As my husband and I are preparing to welcome our third baby into the world in the next few months, I have thought long and hard about what items I REALLY need to purchase for our baby girl. I asked myself, “What were the items I could not live without with my first two?” and “What items make my life easier?” That is how I created this list of my top ten newborn essentials, and I hope that it is a help to you! So let’s get started…
- SnuggleMe Organic
I didn’t discover the magic of the SnuggleMe Organic until my second baby, but after seeing how amazingly effective it was in helping him sleep and lounge safely, I consider it an absolute necessity. I used mine to lay him in my Moses basket, on my bed, on the floor…. basically just everywhere and he loved it! And the added bonus? It’s made using all organic materials which I LOVE because we all want the most gentle products for our newborns and their sensitive little skin!
- Moses Basket + Stand
A moses basket also made my necessities list after having one for my second baby. It was so convenient to be able to move his “bed” around in those newborn days. I could take him outside with me while my older son was playing; I could bring it to my mom’s house with me so I would have a safe place to let him nap or hang out; I could move it next to the couch so I could keep an eye on him while reading or watching TV; I could even set it next to me in the kitchen while I was cooking dinner. I totally fell in love with the convenience of it (not to mention they are very aesthetically pleasing). If you can justify the expense, the stand was also so great for having next to my bed for easy access at night when my baby woke up to nurse because I could just reach right over and I didn’t even have to get out of bed.
- Kimono Onesies + Zip up Nightgowns
Ah the newborn days… filled with endless nursing, poopy diapers, lack of sleep, and of course LAUNDRY. Kimono onesies and zip up nightgowns were a lifesaver for when my babies inevitably had those stinky blowouts (usually in the middle of the night when I was half asleep). Instead of having to pull a poopy onesie over their head to get it off, I could simply unwrap their little kimono or unzip their nightgown and easily get them out of their dirty clothes and into something clean without risking a giant poop catastrophe!
- Pampers Swaddlers
I know…I know…disposable diapers are very wasteful, but hear me out. I, like many people, don’t own a washing machine or have easy access to a diaper laundry service (country life) so trying to use reusable diapers would be a nightmare. That being said, I have tried most disposable diaper brands at some point and landed on Pampers as my absolute favorite! Not only did my boys have the least amount of diaper blowouts while using them, but they were also gentle on my boys’ super sensitive skin. Latex allergies run in my family and my oldest was unlucky enough to inherit that wonderful allergy. While other brands caused him to break out in awful rashes, I never once had a problem when he was wearing Pampers. I guess there is a reason they always advertise themselves as Hospitals #1 choice.
- Huggies Natural Care Wipes
Wipes can make or break a diaper change. When I had my first baby, I didn’t realize what a big difference a good wipe made when it came to getting everything nice and clean. But I quickly learned that I needed a good thick wipe that wouldn’t burn my baby if he had a little diaper rash AND it had to have some texture on it to help get everything off and quickly. Again, after trying numerous brands of wipes, I decided that Huggies Natural Care wipes were absolutely worth the price because I always needed less of them to get the job done and they did the job better! It’s a win-win!
- White Noise Machine or Fan
This one is especially true if you are expecting your second, or third, or…well you get it! Having some noise cancelation readily available makes it sooooo much easier to get your little one (and older ones) down for their naps and bedtime and helps them sleep longer!
- Muslin Swaddles
Forget about using those tiny little flannel swaddles like the ones they give you at the hospital; oversized muslin swaddles are the way to go! Not only are they actually big enough to really swaddle your baby for longer than the first week of their life, but they are also super soft and breathable. You can also score organic ones for your newborn’s sensitive skin.
An added bonus is that you can also use them as a nursing cover, car seat cover, burp cloth, towel, ect. The uses for these magically soft blankets are endless and perfect for anyone looking to make life with a newborn just a little bit easier!
- Baby Swing
I loved having a swing for my babies, and both my boys have loved it too! It always kept them entertained and happy while I got chores done around the house and a lot of times, they would even fall asleep in it!
Although it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing option, I love this portable swing from Fisher Price; not only does it fold up fairly small so you can easily take it on the go (to friends houses, outside to hang up laundry, ect.), it is also battery powered so I never had to worry about finding an outlet to plug it in to.
- Honest Baby Shampoo
Honest brand’s baby shampoo was and is my absolute FAVORITE baby shampoo/body wash! It smells heavenly, it has a pump lid that allows you to easily get more in your one free hand while bathing baby, and I have never had a problem with it on my boys’ very sensitive skin or when it would get into their eyes. I love it so much that I always make sure we have an extra bottle under the sink for when we run out.
*Added bonus: I love to use it on myself too as a body wash because it smells that good!
- Baby Carrier
Although a baby carrier is the last item on my list of necessities, it is one of the most important. Carriers are so AMAZING; they allow you to carry your baby around while also freeing up your hands to get things done. Both of my babies loved being snuggled close to me and would often fall asleep as I was doing chores, making meals, going for a nice relaxing walk to burn off some of that pregnancy weight, or when I was at the store getting groceries for the week. Point of the story…you NEED a baby carrier!
Personally, I always buy two different kinds of carriers for my babies:
1. A wrap or sling (for when I’m around the house)
2. An Ergo (for walking, hiking, grocery shopping, ect.)
I found having both to be extremely useful in different situations and would highly encourage any mom to invest in at least one baby carrier. They are life changers!
I hope this list was helpful to you no matter what number baby you are expecting. It is so difficult to wade through the giant checklists of things people say you need to buy for your baby. You quickly accumulate piles of contraptions and things you don’t even know how to work, not to mention how quickly the expense of these unnecessary items can rack up.
So I encourage you to take a minimalist approach when starting out…don’t buy everything in the baby aisles as tempting as it is! Start with the basics at first; remember, you can always make an Amazon order or send your hubby to Target for anything you decide you need after the fact. I encourage you to consider your lifestyle, think about what your day to day looks like, and decide from there what items will make those first few months as easy on you as possible instead of filling up your home with unnecessary items you will never use.
If you have any other “newborn necessities” that you would like to share with me, I would LOVE to hear about them right down below in the comments section!