15 Things You Actually Need For A
Being a parent for the first time is wonderful and slightly overwhelming, especially when you take a stroll down the baby isle. Unless you already have a newborn, how do you know what you actually need? I am here to help you! I was clueless to what was needed when I was pregnant with our son. My husband and I wandered around for hours at Babies R Us with the scan gun. This resulted in us getting things we never used, like those precious baby shoes. Yes they are so cute but more than likely baby won’t wear them. I put together a list of things you will actually need and use for your sweet bundle of joy!
What You Really Need
This one is a given. You won’t be able to leave the hospital without a carseat. Carseats For The Littles provide a ton of vital and helpful tips on carseats, how to install, what not to do, and how to buckle your baby in. These guys are awesome when it comes to all things carseats!
You need a safe place for baby to sleep, crib or bassinet, either is fine. This choice is up to you, whether or not you want one or both. A bassinet is nice to have for those middle of the night feedings. The crib-to-college style is a good investment since it grows with the child.
You need to have a few bottles on hand even if you are planning to breast feed. I used Dr. Brown’s brand bottles for both of my babies, but all babies are different so use whatever works. You will want to have a few different brands of pacifiers handy, if you choose to let your newborn use one.
4. Diapers And Wipes
Newborns go through about 10 diapers a day in the first few weeks, so you need to have plenty of diapers and wipes handy. I suggest buying a few boxes of newborn and size 1 diapers… or just stockpile all of the sizes. 🙂
Sleepers, aka baby pjs, are great because they keep baby warm and cozy and are easy to take on and off for those late night diaper changes. Get the ones with zippers so you don’t want to have to figure out all of those buttons at 1 am and then again at 3 am.
Its pretty obvious that your baby will need clothes, but you won’t need a ton of any one size because babies grow fast. If you live in a place that gets super cold and are having a winter baby you will need to get plenty of socks and hats.
7. Swaddling Blankets
Swaddling blankets were a lifesaver; our daughter would only sleep if she was swaddled. I preferred Aiden and Anais because they were thin, stretchy and soft. Any swaddling blanket will work though, just make sure it is thin.
8. Burp Cloths
Aiden and Anais also have great burp cloths that also double as bibs for when baby gets older. They are big and cover your whole shoulder to save your shirt from baby puke.
9. Waterproof Mattress Cover/ Sheets
You will need at least two sets of sheets and mattress covers for baby’s crib or bassinet. The mattress cover protects the mattress from accidents.
10. Bottle Drying Rack
This will come in handy for drying bottles or breast pump supplies. I use the Boon Grass drying rack; it is great and looks nice on my counter.
11. Diaper Bag
You will need a diaper bag to carry baby’s essential items when you travel. I use this backpack style because it is so much easier to toss it on my back and go, versus worrying about carrying it in hand. (1st world problems… I know)
The type of stroller really depends on your lifestyle and budget. I have the BOB Jogging Stroller single and double versions and they are awesome, especially if you are active. We take our strollers on all terrain types and they never fail.
Just about any baby bathtub will work. For our daughter we have this Blooming Bath Flower and it has been awesome! You may also want some baby wash cloths and towels.
14. Changing Station/ Changing Pad
Technically, you can change a newborn’s diaper anywhere, but it is nice to have a designated changing area and changing pad for baby’s comfort.
15. Baby Carrier/ Wrap
Baby carriers are very helpful, especially during the first few weeks. Babies love to be held close to mommy, because that is what they were accustomed to for nine months. There are many benefits to baby wearing and all types of wraps and carriers. I have the Ergobaby and the Baby Tula and love them both.
Nice To Have But Not A Necessity
I put together a list of things that are nice to have but are not really a necessity. If you decide to get them great! If not that is good too! You can always look at these items after baby has arrived and make the choice then if you need them or not.
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