
  • Rain shield
  • Diaper bag
  • Travel changing pad
  • Car seat
  • Portable playpen/crib (for younger children)


  • Safety gates
  • Safety latches (for drawers, cabinets, closets, toilet seats, etc.)
  • Outlet plugs
  • Window guards
  • Cord shorteners (for blind or drapery cords)
  • Corner guards (for sharp edges of furniture)


This is a basic list of items that an older baby or toddler will need. (You'll obviously want to adapt this list to your child's gender and the season in which you're adopting.) In general, buy clothing at least one size ahead of what you'll need -- for instance, if you're adopting a 12-month-old, buy 18-month sizes -- babies outgrow their clothing more quickly than you'd expect! Don't guess on shoe sizes, though. Wait until your child arrives and can have his feet measured correctly.

  • Undershirts
  • Footed pajamas
  • Lightweight sleepwear
  • T-shirts/long-sleeve shirts
  • Pants
  • Overalls
  • Dresses
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • Bathing suits
  • Hooded sweatshirts or fleece jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Winter coat
  • Snow boots
  • Snowsuit
  • Shoes/sandals
  • Socks/tights

Fun and Games

Here is a partial list of items that are developmentally appropriate for 1- to 2-year-olds. You may want to buy a few toys and books before your child arrives, and then purchase others once you have a sense of your child's tastes and personality.

  • Nesting and stacking toys
  • Simple wooden jigsaw puzzles
  • Shape-sorters
  • Building blocks
  • Pull toys, push toys, and riding toys
  • Balls
  • Stuffed animals
  • Dolls
  • Toy cars, trucks, and planes
  • Musical toys
  • Crayons and finger paints
  • Water and sand toys
  • Books
  • CDs of children's songs

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